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From rolling green hills and rushing creeks surrounding ancient Mayan ruins in the west, to the congested explosion of mountain-surrounded capital, Tegucigalpa, to the almost uninhabited rainforest in the northeast, to one of the premier diving retreats in the world at Honduras’ portion of the second-largest barrier reef in the world, Honduras offers a surprising combination of excellent travel options. The fact that apart from the ruins at Copan and the Bay Islands, the country is rarely visited by tourists is appealing to all those who want to get a pure taste of Central American culture.

 

 

Weather and Climate

March and April are the best times to visit Honduras, although the weather depends largely on the region of the country. The Caribbean Coast is wet and hot from October to February and the climate hot and drier the rest of the year. The Mosquitia Region in the northeast is rainforest, so while November and December are the wettest months, you should expect rain year-round. In higher altitudes, like the capital of Tegucigalpa May to November is wet and temperate. December to February brings cool dry days with cooler nights, while March and April have warm days and cool nights.

 

 

People and Culture

Although suffering from economic hardships and a high HIV/AIDS rate on the Caribbean coast, Hondurans are warm and welcoming. You will find a variety of cultures, especially on the coast, where, in addition to Latino Hondurans, there are many descendents of Jamaican and other Caribbean people from the times of British rule. The Garífuna people are a mixture of African and Carib Indians and have their own language, a mixture of Arawak, French, Yoruba and maybe more, as well as their own foods, dance, music and religion. In the Mosquitia Region, there are many isolated tribal groups that use the rainforest in similar ways to their ancestors did thousands of years ago. All of these communities have started opening their doors to tourism.

 

 

Among the highlights in Honduras are:

 

 

- The beautiful Bay Islands, Honduras’ most popular tourist destination, consist of three large islands: Utila, Roatán and Guanaja; they are surrounded by about 70 smaller, mostly uninhabited islets, and an extension the world’s second-largest coral reef after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

 

 - The Ruins at Copan are believed to have been inhabited by the Maya as early as 1200 BC and are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not as impressive in size as Tikal in Guatemala or pre-Columbian ruins in Mexico, the Copan Ruins nonetheless have some intricately carved pillars, or stelae, of former leaders and a well-preserved ball court. Excavation is still in process and some of the pyramids remain partially buried.

 

-The Mosquitia, or Mosquito Coast, is a large rainforest that fills Honduras’ northeast corner along the Caribbean Coast. This forested, swampy section of Honduras is rich in wildlife and flora and is sparsely inhabited with native tribal groups that still practice traditional lifestyles.

Honduras is a nature lover's paradise in the heartland of Central America.

You can immerse yourself in its National Parks, Mayan Ruins, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, Mosquito Coast, from towering mountains to coastal plains and 500 miles of the most pristine beaches in Central America. It also boasts one of the Western Hemisphere's most complete botanical garden, in Lancetilla, with exotic plants and birds native to Central America as well as plants from around the globe.

The beautiful Bay Islands are just 30 miles off the coastline, located in the second largest Barrier Reef of the world!

The Ancient Mayan Copan ruins are a Unesco World Heritage Site famous for the elaborate artwork and carvings found beneath hundred year-old giant trees. Copan at its peak was considered the Paris of the Mayan civilization.

Honduras also holds another mystery at The Cave of the Glowing Skulls filmed in a special documentary for Discovery Channel.

You will also see why author O'Henry fell in love with Honduras and set his famous book Cabbages and Kings the country which for a period he called  home.

Honduras boasts four international airports, San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa, La Ceiba, and Roatan.

 







10 Dec 2008

The coolest dive spots in Honduras

Scuba Diving

110109\"A bad day diving is better than a good day at work,\" says a sticker on the dock at Anthony\'s Key Resort. But, I don\'t believe there is ever a bad day of diving on the island of Roatan.Throughout ...
Diving
Roatán, Honduras

Diving

Many people come to Little Corn to get their Open Water certification ($305). It's hard to think of a more pleasant environment to do this. The waters around also have a spectacular array of fish ...
Diving, Diving Info., Diving School
Nicaragua

Diving

Scuba diving is one of the most popular activities on Big Corn Island. Divers exploring the sea around Big Corn will have plenty of eye candy, especially the famous “Blowing Rock.” This ...
Diving
Nicaragua

Dolphin Dive

With over 20 unique dive sites including outstanding coral reef, caves, tunnels, overhangs and swim-throughs, scuba-diving near Little Corn Island offers something for everyone from first-timers to ...
Diving
Nicaragua

