1. How to get there: This community destination is located in the Municipality of San Esteban, Olancho department, about 520 km from Tegucigalpa, the capital city. The nearest cities are Juticalpa Catacamas at 60 km and Trujillo and Tocoas at 75 km. The time to reach this destination from the capital is about 5 hours by car, and 8 hours by bus. You take a bus in Tegucigalpa to Juticalpa and then another bus that takes you to Tocoa. An alternative route is Tegucigalpa-La Ceiba-Tocoa-Corocito- Santa Maria del Carbón, journey that takes 10 hours by car and 12 hours by bus.
2. Ecosystem: The community is in a protected area of subtropical rainforest, surrounded by El Carbon mountains and Sico River. In its surroundings are waterfalls, the most beautiful and impressive of Honduras, a natural boundary between the Sierra de Agalta National Park and the Río Plátano Biosphere. The average altitude of the community is 450 m, with a population of 1,700 people. The annual temperature varies from 26ºC to 36ºC and rainfall of 2,000-2,500 mm. We recommend visiting the area during the dry season, which covers from March to June and from August to September.
3. Tourist attractions: Among the natural attractions include rivers, waterfalls, hot springs, caves and forests. Among the cultural and historical attractions are handicrafts, food, stories, legends, festivals, fairs, dance, music and archaeological remains. 70% of people speak Pech. Of great interest is the traditional medicine and healing rituals of the community.
4. Tourist activities: Visitors can walk or horse ride through trails to observe local flora and fauna, visit the woods of the mountain El Carbonal, natural pools, hot springs and practice sports activities. You will also have the opportunity to interact with members of the community to learn about their culture and lifestyle, participating in agricultural activities, healing ceremonies and handicrafts.
5. Tourist services: We offer tour guides service (100 Lempiras), transport (50 L), food (50 L) and lodging with families in the community (50 L).
6. Suggested tour packages: There are neither preset tourist packages nor transfer from the airport or land terminal to the community. WATA association will provide tourist information in case of communication problems with the community.
7. What to bring: Clothing should be adapted to a warm climate including shorts, T-shirts, sandals and waterproof coating for sporadic rains even in summer, warm clothes for the evening. For your protection bring cap or hat, sunglasses, sunscreen or sun block and insect repellent. If you want to camp bring a mountain tent, sleeping bag, food, pocket knife and a flashlight with extra batteries (the community does not have electric service yet).
8. Our organization: Pech community comprises five districts, with five schools, one preschool, a community center and a family training center. The body responsible for decision making is the Tribal Council, composed of nine people and chaired by the Chief. The Council is entrusted with ensuring the development and welfare of the community. It received a fund provided by the National Directorate for Sustainable Development (DINADERS) for the construction of a visitor’s center, with 16 bedrooms, a conference center, restaurant and lounge for handicrafts sale. Supports are expected to promote the resort and surrounding tourist attractions. The community has participated in handicrafts exhibitions in Tegucigalpa and La Esperanza, thanks to the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History support.
9. Booking information: For reservations, sales and travel information, call or write to Pech Tribes Federation of Honduras:
- Contact: Professor Gil Lugo (Chief); Manlio Fiallos (Treasurer).