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Utila Guided Tours - by Iguana Station guides

Iguana Station Building - Click to enlarge
Iguana Station Building ©IRBS

The Iguana Station, a short walk away from Utila Town’s main road, plays a crucial role in the conservation of the endemic island’s iguana species Ctenosaura bakeri, called ‘Swamper’ or ‘Wishiwilli’. In addition to tours of our Iguana Research & Breeding Station exhibition, we also offer guided tours of the island of Utila.

Iguana Station Volunteers - Click to enlarge
Iguana Station Volunteers ©IRBS

Iron Bound Hiking Tour

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Iguana Swamper - Click to enlarge
Male Swamper Iguana ©IRBS
Iron Bound - Click to enlarge
The rocky shores of
Iron Bound ©IRBS

Perhaps one of the most unique natural spots in all of Honduras is Iron Bound. Massive volcanic rock formations where the Atlantic Ocean hits so hard that you can hear it from afar. The name of this spot renders a picture of hardness and force, but once you’re there you feel quite the opposite. The sound of the waves breaking over ancient stones is rather soothing, and makes you want to set up a hammock and read poetry on the wild beach. Ghost crabs, rainbow lizards, frigate birds, swamper iguanas (endemic), and chitons, are some of the animals that can be seen here.

     Tour Price: 150.00 Lempira ($US 8.00 approx) per person
Tour Duration: 4 Hours (approx)
                        (3 persons minimum tour group size)


Rock Harbor Hiking Tour

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Rock Harbor - Click to enlarge
Sandy Beaches of
Rock Harbor ©IRBS

Break into a world unknown to the common visitor of Utila. Rock Harbor, a large, beautiful bay and the main nesting site in Utila for the endangered Utila Iguana. Go as long as it is possible, because unfortunately streets and buildings are planned in the area. Crystal clear turquoise waters caressing immaculate coral reefs, a white-sand beach shaded by coconut and almond trees, and the most comfortable silence you will find around. But there’s a catch. To get to this paradise you have to cross one of the thickest mangrove forests of the island. Swamper iguanas (endemic), hummingbirds, wading birds, and an infinity of sounds will accompany you along the way.

     Tour Price: 150.00 Lempira ($US 8.00 approx) per person
Tour Duration: 4 Hours (approx)
                        (3 persons minimum tour group size)


Combined Iron Bound and Rock Harbor Hiking Tour

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Rock Harbor Forest - Click to enlarge
Utila Bush land on the route to Rock Harbor ©IRBS
Rock Harbor Pond - Click to enlarge
Rock Harbor Pond ©IRBS

For people who like long walks with varying landscapes- sandy beaches, mangroves- from Rock Harbour crossing Jake’s Bight Bay to Iron Bound’s rocky coast and returning through Utila’s dry forest. You definitely get wet when you walk around 100 meters across Jake’s Bight Bay. The best opportunity to see most of Utila’s ecosystems and varied wildlife.

     Tour Price: 150.00 Lempira ($US 8.00 approx) per person
Tour Duration: 4 Hours (approx)
                        (3 persons minimum tour group size)


Pumpkin Hill Hiking Tour

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View of Pumkin Hill - Click to enlarge
View of Pumpkin Hill ©IRBS

For people who like long walks with varying landscapes- sandy beaches, mangroves- from Rock Harbor crossing Jake’s Bight Bay to Iron Bound’s rocky coast and returning through Utila’s dry forest. You will definitely get wet when you walk around 100 meters across Jake’s Bight Bay. The best opportunity to see most of Utila’s ecosystems and varied wildlife.

     Tour Price: 150.00 Lempira ($US 8.00 approx) per person
Tour Duration: 4 Hours (approx)
                        (3 persons minimum tour group size)


Iguana Station Location: From Utila Municipal Dock, turn left into the main street towards Sandy Bay to the Utila Fire Station. At the Utila Fire Station, turn right and walk for around 10 minutes up the hill, past the Catholic Church and Roses Inn & Apartments. Take the road behind the closed 'Hennessey's Bar' on the left into the 'Iguana Road'. Then you reach the Iguana Station after ca. 300 m on the left hand side of the road.
Contact Information
Name: Jimena Castillo - Director Iguana Research and Breeding Station
Tel:  
Email:
Web: www.utila-iguana.de

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