Parque Nacional La Tigra

sights / Parks & gardens

Lonely Planet review

Covering 238 sq km of rugged forest, Parque Nacional La Tigra is a short distance northeast of the capital. The park includes cloud forest and dry pine forest, numerous rivers and waterfalls, and a large and varied (but exceedingly shy) population of mammals, including pumas, peccaries, armadillos and agoutis (rabbit-sized rodents). Somewhat easier to spy are the park’s numerous birds – 350 species in all – making La Tigra the country’s best bird-watching spot after Lago de Yojoa. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a quetzal, a distinctive aqua-colored bird with long tail feathers. Impossible to miss is the park’s exuberant flora: lush trees, vines, lichens, large ferns, colorful mushrooms, bromeliads and a million orchids (so it seems).