2017-05-08T22:12:15+00:00

Wet & Wild at Yamari

04 DAYS / 03 NIGHTS

 

FROM LA CEIBA

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A diverse sample of Honduras highlights, including old mining towns, cities with beautiful colonial buildings, living cultures, natural parks and the magnificent Maya Ruins of Copán declared UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Your adventure begins with a short one-hour plane ride from La Ceiba directly into the impressive Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve, the largest tract of rainforest north of the Amazon, declared a World Heritage Site. The Reserve is a massive, road less natural area connected by waterways and traveled by locals and visitors alike in motorized dugout canoes or “pipantes”. In addition to some of Central America’s richest biodiversity, La Moskitia is also home to four distinct indigenous groups, each with their own unique culture, language, and traditions.

In Brus Laguna you will board a pipante for a 45-minute boat ride that will take you through a series of small creeks and lagoons, and into the heart of the Great Pine Savannah. The expansive savannah ecosystem Is a beautiful and mesmerizing landscape, here you will spend your first night in La Moskitia. The Yamari Savannah Cabañas sit on the shore of a small translucent river and off er great swimming holes, cool breezes, and some of the best bird watching in the region. Following a relaxing afternoon and a hearty dinner, you will get back in your pipante after dark to glide through some of the larger canals in search of caiman and crocodiles, a sky full of stars looming overhead. Visiting their dens along the river bank and using spotting lights, you will look for the red reflection of their eyes as they quietly rise to the water’s surface.

Beginning with a two hour boat ride to the Miskito community of Belen and the Pawanka Beach Cabañas. One of most beautiful lodging options in La Moskitia, three palm-thatched cabañas sit just ten meters from the Caribbean, cooled by the gentle ocean breezes. Belen also has a lovely dining area, which is located on the edge of a small fresh water lagoon and serves as a great spot for early evening bird watching. Aft er a tour of the friendly Miskito communities that are located along the coast, you will return to the cabanas along an endless beach as the sun sets over the Caribbean. Back in Belen the community will build a large beach bonfi re for dinner. While you eat, a local women’s group will present a cultural evening of traditional Miskito songs and dancing, passed down from generation to generation.

A short boat ride takes you to your next destination along the route, the welcoming community of Raista. In Raista, a rainforest adventure like no other awaits! Begin the morning with a two-hour rainforest hike during which you will look for two resident howler monkey troops who call the forest home. Th en, plunge into the cool waters of Paru Creek for an inner tube float under the forest canopy (or in a pipante if you prefer), with the chatter of parrots and the distant rumblings of howler monkeys overhead. Spend the evening in Raista at the family-owned ecolodge of the Bodden family –one of the first local families to become involved with ecotourism in the Reserve– where the matriarch of the family, Doña Elma, will fix you the best homecooked meal in the entire Caribbean.

A morning boat ride from Raista will take you back to the community of Brus Laguna, where your flight to La Ceiba will depart late morning, wrapping up your adventure in La Moskitia!

INCLUDED SERVICES

All transfers according to the itinerary, excursions with a specialized bilingual guide, 01 night accommodation at Yamari Eco-shelter, 01 night at Belen Community Cabañas, 01 night accommodation at Raista Ecolodge (basic accommodation). Flight La Ceiba/Brus Laguna and Flight Brus Laguna/La Ceiba. 03 Breakfasts, 03 lunches and 03 dinners.

  • Rio Platano
  • Brus Laguna
  • La Moskitia
  • Paru Creek
  • Birdwatching
2017-05-09T20:17:16+00:00

Copán Coffee Tour

HALF DAY TOUR

From Copán Ruinas

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The aroma of roasting coffee will dazzle your senses. It is here the magic takes place. Finca Santa Isabel uses time honored roasting techniques specific to each coffee blend, which combine temperature and time. This process produces the “medium-dark“ grade that is best suited to Honduran highlands coffee.

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Your tour begins high in the mountains, at the plant nursery where young plants are nurtured until they are ready to become a part of the Finca. Conventional, “modern” coffee plantations are encroaching on wildlife habitats all across the Americas, significantly reducing songbird populations. Using the traditional shade grown coffee methods offers a promising alternative, that benefits the environment as well as producing a better tasting coffee due to the natural sugar content of the soils.

Shade grown coffee yields a healthier bean, because chemical fertilizers are rarely used or needed. This non use of chemicals also provides a flourishing bird habitat and greater biodiversity, which sustains the rainforests.

