The large country of Honduras is the second biggest in the whole of Central America. It has many fascinating spots for visitors, and despite its reputation for being a bit dangerous, most visits are trouble free and very enjoyable. If one uses some common sense and follows some basic safety guidelines, the chances are that they will be fine. The country has some spectacular Mayan ruins as well as delightful colonial villages, gorgeous beaches, and stunning natural areas and national parks. Honduras is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna and visitors will certainly be able to find lots of things to do and see. There are usually good options when it comes to sleeping, eating, and drinking in the major cities and towns, although in other areas the facilities can be fairly basic.
If you are thinking about visiting this interesting country, have a look at this useful Honduras travel guide to help you plan your trip. It may even whet your appetite for adventure and fuel your desire to visit this wonderful place!
Many visitors can enter Honduras without a visa. Nationalities that do not need a visa include people from European Union countries, and citizens of Norway, Switzerland, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, and India. All people, with the exception of citizens of other Central American nations, however, must pay a small entrance fee when going into the country by land. Check online with the relevant Embassy or Consulate before finalizing your travel plans to ensure whether you need to arrange a visa in advance of travelling or not.
Getting to Honduras is relatively straight-forward. The main international airports are in San Pedro Sula, Roatan, and Tegucigalpa. One can enter by land from Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala and there are bus services connecting Honduras with neighbouring countries. There are also boats to and from Belize. Within Honduras, many of the major areas are linked by buses, although in the rural areas hitchhiking is common.
Spanish is the main language in Honduras, although it does have some variations when compared with the language used in Spain.
Honduras has hot and humid weather conditions almost all throughout the year. Temperatures do decrease, however, when one is at higher altitudes. The mountains are therefore cooler than the beaches and the cities.
Food and Drink
Traditional meals in Honduras are often very spicy. The cuisine is similar as to that found in other Central and South American countries, although some things may be different to what you are used to. For example, tacos are deep fried tortillas that have meat inside. If you want a dish that is unique to Honduras, try beleadas. Fried bananas and fried beans are also very popular. There are a few local beers, such as Imperial, Port Royal, and Salva Vida.
Places of Interest in Honduras
The capital city of Tegucigalpa has a number of interesting things to see and do, including several pretty colonial era churches, peaceful parks, the National Zoo, and museums. Beach lovers will enjoy La Ceiba, which is located on the Caribbean Coast, as well as the stunning Bay Islands. The Bay Islands are great for snorkelling and diving and you can explore the magnificent reef as well as seeing lots of marine life. Omoa also boasts lovely sandy beaches. The sparking Lake Yojoa is the country’s largest lake.
For a sense of history and to see beautiful architecture, visitors should check out Comayagua, Tela, and Gracias. Gracias is also close to the highest mountain in the country and the splendid Parque Celaque. Other places of natural interest include the Honduran Highlands, Cusuco National Park, and the Rio Platano. The truly adventurous could head to the remote and wild Mosquito Coast, which is still home to a variety of different tribal groups.
Copan is home to some excellent Mayan ruins and is usually high on the list of places to see in Honduras.