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    Snorkeling and sunshine in the tropics

    by Mailo Updated May 21, 2006

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    You come to Honduras and you need to see the Bay Islands, three smal islands in the caribbean that are part of this atlantic ocean. Many people come here to relax and have fun.
    The beauty is in the beaches, the clear blue water and the coral reef for those who love snorkeling.
    The islands are Utila´, Roatan and Guanaja, and several other mini islands like the one on the picture called Cayos Cochinos, small keys just to make sure you relax in the middle of the planet and the ocean.

    Cayos Cochinos, Honduras. Clear water in Roatan island A view from my friend's house in Guanaja Island. I usually stay in this beautifull beach house Castillo o fortaleza San Fernando de Omoa

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    Monumentos al Gral. Francisco Morazán

    by Mailo Updated Jan 21, 2005

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    This statue is dedicated to a general who wanted the countries of central america to become one big and strong nation, he ruled the "Provincias Unidas del Centro" as a president before they desintegrated into five small countries as they remain today. He was born here in Tegucigalpa and was killed in public in Costa Rica after being the president of that nation.

    Estatua al Gerenal Francisco Moraz��n

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    RAINFOREST AT LA TIGRA NATIONAL PARK

    by Mailo Updated Feb 19, 2007

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    Travel 22 Km from the Capital City of Tegucigalps and you will find yoursef in a mountain in the middle of the rain forest, there you will be sorrounded by tropical nature at almost 2000 meter above sea level (6,500 feet). of course you will breath pure oxigen there. Tempeture is cool most of the year, and you can start walking up the mountain going trougth one of the six trails or paths that will take you to a real tropical experience, just like Nature decided to make the planet.

    Getting close to the LA TIGRA NATIONAL PARK
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    Pulhapanzak Falls

    by worldtraveler55 Updated Oct 8, 2005

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    Pulhapanzak Falls

    Just north of the Lago de Yojoa is the 43-meter-high Pulhapanzak Falls.
    To properly admire the falls , follow the steps down along the edge of the river to a vieuw-point below.
    Take care to stay on the steps, as the short-cut pathway is slippery and steep.
    The land around this part of the river is private property and is still covered with dense forest, a visually pleasing background for the falls.

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    The ruins of Copan

    by worldtraveler55 Updated Oct 1, 2005

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    The ruins of Copan

    In the 5th century AD one royal family came to rule Copan, led by a mysterious king named Mah K'ma Yax K'uk' Mo' (Great Sun Lord Quetzal Macaw), who ruled from AD 426 to 435.
    Archaeological evidence indicates that he was a great shaman, and later kings revered him as the semidevine founder of the City.
    The dynasty ruled throughout Copan's florescence during the Classic period (AD 250 to 900)
    The period of greatest architectural construction, considered to be the hight of Copan's dynasty, began 553 with the accession of Moon Jaguar, who buildt the Rosalila Temple.
    The city's 12th ruler, Smoke Imix (628-696) was leaving more inscribed monuments and temples than any other ruler.
    His successor 18 Rabbit, was also a prolific builder who gave final form to the Great Plaza and the Ball Court. He also encouraged the development of sculpture, from low-relief to the nearly full-round style of later years.
    It is Smoke Shell (749-763) who was one of Capan's greatest builders. He commissioned the city's most famous and important monument the great Escalinata de los Jeroglificos (Hieroglypic Stairway) with immortalizes the achievements of the dynasty from its establisment until 755, when the stairway was dedicated. It is the longest inscription ever discovered in the Mayan lands.

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    Stelae Court Central Plaza West Court East Court El Cementerio
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    Lago de Yojoa

    by worldtraveler55 Updated Oct 1, 2005

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    Lago de Yojoa

    Honduras's largets natural lake, Lago de Yojoa, is roughly 16 kilometers long by eight kilometers wide, at an altitude of 635 meters, right along the San Pedro Sula-Tequcigalpa hightway.
    Lake depth varies between anout 18 and 25 meters, depending on season.
    The setting, backed by the majestic cloud-forested mountains of Santa Barbera and Cero Azul/Meambar (both protected as national parks) is spectacular.
    The extensive marshes and forests around lago de Yojoa, boasts the country's largest variety of bird species.

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    Copan Ruinas

    by worldtraveler55 Updated Oct 1, 2005

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    Copan Ruinas

    The town of Copan Ruinas, often simply called Copan, is a beautiful place paved with cobblestones and lined with white adobe buildings with red-tile roofs.
    There's even a lovely colonial church on the recently remodeled plaza.

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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.

    La Campa La Campa
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    Tegucigalpa (Iglesia de los Delores)

    by worldtraveler55 Updated Oct 8, 2005

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    Iglesia de los Delores

    Dominating a large square filled with vendors, Los Dolores is a large, bright white church with a relatively plain facade but featuring several attractive pieces of religious art inside, including relief paintings of the stations of the cross, a gilded, carved altarpiece and the painted interior dome.
    The church was buildt in 1732.

    Iglesia de los Delores Iglesia de los Delores
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    Tegucigalpa

    by worldtraveler55 Updated Oct 8, 2005

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    Tegucigalpa

    Honduras's capital, a city of just over one million inhabitants, occupies a high mountain valley around 1.000 meters above sea level, with the Rio Choluteca running right down the middle.
    Visitors have no problem finding places and sites to see, including several colonial churches, three museums, a large market area, and plenty of handicraft stores, all in the downtown area.

