Elsewhere in the Park
Los Pinos is by far the easiest entrance to Parque Nacional Cerro Azul/Meámbar, and the only one with significant tourist facilities, but it is also possible to hike in from several communities on the north, east, and south sides of the mountains. One route is via the village of Cerro Azul, eight kilometers from the San Pedro Sula–Tegucigalpa highway, turning off at the village of Bacadias. There are coffee plantations and a guesthouse; more information can be found by contacting the Tegucigalpa office of Aldea Global (tel. 504/239-8311, pagcent [at] paghonduras [dot] org).
From Las Delicias, guides can lead the way to the summit, exiting the park through Los Jicaques. Contact PANACAM at Los Pinos (tel. 504/9865-9082, panacam [at] paghonduras [dot] org) to arrange a guide for this route.
Another very good contact is Danilo Rivera, a resident of the aldea of San José de los Planes, on the south side of Parque Nacional Cerro Azul/Meámbar, right at the edge of the park’s core zone. San José is reached by a rough dirt road from Siguatepeque. There are many forks along the way—just keep asking for the road to Los Micos, a village shortly before San José, then ask around for Danilo.
© Chris Humphrey and Amy E. Robertson from Moon Honduras, 5th Edition