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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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Ruins at Copan Honduras

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Treasures of Central America: Heritage of the Aztec and Mayan Empires

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Our insider tips for Honduras

Sophie Barber

Sophie Barber

Learn to scuba dive in English-speaking Roatán, the largest of the Bay Islands and an absolute Caribbean gem just 30km off the coast of Honduras. Famous for being one the most economical places in the world to do the PADI diving course, there are over 40 dive sites to explore once you have your certification. The diving is world-class with great visibility, calm warm waters and plenty of variety including wrecks, shallow coral gardens and plummeting walls of coral. Snorkelers or sun worshipers are equally well served, with beautiful West End beach and it's shallow off-shore reef. 
Rafe Stone

Rafe Stone

Visit the country's most extensive, impressive and best excavated Mayan ruins at Copán in the early morning and there is a good chance that you will virtually have the whole site to yourself, allowing you to wander in peace among the intricately sculpted stelae and altars that dot the grand plaza and the hieroglyphic stairway which climbs the side of a pyramid. Late afternoon is also a great time to see the howler monkeys as they awaken from their afternoon slumber.
Ben Line

Ben Line

Visit Pico Bonito National Park for a sublime rainforest experience in one of the least visited yet easily accessible national parks of Central America. Covering an area of 674km² that stretches from sea level to 2,378m, the park has tropical hardwood forest, deep jungle clad canyons, crystalline rivers and plunging waterfalls and is home to a wide array of wildlife including jaguar, ocelot, monkey and 275 bird species. With a multitude of activities available including rafting, hiking, kayaking and a canopy tower you shouldn’t stay any less than 3 nights.

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Honduras is often passed by during a visit to Central America but I’d say there are 3 unmissable highlights. The ruins of Copán, the so called “Paris” of the Mayas, whose illustrated  sculptures (stelae) have answered many questions about their culture. The national park of Pico Bonito is a paradise for bird watchers: the eco-lodge there has nature trails. Round off your holiday on the coast of Roatán Island discovering the underwater world of the incredible coral reefs  surrounding all  the Bay Islands:  it is the ideal place to learn to dive, as I did during my first visit to the country.

Lina

Lina Fuller

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