Honduras Local Customs

  • City of Copan ruinas
    City of Copan ruinas
    by Jim_Eliason
  • City of Copan ruinas
    City of Copan ruinas
    by Jim_Eliason
  • City of Copan ruinas
    City of Copan ruinas
    by Jim_Eliason

Honduras Local Customs

  • Churches everywhere

    In the Western part of the country, at least, there are enough churches to satisfy even the most rabid colonial architecture aficionado. Some of the smallest, most humble examples can also be the most touching. We're not talking vertiginous naves and gold-laden altars here, but peaceful and cool sanctuaries, away from the sun and from the worries...

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  • Little variety in the cuisine

    The food I tried was good and inexpensive, but also remarkably unchanging. Except on the coast, where there is plenty of seafood, the fare is almost set in stone: plantains, pork chops, refried beans, hard cheese, eggs, avocado, and tortillas. You can add variety with licuados (fruit smoothies). And, of course, there is always plenty of coffee on...

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  • Strong family units

    I felt 100% safe in the parts of Honduras which I visited. Not coincidentally, I noticed that family ties are very strong there. Everyone seems to be carrying a toddler or accompanying a senior citizen. Even young men who sell bootleg DVDs do it while minding a baby. It's probably an oversimplification, but I had a feeling that Honduran society is...

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  • Getting Around the Water Issues

    When I was there several years ago, the water supply in Juticalpa was turned on from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., which would have worked fine except for during those hours the Sandinistas would on occasion sabbotage the water supply.I'm pretty sure washing clothes in the river was a common activity, regardless of whether the city had running water, and it...

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  • CURRENCY

    The money is Honduras is the Lempira named after an indio called Lempira. The lempira was fluctuating a little in between my two trips around 10-15 Lempiras for $1 US. The only currency of any real value in Honduras is the US Dollar. I wouldn't risk bringing other currencies. It was possible to get cash advances from my credit card at most major...

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  • Carving of the head of an old...

    Carving of the head of an old man. If you think about it, he must have been a Ruler - why else would they have gone through the trouble. Actually I have since learned it's the head of a bacab, one of fifteen around the base of a temple. 'bacabs' were representations of Mayan deities, and there were perhaps as many as 166 of these. In a complicated...

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  • The famous 'petroglyph' or...

    The famous 'petroglyph' or 'heiroglyph' staircase at Copan. If they ever get all these stones back in the proper order, they may be able to translate the Mayan writing some day. For all we know it just might say 'Please keep to the right.' hehe- just kidding!

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  • Another Mayan 'stele' Take...

    Another Mayan 'stele'Take the trouble to go up the road another kilometer and visit the connecting site known as 'Las Sepulturas.' It is called the 'tombs' for the burials found under the floors of the buildings. But perhaps more importantly it points to how Mayan society organized itself, with relatives of the Ruler of Copan probably being given...

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  • Honduran 'money' is the...

    Honduran 'money' is the Lempira, and the exchange rate as of 3/2001 was 15.25 Lempiras = $1 American. The currency is basically notes, so if you are owed in change for example 5.20 Lempira don't be surprised if you don't get the 20 centavos. Nobody likes the coins as they are basically worthless, so they tend to round things off.Rule of thumb:15...

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  • DON'T FORGET TO CLICK ON THE TRAVELOGUES

    Looks very Indian doesn't it? An interesting trivia fact > Only two early civilizations came to an understanding of the value of 0 in mathematics, and about the same time - 700AD. The Indians and the Maya.

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  • Some Mayan artisan must have...

    Some Mayan artisan must have had a lot of fun with this stone 'marker.' It looks a bit like a cartoon character.

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  • The famous 'Altar Q'...

    The famous 'Altar Q' depicting the 16 dynasties of the Rulers of Copan - 4 on each side.The most well known Ruler of Copan was '18 Rabbit' who ruled for 43 years. He was responsible for beginning the construction of Temple 22, the hieroglyphic staircase, and the extraordinary ballcourt.He was captured in an ambush by warriors from Quirigua, and...

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  • The Lenca people

    The Lenca Indians of Honduras were here with the Maya, and today remain a truly traditional culture. Independent, and frequently autonomously operating under their own "rule" (not the Honduran government's).This picture was taken in La Esperanza, western Honduras, near the border with El Salvador.

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  • Banana republic

    Honduras was the original banana republic, and is still one of the least developed and industrialized countries in Central America.

