Honduras is one of the least-explored countries in Central America with a small population of around seven million, despite being one of the largest Central American nations. However, Honduras holidays will surprise you with their options of world-class diving, impressive Mayan ruins, spectacular national parks and stunning natural scenery, both in its highlands and on the coast. Although sparsely populated, Honduras is a fascinating mix of mainly Mayan communities in the highlands and Garifuna along the coast and in the islands.
One of the most popular Mayan sites in Central America is to be found here at Copan, almost on the border with Guatemala. Thought to have been the Mayan’s most important city in their southern realm, the site consists of stone temples, two large pyramids, several plazas and a ball court. The stone monuments (stelae) here are the most intricate and sophisticated of any Mayan site and the museum has a fantastic recreation of how a pyramid may have looked in its heyday. The nearby town of Copan Ruinas is a pretty, well-preserved colonial town with good hotels. We’d recommend that all holidays to Honduras include a guided visit to Copan and if you are touring Guatemala, its an easy diversion to include Copan.
Further north towards the coast at La Ceiba is the celebrated Pico Bonito National Park, named after the mountain whose peak dominates the area. Lying just off this north coast are the beautiful Bay Islands, where the main island is Roatan. Here the diving is some of the best in the Caribbean and is also some of the best value.
For those who want to seek out emerging, off-the-beaten track destinations, there are several areas starting to develop simple facilities for tourists, which we can recommend as part of tailor-made Honduras holidays. These include Utila in the Bay Islands, Lake Yojoa, Comayagua and the dense rainforest of the Mosquitia coast in Gracias a Dios district.
Holidays to Honduras can be combined with other Central American countries such as Guatemala or Belize, but you can choose to solely focus on a Honduras holiday that can take you on an unusual adventure into this little-visited destination, combining cultural activities, history and beach. Call our Latin America specialists on 0207 666 1260 for firsthand advice and to start planning a tailor-made trip.