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    Stela E and view of Structure 4, Copan
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    Saint Michael the Archangel Cathedral

    by traveldave Updated Apr 13, 2011

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    Saint Michael the Archangel Cathedral is the largest and most important church in downtown Tegucigalpa. (The Basilica de Suyapa is actually larger and more important to the country's Roman Catholics, but it is located in the suburbs of Tegucigapla). The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel, the patron saint of Tegucigalpa. Constructed between 1765 and 1782 in the colonial style of architecture, it boasts two towers and a large dome. Its most notable feature, however, is its intricate gold and silver Baroque altarpiece.

    During Holy Week, the cathedral hosts the ceremony of the Descent from the Cross, a colorful procession that is but one of many that take place in the city around Easter.

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    Santa Rosa de Copán

    by calcaf38 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Santa Rosa de Copán is a pleasant town, well-known as a cigar manufacturing center. It is larger and more "polished" than Gracias, but there is not all that much to do there. The architecture is very attractive, and the climate is relatively mild.

    If you are in this area, Santa Rosa de Copán is definitely worth a day or two.

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    Diving Roatan: Sueno Del Mar

    by katvg Updated Aug 2, 2010

    My cruise (March '09) stopped in Roatan for one day. Prior to the trip, I booked some dives through a local dive shop (NOT the cruise line) -- Sueno Del Mar. They picked me up at the cruise terminal and gave me a ride back. There were three dives scheduled for the day; I did the 1st dive around 9am and the 3rd dive around 1pm. Their operation is very professional & the staff is helpful and friendly. The dive center has some dive gear & souvenir items for sale as well, plus a small bar outside, overlooking their pier & beach.

    Sueno Del Mar also has rooms to rent but I am not sure what the prices are - check their website if you are interested. They're located near several restaurants/cafes and small shops, right on the beach. It was beautiful. I think the Roatan town itself (near the cruise terminal) doesn't have that much to do, but if you're a diver - it's a good place to visit!

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    Local Flavor, shopping

    by ATexMom Updated Feb 6, 2010

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    I've lived in Tegucigalpa, Honduras since May 2008. I will be leaving May 20, 2010. I'm with the Foreign Service and my next post is Muscat, Oman.

    Living in Honduras is a challenge. One of my favorite places to drive to is Valle de Angeles, about 30 minutes outside of Tegucigalpa. There are lots of shops, quaint restaurants and you feel safe there. Be sure to ask the shopkeepers names and shake hands...they will remember you the next time you come in.

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    Dive, Dive, Dive and Dive again.

    by boricuajc Updated Jul 20, 2009

    Roatan Island is for diving, so if you don't dive you will be bored very quickly. Roatan Island has the best dive walls in the western hemisphere. If you don't dive and your in Raotan, its a good time to learn to dive. I dove with Anemona Divers. Their located is on the beach right by Foster's Resort. They are right on the water is loading up the boat is quick and easy. The staff I found to be professional and friendly not pretenses as some dive shop on the island can be. Mateo the "Frenchmen" was a delight to dive with as well as Sara and Mira. The two Boat captains are islanders and know the reef very well. I found Anemona to be safety conscious which is very important to me. Their equipment is top notch and well maintained.

    Anemona Divers Anemona Divers on West Bay. Mateo The Frenchman. Dive Guide, Dive Instructor
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    La Ruta Lenca

    by calcaf38 Updated Jul 4, 2009

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    La Ruta Lenca is a whole region in Western Honduras, where you can find tiny colonial villages scattered among breathtaking landscapes. It is becoming - at least in cyberspace - a very "in" place to discover. While I was there, however, I met zero tourist, zero gringo. I trust it will be a while before the Ruta Lenca is as well-trodden as other rutas such as the Ruta Maya and the Ruta Puuc.

    The Lenca Indians, incidentally, are the largest indigenous people of Honduras.

    If you are not in a rush, you could spend weeks there, dilly-dallying from one village to the next, catching rides in pickup trucks, and drinking a lot of coffee.

