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Signature Honduras: Jungle, islands and Mayan ruins

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This low-key, little visited country shelters some of the top highlights for visitors in the region and here you will get to see them all: the intricate carvings at one of the Mayan Empire’s best preserved archaeological sites, Copán; the much lauded Lodge and Spa at Pico Bonito, set in a wildly biodiverse jungle-filled national park, and the sun-baked island Roatán, which hosts some of the best dive sites in the world.   

A holiday to Honduras may not immediately spring to mind when you are considering travelling to Central America, even though it is the largest country there. The unassuming population of this relatively undeveloped country is friendly and welcoming (on this nature and culture-focused holiday you will be avoiding some of the trickier cites) and you’ll enjoy a country with a relaxed, unhurried feel, your experiences unbothered by the presence of hordes of tourists.  You’ll be delighted to have uncovered a niche destination, quietly upgrading its infrastructure and slowly revealing its charms.

Holiday itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at San Pedro Sula, transfer to hotel.

Day 2

Transfer to Copán Ruinas.

Day 3

Guided tour of Copán ruins and museum.

Day 4

Guided visit to a coffee plantation.

Day 5

By road to Pico Bonito via Lancetilla National Park.

Day 6

Guided excursion to Cayos Cochinos.

Day 7

Day at leisure at Pico Bonito.

Day 8

Transfer to la Ceiba port for a ferry to Roatán Island.

Days 9-10

At leisure on the Caribbean island.

Day 11

Fly from Roatán to San Pedro to connect with your international flight.

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Bay Islands and beaches
The Bay Islands and the Beaches
Astride the giant coral reef which extends into Belize lie the Bay Islands of Roatán, Utila and Guanaja. Fringed with palm-shaded beaches and lapped by warm, glass-clear Caribbean waters they attract divers, snorkellers and barefoot holiday-makers in large numbers. The islands have a vivid history. Once the base for European pirate attacks on shipping, they were colonised by Carib Indians, former African slaves, and Garifuna communities, creating today’s cultural melting pot to which Honduran Latino immigrants are now adding their influence. It’s a laid-back ambience, beloved of budget travellers and sun-worshippers alike.   On the mainland opposite are a few agreeable resorts: Tela, within reach of glorious beaches, is the most significant.
When to go

The coastal lowlands have a hot tropical climate all year round with temperatures peaking over 30oC. On the islands, Oct - Feb is the season when rainfall may be heavy and hurricanes are possible. The best time to visit the islands is Mar - Sep when the water is clear and untroubled and there is plenty of sunshine during the day.

Language
Spanish, English, smatterings of French and Garifuna. Many people on the islands speak a version of Caribbean creole.
Getting local currency
Lempira. You can change US dollar cash or travellers cheques locally in banks and may be able to obtain cash advances at one or other of the banks on Roatán. You are, however, advised to acquire lempiras before heading to the islands, though US dollars cash are accepted in some places.
Time difference

GMT -6 hours.

Combines with
A few days at the eco-lodge in Pico Bonito National Park; further diving experiences across the border in neighbouring Belize.
Getting there

There are domestic flights (less than 25mins) to all the islands from La Ceiba and daily flights from the capital Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula to Roatán. Tela is accessible by road (93 km) from San Pedro Sula (1 hour 20mins).

Key events

Semana Santa, Easter. Celebrated from Thursday through to Easter Sunday.

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Copan
Copán is one of the most impressive Mayan ruins in Mesoamerica and lies at the eastern limit of the empire.  It is not as immense as the sites of Tikal (Guatemala) or Chichén Itzá (Mexico) but here, beneath the tentacles of greedy jungle vegetation, the craftsmanship has survived the vagaries of time - most impressively the intricate carvings of 21 stone columns, or stelae. distributed among the temples and ball courts. The renowned hieroglyphic stairway has 1,250 blocks carved with glyphs - the longest inscribed text in the New World.  Copán fell into decline soon after its apogée in the 8th century.
When to go
The low rolling hills where Copán is set have a hot tropical climate all year round with temperatures ranging from 25-30oC. The rainiest months are Jun - Sep. Sep - Nov is the principal period when hurricanes are possible.
Language

Spanish.

Getting local currency
Lempira. You are advised to acquire local currency (in small denominations if possible) in advance of a visit to Copán. Poor rates of exchange are offered at the frontier with Guatemala. You can change US dollar cash or travellers cheques in Honduran banks and may be able to obtain cash advances via the few ATMs in larger towns and cities. You may have ask your bank to authorise withdrawals before you leave the UK, and amounts may be limited. However these ATMs do not always accept foreign cards, which are also not usable in many smaller hotels and commerce.
Time difference

GMT -6 hours.

Combines with

The Mayan city of Tikal, Guatemala, easily accessed by land via the site at Quiriguá (2 hours: a further 3-4 hours to Flores for Tikal); a beach wind down at Tela (276 km), diving and snorkelling from the island of Roatán, 156 km.

Getting there

It’s a 3 hour drive from San Pedro Sula. Copán Ruinas is 12 km (30mins) from the border with Guatemala.

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Pico Bonito National Park
Pico Bonito National Park
Named after the bulky mountain protruding from the tropical landscape south of La Ceiba, Pico Bonito National Park - the largest in Honduras - stretches from sea level to 2,378m. The variation of altitude promises great biodiversity. The park shelters tropical hardwood forest, cloud forest, deep canyons, rivers and waterfalls.

The lower sections of the park are more accessible for visitors with a number of walking trails. The forests are home to a wide array of wildlife including jaguars, mountain lions, ocelots, armadillos, howler and spider monkeys and 275 bird species. Activities such as rafting and swimming are available in the park.
When to go
Pico Bonito’s climate varies with altitude. The lowest reaches have a hot tropical climate all year round with temperatures ranging from 25-30oC. The rainiest months are Jun - Sep. The best season for bird-watching is Nov - Jul. Sep - Nov is the principal period when hurricanes are possible.
Language

Spanish.

Getting local currency
Lempira. You are advised to acquire local currency (in small denominations if possible) in advance of a visit to Pico Bonito. You can change US dollar cash or travellers cheques in Honduran banks and may be able to obtain cash advances via the few ATMs in larger towns and cities. You may have to ask your bank to authorise withdrawals before you leave the UK and amounts may be limited.  However these ATMs do not always accept foreign cards, which are also not usable in many smaller hotels and commerce.
Time difference

GMT -6 hours.

Combines with

A beach wind down at Tela, 1.5 hours drive from La Ceiba (103 km); diving and snorkelling from the island of Roatán, a short flight from La Ceiba.

Getting there

The park is just a 30mins drive south from Las Ceiba on the coast and a pleasant 2.5 hours drive from San Pedro Sula or the town’s airport.


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