Shade grown coffee farm support over 150 species of birds, so don’t forget your camera. You will have ample opportunity to observe birds, butterflies, plants, trees, medicinal herbs used by the locals, and maybe even some of the furry wildlife that thrive in this amazing tropical jungle.

This easy hike may dampen you, but not your appetite… Your lunch break will give you the opportunity to enjoy typical Honduran food and drink in the tranquility of the natural surroundings in our rustic, but comfortable ranch.

Next, you will take a short trek to the processing facilities where you will find very modern and efficient equipment that gets the beans ready for sun drying. after the drying process is complete, a special climate controlled storage area allows coffee to mature into a wonderfully mellow bean.

Your final destination is the roasting plant. The aroma of roasting coffee will dazzle your senses. It is here the magic takes place. Finca Santa Isabel uses time honored roasting techniques specific to each coffee blend, which combine temperature and time. This process produces the “medium-dark“ grade that is best suited to Honduran highlands coffee.

Of course, since coffee is best consumed as soon as possible after the roasting process, filling orders is strictly on a demand basis. coffee is immediately packaged in specifically designed bags to prevent introduction of oxygen and maintain moisture, then rushed to the customer. This attention to freshness allows a perfectly brewed cup of coffee… Enjoy!! • Meals included: Lunch.

Finca Santa Isabel processing methods observe all the requirements not only for eco-environmental aspects but also the social benefit of coffee cultivation, for workers in the finca and their families.

INCLUDED SERVICES

Round trip land transportation from your Hotel or the city to Finca Santa Isabel, guided tour to the coffee plantation and production plant. Local food lunch by the rainforest.

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Hat
  • Repellent
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Coffee finca
  • Coffee processing
  • Birdwatching
  • Hiking
  • Hands-on experience
  • Local Food
2017-05-09T20:25:45+00:00

HALF DAY TOUR

From Copán Ruinas

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Guided by an authentic native cowboy, starting at your hotel you will ride heading South, by crossing the Copán River.

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Horseback Riding

you will continue to a small but interesting Archaeological Site called Los Sapos (the toads). It is a common belief that the Mayan women used this place to come to give birth to their children.

The ride continues to the Hacienda San Lucas, from this restored 100 year old farmhouse you will relax enjoying some breathtaking lovely views of town and the valley while enjoying a refreshing cold beverage or a savory cup of Honduran coff ee. Later on you will be taken back to your hotel in Copán. • Meals included: None.

INCLUDED SERVICES

Round trip land transportation from your Hotel or the city to the starting point for the ride, a local cowboy will guide and assist you through the tour.

 

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Hat
  • Camera

 

  • Los Sapos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hacienda San Lucas
2017-09-22T04:22:05+00:00

Lancetilla Botanical Garden

FULL DAY TOUR

From Tela

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Just outside of Tela lies the second largest tropical botanical garden in the world: Lancetilla Botanical Gardens. Established by the Tela Railroad Co. as an experimental planting station, in this garden tropical plants from all around the world can be found, many of them bare exotic fruits, which have attracted a multitude of tropical birds that have made the park their home.

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Huge bamboo forests add a mystical atmosphere. After the guided tour of the gardens, you will continue your trip to the beautiful Beaches of Tela, some of the best in Central America. Here you will have time to enjoy the Caribbean Sea and the sun, after having a light lunch. • Meals included: Lunch.

INCLUDED SERVICES

Round trip land transportation from your Hotel or the city to the boats boarding place in Tela, boat guided tour to Lancetilla Botanical Garden. Water and soft drinks. Local food lunch by the beach.

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Hat
  • Repellent
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Birdwatching
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Local Food
2017-09-23T01:01:36+00:00

Jeannette Kawas National Park

FULL DAY TOUR

From Tela

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Formerly known as Punta Sal, Jeannette Kawas is a fantastic park in Tela accessible only by water. It is a unique reserve with abundant bird life, which is divided into two basic areas: The Península and the Lagoon of Los Micos. The Península is home to a tropical rain forest, and is inhabited by various interesting animals, the most visible of which is the howler monkey.

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This tour starts early in the morning. You will go on board of a motorboat which will take you to the Jeannette Kawas National Park. En route, with some luck you will see some dolphins.

You will cross the Península by feet during a 25 minutes hike over flat land to arrive at the very secluded cove of Puerto Escondido, reputed to have been a pirate hang out, where you will aboard the boat back. You may see different birds and with luck, some of the noisy howler monkeys, which inhabit the area. Lunch will be served at a pretty beach, before returning to San Pedro Sula. • Meals included: Lunch.

