A small country in the heart of Central America, Honduras is known for its friendly people and hauntingly beautiful scenery.
Still relatively undeveloped, the country offers outstanding archaeological sites, the heritage of the ancient Maya civilization, endless tropical beaches and islands, national parks and protected areas, pristine landscapes and cloud forests nestled high in the mountains.
A wide variety of cuisine is on offer, but the main meal in any Honduran restaurant is the Plato Tipico, a mixed plate of barbecued meat and fried potatoes served with spicy sauces. The "tortilla" accompanies every typical meal and is served with beans, rice, fried banana and cream. Along the coast you will also find an excellent choice of fish and seafood restaurants.
Honduras offers a good mix of international standard hotels in the cities as well as smaller locally owned properties including haciendas and lodges in the jungle and on the beach.
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Where to go in Honduras
Official language: Spanish
Currency: Honduran Lempira (HNL)
Time zone: GMT −6 hours
International dialling code: +504
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The Mayan Ruins of Copan
Explore the ancient Mayan ruins of Copan, the highest cultural achievement of the ancient Maya civilisation, situated in the beautiful Copan Valley.
The Bay Islands
The Bay Islands situated off Honduras’ Atlantic coast are amid a rich marine biological reserve. Snorkel or scuba dive to explore the second greatest coral reef on earth off the shores of the Bay Islands.
We recommend a stay on Roatan, the main island, with dream-like white sand beaches and crystal clear calm waters.
Nature and Wildlife
Hike in mysterious cloud forests high in the mountains and national parks or go bird watching - Honduras is home to over 720 bird species.
Visit the vast tropical rainforest of La Mosquitia - at its heart lies the Rio Plátano Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or enjoy the sights of Pico Bonito National Park with lush rainforest and stunning scenery.
Swim in the clear waters of Yojoa Lake and enjoy the Pulhapanzak waterfalls, the most impressive in the country. Take to the water on clear jungle river rapids, coastal lagoons and narrow wetland canals.
When to go
Honduras is a year-round destination with an average temperature of 25°C. The rainy season lasts from May to October in the highlands and is characterised by clear skies before and after the showers so you still have plenty of sunshine. During this time temperatures are mild and pleasant and the landscape is blooming. It is hotter on the coast with the rainy season from November to mid-January and again in June.
Where to go next
Combine a trip with neighbouring countries in Central America of El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala with easy transfers by air or overland throughout the country making it easy to arrange a multi-destination itinerary.
Map of Honduras
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