Honduras Travel Guide

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In the sad and grey month of February, let’s take a look at Honduras, Central America’s second largest country, both in terms of land surface and population.

Why Honduras, you may ask? Well, dear reader, because this country is an absolute delight from a traveler’s point of view. Visiting this blessed land will lead you to discovering beautiful colonial villages, like Comayagua and Gracias, ever-green National Parks like Moskitia, not to mention the breath-taking coastline, which offers some the best natural beauties of the Pacific and Caribbean.

I obviously refer to coral reefs and sandy beaches, the perfect places for spending this winter diving or snorkeling in exceptional tourist resorts.

But let’s not anticipate and start with the factoids: Honduras is the pearl of Central America, with a land surface of 112,090 square kilometers and a population of almost eight million.

Despite its absolutely marvelous natural beauty, unfortunately, Honduras wasn’t very lucky in terms of prosperity. Basically, what we’re dealing with here is a third world country with a relatively poor population and a low standard of living.

I know, it may sound like it’s a dangerous place to travel, and sometimes, well, that may be true. However, Honduras has a lot to offer to the intrepid tourist, despite the high crime risks in certain areas of the country.

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Behind the crime statistics, you can still admire the country’s magnificent scenery, the rain-forests and reefs, and especially the Bay Islands, which in my view are sitting comfortably in the World’s Top Twenty when it comes to Paradise-like places.

The archipelago (the Bay Islands) is the best place for swimming and diving in Central America and offers the rare opportunity to swim with friendly dolphins and/or admire the whale sharks. Basically, this is a “once in a lifetime” opportunity.

If you’re not the adventurous type, you can always settle for a hammock lounge or immerse in the party vibe on the beach.

The mainland of Honduras is filled with beautiful, golden sandy-beaches, the best in the Caribbean (okay, maybe I got carried away), but also with laid-back, coquette and lazy little towns like Trujillo, which has a rich pirate-history, or, why not, Garifuna, boasting its African-Caribbean culture.

As you can imagine, the national identity of Honduras is a melting pot of cultures, living in (more or less) harmony.

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What to see, what to do in Honduras

I must begin with the magnificent ruins of Copan, which is the ancient capital of the Maya empire and a testament to that ancient and hugely advanced culture, world renowned for its complicated carved stelae. Here you may visit the old yet well-preserved ruins of the great Acropolis, the Court of the Hieroglyphic Stairway and the Great Plaza. The city of Copan itself is a nice place to hang out, with its excellent hotels and restaurants, scattered on its cobbled streets.

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Comayagua is the place to visit if you’re a history buff, a place bursting with its history and heritage, being the first capital of the country and a jewel of Spanish-colonial age architecture. You’ll find here everything that can warm a history aficionado’s heart, ranging from tiny plaza and cobbled streets to grand churches and whitewashed houses. The best time to visit Comayagua is during Easter, Semana Santa in the local parlance, when the city celebrates the event in an effervescent and unique fashion.

If you’re the adventurous type, interested into visiting the untamed wilderness, Honduras presents you with La Mosquiitia, a places characterized by its raw natural beauty, consisting in tropical forests, rivers, mangroves and swamps, being a top-notch destination for ecotourists in South and Central America. Here you can discover the wonders of the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve, which sits on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Among the local specialties, you’ll definitely enjoy canopy touring and getting to know (and love) the local wildlife. Bird-watching is best savored on the Lake Yojoa, which is an absolute magnet for 100s of species of birds, some of them very rare, or you can go hiking in Pico Bonito, one of Honduras’s national parks and even practicing a wild-life boat safari on the canals of Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge.

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Scuba diving on the coral reefs makes for an excellent adventure, along with splashing out in the Bay Islands or re-living the pirate stories of Trujillo.

Food and Drink in Honduras

Honduras people are known as meat eaters, hence pork, chicken and beef are ranked high on the menus. Specialties include plato tipico, baleades, enchiladas, pastelito, tamales, sopa de caracol, yojoa fish, anafres, pinchos and tapado. Regional drinks include various brand of rum and beer.

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Visa Requirements

For visiting Honduras you’ll only require a valid passport, but no Visa.

 

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