|the impressiveBAMBOO TUNNEL|
|theCASHEW NUTin the cashew fruit of a cashew tree|
|can you spot theYELLOW BUTTERFLY?|
Fascinating plant life inhabit this natural sanctuary, in areas such as the arboretum (a collection of living trees for scientific study) and herbarium (a collection of preserved plant specimens), a number of which are indigenous to Honduras as well as others coming from distant parts of the world such as Malaysia, Philippines, Brazil and Polynesia. I was surprised to see so much diversity including many varieties of palm trees on display; they sure do come in all shapes and sizes, short, tall, fat, skinny and some of which I never even knew existed. Other rare and strange looking trees stand tall in this area; some with no bark as if being naked, others with thick foliage covering the entire tree including the bark, and a very odd one with big round fruit dangling not from the branches, but from the bark itself.
These are just some of the few things I could observe from my last visit to Lancetilla! There is definitely more to learn and see in this beautiful garden of Eden on earth; reason why it attracts so many locals and tourists alike with more than 45,000 visitors a year (including many school students from all levels), making it one of Honduras’ most visited tourist attractions.
Lancetilla is open 7 days a week year round from 7 am to 4 pm.
There is a minimal entrance fee upon arrival at the front gate.
Once you have entered the main gate you will take a very long and extremely rocky dirt road that takes you deep into the reserve until you get to the visitors building.
There you can pay for a guide to give you a tour, which is also very inexpensive as they charge only L. 100.00 Lempiras or about $5.00 dollars. It is highly recommended as it only lasts about 30-40 mins and it can be very educational.
The tour can also come in handy as you need to watch out for them poisonous fruits. Go ahead and try some, but just the edible ones and only with advice from the guide.
They save the best for last as they take you through rows of towering bamboo trees which form a magnificent tunnel about the size of a football field. Perfect panoramic photo opportunity.
Don't forget to bring bug repellent, it will be very useful!