Introducing Lago de Yojoa
Largely undeveloped, and ringed by dense tropical forest, Lago de Yojoa is exceptionally scenic. Thanks to the indefatigable efforts of a local microbrewery owner to promote the region, the lake is now the most popular spot to break the journey between the Bay Islands and Nicaragua.
Lago de Yojoa's birdlife is world-class: the latest species count is up to 485 – over half the total in Honduras – including the elusive quetzal. You can also hike to remote waterfalls and to the summit of Santa Bárbara, visit coffee fincas, go tubing and zip-lining or row on the lake itself. As the lago is very shallow and there are lots of reeds close to shore, swimming is not that great.
The small town of Peña Blanca acts as a transport hub for the lake. There's an ATM here and some cheap hotels, but virtually all travelers stay at the D&D Brewery.