La Mosquitía: Places to Explore


  • Batalla

    Bright-green palms and coconut trees shelter small huts and homes hugging the sandy northern shores of the Bacalar Laguna. This mellow Garífuna community has steadily emerged from the shadows of nearby... Read more

  • Brus Laguna

    Adventurous tales of pirates and bloodshed belie the ho-hum nature of this Miskito community along the northeastern edge of the Río Plátano reserve. Waters heavy with alligators might be the only sense... Read more

  • Laguna de Caratasca and Eastern La Mosquitía

    A covey of small ponds, large lakes, tiny islands, and grassy savanna stretch for 50 km (31 mi) in Laguna de Caratasca, the largest lagoon in La Mosquitía. Dense tropical rain forest and low-lying shoreline... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • Palacios

    Palacios has undergone a major transformation in the last few years. The mixed Ladino and Miskito town—the second largest town in La Mosquitía, after Puerto Lempira—was for decades the main entryway into... Read more

  • Reserva La Bíosfera del Río Plátano

    La Mosquitía has become synonymous with the Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve, and it's not hard to see why. The massive preserve houses more than 525,000 hectares (1.3 million acres) of tropical forests... Read more