Max Elvir, a tireless promoter of tourism in western Honduras, runs Lenca Travel (tel. 504/9997-5340, lencatours [at] gmail [dot] com) in Santa Rosa, offering tours of surrounding villages and natural areas, including Celaque, Monte Quetzal, Belén Gualcho, farther afield to Celaque, Gracias, La Campa, San Juan, and Erandique, and any other place you might want to visit.
Max works exclusively with small groups, and his tours are all customized to the interests of the traveler, and can even include learning about medicinal plants or a culinary class if the visitor is so inclined. A day tour to Belén Gualcho, Corquín, and an organic coffee farm runs US$25 per person for a group of four or more. If you have your own wheels, Max charges US$75 a day for guiding services.
There is an association of guides that can be contacted through Santa Rosa’s tourism office (tel. 504/662-2234 turismosrc [at] yahoo [dot] com), but these should be booked in advance, as many have other jobs as well.
© Chris Humphrey and Amy E. Robertson from Moon Honduras, 5th Edition