Go on the Garifuna Tours from...
Favorite thing: Go on the Garifuna Tours from Tela. They are lots of fun, and a great bargain at $18 each for a 6-hour adventure. I missed the Punta Sal trip because it was too windy the day I was going, but I did the Laguna Micos (with Miami) and Punta Izopo (with Triunfo de la Cruz). Their office is just west and across the street from the town square. www.garifunatours.com.
Fondest memory: Soaking at Agua Caliente hot springs, near Trujillo, and getting the best complete massage of my life!
The beach at Utila. This is a...
Favorite thing: The beach at Utila. This is a pretty fine beach for a place where Honduras and Bay Island Guide says there is NO BEACH. Also noteworthy, there were many workers cleaning up the beach, thanks to Maduro's new policies.
When in Honduras one must go...
Favorite thing: When in Honduras one must go to and see Bay Islands, Roatan and/or Utila. Not to forget Copan and Trujillo.
For real adventure - Moskitia.
Fondest memory: My fondest memories are when visiting villages off the road, meeting with real people- The Indios, decendants of The Great Mayans, living there.
Monetary unit of Honduras....
Favorite thing: Monetary unit of Honduras. This is one lempira note - I find it most beautiful of all notes in circullation in this country. Also, the least expensive..:}
Fondest memory: Learning the story of this mighty warrior - Lempira, honored by his countryman for his bravery.
Study the map before you go...
Favorite thing: Study the map before you go anywhere.
If you start in Copan stop in Santa Rosa.Go to Tegucigalpa. See Choluteca and leave on an airconditioned bus for San Pedro Sula. Travel to Omoa, Pto.Cortes and stay a night in Tela. Find your way to La Ceiba. Go to nice places outside this town. Visit Trujillo. And definately visit the islands Roatan and Utila.
Fondest memory: Driving to Trujillo where the road ends and having a cup of tea on terrace, overlooking The Bay of Trujillo, at Villas Brinkley
The Honduran People
Fondest memory: In Honduras the people are mainly mestizo which is a mixture of indiginous indian and spanish. However, in the northern part of the country (where I was living) there was a large population of garifuna (see the picture). These people were brought to Honduras to work on the banana plantations. Many of the garifuna people living on the Bay Islands speak English in preference to Spanish.
The garifuna woman in Tela sell pan de coco on the beaches. If you go, you must try some!!
The music of the garifuna is the punta . It is a dance to the beat of a drum. I got quite proficient at doing the punta and let me tell you, it is GREAT exercise!!Related to:
- Study Abroad
- Arts and Culture
Fondest memory: The five stars symbolise the 5 countries in the original union of Central America - Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and El Salvador.
For a list of Honduran Consulates abroad click the link. This website is in Spanish.
All citizens of USA, NZ and Australia do not require a tourist visa to enter Honduras. I am not sure about the other countries' citizens but check the link to find your nearest consulate to get more details. Most tourists are issued with a 30 day visa that can be extended up to 6 months. If you are planning to study or work in Honduras then the appropriate visa will need to be obtained in advance from a consulate.
Take the public transportation...
Favorite thing: Take the public transportation (old school bus) to one of the villages. The ride will be long, hot and very bumpy, but well worth it. You must also go to the Mayan Indian Ruins.
Fondest memory: As we were leaving the village a young boy that had became very special to me was running barefoot behind the bus, waving as hard as he could. This just broke my heart because I would loved to have been able to bring him home with me to the States.
Ahhh- but I'm just kidding of...
Favorite thing: Ahhh- but I'm just kidding of course. Honduras lost a close match to the United States after a spectacular American goal, and there was no protest or dissent.
However, San Pedro Sula, as a city is unattractive, dangerous at night and not a place a tourist would like to hang around in. When you see that every store and hotel has private security guards who carry sawed off shot-guns, you sense that not everything is going well. I am also particularly not fond of being told by men in the street that I should pay them to watch my car, because the obvious implied threat is that something will happen to the car if I don't.
Anyway, after a somewhat restful night in the Executive Hotel (er- not recommended - except for the sweet young girl at the desk named Eva) I was off the next day driving 90 miles to the south to the town of Copan Ruinas. 15 minutes out of San Pedro Sula I was seeing the real Honduras, calm, rural farming country with tiny towns full of hard working and humble people.Related to:
If you would like to see the...
Favorite thing: If you would like to see the full set of my pictures of the Ruins at Copan you should visit my Mayan Page on MSN Communities.
Amazingly while looking at the carved steles in the main Plaza at Copan, I heard a rustling sound and then to my surprise saw a group of 6 deer come bounding down into the Plaza and then scurry off in the other direction.It was a very pleasant sight.....Related to:
Favorite thing: Copan Ruins are located in the western part of Republic of Honduras, in the department of Copan. The capital of this Department is the city of Santa Rosa de Copan, formerly known as 'Los Llanos'. Copan is the archeological city located south of the whole geographic area, and it is where the great Mayan Civilization developed and flourished. (The area is 325,000 square kilometers and comprises the southeastern part of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and part of El Salvador).
Favorite thing: Roatan Island is located in The Bay Islands, off the North coast of Honduras, in the Caribbean. Roatan is widely known for its great diving, unpopulated and unspoiled East End, trophy fishing, and colorful West End.
San Pedro Sula
Favorite thing: Located in the northern part of the country, San Pedro Sula is only a few miles from the coast and has always played a major role in Honduran history. The city was founded the 27th of June, 1536 by Don Pedro de Alvarado himself. The Spanish conqueror founded it with the name of 'Villa de San Pedro de Puerto Caballos' and within the next 5 years was known as San Pedro Sula, with the name Sula deriving from the local dialect Usula, meaning 'valley of birds'.
Tela is very beautiful beach...
Favorite thing: Tela is very beautiful beach place , not far from San Pedro Sula, which itself is quite boring huge town
Fondest memory: dont forget to make any Garifuna tours to national park..in Tela..it has wonderful nature around and the tours are real worth the money..you can find under
I have only been to the city...
Favorite thing: I have only been to the city of La Ceiba and area just after Hurricane Mitch, so not much was normal. I think the beach would have been nice if it was not for all the garbage and animal parts washed up on the shores after the hurricane. We noticed that there was a nice beach set up with bars etc. nearby to the beach. We tried to check our sense of smell at the door but it was not possible. The sewer systems are not like western ones as they have very low pressure partly due to being close to the equator I think.
Fondest memory: I will miss the inexpensive shopping. Some people were very friendly and some have relatives in Canada which makes for a good start to the conversation.
Copan Ruinas, Copan, Honduras
Good for: Solo
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Good for: Business
Bahia de Tela, Tela, Honduras
Good for: Business
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