Honduras Travel Guide

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Honduras is situated in Central America between Nicaragua and Guatemala to the north on the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Fonseca (in the N. Pacific Ocean) to the south, between Nicaragua and El Salvador.


The Pacific shore is not extensive, but the Caribbean coastline is much longer and incorporates the mostly uninhabited Mosquito Coast.


The Mayans once occupied Honduras and their culture spread down the Yucatan Peninsula , incorporating most of Central America . In the early 1500s Christopher Columbus landed in Honduras and colonization by the Spanish began. Honduras eventually gained independence in 1821. The population is mainly Mestizo (mix of European and Amerindian), Amerindian, some blacks and some whites. The major religion is Catholic with some Protestants. Spanish is the official language, with some Amerindian dialects also spoken as well as English in certain areas.


The capital city, Tegucigalpa, is located in the central part of the country and to date has few high rise buildings. The National Museum has exhibits of many Mayan artifacts. It makes a good starting point for a visit to Honduras as transportation to outlying areas and islands is available and most are within reach of a day-trip. During colonial times the city was a centre for mining activities. A popular area for dining and shopping is the business area of Boulevard Morazan. The centre of the city contains many interesting historical landmarks, including an 18 th C cathedral, along with several good museums.


Some other popular places to visit are Santa Lucia, Andorra, La Vella National Park and Comayagua. Although the country has many archeological sites and Mayan ruins, the most popular and interesting Mayan ruins are at Copán, near the border with Guatemala situated in a tropical forest, which adds to the enchantment. Copán can be reached from San Pedro Sula.

Honduras is a great holiday destination for those seeking many types of experiences. For beautiful and uncrowded beaches, the Caribbean coast is a must-see, where there are white sandy beaches, snorkeling and scuba diving, and relaxation is aided by island music and plenty of rum. The Bay Islands, comprising Roatan, Utila and Guanaja are located approx. 29 miles off the north coast, about an hour’s boat trip from the port of La Ceiba. There are three larger Bay Islands and the smaller of them, Utila, is a popular place for backpackers and those wishing to scuba dive. There are river destinations for those wanting to experience river rafting and kayaking.


Honduras has gained a reputation as being a excellent place to get certified for diving. The diving on the barrier reef is reputed to be some of the best in the world, with black and multi-coloured corals and lots of marine life, For nature lovers there are National Parks and wildlife sanctuaries. La Tigra National Park is located near Tegucigalpa. It is a beautiful area of lush forest where many species of flora and fauna can be found, including orchids, monkeys, pumas and hundreds of species of birds.


Weather / Climate:
The climate in Honduras is tropical, humid and hot for most of the year on the Caribbean coast. The temperatures can vary depending on the elevation rather than by season. Average maximum temp for the country is 89F and average low is 67F. Temperatures tend to be cooler in the mountainous regions.



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