Honduras

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Once dubbed the "Athens of Central America," the ancient Maya city of Copán lies in the western jungles of Honduras, where its soaring pyramids are today guarded by a team of scarlet parrots. But all of this country's attractions are not historical. Populated by the Garífuna people, the northern coast has a distinctly Caribbean flavor. Towns like La Ceiba are sleepy during the day, but come awake at night with music and dancing. Not far from shore are the Bay Islands, surrounded by pristine coral reefs that are a scuba diver's dream. Mountainous central Honduras has national parks and reserves that are well worth the effort it takes to reach them. In the undisturbed lowland forests you might see a jaguar or a tapir, while in the highland cloud forests you can still spot the holy grail of bird-watchers, the emerald-plumed quetzal.

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Tegucigalpa

No one we know mentions Tegucigalpa, Honduras's congested capital, as their favorite place in the country, but on a sunny afternoon when there...

Roatan

Only about 65 km (40 miles) from end to end, ribbonlike Roatán is the most populous of the Bay Islands. Most villages are along the water's...

Utila

The smallest of the Bay Islands, Utila has managed to evade full-scale development. It is small, especially compared to Roatán, and some visitors...

La Ceiba

The third-largest city in Honduras, La Ceiba was once the country's busiest port. It's named after a huge tree near the dock that sheltered...

San Pedro Sula

Tegucigalpa thinks," goes the Honduran saying, "San Pedro Sula works." ("La Ceiba celebrates," the maxim continues, but that's a matter to be...

West End

One of the most popular destinations for budget travelers, West End offers idyllic beaches stretching as far as the eye can see. One of the...

Copan Ruinas

Just to the east of the town of Copán Ruinas, the Mayan ruins of Copán are without a doubt one of the most important attractions for tourists...

Trujillo

Explorer Christopher Columbus first set foot on the American mainland here, and it's said that he thanked God for delivering him from the honduras...

Tela

Garífuna women stride gracefully along the shore with baskets of coconut bread balanced on their heads near the Bahía de Tela, a delightful...

Omoa

A sparkling ocean view and spectacular waterfalls where the Sierra de Omoa meets the Caribbean have made this former fishing village an emerging...

Sandy Bay

On the north coast of Roatán Island, Sandy Bay is a laid-back community that stretches many miles along the sandy beach. It is home to many...

West Bay

Down the beach from West End is West Bay, where you'll find some of the area's more luxurious resorts and the best beaches on the island. The...

Santa Rosa de Copan

Set in one of the most beautiful regions of Honduras, Santa Rosa de Copán has a friendliness that makes you long to linger. (The pleasant springlike...

Guanaja

Guanaja, once populated by the Paya people, has rolling hills covered with evergreens. The easternmost island measures around 18 km (11 miles...

Cayos Cochinos

Hazy blue-green mountains speckling the horizon beckon from the mainland with pristine coral reefs and a thriving Garífuna culture. The Cayos...

Gracias

Founded in 1536 by Gonzalo de Alvarado, brother of Spanish conquistador Pedro de Alvarado, Gracias has a fascinating history. Its original name...

Comayagua

Founded in 1537, Santa María de Comayagua was the first capital of Honduras. It was also one of the last bastions of resistance by the Lenca...

Isla del Tigre

Assuming they ever existed, the tigres —jaguars? ocelots? panthers?—believed to have once populated Honduras’s very own Pacific island are...

Reserva La Biosfera del Rio Platano

La Mosquitía has become synonymous with the Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve, and it's not hard to see why. The massive preserve houses more than...

Las Marias

The short distance from Las Marías to the coast is deceiving. It's a long haul—nearly 40 km (25 mi) as the river fish swims—to the village,...

Puerto Cortes

Puerto Cortés is best known as Honduras's largest port, although the city is slowly but steadily rebranding itself as a tourist destination...

Puerto Lempira

Puerto Lempira, the capital of the Gracias a Dios department, is the closest semblance of city life in all of La Mosquitía. The town of nearly...

Danli

Spanish explorers founded this community in 1667 as San Buena Ventura, but soon after independence the name reverted to Danlí, meaning "water...

Choluteca

Honduras’s fourth-largest city—weighing in at 100,000 people—is seen by most travelers as the country’s outpost-slash-way station on the Pan...

Brus Laguna

Adventurous tales of pirates and bloodshed belie the ho-hum nature of this Miskito community along the northeastern edge of the Río Plátano...

Valle de Ángeles

It bustles with tourists from the capital on weekends, but during the week Valle de Ángeles maintains the atmosphere of a colonial mining town...

Sambo Creek

Fishing boats and seafood shacks line the shores of this Garífuna community. For many travelers, the town is a departure point for snorkeling...