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    Border crossing Guatemala-Honduras

    by worldtraveler55 Updated Oct 1, 2005

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    Border crossing Guatemala-Honduras
    Comming out of Guatemala you will have to cross the border to reach Copan. At the crossing you must present you'r passport to the Guatemalan immigration and customs authorities, then cross the border and do the same thing with the Honduran authorities. Money changers will approach you on both sides of the border anxious to change quetzals for Hunduran lempiras, or either for US dollars. Usualy they're offering a decentrate because there's a Guatamalan bank right there and the current exchange rate is posted in the Honduran immigration office - look for it.
    It's quit relaxing, and when you're lucky you can even buy a ice-cream there

    The border Filling in the papers The money changers Buying an ice cream
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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.

    Coffee plantation
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    Lake Yojoa

    by traveldave Updated Mar 27, 2008

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    Lake Yojoa is the largest natural lake in Honduras, with an area of 34 square miles (89 square kilometers). The lake is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in the country as well. It is almost completely surrounded by rugged mountains that rise almost straight up from its shores. To the west rises the 9,003-foot (2,744-meter) Cerro Santa Bárbara, the second-highest peak in Honduras (pictured here). To the east is Cerro-Azul Meámbar National Park, with peaks reaching 6,824 feet (2,080 meters).

    Traditionally, Lake Yojoa was internationally known for its world-class bass fishing. The bass bite every 45 seconds on average, and the average fish caught weighs 13 pounds (six kilograms). The road along the east side of the lake is lined for several miles by dozens of open-air roadside restaurants specializing in bass.

    However, in recent years Lake Yojoa has become popular as a tourist destination in its own right. The area is a convenient base to explore Cerro-Azul Meámbar National Park to the east and Cerro Santa Bárbara National Park to the west. The nearby Los Naranjos Archeological Park is one of the best sites to learn about the Lenca Culture, boat rides on the lake make for a relaxing activity, and several new hotels have been built along the lakeshore.

    The elevation of Lake Yojoa is about 2,200 feet (671 meters), and it is in one of the wettest areas in Honduras. The elevation and precipitation level provide an ideal climate for coffee. There are many fincas, or coffee plantations, around the lake, and local restaurants and hotels feature locally grown coffee.

    Lake Yojoa is also one of the best birdwatching spots in Honduras, with over 375 species recorded in the area.

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    La Tigra National Park

    by traveldave Updated Mar 27, 2008

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    Located just to the northeast of Tegucigalpa, La Tigra National Park is the closest wilderness area to the capital. It comprises 92 square miles (238 square kilometers) of rugged mountains and steep valleys in the Central Highlands of Honduras. The highest peaks in the park attain an elevation of about 7,218 feet (2,200 meters) and are covered with lush cloud forest. The lower elevations in the park consist of dry pine forest. Because of intensive logging in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, most of today's forests are secondary growth. There are also many rivers and spectacular waterfalls within the park's boundaries.

    The area that now makes up La Tigra National Park was heavily mined between 1880 and 1954. The area produced more than $100,000,000 in gold, silver, copper and zinc. In 1954, the American-owned mining company abandoned its operations when the government threatened to nationalize the mines. Rather than continuing the mining operations, the Honduran government wisely set aside the area as a forest preserve in 1952. In 1980, it became the first national park in Honduras. And today, Honduras has more land set aside as protected national parks than any other country in Central America.

    Due to its close proximity to Tegucigalpa, La Tigra National Park is a popular destination for day trips from the city. Visitors can hike on eight different well-maintained trails which lead up into the cloud forests. Because this was once a mining area, there are many unmarked mine shafts throughout the mountains. Therefore, visitors are cautioned to stay on the marked trails to avoid falling into one of these shafts. The abandoned mining town of El Rosario is located on the lower slopes of the park, and is another interesting part of the park to visit. However, visitors are not allowed to enter any of the dilapidated buildings for safety reasons.

    Although there are several varieties of small mammals that can be seen in the park, it is known more for its exotic tropical birds, with more than 350 species recorded.

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    Cerro-Azul Meámbar National Park

    by traveldave Updated Mar 27, 2008

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    Cerro-Azul Meámbar National Park is one of the most scenic national parks in Honduras. It covers 120 square miles (312 square kilometers) of rugged forested mountains to the east of Lake Yojoa. The lower elevations consist of humid and semi-deciduous forest, the higher elevations are characterized by cloud forest, and elfin forest dominates at the highest points in the park. The high mountains, the tallest of which is 6,824 feet (2,080 meters), trap rain clouds coming in from the Caribbean Sea, and the clouds release their water onto the mountains. This means the national park is very wet, with many rivers and spectacular waterfalls. In fact, it is the source of about 70 percent of Lake Yojoa's water.

    Visitors can hike on three main trails totaling nine miles (15 kilometers) through the various forest habitats. Although well-maintained, many of the trails are steep and narrow, and are recommended only for those people who are in reasonably good physical shape.

    The national park also has a good visitors' center where visitors can relax behind picture windows and enjoy the view over nearby Lake Yojoa. There is a cafeteria that serves fairly good food, but it is restricted to groups of seven or more who order their meals in advance.

    Visitors can also spend the night in the park, either camping at a small campground, or in cabins with bunk beds, hot water, and linens.

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