The largest lagoon in Atlantida gets its name from the monkeys that inhabit its shores. In Honduras, monkeys are typically referred to as “micos” and therefore, you could call this the Monkeys Lagoon! Los Micos Lagoon is one of the largest lagoons in Honduras, and it is located within the limits of the Jeannette Kawas National Park, also known as Punta Sal National Park. Getting to this lagoon, which is located on the western end of the Bay if Tela is relatively easy. If you are driving your own car, simply take the detour towards Indura Beach and Golf Resort, and just before you arrive at the gateway into the resort take the dirt road on your left. This road will take you to the Garifuna Village of Miami, which is on a sandbar between both, Los Micos Lagoon and the Caribbean Sea.
A tour to Los Micos Lagoon includes transfers from Tela in a 4X4 vehicle, boat ride and the chance to see many of the 350 species of birds that have been registered within the lagoon. Because of its enormous bio diversity, Los Micos is ideal for birdwatching.
One of the highlights of the tour to Los Micos Lagoon is the opportunity to visit one of the most authentic Garifuna villages in the world: Miami. Despite its jet set name, Miami is a small village with very basic services, where huts are made of wood and thatched palms. Pretty much like they were over 200 years ago when the Garifuna people first arrived to Honduras. Your lunch for this tour will actually be hand prepared by Garifuna women! It will be accompanied by a freshly cut coconut with refreshing coconut water.
To best enjoy this tour, make sure you bring some sun screen, as well as a hat, your bathing suit and your camera. If you have binoculars, this is a great time to use them and spot all of those elusive birds that live in the mangrove forests.
The best tour operators to hire for this tour are Garifuna Tours and Eco di Mare Tours, both based in Tela.