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Gumbalimba Park: The Most Instagrammable Spot in Roatan

Our time spent in Roatan was magical! I know I’ve used that word to describe this trip before, but it truly is the only accurate description. One of our (and our social media followers’) favorite parts of the whole vacation was our trip to Gumbalimba Park.

Our first day on the island ended with a walk through West End where we saw a sign for zip-lining. Despite my resistance (I’m terrified of heights ), my husband eventually talked me into it and we booked a canopy zip-line tour at Gumbalimba Park.

What we originally thought was ‘just a zip-line’ tour ended up being SO MUCH MORE! Little did we know that Gumbalimba Park would provide so much fun and dozens of cool photo opportunities. Every picture I posted of this park received tons of likes and comments on Facebook and Instagram.

Gumbalimba Park’s Photo Ops

The Zip-Line Tour

As I stated earlier, I am TERRIFIED of heights. As in my legs shake when climbing the ladder into the attic. I agreed to do this zip-line tour because my husband REALLY wanted to and I thought I could make it down one {little} zip-line without losing my shit.

What I didn’t realize that Gumbalimba Park offers a Zip-Line Canopy TOUR. It’s not just a zip down one little line, it’s a literal tour of the jungle canopy on SEVENTEEN different zip-lines that travel at speeds up to 48 miles per hour! We zipped from one platform to another, un-hooked our harness, re-hooked to another line, and zipped to the next platform seventeen times! I was terrified at first, but after about the 15th one I stopped shaking enough to enjoy it 

My husband on the other hand LOVED it! Careening through the jungle at insane speeds, whizzing by iguanas and tropical birds, and scaring the love of his life is apparently right up his alley. I have to admit, that despite my fear, I’m glad that I went. Not only was it an experience that I’ll never forget, but the pictures turned out pretty cool too!

Zip-Line tour in Gumbalimba Park in Roatan, Honduras.

(Before the zip-line tour began, when I was still brave enough to smile.)

things to do in Roatan see iguana

things to do in Roatan zip-line

(This was at the end of the tour, after I was safely on the ground.)

The Monkeys

Gumbalimba Park is not only a tourist attraction, but an animal preserve. The free-range capuchin monkeys are native to Central America and roam around the 20-acre park. They curious and friendly enough to jump right on your shoulder, pick your pockets, and play with your hat or sunglasses.

Photo opportunities abound with these cute little creatures! The guides at Gumbalimba are patient and willing to take tons of pictures for you or wait while you take a hundred selfies with your new furry friends.

My Instagram blew up after I posted a picture with a baby monkey peeking around the side of my head. I didn’t even mind posting a picture of my face sans make-up since that little cutie was in it!

things to do in Roatan hold the monkeys in Gumbalimba Park

things to do in Roatan see the monkeys in Gumbalimba Park

Playing with the monkeys at Gumbalimba Park was one of the highlights of our trip!

The Exotic Birds

The macaws and other exotic birds are free-flying and can be seen all over the park. However, there are guides along the way with birds trained to sit on your shoulder for pictures. These birds, like their monkey pals, are friendly and curious.

There are 19 species of macaws, many of which can be found on the island of Roatan. Fun Fact: The scarlet macaw is the National Bird of Honduras. We also saw hummingbirds and a toucan on our tour through Gumbalimba Park.

One reliable piece of advice about Instagram and Facebook followers is that they LOVE animals. Every picture I posted with my new critter friends was a smashing success!

things to do in Roatan see the birds in Gumbalimba Park

Hummingbird at Gumbalimba Park in Roatan.

Toucan at Gumbalimba Park in Roatan, Honduras.

Take a picture with exotic birds at Gumbalimba Park in Roatan

Coxen’s Cave & Insectarium

Coxen’s Cave is a man-made cave full of museum-quality pirate exhibits. Here you’ll learn about notorious plunderer John Coxen and the rest of Roatan’s pirate-filled history. There is also a 3-D model of the island on display in the cave, which notes several landmarks that you may have already seen.

Gumbalimba’s Insectarium is where you’ll become educated on all of Central America’s creepy-crawlies! There are frames full of giant beetles, shiny butterflies, and camouflaged moths. Fun fact: Central America is home to one of the largest and shiniest butterfly species in the world – the blue morpho butterfly.

One of the best features of Coxen’s Cave and the Insectarium is that it is air-conditioned!!! We probably spent too much time looking around and reading all of the informational plaques, just because escaping the heat and humidity felt so good!

Visit Coxen's Cave at Gumbalimba Park in Roatan.

Visit Gumbalimba Park's Insectarium to learn about blue morpho butterflies.

Bridge of Pirates

If you search Gumbalimba Park on Pinterest, you are sure to find gorgeous pictures of the Bridge of Pirates. It is 237 feet of swinging suspension bridge that separates the main park area from the animal sanctuary. If you want that Insta pic with a monkey or macaw, you have to cross it! The bridge traverses a small pond full of turtles.

It was shaky and normally I would have been terrified, but I had already survived seventeen freakin’ zip-lines, so I was feeling pretty invincible! However, there is a ‘Chicken Bridge’ (a.k.a a normal, stable bridge for sane people) if you don’t think you’ll make it across this one!

If you do brave the Bridge of Pirates, make sure you capture a picture for your Instagram! It’s sure to be a hit!

Walk across the Bridge of Pirate at Gumbalimba Park in Roatan, Honduras.

The Bridge of Pirates

(One of the gorgeous bridge pictures I had seen on Pinterest – courtesy of Landscape, Lifescape.)

The Beach

Gumbalimba Park is located in West Bay, which has some of the best beaches on the whole island! Their cabana on the beach offers snorkeling, SNUBA and Sea Trek tours, clear-bottomed kayaks, lounge chairs, and hammocks. Or for the little ones or those tired of the beach, there is a kid-friendly fresh-water pool!

Your Insta and Facebook feeds will explode after you post pictures of Roatan’s beautifully blue Caribbean water and colorful fish!

things to do in Roatan swimming

The fresh-water pool at Gumbalimba Park in Roatan.

(This picture of the pool is courtesy of gumbalimbapark.com)

Gumbalimba Park is a one-of-a-kind experience! The most Instagrammable pictures I took during our trip were at this beautiful park. From the monkeys and macaws to the lush surroundings to the beautiful beach, Gumbalimba Park is sure to captivate your social media followers!

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