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    The Celaque National Park

    by calcaf38 Written Jul 4, 2009

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    The Celaque National Park is a large natural reserve which contains Honduras' highest peak, Celaque Mountain at 2827m. Although it is a world famous hiking destination, it is completely unspoiled. The welcome center is reached via a terrible unpaved road.

    The park is a magnificent environment with some cloud forest in the highest parts. A five hour hike will give you a very fine impression of the place, but many visitors spend more than a day here.

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    Gracias Lempira

    by calcaf38 Written Jul 4, 2009

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    Gracias, in the Lempira province, is acquiring a reputation as an offbeat tourist destination. It is a wonderful base from which to visit smaller colonial villages, and the Celaque National Park.

    In spite of what you may read or find out on line, Gracias' tourism resources are still in the larval stage. All the storefronts which - twenty years from now - may be tour agencies and internet cafés, today are still animal feed outlets and hardware stores.

    This makes a visit to Gracias not the most practical experience, but an unspoiled one to be treasured.

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    Garifuna villages and nature reserves near Tela

    by calcaf38 Written Jul 4, 2009

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    The North coast is dotted with Garifuna villages, inhabited by an ethnic group of mixed ancestry, descendants of Caribs and Afro-Caribbeans. The Garifuna villages do not look or feel much like the rest of Honduras.

    The North coast is also where you will find several major nature reserves. You can easily combine a visit to a natural site with a lunch and a swim in a Garifuna village.

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    Tela

    by calcaf38 Written Jul 4, 2009

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    Tela is a sleepy, almost seedy beach town which was once a hub for the United Fruit Company. It is a great place to soak up some Caribbean atmosphere and gorge yourself on fine seafood - while reflecting on the loaded history from the banana days.

    Most of the tourists there are Hondurans, although there are grand plans to make Tela a cruise-ship destination. It might be a good idea to visit Tela before such plans come to fruition.

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    Copán Ruinas - The town

    by calcaf38 Written Jul 4, 2009

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    The town of Copán Ruinas is the only spot I visited which felt like a tourist destination, where you can buy a postcard or a trinket and organize excursions while sipping on a cappuccino. It is also the only place where I encountered beggars, but it is still a very small town which you can criss-cross completely on foot.

    The town isn't overcome with hordes nor excessively spoiled, and it is worth a few hours of your time. Copán Ruinas is almost shared between Honduras and Guatemala: I believe that more tourists arrive there from Guatemala, which is only 12 km away, than from San Pedro Sula (the closest large city).

    Besides the ruins, you can go on a coffee tour, horseback riding, to a bird reserve, or to a butterfly reserve.

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    Copán Ruinas - The ruins

    by calcaf38 Written Jul 4, 2009

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    The Maya ruins of Copán are one of the major archeological sites in the world. Half of the ruins have been excavated. The rest remains covered in otherworldly hillocks which you can explore via a nature trail. Next to the ruins, you will find an exceptionally intelligent museum in which priceless stelae are sheltered from the elements around a modern recreation of a temple in its garishly colored original state.

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    Snorkel, nap, snorkel, nap repeat as necessary

    by Sheilakee Written Dec 3, 2008

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    We had planned on visting the main island and shopping and hanging out in the bars, but once we hit Little Cay, the relaxation set in and dynamite couldn't have gotten us off that island. The snorkeling was so beautiful and relaxing and easy - you just walked off the porch into the water or off the dock and you were surrounded by magnificent coral and hundreds of colorful fish. If you need to be entertained, this is not for you. If you want to unplug completely, make your reservations now. Pack as little as possible.

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    Tela

    by iwys Updated Oct 27, 2008

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    Tela is a laid-back, slightly scruffy seaside town. It's got a hot, humid climate and a long, palm-fringed beach, which if it were cleaned up could be quite an attraction. Most people just pass through here on their way to the Bay Islands.

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    West End, Roatán

    by iwys Written Aug 16, 2008

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    West End is the town on Roatán where most backpackers and divers base themselves. It has lots of hotels, hostels, restaurants, bars and dive shops as well as a small beach on Half Moon Bay.
    One warning: West End has a big problem with sand flies so wear plenty of bug spray at all times.

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