Honduras

Located in the heart of Central America, Honduras is certainly a fascinating place to discover. Third largest city in the country, La Ceiba proves to be an ideal home base for exploring this wonderful country (760 km of beaches along the Caribbean and the Pacific); sun lovers will be thrilled in Honduras. Its beaches are uncrowded and coral reefs abound. Honduras is cheap globally; local craftsmanship is excellent and very affordable. Tela is a coastal municipality about an hour and a half away from La Ceiba. It is the favorite seaside city of many travelers. Small and quiet, it has some of the most beautiful beaches of the north coast. Its name comes from Triunfo de la Cruz, which got simplified over time. The most amazing beach, which combines fine sand and coconut trees, stretches east of the city, in front of Hotel Villas Telamar (the Beach of Punta Sal which once was home to many pirates, is an absolutely heavenly beach). Several sandy beaches are in the beautiful National Park Jeannette Kawas surrounding the city of Tela. Not far from Tela, the Lancetilla, Botanical Gardens, second largest tropical botanical gardens in the world, will truly amaze you.

TEMPERATURE:

Honduras is a country with a tropical climate, so it is warm 365 days a year except along the Caribbean coast (to be discovered rather late February to mid-June). Best time to visit is during the dry season.

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WHAT TO DO:

The archipelago of Bahía (Bay Islands: Utila , Roatan and Guanaja ) is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, a real underwater paradise for divers. It offers an exceptional marine fauna and flora and is one of the cheapest places for diving in the world! In Honduras, many parks and natural reserves in the mountains, in the forest, by the sea or along the many rivers are well suited to many outdoor activities such as hiking, horseback riding, biking, rafting, canoeing and zip lines...

Beautifully drawn behind La Ceiba, Pico Bonito National Park offers many opportunities for rafting, kayaking and many hiking trails. With a little luck, you may be able to see monkeys, alligators and many species of tropical birds. La Ceiba also serves as home port for ferries traveling to the Bay Islands: Utila, Roatan and Guanaja, true “Caribbean pearls”. These islands follow the southern part of the world's second longest barrier reef. If you venture into the depths of the forest, you can probably hear the howler monkeys. In Tela, you can enjoy excellent seafood and stay in pleasant establishments. It is actually the ideal place to relax and enjoy a simple kind of life. Be aware that important tourism investments are planned in the region!

WHAT TO SEE:

History and archeology buffs should not leave the country without visiting the ruins of Copán, one of the most important ruins of the Mayan civilization. This UNESCO World Heritage at the border of Guatemala is renowned for the quality of its sculptures and requires that you devote an entire day to visit. To the east, the largest ecological attraction remains the region of Moskitia where the Rio Platano Biosphere is located, the largest tropical rainforest in Central America. Refuge of a fragile wildlife, (sometimes endangered), it is also the land of many ethnic and indigenous communities. Located completely to the east, it is however more difficult to access. Trujillo was once a thriving port, it is now famous for the antique charm of its Spanish architecture, for its fascinating past of piracy and for its beautiful tropical beaches.

THINGS TO DO:

Although there is a strong Spanish influence in Honduras, most of the population is metis and lives of agriculture, with a low standard of living. Many rural communities have barely changed over the years and retain their traditional lifestyle. In the main towns you will find theaters, clubs and discos. Honduras is also a good place to live!

ELECTRICITY:

110/120/220 volts, 60Hz. We recommend that you bring an adapter (North American plug).

CURRENCY:

The national currency is the Lempira (HNL). For the exchange rate: http://www.bankofcanada.ca/rates/exchange/ You can make purchases in US dollars in the main tourist places (like on the island of Roatán), even though prices are quoted in dollars, therefore you will gain if you pay with the local currency. You can withdraw lempiras in ATMs, pretty much anywhere around the country.

A departure tax of approximately US$40 (or Lempira equivalent) is required for all international flights, and can be paid by cash or credit card.

TIPPING:

In most restaurants the service is included on the bill. In cases where it would not be included, it would be polite to leave 10% of the total. It is also necessary to tip the doormen and taxi drivers who carry the luggage (between 0.50 cents and 1 lempira). Hotels, travel agencies and guides charge a 4% extra for "tourism services". The service tax is 7 %, applicable with hotels and restaurants.

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