French Harbour

The most bustling community on the island, French Harbour is home to one of the largest fishing fleets in the western Caribbean. The best supermarket...

Coxen Hole

Although it would be a stretch to call this cluster of clapboard houses attractive, the town's rich heritage lends it a unique atmosphere. More...

Yuscaran

The charming colonial town of Yuscarán sits a little too far out from Tegucigalpa to be an easy lunch trip (at least not in the way closer Santa...

Oak Ridge

Boathouses on stilts fringe this fascinating town built on mangrove coves. Motorized canoes putter from dock to dock in Roatán's rendition of...

Raista

A smattering of wooden houses with crops, cows, and chickens hugs the shoreline in this secluded Miskito community. Lush surroundings and...

Santa Lucia

Santa Lucía is a pleasant mining town—this is the first locale where colonial-era silver was struck in the 16th century—with plenty of winding...

Belen

Belén is sandwiched between two other villages. It starts where Raista meets the airport and ends where Nueva Jersusalén begins, with little...

Milton Bight

A sweeping lookout point aptly titled "The View" encourages travelers to steer off the highway and park the car for an amazing vista of the...

Parque Nacional Cusuco

This swath of subtropical forest is located in the Cordillera del Merendón, a mountain range that runs through Honduras and Guatemala. ...

First Bight

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Cascadas de Pulhapanzak

The roaring Pulhapanzak Falls are the highest in the country. ...

Palacios

Palacios has undergone a major transformation in the last few years. The mixed Ladino and Miskito town—the second largest town in La Mosquitía...

Suyapa

France has Lourdes. Portugal has Fátima. Mexico has Guadalupe. In the far southern suburbs of Tegucigalpa is Honduras's very own site, Suyapa...

Parque Nacional La Tigra

One of the most accessible national parks in Honduras, Parque Nacional La Tigra protects a cloud forest considered one of the most beautiful...

Batalla

Bright-green palms and coconut trees shelter small huts and homes hugging the sandy northern shores of the Bacalar Laguna. This mellow Garífuna...

Plaplaya

Honduras's easternmost Garífuna village (east of here, it's primarily Moskito villages) has just one tourist attraction, but it's a pretty fantastic...

Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda is a tranquil town on the northeast end of Roatán, where travelers can catch a glimpse of the enduring Garífuna culture that hails...

Tegucigalpa

No one we know mentions Tegucigalpa, Honduras's congested capital, as their favorite place in the country, but on a sunny afternoon when there...

La Ceiba

The third-largest city in Honduras, La Ceiba was once the country's busiest port. It's named after a huge tree near the dock that sheltered...

San Pedro Sula

Tegucigalpa thinks," goes the Honduran saying, "San Pedro Sula works." ("La Ceiba celebrates," the maxim continues, but that's a matter to be...

West End

One of the most popular destinations for budget travelers, West End offers idyllic beaches stretching as far as the eye can see. One of the...

Trujillo

Explorer Christopher Columbus first set foot on the American mainland here, and it's said that he thanked God for delivering him from the honduras...

Tela

Garífuna women stride gracefully along the shore with baskets of coconut bread balanced on their heads near the Bahía de Tela, a delightful...

Omoa

A sparkling ocean view and spectacular waterfalls where the Sierra de Omoa meets the Caribbean have made this former fishing village an emerging...

Sandy Bay

On the north coast of Roatán Island, Sandy Bay is a laid-back community that stretches many miles along the sandy beach. It is home to many...

West Bay

Down the beach from West End is West Bay, where you'll find some of the area's more luxurious resorts and the best beaches on the island. The...

Santa Rosa de Copan

Set in one of the most beautiful regions of Honduras, Santa Rosa de Copán has a friendliness that makes you long to linger. (The pleasant springlike...

Gracias

Founded in 1536 by Gonzalo de Alvarado, brother of Spanish conquistador Pedro de Alvarado, Gracias has a fascinating history. Its original name...

Comayagua

Founded in 1537, Santa María de Comayagua was the first capital of Honduras. It was also one of the last bastions of resistance by the Lenca...

Puerto Cortes

Puerto Cortés is best known as Honduras's largest port, although the city is slowly but steadily rebranding itself as a tourist destination...

Las Marias

The short distance from Las Marías to the coast is deceiving. It's a long haul—nearly 40 km (25 mi) as the river fish swims—to the village,...

Puerto Lempira

Puerto Lempira, the capital of the Gracias a Dios department, is the closest semblance of city life in all of La Mosquitía. The town of nearly...

Sambo Creek

Fishing boats and seafood shacks line the shores of this Garífuna community. For many travelers, the town is a departure point for snorkeling...

