The Lure of Central America 1680 , 13 Days

The Lure of Central America

On this two-week adventure through Central America we discover colonial towns in Nicaragua and El...

Honduras may not be as well-known as some of its Central American neighbors, but this hidden gem is a destination that should not be overlooked. From ancient Mayan ruins to pristine beaches, Honduras has something for every type of traveler.

The easiest way to travel to Honduras is by air, with direct flights from major US cities including Miami, Atlanta, and Houston. Tegucigalpa, the capital city, and San Pedro Sula are the two major airports in Honduras. Most visitors enter the country via these two airports. If you're driving, Honduras is accessible via the CA-1 highway that runs through Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

Honduras has a rich cultural heritage, with influences from Mayan, Spanish, and indigenous groups. The ancient Mayan ruins of Copán are a must-visit for history buffs. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in the western part of the country and features impressive pyramids, stone sculptures, and hieroglyphs.
For those interested in modern-day culture, the Garifuna people in the coastal town of La Ceiba have a unique history and traditions. They are descendants of West and Central African, Arawak, and Carib peoples, and have their own music, dance, and cuisine.

Honduras is a nature lover's paradise. The country boasts diverse landscapes, from the Caribbean coast to the rugged mountains of the interior. The Bay Islands, off the northern coast, are known for their crystal-clear waters, coral reefs, and excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities.

If you're looking for an adventure, head to Pico Bonito National Park. This protected area covers over 500 square miles of rainforest, rivers, and waterfalls, and is home to a variety of wildlife including jaguars, ocelots, and howler monkeys. You can go hiking, birdwatching, or take a zip-line tour through the forest canopy.

Like many countries in Central America, Honduras has a reputation for crime and violence. However, much of the violence is concentrated in specific areas and is often related to drug trafficking and gang activity. Most tourists who visit Honduras have a safe and enjoyable trip. As with any travel, it's important to exercise caution and be aware of your surroundings.

In conclusion, Honduras is a hidden gem in Central America, offering a unique blend of culture, history, nature, and adventure. With direct flights from major US cities and a relatively low cost of living, it's a destination that should be on every traveler's radar. So why not plan your next trip to Honduras and discover all that this beautiful country has to offer?


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