Destination: visit Honduras
Honduras lies in the heart of Central America. With a surface of 112,000 square kilometers, Honduras is the second biggest country in Central America. It has borders to Guatemala in the west, to Nicaragua in the east, to El Salvador and the Pacific Ocean to the south, and to the Atlantic Ocean in the north. While the Pacific coastline is very short, the Caribbean one is very long. Mostly mountainous, the country is marked by fertile plateaus, river valleys, and narrow coastal plains.
The capital is the city of Tegucigalpa which serves as the governmental hub. San Pedro Sula is considered the industrial capital, while La Ceiba is famous for its carnival.
The official currency is the Lempira and Spanish is the official language.
The weather is Honduras is hot and humid all year round with an average high temperature of 32°C. Temperatures vary throughout the year a maximum of 5°C. The temperature is more dependant on the elevation. The rainy season runs from May to November in the interior and from September to January along the north coast. Hurricane season is from August to November. Travel is of course easier during the dry season. February and March are especially good months to visit, since the weather is usually stable across the country.
Honduras was inhabited by the Maya civilization in the western part and other Pre Columbian Mesoamerican cultures in the rest. Honduras became a Spanish colony after Colombus first arrived in 1502. In 1821 Honduras declared its independence from Spain but only in 1838 it became an independent country. In the early 1900s Honduras was rocked by political unrest and after many years of mostly military rule, a civilian government was freely elected in 1982.
Honduras traditional meals usually always include beans rice and tortillas. Coconut and conut milk are also used in many dishes The Honduran cuisine is a fusion of indigenous, Caribbean, African and Spanish cuisine. Most Hondurandìs have baliada for breakfast, a large flour tortilla with refried beans and cream. Other typical dishes include meat roasted with chismol, tamales, carne asada, chicken with rice and corn, and baleadas.
The Bay Islands are very famous for diving and snorkeling.
Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve is the largest tropical forest in Central America.
Cusuco National Park is one of Honduras most exotic destinations;
Copan is one of the biggest and most important Mayan sites;
Lake Yojoa is the biggest lake in Honduras.
La Ceiba is famous for its carnival and is also known for being a party town.
Fortaleza Santa Barbara de Trujillo is a 17th century Spanish fortress located in Northern Honduras.
Lancetilla Botanical Garden & Research Center is one of the largest tropical gardens in the world, with 1200 species of plants from four continents
Located in central Honduras, Cueva de Talgua is a huge limestone cave system, where hundreds of prehistoric skeletons were discovered. Over the centuries, the water dripping from the roof encased the skeletons in a milky calcite that glows when lit up.