Is Honduras a lovely place to visit

The 10 top tourist attractions of Honduras

Ruins, rainforests, colonial cities, island archipelagos and dream beaches - a Honduras trip has all of this to offer. Here are the top 10 sights.

Honduras highlights

1. The Mayan ruins of Copán

The site in the far west of Honduras is one of the most famous and oldest Mayan ruins at all. They are said to have lived here as early as 1,200 BC and made use of the fertility of the small valley. The Copan River, which caused slight flooding there until the 8th century AD, ensured fertile soils. The up to 2,000 meter high mountains around the valley protected the residents from adverse weather and unwanted intruders. In addition, with tuff, granite and jade deposits, the best conditions for the people's architecture were found. This resulted in the impressive ones temple, Steles, Altars and Hieroglyphics. For example, on the steps of a staircase, the longest Mayan hieroglyphic record describing the story of the kings of Copán was discovered. The Mesoamerican Ball playground is after the in Chichen Itza the second largest in Mexico. For all these wonderful landmarks, it is definitely worth making a hard detour to the remote village of Copán, near which the ruins are located and which is very charming with old, colorful buildings and cobblestones.

2. The Islas de la Bahía: Roatán, Guanaja and Útila

The Bay Islands, between 30 and 100 kilometers from the Honduran mainland coast, are a unique natural paradise. They are particularly well-known among diving and snorkeling tourists from all over the world, as the second largest coral reef in the world can be found in front of their white-sandy beaches. While the divers especially on Roatan are to be found is Útila especially popular with backpackers, Guanaja however, for more discerning travelers, especially from the USA. The distinctive flora and fauna are also interesting, some reptile species, for example, are only found here. But whoever arrives on the islands will first be surprised by the different culture and language of the people. The mixture of peoples, which is partly from Garifuna and Creoles exists, speaks a mixed Creole language, or often a very simplified English, which probably refers to the Pirates, who have been up to mischief on the islands again and again, goes back.

3. The Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve

The area of ​​this reserve, which is one of the last tropical rainforest areas in Central America, extends over 5,000 square kilometers from the Caribbean to the mountains at over 1,300 meters. Especially because of its species diversity it was on theUNESCO World Natural Heritage-List added, although its existence has long been threatened by illegal logging, agriculture and livestock breeding, as well as by introduced new animal and plant species. Among other things, pumas, tapirs and jaguars can be found in the reserve. The traditional way of life of the 2,000 or so is particularly worthy of protection Miskito and Pesch Indianswho still go about their simple life untouched by modern civilization.

4. Tela and the Punta Sal National Park

The city on the northwest coast of Honduras has great attractions. Alone the Beach - the most popular and most visited in all of Honduras - is a highlight. But also the Old town colonial style and the nearby national parks like the Jeanette Kawas (also Punta Sal called) are popular sights and excursion destinations. Just like on the Bay Islands, the Garifuna have settled here, descendants of African slaves of the conquistadors who cultivate a lively culture and cuisine, extracts of which should not be missed.

5. The Lago de Yojoa

In contrast to its neighboring countries Guatemala and Nicaragua, Honduras only has small inland lakes to offer. The largest and most beautiful of these is the Lago de Yojoa, only about 90 square kilometers in size. But especially here bird watchers get their money's worth: up to 750 species of birds nest on its bank, which is otherwise mainly lined with pineapple, coffee and citrus fruit plantations. Hiking trails and archaeological sites near the lake add to the picture of the perfect getaway from San Pedro Sula out.

6. The Cayos Cochinos

On the small two islands off the Honduran coast Cochino Mayor and Cochino Menor only about 100 people live. On the one hand, this is due to the fact that the archipelago with its additional 14 coral islands only about two square kilometers in area, but also in the marine reserve that surrounds it. Here the preservation of the underwater world has priority, so that the number of tourists is rather limited. Anyone who gets lost on this Caribbean island paradise will be rewarded with wonderfully white sandy beaches, turquoise-colored water and usually the best weather - of course, preferably outside of the hurricane season.

7th Semana Santa in Comayagua

Comayagua is a medium sized city with wonderful Colonial architecturewhich can be seen, among other things, on the oldest clock in America, located at the local cathedral. The city is also famous for its Easter processionsthat come close to the spectacle in Antigua Guatemala, but are celebrated on a smaller scale. The early morning marches through the old streets of the city, during which the coffin of Jesus is carried at slow steps, are an experience that should not be missed. The beautiful ones are also known Sand- and Flower carpets, which, among other things, on Good Friday of the Semana Santa hours of preparation on the cobblestones over which the procession then proceeds.

8. Tegucigalpa

The Capital of Honduras is one of the most dangerous cities in the world (the second largest city San Pedro Sula is even more dangerous), but that does not mean that it should be avoided completely. Despite violence and crime, it is worth taking a short detour to the old town, where you can find the former Presidential palace (now a museum) should visit, as well as the San Miguel Arcangel Cathedral at the Plaza Morazan - certainly best during the day and never alone, without attracting attention with expensive clothes or jewelry. From Parque La Leona you have a magnificent view of the old town.

9. La Ceiba

La Ceiba is not only the gateway to the Islas de la Bahia, but also has a lot to offer. The typical checkerboard pattern of a colonial city with cobblestone streets runs through it, with the warm Caribbean sea in front of the door nightlifethat is unparalleled in Honduras. A proverb says: "Tegucigalpa thinks, San Pedro Sula works, La Ceiba celebrates". In addition to the ships to the Bay Islands, the small boats also operate from here to the idyllic Cayos Cochinos. In addition, from La Ceiba from the Pico Bonito National Park reachable, as well as the first-class rapids of the Río Cangrejal.

10. Río Cangrejal

Even for the more adventurous, Honduras has a natural jewel ready: on the Cangrejal River, rapids are lined up so that it can be used for Rafting-Lovers is a real highlight. Shortly after the three rivers Río Viejo, Río Blanco and Río Yaruca join within 100 meters to form the mighty Río Cangrejal, it falls into a deep one Canyon. From this point it flows almost 300 meters in altitude for 25 kilometers towards the sea level and finally pours into the Caribbean Sea. This height of fall at such a short distance makes it one of the steepest rivers in Central America. Break a leg!

Article written by: Stephan Braun

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