Honduras is the second biggest and second most populated country in Central America. Bordered by Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, with stretches of coastline along the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, the country is, unfortunately, known for its high crime rates and dangerous levels of violence. Despite the hazards, it is a beautiful country for those who are extra-careful about their personal safety and are used to travelling to more edgy places.
For those who are curious, here are some features that could make Honduras a unique travel destination:
Warm clear waters tempt you to wade right in and splash around, whilst the glittering soft white sands entice you to relax as the warm sun caresses your body and gives you a deep suntan. The long stretches of Caribbean coast promise not to disappoint. Honduras certainly has its fair share of idyllic and picturesque beaches.
Excellent Diving and Snorkelling
Honduras boasts some top notch diving and snorkeling spots, thanks to a uniquely rich biodiversity. Get active and explore the underwater world. The spectacular Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the world’s second longest barrier reef, is off the coast of Honduras, providing plenty of opportunities to be dazzled and amazed. Large whale sharks enter the waters of Bay Island each year. The world’s largest fish, you can get up close and personal with these wondrous creatures.
Marvellous Mayan Ruins
Previously part of the area roamed by the mighty Mayans, Honduras still has some fabulous remains from the past. Copan Ruins, in the western part of the country, is an ancient Mayan archaeological site that offers a great peek into times gone by. Scarlet macaws shriek and soar overhead and you can see well-preserved and fascinating cultural relics. It is the best starting base to explore the Mayan Ruins of the area but is also an excellent place for watching exotic birds and exploring the mountains on horseback. With narrow, cobbled streets and towering structures, some of the best examples of Mayan art and sculptures can be found in this breezy mountain town. Enter the tunnels under the city to see where new temples were built over old ones.
The Beautiful Pulhapanzak Waterfall
The most exciting waterfall in Honduras, this majestic waterfall really is a sight for sore eyes. Just a bit shorter than the famous Niagara Falls, guides will lead you behind the raging waters and into a small cave. Feel the spray from the cascading water, and you can even stand right under the downpour if you wish! A great place of natural beauty, you can also cool right down in the heat of the day.
Honduras’ cuisine is rather tasty, relying heavily on the staples of beans and rice. Anafres is a traditional appetizer that consists of a refried black bean and cheese fondue, served hot over coals in a clay pot. Another favourite, especially for those with a sweet tooth, is the delicious Tres Leches Cake. A super sweet treat, the creamy dessert is served cold.
These are just five reasons that could make Honduras a holiday hotspot in years to come.