Two large totem-like statues representing ancient Indian figures welcome the hungry to Tegucigalpa‘s El Patio. Established in 1977, El Patio is one of the best-known restaurants in Honduras, noted for the great food and lively atmosphere. Delicious appetizers are served on top of the traditional anafres, clay pots containing hot coal. But El Patio’s claim to fame comes in the form of lip-smacking meat skewers and steaks, grilled on coal, as per local Honduran traditions.
Not far away from the Maya Ruins of Copan, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is Hacienda San Lucas, a property sprawling over 300 acres of land in a striking natural setting. Hacienda San Lucas has been pioneering sustainable ecotourism in Honduras since 2000. In addition to offering lodging, the hacienda takes pride in its miracle-making kitchen, expertly run by Doña Flavia, where courses inspired by traditional Maya cuisine are lovingly prepared. Maize, squash and beans, the founding elements of Mayan gastronomy, are used as the base for most dishes. Many preparations involve a wood fire hearth as the Maya believed that smoke carries the spirit of what is burnt to the gods.
Hacienda San Lucas, Copan Ruinas, Copan, Honduras, +504 2651 4495