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La Mosquitía Travel Guide

Laguna de Ibans

The intricate latticework of crisscrossing mangrove trees along the shore is reflected on the glassy surface of Laguna de Ibans, the smallest yet arguably most picturesque of La Mosquitía's three major lagoons. The open-water portion of the Laguna is about 5 mi across; clouds turn the water's surface into a portrait of the sky as narrow canoes paint ripples in their wake. On the sand bar

that separates Ibans from the Caribbean, the jungle views are dotted with the stilted houses and creaky docks that populate a string of Garífuna and Miskito villages.

Tourism to three of this region's communities—Plaplaya, Raista, and Belén—is on the rise. Local initiatives have inspired comfortable guest lodges and community-run ecotours, giving the lagoon the edge over Palacios as a favored point of entry into Las Marías in the heart of the Río Plátano reserve.

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