The biggest and the second most populous country in Central America, Honduras is a vibrant and fascinating place. Slowly shedding its violent reputation, today, this country has become the hotspot for tourists looking to get off the beaten path. Honduras has an enormous amount of interesting things on offer for the curious traveler, from the ancient Mayan ruins of Copan and the colonial villages of Gracias and Comayagua to the natural parks and beautiful coastlines. The star attraction is definitely the Bay Islands, renowned for snorkeling and scuba diving. Honduras is also very famous for the production of coffee.
Best time to visit Honduras
The mountains in Honduras have a temperate climate and the lowlands have a tropical one. February to June is considered the best time to visit Honduras when the weather is dry and the trees are in full bloom. The La Ceiba Carnival, the biggest carnival in Central America, takes place during the month of May in Honduras.
Flights to Honduras
The major international airports in Honduras are La Mesa International Airport in San Pedro Sula, Toncontín International Airport in Tegucigalpa, and Juan Manuel Galvez International Airport in Roatan. The main international airlines serving the region are American Airlines, Spirit, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines
, Copa Air, Avianca, etc. From India, the airlines that operate connecting flights to Honduras are Lufthansa
, American Airlines, British Airways
, United Airlines
, Cop Air, Avianca, etc.
Accommodation in Honduras
Hotels in the capital city of Honduras, Tegucigalpa, and San Pedro Sula are plentiful. They range from midrange options (with tariffs starting at INR 6,000 approx.) to budget-friendly hostels (with tariffs starting at INR 1,500 approx.), with a small scattering of high-end hotels as well (with tariffs starting at INR 10,000 approx.). In the Bay Islands, beach resorts and jungle bungalows can be found. Also, a number of eco-lodges are available in La Ceiba.
Things to see and do in Honduras
Visit the archaeological site of Copan, housing the ancient ruins of Maya civilization. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Honduras. The tunnels underneath the ruins give an ‘otherworldly’ feeling. The stone temples, intricate hieroglyphs, and altars here are beautiful.
Head to the Bay Islands – Utila, Roatan, and Guanaja, for spectacular snorkeling and diving. Utila is the smallest and the most affordable of them all.
Honduras is famous for the national parks. The Pico Bonito National Park, the Celaque National Park, and the La Tigra National Park receive hordes of visitors. There’s an abundance of wildlife, from ocelots to pumas, hundreds of species of birds, etc.
Being part of the Carnaval de La Ceiba when in Honduras is a must! The streets transform into a party central, receiving more than half a million visitors each year. The main event is the parade called “La Feria de San Isidro”, which takes place along Avenida San Isidro.
Tegucigalpa is a maze of colonial-era buildings and bustling streets. The major attractions here are the Iglesia de Los Dolores, Catedral de Tegucigalpa, and Cristo del Picacho.
The colonial villages of Gracias and Comayagua are the hidden secrets of Honduras, and a must-visit.
Eating out in Honduras
In Honduras, the main meal is lunch. It consists of Tajadas (fried bananas), Frijoles (refried beans), tortillas, and rice. The must-try dishes in Honduras are Baleadas (a popular street food) and Desayuno Tipico or ‘typical breakfast’, consisting of beans, scrambled eggs, salty cheese, tortillas, and avocado. People in Honduras love coffee and offer some of the best. The coffee from Copan is a must-try.
Shopping in Honduras
Coffee, coffee liquor, cigars, Mayan figures, and Honduran Mahogany are popular souvenirs. You can also buy pottery and coconut-shelled jewelry.
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