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Honduras has more than 700 species of birds, and populations of rare mammals such as jaguars, pumas, ocelots, giant anteaters, tapir and mantled howler monkeys. Honduras has the region's most extensive tracts of cloud forest and the largest remaining area of primary forest. The northern coast of Honduras contains one of the last great tracts of intact primary forest in Central America.

This wilderness is one of the few large remnants of the forest that once covered most of the isthmus, forming a biological bridge between the great continents to the north and south. This is the mysterious region called Moskitia (also known as the Mosquito Coast), a land where the rivers are roads and you travel around in dugout canoes called pipantes. The Miskitia region is considered one of the world's few remaining undisturbed true wildernesses, and visiting it is an unforgettable experience for even seasoned ecotourists. Endangered species like the Baird's tapir, Harpys eagle and all give species of jungle cats thrive in the area's three principal biological zones - tropical rainforest, mangrove swamps and pine savannahs. The area is also dotted with little known archaeological sites and the fabled lost White City of the Maya is said to be hidden somewhere in its dense jungle.

The climb up the mountainside brings a gradual change in vegetation, which signifies changes in soil, precipitation levels and temperature as well. At each altitudinal floor there are dominant plants that indicate another ecological life zone. At one level, a plant related to bamboo, called jimilile, grows so dense that it becomes difficult to travel through it. At another level grows a palm with an edible flower called pacaya. At yet another level, an abundance of mosses and fog give visitors the feeling that they're in a Dracula movie. It is here that most visitors forget the physical pains of hiking and admire the masterwork of Mother Nature.

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