Honduras Things to Do

  • Stela E and view of Structure 4, Copan
    Stela E and view of Structure 4, Copan
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    Stela 2 views the Ballcourt at Copan
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Honduras Things to Do

  • La Esperanza

    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...

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  • Gracias

    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...

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  • Isla EL Tigre and Amapala

    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...

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  • Lago de Yojoa

    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.

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  • Copan Ruinas and Copan

    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...

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  • Tegucigalpa and Nearby Pueblo Towns

    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...

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  • Trujillo and nearby Garífuna Villages

    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...

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  • Sambo Creek and Cayos Cochinos

    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...

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  • Tela

    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.

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  • Comayagua

    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.

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  • San Lorenzo

    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...

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  • Santa Rosa de Copan

    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...

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  • Climbing the Rock Wall..

    I was so happy to have made it clear to the top, with no help, and ring that bell,,, At the age of 40, I felt like a champ...lol...

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  • West Bay Beach

    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...

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  • Women

    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.

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  • The San Pedro Sula Cathedral

    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...

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  • Saint Michael the Archangel Cathedral

    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....

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  • Santa Rosa de Copán

    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

    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...

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  • Local Flavor, shopping

    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....

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  • Dive, Dive, Dive and Dive again.

    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...

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  • La Ruta Lenca

    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...

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  • The Celaque National Park

    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...

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  • Gracias Lempira

    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...

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  • Garifuna villages and nature reserves...

    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...

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  • Tela

    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...

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  • Copán Ruinas - The town

    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...

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  • Copán Ruinas - The ruins

    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...

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  • Snorkel, nap, snorkel, nap repeat as...

    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...

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  • Tela

    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

    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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  • West Bay, Roatán

    West Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Bay Islands and the best one for snorkeling. There is good reef really close to the shore here. The area near to the rocky headland at the end of the beach is best. Sun beds and snorkeling equipment are for hire on the beach.You can reach West Bay by water taxi from West End.

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  • Tegucigalpa

    Tegucigalpa has been the capital of Honduras since 1880. It stands at an altitude of 975m giving it a pleasant micro-climate. The downtown area around Plaza Morazan, with its colonial buildings, is quite pleasant to stroll around, but the city as a whole does have a rough edge to it.

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  • Copán Ruinas archaeological site

    Copán Ruinas is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a real highlight of any visit to Honduras. The Mayan ruins here are stunning and, in my opinion, second only to Tikal as the best Mayan site in all of Central America. The 63 steps of the Hieroglyphic Staircase contain the longest hieroglyphic text in the world, which details the history of the Mayan...

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  • Copán Ruinas Museum of Sculpture

    The museum at Copán Ruinas is the most interesting I saw in the whole of Central America. It is not until you have visited this museum that you realize just how sophisticated Mayan civilization and culture was. The quality of the stone carvings on display here is superb.The museum opened in 1996 and the exhibits are very clearly organized, labelled...

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  • Copán Ruinas town

    Copán Ruinas is a charming little town, with a population of just 6,600. Men in cowboy hats gather in the main square, Parque Central, giving it the appearance of a Wild West town. There are some nice hotels and restaurants here.

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  • The Lancetilla Botanical Gardens

    With an area of 4,151 acres (1,680 hectares) the Lancetilla Botanical Gardens is one of the largest botanical gardens in the world. It has more than 1,200 species of tropical plants from four continents, all labeled and divided according to their principal characteristics: ornamental, medicinal, fruit-bearing, timber, and poisonous. (Lancetilla is...

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  • La Tigra National Park

    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...

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  • Pico Bonito National Park

    At 414 square miles (1,073 square kilometers), Pico Bonito National Park is the second-largest national park in Honduras. It is dominated by the towering east-west Cordillera Nombre de Dios, which parallels the Caribbean coast. Its highest mountain, Pico Bonito, is the third-highest mountain in the country at 8,000 feet (2,438 meters).Most of the...

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  • Cerro-Azul Meámbar National Park

    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...

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  • Lake Yojoa

    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...

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  • The Museum of Archeology and History

    The Museum of Archeology and History houses an impressive collection of hundreds of artifacts and antiques relating to the history of the Sula Valley, in which San Pedro Sula is located. The exhibits date from the pre-Columbian era to the present day. The upper floor of the museum focuses on the prehistory of the Sula Valley. The exhibits are...

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  • The Museum of National Identity

    The Museum of National Identity is the newest museum in Tegucigalpa. It highlights all aspects of Honduran history from pre-Columbian civilizations to the present day. It is housed in the former Palace of Ministries, which was initially built as a hospital in 1880.Exhibits feature artifacts from the pre-Columbian Mayan and Lencan civilizations, the...

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  • Los Dolores Church

    Los Dolores Church is just one of several colonial churches in the historic center of Tegucigalpa. Although it is not the largest or most important church in the city, it is perhaps the most beautiful. Los Dolores Church was built in 1732 on the Plaza de la Merced. At that time, the buildings surrounding the plaza housed the monks of the Mercedian...

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  • DIVING

    Like a thousand other people a year I got a open water certification in Utila , Bay islands. Crystal clear water like swimming in a fish tank .

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