While Honduras’ crime stats are frequently published all over the media, those that venture to Central America’s second largest country will be pleasantly surprised. Friendly locals, diverse wildlife and pristine scuba diving in Utila await, plus there are far fewer touts swarming around tourist attractions in Honduras.
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The Copán ruins are an ancient Mayan site, discovered in 1570 by Diego García de Palacio. This area was deeply important as a political, civil and religious center of the Copan Valley. The city was occupied by the Maya for around 2,000 years, and it was abandoned in the 10th century. It’s now a Unesco World Heritage site, and you can wander at will through the vast area and learn about the history of the ancient civilization. Explore the Maya citadel, where you’ll see portrait-style stone monuments called stelae, overlapping step-pyramids, and many ruined buildings.
Pico Bonito National Park is located in the Nobre de Dios mountain range, bordered in by pineapple plantations, cattle farms and the Rio Santiago and Cangrejal rivers. Inside the park is a mountain peak that reaches up to 2,435m (7,988ft) above sea level. Pico Bonito’s plant and wildlife vary from tropical forests in its valleys to high-elevation cloud forests on the peaks. A popular destination within the park is The Lodge at Pico Bonito, a privately owned ecolodge that is surrounded by lush wildlife and forestry. Pico Bonito is regarded as one of the best parks for outdoor activities in Honduras, and there are tours and other outdoor adventures such as kayaking or whitewater rafting.
This park is named after the environmental activist Jeannette Kawas who was murdered in 1995 after fighting to get this land protected status as a national park. It’s bursting with wildlife, from howler and white-faced monkeys on land to manatees and marine turtles in the sea, plus more than 100 species of birds in the air. The surroundings are just as varied, with lagoons, coral reefs, tropical rainforests, swamps and wetlands, making it a key tourist attraction in Honduras. Boat trips along the Río Ulúa are available to give travelers a chance to see the wildlife close up. Extreme adventurers might want to rent their own boat or hike solo, but more relaxed travelers can stick to an organized tour or ramble along the beautiful sandy beaches.
Roatán is a long, thin Bay Island that has become a popular Honduras tourist attraction in recent years. Diving and snorkeling among the abundant coral reefs attract most visitors, while West Bay is a popular place for travelers to stay – hotels range from budget options to more exclusive pricey stays. Although its beaches are the main draw, Roatán also has pine-forested mountainous areas, and the east side of the island is still relatively remote and unexplored.
Lake Yojoa, located in a cavity formed by volcanoes long ago, is the largest lake in Honduras, with a surface area of 79sq km (30sq mi). It is one of Honduras’ major tourist attractions. The lake is conveniently located along a highway that travels between Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, two of the country’s largest cities. Sadly, the lush landscape is threatened by deforestation, cattle ranching and development. From here, you can hike to a remote waterfall and visit nearby coffee plantations. Keep your eyes peeled for rare birds (nearly 500 species have seen around the shoreline).
The former capital of Honduras, Comayagua is a high elevation city found along the highway between Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, and famous for its Spanish colonial architecture. The city was an important place for politics and religion until it lost its title as the capital in 1880. Wander through the small city to view the stunning architecture; the cathedral has the oldest clock in the Americas, and the 16th-century neoclassical city hall is also impressive. During Easter, it is a great place to watch the traditional Catholic celebrations.
This Unesco World Heritage site is one of the best places to see the plants and animals of Central America’s tropical rainforest. Along with thick rainforests, open savannahs and mountainous regions, Río Plátano is home to more than 2,000 indigenous people and many important archeological sites. The best way to explore is on foot – book a guided hiking tour along the mountain trails and you might spot harpy eagles, colorful macaws, sloths and maybe even a jaguar hiding in the undergrowth. River rafting tours are also available for adrenaline seekers.
The Mosquitia biosphere reserve is one of the country’s last fully undeveloped areas. This area of swampy mangroves, untouched rainforests, and wild coastlines makes up almost a fifth of the entire country, and yet it only has two real roads and a modest population of indigenous peoples. You’ll find incredible wildlife, fantastic views and a thriving local culture. Far from your regular Honduras tourist attraction, a stay in Mosquitia is extremely basic – with no electricity or toilets – but it is an eye-opening experience for those with an adventurous spirit.
This national park is another well-conserved area of Honduras, located behind the city of San Pedro Sula. It’s no easy task getting into the park, because many roads can be inaccessible, but you can get the most out of your trip by hiring a local guide to help you navigate the forest as well as find tropical birds and other wildlife. More than 260 species of bird have been spotted in the park. The best time to see them is early morning; if you visit between April and June, you’re more likely to catch sight of parrots, toucans, and quetzals.
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