Promoting sustainable tourism to benefit the development of our communities
Who we are
Cangrejal Tours is a cooperative dedicated to coordinating and providing a variety of tourist service that respect the environment here in the Cangrejal River watershed. It is created by local youth nature interpreters and guides that promote conservation of the protected areas and in turn of the national identity. This is an economic alternative that will directly benefit the quality of life and professional abilities of the guides who are part of the cooperative.
After hurricane Mitch that devastated Honduras in October of ‘98, Nancy MeGirr decided to visit La Ceiba to document the damage. Through conversations with different ecologists and friends in the country, she decided to start an educational initiative/project in Pico Bonito National Park. In March, 2000 the project “Youth Photographers of Pico Bonito” took it’s first steps from the city of La Ceiba to the children in the community of Las Mangas many of whom are now the guides at Cangrejal Tours.
In the face of such a successful venture, the Guaruma organization (Youth for Educational Development) was founded. This organization follows three principles:
- Guaruma Education – Photography, computer, English and environmental conservation classes
- Guaruma of Service – Develop ecotourism in Las Mangas
- Guaruma Research – Search for, collect and generate information to create a baseline inventory of the natural resources in the cuenca of the Cangrejal River and of the eastern region of Pico Bonito
All of our guides have been part of the organization participating in Guaruma Education and Service which prepared them well for month of June in 2010. Upon graduating from Guaruma and faced with a serious lack of work opportunities in the Cuenca coupled with the demand for tourist services, we decided to form Cangrejal Tours. After having several meetings and knowing that we did not have the necessary equipment, we made the decision to get a loan through the Network of Touristic Communities of Honduras to buy what we needed to buy. This is how Cangrejal Tours, a cooperative created by local youth, was born with the tagline “exploring new adventures.”
What we do?
Our cooperative coordinates and operates a variety of tourist packets within the Cangrejal River watershed. The magnificent nature creates spectacular paths that enter dense forest next to pristine streams that feed rivers, majestic waterfalls and tranquil, freshwater pools.
Cangrejal Tours offers the unique opportunity to enter and and hike this wild and virgin landscape with a local nature guide who will reveal to species of plants, trees and animals that cross your path (or whose path you cross depending on your perspective).
Our guides have gone through significant training both as part of Guaruma, the Network of Touristic Communities of Honduras and the Office of Tourism in La Ceiba in the areas of tropical forest biodiversity, first aid and tourist services.
The Cangrejal Tours guides are characterized by their youthful freshness, passion for nature and dynamism. As a result of being born and raised in the Cuenca of the Cangrejal River, they are always in contact with the land and nature. We also have the Honduran nature of being happy and friendly.
The practice that the guides have guarantees their knowledge of the trails in the forest, the trees, plants, animals , history of the community and it’s daily reality, traditions and legends. Our guides share all of this knowledge and provide interesting interpretation as you traverse the trails through the primary and secondary forests. This puts us in a relationships with nature. We might not be able to fly like the birds but we CAN swim like the fish.
Our camp sites allow you to discover the secrets of the night. You can enjoy the permanent concert of the birds, reptiles and insects while being drenched in moonlight (if it’s that time of the month) accompanied by the whisper of the breeze that zips and then meanders through the tropical forests