The highest town along the Lenca trail, and one of the highest elevation cities in Honduras, La Esperanza is reachable only by unpaved road. The adventure of driving a two-wheel rental car over these rough mountains paths doesn't get more exciting than this. Much of the local transport here is by horse or mule, but it's easily possible to drive all the way to Tegucigalpa from Gracias via La Esperanza, and then onward the Pacific coast at San Lorenzo by this route. Tourists who reach La Esperanza are exceptionally few relative to those who pamper themselves on the Atlantic coast beaches, to be sure.
Former mining town and capital of the short lived Central American Republic, Gracias is also a center of Lenca culture and current capital of the Lempira District. There are numerous old churches, thermal springs, hilltop fortress, and other things to do around town. It's worth staying a night or two here, particularly if you want to go hiking in the cloud forest of the Celaque Mountain National Park. Gracias is a good next day stop after visiting Copan.
Easily the highlight of the Golfo de Fonseca and Honduras Pacific side, Isla El Tigre is a volcanic mountain island reachable only by boat ferry. Amapala is the only town, a quaint colonial village with adequate lodging and restaurants, although there are also some more hotels and restaurants along some westside beaches. Hire a boat to circle Isla El Tigre and see the most beautiful sunset on this side of Honduras. Check out my separate pages for both Amapala and Isla El Tigre for more details and images.
Lago de Yojoa is an under appreciated fresh water lake in the central of the country receives the greatest annual rainfall of anywhere in Honduras. Santa Barbara mountain, second highest in the nation, provides a spectacular back drop. Lago de Yojoa is a bird watcher's paradise.
Prior to visiting Copan, it's worthwhile reading as much about Mayan archeology and about Copan as is possible. Archeological ruins appear very abstract to those who know little of the former urban grandeur that began to emerge nearly two thousand years ago. Yet, guides are available for hire and the sheer volume of intricately carved stone stella is mind boggling even to the uninitiated. The Grupo Principal--the most important collection of ruins--can be easily visited within five hours. The Copan museum and Las Sepulturas, an outlying group of residential ruins, can be seen within the same day. Copan Ruinas is pueblo adjacent to the archeological park, which includes a full range of lodging possibilities, and a growing variety of restaurant experiences. Copan Ruinas is most interesting for its quaint narrow river rock studded streets and location on a hilltop. Learn more details at my site specific pages for Copan and Copan Ruinas.
The capital city of Honduras is not nearly as large as some other Latin American capitals. Tegucigalpa appears much smaller than either San Jose or Guatemala City, for example. Nevertheless, this is the largest metropolis in Honduras, and the crowded center of the capital is worth a stroll during daylight. At night, we headed up to nearby Santa Lucia, and at Valle de Angeles we stayed for lodging and a decent dinner. These pueblos have some of the best souvenir shopping in Honduras.
Trujillo is where Christopher Columbus first stepped onto mainland, and where William Walker, Central American empire builder, was executed by firing squad. This town is as far east on pavement one can get before entering the impenetrable region of Moskitia. There is a 16th century fort that defended against buccaneers, and some interesting Garífuna villages along the beach. A snorkel trip out to Cayo Blanco and other reefs is a must for divers. Some of the best seafood and fresh squeezed fruit drinks, at definitely the best prices, are found right here in Trujillo.
We didn't take time to visit the larger bay islands, but we did visit the Cayos Cochinos, a national marine park right off shore from Sambo Creek. This is a Garífuna village that caters to tourists wanting to snorkel the islands. Bargain hard for a boatman, otherwise joint the herd paying a lone established adventure outfit. The restaurant in Sambo Creek is outstanding...
The closest beach town to the San Pedro Sula Airport is Tela. There's a national park and lagoon there, but the town itself has a beach worth walking and some great seafood restaurants. Rather than stay in San Pedro Sula, stay here then drive in morning to the airport.
Not spectacular, but worth the stop along the highway between San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa. We preferred to stay at Lago Yojoa for the night, but we took a couple hours to explore the restored colonial cobblestone streets of Comayagua.
San Lorenzo is the largest Pacific side seaport for Honduras, and so is mostly a gritty industrial town. However, since there is no lodging on the mainland side at Coyolito, and since we missed the last shuttle ferry across to El Tigre, we had to stay the night in San Lorenzo. The old hotel is well worth a night though, as it has a roof top swimming pool and an excellent restaurant serving monster sized shrimp and fresh fruit cocktails. There are other restaurants along a strip at the waterfront too. Don't spent too much time though, head on through to El Tigre
This is a sizable city worth visiting for a few hours when in route to Gracias. The old colonial era streets and buildings around the central plaza, as well as the cigar factory are most notable. There are places to stay here, but most travelers move up the mountain to Gracias. It's easy to get lost in the maze of one-way streets, but it's possible to do like we did and park the car a block away from the central plaza and find a restaurant for lunch.
This is one of the nicest beaches I visited while in Hondurus. The West Bay beach. There are many Scuba dive companies located in this area. Great waters, cheep beer, and a great atmosphere.
I got off the cruise ship and Took a Taxi there. Cost was 100 Total for 2 people. It cost this because it was and all day taxi tour. He allowed us to stay there for as long as we wanted too.
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The Women there are exceptional. I do not recomend going "all the way" with them. Me and a mistress that I met there hooked up once and it did not go so well...I did not know that she was a prostitue. We got done, and she robbed me of all that I had. Not to mention she was full of Krabs.
Although it looks like a Spanish colonial cathedral, the San Pedro Sula Cathedral was actually built in 1949, and renovated within the last few years. It takes up almost an entire block east of the Parque Central in downtown San Pedro Sula. Architecturally, the cathedral is in the Spanish colonial style with two pillars and a large central cupola.
The interior of the cathedral is covered with religious paintings and carved wooden statues of saints and other Roman Catholic imagery.
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