Diving in San Juan del Sur

The surrounding beaches in the municipality of San Juan del Sur offer greet coral reefs and a variety of interesting and colorful tropical fish. From July to February, Olive Ridley turtles can be ...
Diving
San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

Snorkel Cozumel - far reefs

107039There are several stalls at the ferry dock who offer this trip, which usually heads to two sites, but bargain hard and you should be able to get an affordable price or an extra site. It takes around ...
Diving, Boating
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Snorkel Cozumel - close reefs

107036Making a trip out to Cozumel from Playa del Carmen is worthwhile to head out to some good snorkeling sites, although it can cost a bit when you add on the ferry ride so make the most of it and stay ...
Boating, Diving
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Caye Caulker Reserve

106907This is a cheaper option if you cannot afford to splash out on the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Most trips come with an in-sea guide and visit three sites, but you get what you pay for and because the ...
Diving
Caye Caulker, Belize

Hol Chan Marine Park

106903This trip offers some of the best and most varied snorkelling on the entire East coast of Central America. Most tours, which include an in-sea guide, covering three sites-the Coral Gardens off Caye ...
Diving
Caye Caulker, Belize

Diving

106805These trips follow the same routes as the snorkel routes and are usually combined with them, with divers lining up to one guide and snorkelers to another. Dive sites differ from snorkel sites, ...
Diving
Placencia, Belize

Blue Bayou

106774 This is a good spot for a half day trip to the beach and a snorkelling site. The road heads out of the main part of town for about five-to-ten minutes to a small sandy beach, which can become busy ...
Diving, Beach, Adventure Tour
Utila, Honduras

Best museums in Honduras

Convento y Iglesa de San Fransisco

104583This fascinating place keeps even the non-Museum person interested. The complex, which dates to the 16th century, is a pleasant place, planted with tall palms in the central courtyard, and is ...
Museum
Granada, Nicaragua

Gallery of Heroes and Martyrs

130515This moving tribute was founded and is run by the mothers of widows of soldiers killed in the Sandinista Revolution. Although the displays are a bit makeshift, the murals, photos, articles of ...
Museum
Esteli, Nicaragua

Casa Museo Comandante Carlos Fonseca

130609In order to get a sense of the roots of the Nicaraguan Communist movement, you might want to visit the childhood home of FSLN founder, Carlos Fonseca. On display are photographs of Fonseca throughout ...
Museum
Matagalpa Activities, Matagalpa, Nicaragua

Diego Rivera House and Museum

This restored house and museum is a tribute to Guanajuato’s favorite son, muralist Diego Rivers. He was born and spent his youth at this home, located at 47 Positos Street. It has been restored to ...
Museum
Guanajuato, Mexico

Palacio Nacional de la Cultura

With the Casa Presidential and Catedral Vieja off limits, the only building along the Plaza de la Revolucción that you can really explore inside and out is the Palacio Nacional de la Cultura, an ...
Museum
Managua, Nicaragua

Museo Galería Héroes y Martires

The Museo Galería Héroes y Martires, located just inside one of the main entrances to the Alcaldia de Masaya, is an unabashed tribute to the Sandinistas and their fight against Somoza’s national ...
Museum
Masaya, Nicaragua

Museo Arqueologico Gregorio Aguilar Barea

130733Part portrait gallery, part museum and part old fashioned freak show, this eclectic assemblage of artifacts is the one place in town where Juigalpa’s history is on display. Half the museum consists ...
Museum
Juigalpa, Central Nicaragua, Nicaragua

Museo Casa Del Risco (Centro Cultural Isidro Fabela)

San Ángel’s Museo Casa del Risco, or House of the Cliff, is an 18th century palace, once the family home of Don Isidro Fabela and Dona Josefina de Fabela. Now it is a free museum, located on ...
Museum
San Ángel , Mexico City, Mexico

Guanajuato Mummy Museum

Aficionados of the spooky, gruesome or simply bizarre will not want to miss a trip to the Mummy Museum in Guanajuato. Unlike most of the other mummies housed in museums around the world, the ones in ...
Museum
Guanajuato, Mexico

Museo Amparo

A treat for those who love art, archeology and history, Museo Amparo is one of the highlights of Puebla. The museum’s mazes lead (or lose) visitors in changing exhibitions of modern art and ...
Museum
Centro Histórico, Puebla, Mexico

Museo De Arte Carrillo Gil

The Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil in San Ángel occupies an important place in México City’s modern art world. The museum houses 1,775 works, most of them from the personal collection of Dr. ...
Museum
San Ángel , Mexico City, Mexico
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