Craig and Dawn Brooks
Jul. 20, 2016
We took part in a 10 day Hummingbird photography tour starting in Tegucigalpa and ending in Pico Bonito Lodge, nr La Ceiba. From start to finish the tour worked as planned. Accommodation was generally very good with just one night where the accommodation was basic – we were told about this – and some nights where the accommodation was very good – at Panacam Lodge and Pico Bonito. Throughout the tour our guides William and Katinka were attentive to detail and very easy to get along with – nothing was too much trouble. We particularly enjoyed early morning breakfasts in the field, often with local food which was a nice touch, it was very good. We even had one day when in the middle of nowhere we had take out pizza – I’m not sure how they did it, but it was lovely, a nice change. We had no upset tummies as there was always hand cleaning gel available. From a bird watching perspective this tour is exactly as per the title, and we went to some lengths to see different and more specialised birds in more challenging locations, as well as some easier feeder visits. Of the just over 40 hummingbird species available in Honduras the trip recorded 31 in 10 days! We really enjoyed visiting Guanaja – the whole experience of the flight, short boat ride and laid back feel on the island. The whole experience was so good we have already booked to go back to do some more general birding!! Cannot wait.
May. 20, 2016
My experience was magical. From hiking through gorgeous forests, to meeting local guides, to being surrounded by dazzling hummingbirds while I ate my meals, this entire experience changed my life. This company is so impressive in how it seeks to improve the lives of Hondurans and the country itself by exposing visitors not only to its birds and forests, but to the culture and the people of Honduras. The guides are knowledgeable and warm, they take care of everything, including occasionally picking fruits right off the trees and feeding the guests!!! It was also significant because they keep their tours small, so everyone gets a chance to see the amazing birds through the scopes. I am definitely going back, and would recommend this company and their tours to anyone.
Apr. 24, 2016
This is my second review of Beaks and Peaks. I just returned from my second trip to Honduras and all I can say is that I would not be surprised if I am writing a third review in the future.Our group of ten spent 10 days at four different locations in Honduras, including William's amazing hometown of Gracias where we were fortunate to spot the Ocellated Quail and Honduran Emerald. Thank you also to El Club de Observación de Aves Tanunas.During out travels we met many different groups and individuals who are contributing to the conservation efforts and well-being of the country and people. Our trip included visits to the Abundant Life Christian School, Julio Bu’s home near Esperanza where his family attracts the hummingbird I most often see in Chicago (the Ruby-throated), and the Santa Barbara La Fuente de Vida project.Our trip ran like a well oiled machine. We were greeted at the airport by William and Katinka and their love for Honduras was apparent in all aspects of the trip. We were greeted at the airport, had comfortable transportation with a wonderful driver, and shared delicious traditional meals and hospitable accommodationsSafety was never a concern and we all witnessed the beauty and possibilities Honduras has to offer.Our trip – Honduras’ Birding Highlights – was amazing!William and Katinka made sure everyone had a wonderful trip. Their knowledge of Honduras and guiding skills are impeccable. I am still amazed at how many new birds I added to my Honduras list.Thank you William and Katinka. Love from Chicago, IL
Apr. 19, 2016
Beaks and Peaks’ William and Katinka were diligent in choosing inspiring locales for us to see a very nice variety of birds – mostly up close and sharing the beauty of Honduras. Their flexibility and attention to details and logistics in both food and lodging were also very pleasing. The van was comfortable in all aspects and their driver amazing. We also had the honor of meeting local people and sharing their dreams for a better future. We enjoyed our guides’ work ethic, efficient yet gentle guiding and sense of humor, a pleasure for everyone. I would highly recommend a return trip with them anytime. The trip was over before we knew it. If I had sharper eyes I would have seen closer to 140 new birds. What a delight!….