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Overview to Honduras: Travel Guide and Tourist Information


Although it’s actually the second biggest country in Central America, precious little is known about the country of Honduras in backpacking circles. But with its mysterious ruins, gorgeous beaches and handful of fantastic cities and towns, it almost certainly won’t stay that way for long...

Honduras is lined with beautiful beaches on both sides. To the south and west its Pacific coastline is inviting, while the famous Mosquito Coast is one of the most beautiful and untouched stretches of coastline in the world.

Snorkeling and diving tend to feature highly on most backpackers’ itineraries here, and the Caribbean coastline gives onto the celebrated Bay Islands (accessible via daily ferries from the resort town of La Ceiba).

Like much of Central America, ecologically speaking, Honduras is blessed with incredible natural riches. Inland, the misty rainforests of the Pico Bonito National Park and the Río Platano Biosphere Reserve are home to countless precious ecosystems.

Where Honduras truly comes into its own, though, is its easily accessible range of historical sites and out-of-the-way villages. To the west of the capital, Tegucigalpa, the tiny city of Comayagua boasts some beautifully well-preserved colonial architecture in an intimate setting.

In a complete departure from the coastal themes that characterize Honduras' eastern Caribbean coast, the west of the country (near the border with Guatemala) the town of Copan is home to an astonishing assortment of Mayan ruins.

The ruins of Copan are amongst the most compelling remnants of the Mayan civilization. Grand plazas, temples and the spectacular ball court (where the Mesoamerican ballgame was once played) lie above around; below ground a series of tunnels can be explored.

Not far away lies the Lenca site of Las Sepulturas. Both sites are swathed in the lush forests of the Chamelecon Valley; possessing a mystical beauty, they are a sight that, once witnessed, can scarcely be forgotten. They alone make Honduras an essential destination for backpackers and travelers.