INCLUDED SERVICES

Round trip land transportation from your Hotel or the city to the boats boarding place in Tela, boat guided tour to Jeannette Kawas National Park. Water and soft drinks. Local food lunch by the beach.

  • Beach attire
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Wet shoes or sandals
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Repellent
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Wildlife Reserve
  • Garifuna Villages
  • Acquatic Birds
  • Hiking
  • Snorkeling
  • Local Food
2017-09-23T01:02:15+00:00

Punta Izopo National Park

FULL DAY TOUR

From Tela

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Located on the eastern end of the bay of Tela, only 12 km from the town, this unique area takes its name from the small mountain that dominates the area and comes out into the Caribbean: Izopo Mountain. The exuberant vegetation of this area, which is irrigated by the Plátano and Hicaque Rivers, is home to a large variety of wildlife, including tropical birds such as parrots and toucans, monkeys, alligators and turtles.

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Tela – Punta Izopo National Park

This tour also includes the opportunity of visiting the Garífuna town of Triunfo de la Cruz, where the Spanish Conquistador, Cristobal de Olid first disembarked on his quest to conquer Honduras, following orders of Hernan Cortes. • Meals included: Lunch.

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Round trip land transportation from your Hotel or the city to the kayaking boarding place at Rio Platano, kayak tour to Punta Izopo National Park.

  • Beach attire
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Wet shoes or sandals
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Repellent
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Wildlife Reserve
  • Garifuna Villages
  • Acquatic Birds
  • Mangroves
  • Kayaking
2017-05-11T14:20:12+00:00

FULL DAY TOUR

From La Ceiba

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Located only 30 km west of la Ceiba, this wildlife refuge is especially dedicated to the preservation of the habitat for the endangered manatee. It is located in the area between the Cuero and the Salado Rivers, hence the name of the reserve.

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Access to the reserve is via “burra” or hand powered railroad flatcar along the tracks of an old banana train of the Standard Fruit Co. Once within the reserve, we will take a boat tour, where with luck we will see different species of monkeys as well as a variety of acquatic birds.

The park protects about 35 species of animals, including manatees, jaguars, jabirus,whiteface monkeys and other species of monkeys, as well as alligators and a great diversity of fish species. The area is also rich in bird life, with 198 different species(about 28% of the total birds species found in Honduras). • Meals included: Snacks and soft drinks.

INCLUDED SERVICES

Round trip land transportation from your Hotel or the city to La Union, boat guided tour to Cuero y Salado.

  • Beach attire
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Wet shoes or sandals
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Repellent
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Garifuna Villages
  • Pink Boa
  • Coral reef
  • White sand beaches
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Clear waters
  • Arts & crafts
  • Typical food
2017-05-11T14:20:53+00:00

FULL DAY TOUR

From La Ceiba

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Cayos Cochinos are a unique set of keys located North East of La Ceiba, only a few km from the coast. They have been declared a national park by the Honduras Government. The reserve, managed by the Smithsonian Institute of Washington D. C. has limited access, and includes both the unique reefs, part of the barrier reef with the most biodiversity, and the second largest in the world, and the vegetation and wildlife of the keys.

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Our tour is by boat from La Ceiba, and includes lunch at a local restaurant and snorkeling equipment. In addition we will hike one of the trails on the keys, giving you an example of the natural richness of the marine reserve. The tour begins with a short 25 minutes bus ride from La Ceiba to Centro Turistico Sambo Creek in the Garifuna Community of Sambo Creek.

Upon arrival we board properly conditioned 2 motor boats, driven by experienced captains and tour guides who will lead us to Cayos Cochinos. There are several stops in interesting cays such as Bolaños fishing station, where you can enjoy and take pictures of magnificent views of the palm trees, white sand beaches and pristine turquoise waters. Continuing to Cayo Menor, at the Research Station an explanatory brief and an informative video on the marine natural monument of Cayos Cochinos is presented.

Around Cayo Menor, we enjoy beautiful cay’s beaches, there is time for snorkeling and swimming, and afterwards a mild hike on a trail in search of pink boa constrictor, the emblematic endemic species of the Cayos Cochinos.

