Little is known about Honduras as a tourist destination – quite wrongly. Because its inhabitants are known for their hospitality, their cheerfulness and their delicious cuisine. The Central American country inspires with an impressive Mayan site, cities with beautiful colonial architecture and nature experiences in front of a unique backdrop. On the coast, endless beaches, Caribbean lifestyle and fantastic underwater worlds await you. Macaws, jaguars, tapirs, pumas and sloths live in the country’s national parks. And so this beautiful country with cultural highlights, spectacular coral reefs and huge rainforest areas turns out to be an absolutely exciting vacation destination.
The capital Tegucigalpa
The city Tegucigalpa awaits its visitors with mild climate. Thus, a stroll along the busy boulevard Morazán turns out to be pleasant. In the historic center there are many small stores, markets and remains of colonial architecture. The cathedral at the Parque Central is considered a masterpiece. It is dedicated to the Archangel Michael, the patron saint of the city. Also worth seeing are the Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Suyapa and the former presidential palace. A visit to La Leona Park offers a beautiful view of the historic part of the city, and those who climb Picacho Hill can expect to see the famous Christ Monument and a zoo with native animal species. At night, the 20-meter-high statue is illuminated and visible from anywhere in the city.
The former capital city of Comayagua
The appearance of Comayagua is still marked by Spanish influences today. Especially in the architecture, the colonial past of the city is still clearly noticeable. In addition to beautiful historic buildings, the Cathedral of St. Michael is one of the special sights. It can be found at the Plaza Central. Its white facade was designed in the style of Spanish colonial baroque and shows figures of saints surrounded by tropical plants. The tower clock was a gift from the Spanish king and is considered the oldest (still working) tower clock in the world. The former government palace houses the archaeological museum. It informs about the life of the people before the arrival of the Spanish conquerors.
The ruins of the Mayan city of Copán
The Ruins of Copán are located in the western highlands and are among the most important sites in the country. They have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980 and date from the classical period, which refers to the centuries from 250 to 900 AD. The city experienced its heyday in the 8th century, after which it was abandoned and left to decay. The tour of the complex promises fascinating moments: Hieroglyphic steles stand in the “Great Square”, four residential districts correspond to the four cardinal points, and in the center the king ruled as the keeper of harmony. Especially worth mentioning is the staircase of Temple 26. 2,200 hieroglyphic blocks and stone figures tell here on 55 steps the history of the city of Copán. Pure fascination!
Trujillo is a historically very important place. On August 14, 1502, Christopher Columbus set foot on the American mainland for the first time. Directly in front of the city there is a beautiful beach, above it a national park. Hiking there, you can admire giant ferns, macaws and monkeys. In the city, Mayan carvings are offered with pleasure, which are finely crafted and prove to be great souvenirs.
The city Tela is attractive to travelers in several ways. Three national parks are in the immediate vicinity, the beach is fantastically beautiful and the old town inspires with houses in colonial style. A few kilometers to the south, visitors will find the largest botanical garden in Central America at Lancetilla Botanical Gardens.
The San Fernando fortress
Directly on the coast lies the mighty fortress Fortaleza de San Fernando Omoa. Its construction began in 1759 under King Fernando VI, it was built by slaves and locals. Once it was intended to protect against pirates, later it was a prison and today it is a national monument. You can visit the vaults, bedrooms, armories and a large arsenal of cannonballs.
Whitewater rafting on the Rio Cangrejal
The Rio Cangrejal offers a Honduras vacation with real river adventures. On a stretch of only 100 meters the three mountain rivers Río Viejo, Río Blanco and Río Yaruca meet and unite to form the mighty Rio Cangrejal. From here on it falls into a deep canyon and passes one rapids after the other. Over a length of 25 kilometers, it drops 300 meters in altitude and finally flows into the Caribbean Sea. Here, rafting lovers experience exciting vacation moments on one of the steepest rivers in Central America.
The Islas de la Bahía
The island chain consists of the three main islands of Roatán, Guanaja and Útila. In addition, there are smaller coral islands. The capital is Coxen Hole. Columbus discovered the archipelago on his fourth voyage in 1502 and first learned about cocoa beans here. The islands are located in the second largest coral reef in the world – the Belize Barrier Reef – and offer ideal conditions for extensive swimming and diving vacations. They are the habitat of numerous protected reptile species. A colorful underwater world fascinates with turtles, rays, dolphins and whale sharks.
La Tigra National Park
The country’s oldest national park was first declared a protected area in 1952 and was granted national park status in 1980. Nature lovers here experience a healthy cloud forest with a well-developed system of hiking trails. They lead through lush vegetation, run over suspension bridges and past beautiful waterfalls. The buildings of a former mining company now house the visitor center and an exhibit on the region’s flora and fauna. Please also always remember sturdy shoes, rainproof clothing and sufficient drinking water.
The Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve
One of the last tropical rainforest areas covers more than 8,000 square kilometers. It runs from the coast up into the mountains at 1,300 meters above sea level. Since 1982, the protected area has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Protecting the biodiversity and preserving the different vegetation zones is the declared goal. The mangrove forests, swamps and woodlands are home to many animals and plants. Five tribes are at home here, they all speak their own language and preserve their old traditions. The legend of the “White City” is also particularly exciting. For archaeological traces repeatedly indicate that a great culture once left its mark here.
A Honduras vacation means ethnological melting pots and a stark disparity between rich and poor. But a Honduras vacation also lets you experience hospitable people, cultural highlights and unique nature.Traveling in this beautiful country is inexpensive. The sights in Honduras will take you to the second largest coral reef in the world, the largest jungle in Central America, wild rivers, impressive suspension bridges, picturesque sunsets and culinary delights. Well, who doesn’t get wanderlust there…