The Butterfly Farm
On the northern flanks of the Pico Bonito range, right next to the Lodge at Pico Bonito, is the Tropical Butterfly Farm and Gardens (tel. 504/440-0388, http://hondurasbutterflyfar.tripod.com), a private butterfly farm run by former Peace Corps volunteer Robert Gallardo, who both exports butterfly larvae to the United States and organizes tours for interested visitors at US$6 per person. On the grounds is also a snake vivarium.
Access is via a three-kilometer dirt road south from the village of El Pino, on the La Ceiba–Tela road just a few minutes west of La Ceiba. To get there without a car, take any of the frequent buses from the La Ceiba terminal to Tela, San Francisco, or La Masica, and get off at El Pino.
From the highway, it’s a relaxed 20-minute walk. The trees around the farm are alive with birds and the occasional white-faced or spider monkey. The farm charges a US$2 entrance fee and is usually open 9 a.m.–4 p.m. daily, but call the Lodge at Pico Bonito (just past the farm, tel. 504/440-1902) to confirm.
© Chris Humphrey and Amy E. Robertson from Moon Honduras, 5th Edition