Later on we sail to both Chachahuate cays: No. 1 and No. 2 making a final stop at the Chachahuate No. 1 where the local Garifuna offers delicious lunch (included), and the traditional ‘gifiti’ alcoholic beverage and handycrafts which you can buy at reasonable prices. After lunch we head back to the Sambo Creek community, finally arriving in La Ceiba City at about 3:30pm • Meals included: Lunch.

INCLUDED SERVICES

Round trip land transportation from your Hotel or the city to the boarding pier at Sambo Creek, boat guided tour to Cayos Cochinos, typical lunch at a Garifuna community.

  • Beach attire
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Wet shoes or sandals
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Repellent
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Garifuna Villages
  • Pink Boa
  • Coral reef
  • White sand beaches
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Clear waters
  • Arts & crafts
  • Typical food
2017-05-11T14:39:25+00:00

04 DAYS / 03 NIGHTS

HONDURAS | INTERACTIVE EXPEDITION

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Be part of a comprehensive wildlife survey with serious conservation and educational aims assisting in the development of an environmentally sensitive and sustainable management strategy. This marine wildlife experience will take you to one of the main Honduran marine sites located in the Caribbean Sea, to survey part of the world’s number one coral reef system in biodiversity and second largest in extension.

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You will be trained in snorkeling and coral reef survey techniques. Once trained you will participate in one of the reef survey programs in Cayos Cochinos to assess coral reef health. The purpose of the survey program is to provide data on the current biological status of the reefs and islands and of population levels of protected species within the marine protected area. All this as part of an international coral reef research activity, called the Reef Check Monitoring Program. Overnight at the key will be in the basic but comfortable eco–shelter of the Marine Research Center.

Meet and greet at La Ceiba Airport or at the Muelle de Cabotaje (Ferry Terminal) and transfer in to the Hotel. Overnight in Hotel La Quinta • Meals included: None.
Early morning departure by boat to the Marine Research Center at Cayo Menor, just upon arrival, breakfast and introductory lectures where you will learn about the Cayos Cochinos Foundation, its protected area, scientific research station, and the Mesoamerican Coral Reef System. In the afternoon brief snorkeling techniques instructions followed by a survey training course where you will learn to identify fish, coral, invertebrates and algae and the scientific methods to monitor reefs. Right away you will begin your hands–on survey work. The group will be split into smaller teams to participate in the Reef Check Monitoring Program. Overnight at the Marine Research Center • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
After breakfast, introductory brief about endemic species of the archipelago, followed by a hike over this magnificent key, to observe the wildlife, enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding small islands, with secluded white–sand beaches surrounded by a pristine turquoise sea. Afternoon time to swim or relax at the splendid beaches with abundance of fine shells, incredible views, and all the privacy and enchantment this remote paradise can offer, later on boat ride around the keys to visit small Garifuna villages and experience their culture, and culinary art. Overnight at the Marine Research Center • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Breakfast. Morning transfer by boat to La Ceiba, and then transfer to La Ceiba International Airport to board your flight, continue in the Ferry Boat or combine with a Copán or Roatan Extension. • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.

INCLUDED SERVICES

All land transfers according to itinerary in A/C vehicles, Entrance fees and excursions with bilingual guide (Spanish/English), Round trip boat transfers La Ceiba – Cayos Cochinos, 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, & 2 Dinners, 01 night accommodation in Hotel La Quinta, La Ceiba, 02 nights’ basic & shared accommodation in The Marine Research Centre, Cayos Cochinos, Training and Lectures by Marine Biologists.

IMPORTANT NOTES

Minimum Group size 10 passengers, Shared Accommodations, 2 bedrooms cabins with 2 bunk beds each (4 persons per room), Set meals along with the Marine Research Center Staff.

  • Cayos Cochinos Beach
  • Cayos Cochinos Canoes
  • Cayos Cochinos
  • Coral Reef
  • White Sand Beaches
  • Snorkeling
  • Diving
  • Wlidlife
  • Caribbean Island
  • Garifunas
  • Local Cuisine
  • Pink Boa
  • Research
2017-09-23T04:42:40+00:00

10 DAYS / 09 NIGHTS

FROM SAN PEDRO SULA OR TEGUCIGALPA

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A diverse sample of Honduras highlights, including old mining towns, cities with beautiful colonial buildings, living cultures, natural parks and the magnificent Maya Ruins of Copán declared UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Meet and greet at the International Airport of San Pedro Sula and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at the Gran Hotel Sula or similar. • Meals included: None.

