Beaks and Peaks is an ethically and ecologically responsible birding and adventure tour company based in Gracias Lempira, Honduras. Sustainability, authenticity and diversity are the core values our company is built on. In combining the extensive knowledge and experience of Honduras’ very best guides and naturalists with the hospitality and authenticity of the local communities we strive to create a successful, productive partnership that benefits all.
Living here we have in-depth knowledge of local politics, economics and culture. We are aware of the strengths and weaknesses of the country and the society we live in. In the first place we aim at showing you those strengths: the unspoilt natural beauty, the charming local people, the stunning flora and fauna. But we also need to protect that natural beauty and aim at bettering the lives of the people. We therefore try to involve local communities, businesses and guides into our tours where possible and we support several projects which we believe will contribute to raising the standard of living and protecting our natural resources.
Beaks and Peaks does not just offer tours. We seek to offer experiences — unique, authentic, unforgettable experiences. We want to create memories you will want to share with your friends, colleagues and family back home. And in doing so we hope strive to change the world… your world, our world, our people’s world.
Honduras is a beautiful, remarkably diverse country that has an extraordinary range of experiences to offer to the adventurous traveler, from discovering the amazing avifauna or visiting spectacular mountains and forests to exploring the Pacific and Caribbean coasts and having a taste of the true Hondureño culture. We at Beaks and Peaks make it our mission to reveal Honduras’ stunning, vibrant true colors to adventurous travelers. And what better way to experience this beauty than by spotting colorful exotic birds, hiking through virgin cloud forests or listening to the enthralling stories of the local people?
Honduras is the heart of Central America. The country is sandwiched between Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua. It has a long coastline in the north, on the Caribbean Sea, and a small piece on the Pacific coast in the south, the Gulf of Fonseca. The capital is Tegucigalpa, often abbreviated to Tegus. San Pedro Sula is the second largest city in the country and the economic center. Other towns of any size are La Ceiba on the north coast and the twin cities La Esperanza and Intibucá in the central highlands.
Honduras is a mountainous country (the highest point being Cerro de las Minas in Celaque NP, towering an impressive 2849m above sea level), with a whole range of vegetation and habitat types: rainforest, deciduous forest, pine forest, mangrove, sandy beaches (pearly white on the north coast, volcanic black in the south), cloud forests, and so on. That diversity in ecosystems also explains the huge variety of birds (776 species to date, and more are being discovered regularly), insects, plants, mammals…
Since Honduras has not yet been discovered by the big crowds of tourists, there are still many unspoiled natural places. Here you can still spend hours or days wandering the mountains and forests without ever encountering even one other person. Honduras is therefore a paradise for any nature lover.
William Orellana – General Manager and Tour Leader
William started watching birds at an early age in his hometown Gracias, Lempira, Honduras. William’s first career was with the government, where he eventually became a math professor and later worked for a NGO helping communities to develop.
He wisely decided on a complete change of career and started birding in 2005, rapidly becoming a key member of the Honduran Ornithology Association of Honduras (ASHO). William is also one of the best bird photographers throughout the country of Honduras.
William has travelled extensively in search of birds, visiting over 15 countries in Asia, Europe, North America and Central America. He has spent considerable time in the field. He also created the first youth birdwatching club in Honduras named Tanunas. William has a long experience and skills to show you the best of Honduras.
Katinka Domen – Operations Manager and Tour Leader
Katinka was born and raised in Belgium, where she started her professional life as an interpreter. However, a more hands-on career in ecotourism had always attracted her, so when the opportunity presented itself, she waved her old life goodbye and crossed the Atlantic to settle in her new home.
During her extensive travels in Europe, Africa, Australia and the Americas, Katinka has always insisted on traveling with an open mind, supporting local communities, learning about other cultures, and protecting the environment. A mindset she now applies in her work with Beaks and Peaks.
Katinka has built up a portfolio of adventure and birding tours, and rapidly became one of Honduras’ top birders and guides. Given her multilingual background, she can guide you in English, French, German, Dutch and Spanish. Katinka likes nothing better than introducing this magnificent country she now calls home to other visitors, and her enthusiasm and sense of adventure will no doubt kindle a passion for Honduras with anyone who visits.
Dr. Robert Lambeck – Advisor on Scientific Research and Community Programs
Dr. Lambeck is currently visiting Honduras from Australia. His research career with the Australian Government research organization, CSIRO, focused on the ecology and energetics of honeyeaters in Western Australia and on regional scale conservation planning and ecological restoration. Much of his work was conducted in partnership with local rural communities.
Here in Honduras, Robert is again working with local communities on Montaña Santa Barbara to develop a community-based conservation program underpinned in part by an ethical ecotourism venture.
Robert is a keen bird watcher and has birded extensively through parts of Africa, India, China, Australia, New Guinea, much of SE Asia, as well as North and Central America. South America will be his focus over the next couple of years.