Cayos Cochinos in La Ceiba, Honduras

About Cayos Cochinos

The Cayos Cochinos are a group of islands that is made up of two small islands (Cayo Menor and Cayo Grande) and 13 smaller cays of coral origin located 30 kilometers northeast of La Ceiba on the north coast of Honduras, although geographically they belong to the department Bay Islands and are part of the municipality of Roatán. The population was 108 at the 2001 census. The total land area measures around 2 km².

Cayos Cochinos is accessible by sea mainly from La Ceiba, Roatán and Nueva Armenia.

The islands are a protected marine area and are managed by the Honduran Foundation for Coral Reefs. The coral reef in this case is part of the second largest coral reef in the world, known as the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. There is a scientific research station on Cayo Menor, the smaller of the two main islands in the system.

Cayos Cochinos is home to a large number of endangered animals that are: the pink boa, black jamo or jamo de los cayos, the enchinada or wavy tarantula of Honduras, common tree frogs, La Guara roja or ara macao, manatees, and white-crowned pigeons , different types of sea turtles, Honduran white bats, salamanders and newts.

The archipelago is known for being the setting in which the survival reality Survivors: Lost in Honduras is recorded. Among others, the Mexican version of Survivor was also recorded in its fourth season titled La Isla, El Reality 2015.


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