Danli

Spanish explorers founded this community in 1667 as San Buena Ventura, but soon after independence the name reverted to Danlí, meaning "water...

Valle de Ángeles

It bustles with tourists from the capital on weekends, but during the week Valle de Ángeles maintains the atmosphere of a colonial mining town...

Brus Laguna

Adventurous tales of pirates and bloodshed belie the ho-hum nature of this Miskito community along the northeastern edge of the Río Plátano...

Choluteca

Honduras’s fourth-largest city—weighing in at 100,000 people—is seen by most travelers as the country’s outpost-slash-way station on the Pan...

French Harbour

The most bustling community on the island, French Harbour is home to one of the largest fishing fleets in the western Caribbean. The best supermarket...

Yuscaran

The charming colonial town of Yuscarán sits a little too far out from Tegucigalpa to be an easy lunch trip (at least not in the way closer Santa...

Coxen Hole

Although it would be a stretch to call this cluster of clapboard houses attractive, the town's rich heritage lends it a unique atmosphere. More...

Raista

A smattering of wooden houses with crops, cows, and chickens hugs the shoreline in this secluded Miskito community. Lush surroundings and...

Santa Lucia

Santa Lucía is a pleasant mining town—this is the first locale where colonial-era silver was struck in the 16th century—with plenty of winding...

Oak Ridge

Boathouses on stilts fringe this fascinating town built on mangrove coves. Motorized canoes putter from dock to dock in Roatán's rendition of...

Belen

Belén is sandwiched between two other villages. It starts where Raista meets the airport and ends where Nueva Jersusalén begins, with little...

Palacios

Palacios has undergone a major transformation in the last few years. The mixed Ladino and Miskito town—the second largest town in La Mosquitía...

Batalla

Bright-green palms and coconut trees shelter small huts and homes hugging the sandy northern shores of the Bacalar Laguna. This mellow Garífuna...

Cascadas de Pulhapanzak

The roaring Pulhapanzak Falls are the highest in the country. ...

Suyapa

France has Lourdes. Portugal has Fátima. Mexico has Guadalupe. In the far southern suburbs of Tegucigalpa is Honduras's very own site, Suyapa...

Plaplaya

Honduras's easternmost Garífuna village (east of here, it's primarily Moskito villages) has just one tourist attraction, but it's a pretty fantastic...

Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda is a tranquil town on the northeast end of Roatán, where travelers can catch a glimpse of the enduring Garífuna culture that hails...

Roatan and the Bay Islands

Surrounded by one of the world's largest barrier reefs, the Bay Islands are a dream come true for snorkelers who want to come face-to-face with...

Honduras' Caribbean Coast

The northern coast of Honduras is a world away from the country's interior. Chaotic urban grids give way to mellow coastal towns. Steep green...

Western Honduras

Western Honduras marries its indigenous and colonial heritages like nowhere else in the country. Small communities tucked into the green mountains...

La Mosquitia

Step onto a narrow canoe and glide down the river past the infinite verdant jungle, and you'll slowly feel yourself slip into another era....

Southern Honduras

Even old Honduran hands scratch their heads when someone mentions the country’s southern region. (The remote Mosquitía in the northeast part...

Laguna de Ibans

The intricate latticework of crisscrossing mangrove trees along the shore is reflected on the glassy surface of Laguna de Ibans, the smallest...

Laguna de Caratasca and Eastern La Mosquitia

A covey of small ponds, large lakes, tiny islands, and grassy savanna stretch for 50 km (31 miles) in Laguna de Caratasca, the largest lagoon...

Lago de Yojoa

The largest natural lake in the country, shimmering Lago de Yojoa is home to an amazing variety of birds. Upwards of 400 different species are...

Roatan

Only about 65 km (40 miles) from end to end, ribbonlike Roatán is the most populous of the Bay Islands. Most villages are along the water's...

Utila

The smallest of the Bay Islands, Utila has managed to evade full-scale development. It is small, especially compared to Roatán, and some visitors...

Guanaja

Guanaja, once populated by the Paya people, has rolling hills covered with evergreens. The easternmost island measures around 18 km (11 miles...

Cayos Cochinos

Hazy blue-green mountains speckling the horizon beckon from the mainland with pristine coral reefs and a thriving Garífuna culture. The Cayos...

Isla del Tigre

Assuming they ever existed, the tigres —jaguars? ocelots? panthers?—believed to have once populated Honduras’s very own Pacific island are...

Milton Bight

A sweeping lookout point aptly titled "The View" encourages travelers to steer off the highway and park the car for an amazing vista of the...

First Bight

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