Wednesday 18 November 2015

Cusuco National Park, Cofradia, Cortes

Fog-covered path and a frog
6 May 2015 | From Wilmer of Honduras

Cusuco National Park is in Cortes of Honduras. It was established on 1 January 1959 and covers an area of 234.4 square kilometres (90.5 sq mi). Popular destination for backpackers, travelers, hikers and expeditionaries following the Cusuco Mountain Backpacking Route. This park is barely known by locals and mostly visited by people looking for non tourist destinations. The difficult access roads have preserved this area.

Cusuco National Park boasts several endemic species, most of them being reptiles and insects. There are at least four endemic frog species, and two salamander species that have been identified within its territory. In addition, there is an abundance of gem beetles; truly unique, colourful creatures that have given the park a name worldwide by appearing on the cover of National Geographic magazine in February 2001!  Over 260 species of birds have been identified in the park.

Orchids, fog-covered paths, inspiring waterfalls, Cusuco National Park is a place full of miracles. If you set your eyes on the ground or gaze to the sky, you will surely find something amazing, from impressive ferns to tiny life forms which will wrap you anywhere you go.

The frog sitting on the branch is a Plectrohyla exquisita -  endemic to the Sierra de Omoa in the Cortés Department of northwestern Honduras.

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