Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve is one of the few remaining tropical rainforest areas in Central America. It covers an area of 5,250 square kilometers in La Mosquitia region, on the Caribbean coast of Hondorus. This is one of the largest forested area in Honduras with a rich biodiversity. However much of it remains unrecorded.
The Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve is said to contain some 200 archaeological sites, including the site where Christopher Columbus first set foot on mainland America. However, much of these remain to be further excavated.
Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 6th session of the World Heritage Committee at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, on 13-17 December, 1982.
Photos of Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve
Río Plátano, Honduras
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details
Location: N 15 44 40 W 84 40 30
Inscription Year: 1982
Type of Site: Natural
Inscription Criteria: VII, VIII, IX, X
Location Map of Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve
The Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve is number 2 on the map.
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Visiting Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve
You can get in by boat from La Ceiba and Trujillo. There are chicken buses from La Ceiba to Tocoa. You can expect a bumpy 5-6 hour ride.