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  • Lempira

    The Indians resisted Spanish colonialism, and, by some accounts, almost managed to drive the colonizers from the mainland. The chief of the Lenca tribe, Lempira, led 30,000 Indians against the Spanish, but was treacherously murdered at peace talks in 1538, and by the following year resistance was crushed.

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  • When in Roatan, the islanders...

    When in Roatan, the islanders speak a mix between english, spanish and a local slang that noone could understand. Don't expect luxury there. People is nice but not extremely friendly. Don't be in a hurry... take your time..

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  • Internet connections are SLOW....

    Internet connections are SLOW. Hotmail is very slow connecting and also very slow in loading the inbox. People said that Yahoo mail was fast. Consider getting Yahoo mail before you travel or at least empty your inbox, and divert your junk mail before you leave. The cost of internet in Tela and Trujillo was 25 limp ($1.56) per half hour. I could...

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  • There is a police and military...

    There is a police and military presence on the streets of honduran cities. This is a result of new policies of the new president Maduro. He got them out of the offices and onto the streets. In my opinion, it is well done, and added to the safety of both nationals and tourists. The men were polite and professional. I didn't see any macho...

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  • Be careful when exchanging...

    Be careful when exchanging money especially in the market place. Take small bills eg US$20 being the largest as these are easier to change. Keep a close watch on your purse or wallet and also your passport. It is very difficult to get a replacement passport in Honduras as I know from experience especially if there is no consulate in Honduras.

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  • Ruinas de Copan.- Conjunto...

    Ruinas de Copan.- Conjunto arqueológico Maya. Situado a 10 minutos andando por un paseo peatonal del pueblo de Copan. Destacan el campo de pelota, en perfecto estado; la escalera de los jeroglíficos; la gran cantidad de esculturas y estelas.Son las ruinas Mayas mas ricas en relieves sobre piedra.

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  • although Utila is beautiful,...

    although Utila is beautiful, its full of cross bred retarded children whit tourettes syndrome. the actual cityis tiny and everyone drive atv's I enjoyed the atmosphere as well as the awesome snorkeling. north side is where you want to go to see some REAL aquatic life like whales and sharks.

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  • Our friend Ron had the time...

    Our friend Ron had the time of his life on this vacation. His only worry was, would life ever be the some and what would his grandkids think of his new braids..

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  • Douglas and Bernadette Bernon...

    Douglas and Bernadette Bernon are my friends from home who are cruising on their boat, the Ithaca in the Bay Islands. See a log of their trip on www.cruisingworld.com and click on log of the Ithaca

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  • This little cutie is the...

    This little cutie is the daughter of the French couple who run the bakery. She and her brother were free as birds and on this their summer vacation had the run of the town.

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  • Roatan FriendsOne of the cool...

    Roatan FriendsOne of the cool things about the West End is that it is like small town. After walking up and down this one pot-holed dirt road for 2 and a half weeks you meet the same people, get to talking with them and then hanging out with them. Let me introduce my Roatan friends; some locals, some transplants and other are fellow travelors. This...

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  • Be polite. Say a few words in...

    Be polite. Say a few words in Spanish. Start with 'Hola'. Don't flash your money around. Talk about your home if you live in Canada for example, they might have realtives there. Hand out flags or pins of your home country to new friends. Take some tolietries with you and some pharmacy items as Immodium because finding what you need when you need it...

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Honduras Hotels

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  • Hotel Posada Real de Copan

    3 kms anParque Arqueologicotes del, Copan, 504, Honduras

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Marsol

    I had read good comments about this hotel, and, as is my custom, I wanted a reservation for my first...

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  • Marriott Tegucigalpa

    Boulevard Juan Pablo Segundo, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Gran Mediterraneo

    Barrio Guamilito 4 avenida 6 calle, una cuadra arriba de La Prensa, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Cocolobo

    Cocolobo is one of Roatan’s most upmarket hotels. If you are looking for a tranquil location, this...

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  • Carribbean Cliffs Marine Club

    Acantilados Del Caribe

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • The Lodge At Pico Bonito

    AP 710, La Ceiba, 31101, Honduras

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Anthony's Key Resort

    AKR is a wonderful place to stay if you like to SCUBA dive and you like to relax. The resort is...

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  • Palmetto Bay Plantation

    Carretera Ms Vecinal, Palmetto Bay, Crawfish Rock, , IB3100, Honduras

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

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