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Travel Guide to Honduras

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Travel Honduras - Travel Guide - Tropical Discovery
  • Tegucigalpa
  • 112,492 km2 (43,433 sq mi)
  • Average high 28°C (83°F) low 23°C (73°F)
  • UTC (GMT) -6 hrs
  • The Lempira (HNL) L23.4 = $1 USD.
  • Spanish
  • 8,866,351 (2017)
  • 14°6′N 87°13′W

Welcome to Honduras

Quite rightly, the reefs are called “the rain forests of the sea,” home to over 4,000 different types of fish and thousands of species of plants and animals. In Honduras, the reefs are pristine, the water is crystalline, the biodiversity and beauty of the flora and fauna unsurpassed. Honduras also hosts 15 national parks, 2 biosphere reserves, and 10 biological reserves. Among the most unexplored and extraordinary national parks is Pico Bonito, located just 3-kilometers from the Caribbean coastal town of La Ceiba. Class V white-water rafting/kayaking on the Cangrejal River and jungle trekking surrounded by primeval jungles and rare fauna, are among the adventure-filled possibilities awaiting the fearless voyager at Pico Bonito National Park. Couple all this with is world-famous archaeological Mayan site Copán near the Guatemala border, no doubt one of the Maya World's most beautiful as well as perhaps the best-preserved and most-studied archaeological sites in the world, and you have it all!!

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Honduras has a rich colonial legacy. Its churches, forts and ancient homes are a clear example. Over the past few decades, Honduras has also enforced strict measures to protect its natural resources. Today, these efforts have paid off, with more than 7 million acres of protected land, including 15 national parks, 2 biosphere reserves and 10 biological reserves safeguarding more than 200 bird and 20 mammal species.

 

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Honduras

History

Honduras' colonial history dates back to the year 1502 in the port of Trujillo. That's were Christopher Columbus became the first European to reach continental soil, on his last voyage to the New World. The location marks the beginning of a trend that lasted more than 300 years and created a variety of cultural and architectural displays. Places like Comayagua and Tegucigalpa in the center of the country, Omoa and Trujillo in the Caribbean coast, Choluteca in the Pacific and Gracias in the eastern region are some of the best examples. Civil, military and ecclesiastical structures throughout the national territory still stand as silent witnesses of three centuries of Spanish domination. Located in the western region, Gracias, the capital of the department of Lempira, is an important part of Honduras' cultural legacy. It's considered the best-kept colonial city in the country. Gracias is part of the Lenca Route, a tour that visits the Lenca indigenous towns that remain true to their traditions and also boast unique colonial architecture. The Lencas are actually the ancestors of the Mayas. They lived between the year 9,000 and 2,000 B.C, which leads some historians to believe that this culture cemented the true roots of Honduras' society.

 

Safety Tips

When traveling to any tourism destination you should always take some precautions. Follow our advice for a safe and pleasant visit Honduras!

  • Keep an eye on your luggage and don't ask strangers to watch it for you.
  • Carry a copy of your passport with you. Make sure it has your picture and date of entry to Honduras.
  • Keep your passport, return ticket and money in a safe place.
  • If using traveler's checks, write down the numbers and keep them separate.
  • Carry only the amount of cash you need for the day.
  • Keep a low profile with your video and photo cameras.
  • Remember that all taxies must be clearly identified.
  • Ask and negotiate the fare for your ride.
  • Exchange money in a bank or your hotel, never on the street.
  • Keep your wallet on you, in a safe place.
  • Try not to carry cash (remember that businesses in Honduras accept credit cards).
  • Tipping is normal in tourism related activities and services.
  • If you buy souvenirs, remember that negotiating the price is common practice in the country's markets.
  • If you rent a car, remember to carry your driver's license, copy of your passport and rental contract.
  • Obey by minimum and maximum speed laws.
  • Remember that using drugs or drinking and driving is strictly forbidden.
  • Wear your seatbelt at all times.
  • If a traffic officer (wearing a uniform and identification) requests it, stop the car.
  • Don't stop for strangers hitchhiking or waving on the street.
  • In case of an accident, wait for the traffic officer. Don't move the car from the exact spot of the accident.
  • Leave your car in a parking lot, never on the street.
  • Don't leave valuables in the car or in plain sight of passersby.
  • Be sure to lock all doors and close windows.
  • Follow only the clearly marked trails in parks.
  • If going on walks, form pairs or groups.
  • Don't touch or hurt plants and animals in the area.
  • In the beach, ask your hotel's front desk about dangerous areas, tides and undertow. Make sure there's a lifeguard on duty
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Hotel Marina Copán Copan Mayan Ruins Honduras

This beautiful hotel has been at the heart of the Copan Experience since 1945.

avg/night$118.00 SELECT

Mayan Princess Beach Resort Bay Islands: Roatan & Utila Honduras

Mayan Princess Beach Resort on the island of Roatan is a paradise for divers, snorkelers and beach lovers. Located on West Bay Beach, the prettiest beach in the Caribbean, we offer a spectacular setting for your vacation getaway.

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Pico Bonito Lodge La Ceiba & Pico Bonito National Park Honduras

The Lodge at Pico Bonito is a luxury nature resort located on Honduras' Caribbean coast only 30 minutes from the La Ceiba International Airport and nestled within the magnificent rainforest of the Pico Bonito National Park.

avg/night$225.00 SELECT

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