Three dozen intrepid souls enjoyed our mid-March Reader Rendezvous journey to The Lodge and Spa at Pico Bonito in beautiful, tropical Honduras. Two groups of Rendezvousers enjoyed a week of birding, hiking, relaxing, swimming, and more, augmented by delectable dining and the attentive service of the Pico staff. Our birding guides Olbin and Older (week 1) and Older and Santos (week 2) went above and beyond in showing us the special birdlife of the Pico region. The birding highlights are too numerous to mention, but include great looks at great potoo, golden-hooded tanager, chestnut-colored woodpecker, black-and-white hawk-eagle, American pygmy kingfisher, ruddy crake, and of course, lovely cotinga.
While we are saddened by the news that Pico’s owners are closing the lodge, we are hopeful that a buyer can be found and this jewel of the tropics can resume its place atop the list of must-visit eco-lodges in the Americas.
You can hear an episode of the Out There with the Birds podcast recorded at Pico during the Rendezvous by Bill Thompson, III, and Ben Lizdas. To listen click here »
On his This Birding Life podcast, Bill Thompson, III, interviewed James Adams, marketing director at The Lodge at Pico Bonito, about the importance of the lodge to the region’s flora, fauna, and people, and the impending closure and the future of the lodge. You can listen to the episode here »
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Birding Pico Bonito, Week 1
March 6-13, 2018
Pico Bonito, Honduras
Check out the official checklist, available in PDF format.