Honduras: Tourism in-wait...
Honduras tourism and culture are as "content-rich" as any country in Central
But with little information on Honduras and its tourism in the news or on the net, Honduras
and its tourism sector unfortunately remain under the radar for most North
Americans. That's unfortunate
- - Honduras and its tourism have lots to
offer the traveler.
Honduras tourism - Why Honduras?
● Honduras and its growing eco-tourism sector have easily
accessible, gorgeous national parks; cloud forests; national
reserves; and botanical gardens - - all with remarkable scenery.
birding, hiking, photography opportunities, water rafting near
kayaking or sightseeing.
has the best material on eco-tourism for those who are planning green-centered
travel. As well,
Ecoturismolatino.com has numerous articles on ideas for eco-tourism
throughout Latin America.
● Honduras has marvelous beaches on Roatan,
Guanaja, and Utila - - some of the finest in all of Latin America and the
Caribbean. These beaches are tourism 'gold' for Honduras. Go for the great scuba
diving, the snorkeling, the kayaking, the swimming, the long walks on the beach.
(The beaches are probably Honduras' tourism best known destinations).
And no, there isn't any good surfing in Honduras. Try Panama's Pacific
coast, but take your own board.
● Honduras has the Mayan Ruins at Copan Ruinas
- An ancient civilization rich in culture comes alive alongside its
descendents. Planned infrastructure improvements will only add to the
Honduras eco-tourism growth in the Copan area, a short 2.5 hour bus ride from San
● Honduras is a different culture,
very unlike North America, yet ever so close. San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa
are a 2.5-hour non-stop flight from New Orleans, Houston, or Miami.
As leisure time increases, eco-tourism in Honduras can become a growing
industry. Make no mistake. Honduras is not
Costa Rica and its
park system is no where near as developed as Costa Rica's. Honduras does
not have the variety of accommodations near their parks as does Costa Rica.
But for those desiring a visit to nature at its purest, Honduras is a good
● The Honduras people - a culture-rich mosaic
(Honduras tourism's richest gift):
The Mestizo, mixed ancestry - European and Indigenous
◊ Four major indigenous people - The
Chortí Maya along the Guatemalan border,
the Miskito of Eastern Honduras
and the Lenca people of western and southern Honduras (and several smaller
groups - the Nahoas, Pech, Tawahkas and Tolupanes). The fourth group
of the North Coast; African and Carib Indigenous backgrounds
- - with their own distinct culture and language - - live along the North
Coast (La Ceiba) and the Bay Islands
◊ English-speaking Afro-Caribbeans on the Caribbean coast and the Bay Islands, many
of whom trace their roots to the Caymans
◊ English-speaking Whites on the Bay Islands who descend from the English
and Scottish, with a claimed buccaneer ancestor or two thrown in for intrigue,
◊ Spanish-speaking descendents of
the Spaniards from the time of the conquest,
◊ Descendents of the
Chinese and Palestinians who came during the early 1900's.
● A Honduras Vacation is Inexpensive - Honduras
tourism offers a tremendous value for
your dollar. Transportation, food and hotel prices are as reasonable as any
place in the world. If you can get your PADI-diving certification more
inexpensively anywhere, please let me know.
● Honduras is manageable - Unlike some of the larger countries in Latin
America, much of Honduras can be seen in a two-week visit.
With these thoughts in mind about Honduras tourism, let's begin to
plan the Honduras travel.