Punta Sal National Park is officially referred to as Jeanette Kawas National Park and is located on the western end of bay of tela. Established in 1988, it covers an area of about 781.62 km2. This park is considered as one of the important national parks in Honduras looking at its size and biodiversity. The name of the park was changed from its previous name honoring the famous environmental activist and PROLANSATE president Jeanette Kawas. It is also placed in the list of wetlands of international importance.
The park is made up of marine, terrestrial and wetlands ecosystems containing a diversity of flora and fauna. This has attracted a lot of biologists and researchers to visit and explore it. The park also houses some assorted varieties of tropical forests, mangrove forests, inundated forests, lagoon and rivers. The park includes two separate and well defined area named peninsula and lagoon. One can also take a boat ride on the boats hanging out at the sand bar of the Lancetilla River. And, relaxing on the Puerto Caribe beach is just an icing on the cake for the visitors.
Taking a trail at the on the short hike across the peninsula is a lovely trekking experience. One can view many birds and animals around during the trekking experience. The Garifuna village of Miami offers a true experience for the visitors about the village life. The village is built entirely on thatched hut and the villagers have been living there for about two hundred years thus making the tour to Punta Sal both a cultural as well as natural experience.
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