Unspoilt Honduras offers scuba diving at Roatán, rainforest national parks and Mayan ruins at Copán. Book with Journey Latin America.
The second largest country in Central America, Honduras - considered by many to be the quintessential banana republic - is a friendly, if little-visited, country with several splendid natural attractions. While the capital Tegucigalpa is in the south of the country, most visits focus on the central mountainous jungle scenery, archaeological treasures, Caribbean coastline and tropical islands to the north and east.
The country’s beautiful national parks are outstanding and offer rewarding wildlife viewing and bird-watching in swathes of protected rain and cloud forest. There are some excellent walking trails through the untouched tightly wooded highlands, so rugged as to make road transport difficult and circuitous: rural communities here are isolated with a slow-paced and traditional way of life. Honduras also hosts one of the Mayan world’s most impressive sites, the ruined jungle city of Copán, close to the frontier with Guatemala.
Along the sultry Caribbean coast there are some divine palm-fringed beaches, such as those at Tela, and small communities of Garifuna (descendants of African slaves and indigenous indian tribes) along with a swashbuckling history of piracy. Offshore are the relaxed coral Bay Islands – a Mecca for divers and snorkellers, with a good tourist infrastructure on the main island, Roatán.
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Places To Visit In Honduras
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Bay Islands and beaches
Astride the giant coral reef which extends into Belize lie the Bay Islands of Roatán, Utila and Guanaja, characterised by palm-shaded beaches and warm Caribbean waters.
Visit one of the most impressive Mayan ruins in Mesoamerica, which lies at the eastern limit of the empire.
Pico Bonito National Park
Encounter abundant wildlife in a biodiverse park of tropical hardwood forest, cloud forest, deep canyons, rivers and waterfalls.
Things to do
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The weather in Honduras is wide and varied
A friendly yet little-visited destination, Honduras is the second largest country in Central America and boasts many highlights. From mountainous jungle scenery to archaeological treasures, Caribbean coastline to tropical islands, travel in Honduras is possible year round. However, the dry season between December and April is generally considered the best time to visit, particularly if you wish to see the ruins at Copán. April also sees the start of Easter festivities for Semana Santa as well as the Punta Gorda festival which commemorates the arrival of the Garifuna communities with live music and dancing. From April pods of whale sharks can be spotted around the Bay Islands until September.
Despite being a small country, the dramatic mountainous landscapes mean weather conditions vary between regions and therefore some parts of the country are a few months ‘late’ to keep up with the conventional wet and dry seasons. Generally speaking May through November is the wet season and it is hotter and more humid with frequent afternoon downpours. As the season moves on rainfall increases and there is a low threat of tropical storms and hurricanes and humidity making it feel much hotter than it really is. If you are heading to the Bay Islands the water is at its clearest from March to September making it perfect for spotting the abundant marine life whilst snorkelling and scuba diving. November to July is best for Bird Watching, especially around the pristine tropical forest of Pico Bonito National Park.
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