After having breakfast, transfer to Tegucigalpa visiting Los Naranjos Archaeological Site at the Yojoa Lake. In the afternoon, you will visit the Valle de Angeles and Santa Lucia. Overnight at the Hotel Honduras Maya or similar. • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

Breakfast at your hotel and transfer to the colonial town of Comayagua, which is located only 37 km North of Tegucigalpa on the main highway to San Pedro Sula. Among the monuments that you will visit in this town are: the Cathedral, the Church of Las Mercedes and the Museum of Comayagua that offers a variety of artifacts dating from the colonial time. This city was the Capital of the country from 1542 until 1888. In the afternoon, transfer to a town called La Esperanza. Overnight at the Hotel Casa del Arrollo. • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

After breakfast, you will have the whole day to explore La Esperanza. La Esperanza is located about 1,600 meters over the sea level. Due to this altitude the climate is very cool, thus making it the ideal place for growing vegetables and fruits. La Esperanza is one of the few places in Honduras where the culture of the Lencas is still alive. You will have time enough to get to know their way of living and to observe how they produce their typical clothes. Today, you will visit la Casa de la Cultura and a beautiful Bosque Enano (forest with small trees). Overnight at the Hotel Casa del Arrollo. • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

After breakfast you will leave La Esperanza towards Gracias. Gracias was founded in 1536 and its colonial architecture and charm converts it into a very special place. Gracias was declared seat of the Audiencia de los Confines in April 1544, thus converting it into the capital of Central America and Honduras during this period of time. You will visit its colonial churches and afterwards you will have lunch in a restaurant called Guancascos from where you will have a splendid view of the town. In the afternoon, transfer to Santa Rosa de Copán where you will visit its church. Overnight at the Hotel Elvir • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

After breakfast, you will visit a Cigar Factory where famous Honduran cigars ranked 3rd in the world are produced. Here the whole process of producing cigars can be observed. Continuing journey to Copán, en-route we will visit the Archaeological Site of El Puente and its museum. Later on, will stop at Finca Santa Isabel, for the Copan Coffee Tour. Here you will hike downhill through nice trails and see with your own eyes the process of growing, harvesting and roasting coffee –the traditional shaded grown way, from the plant nursery to the last processing of the coffee beans. You will have lunch at a nice venue within the forest, close to a small waterfall. In the afternoon, we will leave this peaceful place towards Copán Ruins. Overnight in Hotel Marina Copan or similar. • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

After breakfast, you will visit the Main Archaeological Site of Copán, the Sculpture Museum and Las Sepulturas, the only restored residential area. In the afternoon, you will have the choice between two tours: Horseback Riding or the Butterfly Farm. Overnight in Hotel Marina Copan or similar. • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

After breakfast, you will visit the Macaw Mountain Bird Park close to Copán where you will have lunch. After lunch, you will go on towards Tela. En-route, you will visit the Guamilito Local Market. Overnight at the Hotel Villas Telamar. • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

In the morning, you will visit the Jeannette Kawas (Punta Sal) National Park. In the afternoon, we will take you to La Ceiba. Overnight at The Lodge at Pico Bonito. • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

After breakfast, you will visit the Butterfly Farm, its trails and the Snake House. Afterwards, we will take you to the Airport of La Ceiba, where you can take a flight back to San Pedro Sula or Tegucigalpa to connect you with your international flight. You can also take a plane to Roatan if you want to continue to the optional Bay Island extension. • Meals included: Breakfast.

INCLUDED SERVICES

All land transfers according to the itinerary in A/C units, excursions and entrance fees with a bilingual guide (Spanish / English), all accommodations as detailed. 09 breakfasts and 08 lunches.

  • Hieroglyphic Stairway
  • Colonial Church in Gracias Honduras
  • Easter Week Copan
  • Copan Coffee Tour Hanging Bridge
  • Lancetilla Honduras
  • Lencas From La Esperanza
  • Los Micos Lagoon Local Fisherman
  • Punta Sal Howler Monkeys
  • Yojoa Lake
  • Valle de Angeles
  • Santa Lucia
  • Comayagua
  • Lencas
  • Casa de la Cultura
  • Bosque Enano
  • Cigar Factory
  • El Puente
  • Copan Coffee Tour
  • Archaeological Site of Copán
  • Sculpture Museum
  • Las Sepulturas
  • Horseback Riding
  • Butterfly Farm
  • Macaw Mountain Bird Park
  • Jeannette Kawas National Park
  • The Lodge at Pico Bonito
  • Butterfly Farm
  • Snake House