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:: H O N D U R A S ::
Honduras, the second-largest country in Central America after
Nicaragua, and formerly both known as Guaymuras or Higueras, is a magical
spot on your travel through Central America. After several weeks of jungle
walks, chilly and cloudy villages in the mountains and rather cold dips in
murky lakes in Guatemala and El Salvador, the Caribbean cost of Honduras is
nothing more than a blessing. It’s not that El Salvador and Guatemala
are disliked. In fact they are historically, naturally and culturally rich
and beautiful countries with a lot of rural areas. It’s just that
Honduras is different and actually resembles the weather and life style you
may expect from a Latin American country on the Caribbean.
The coral reef off the coast of Northern Honduras is a
continuation of the Belizean barrier reef, the second largest barrier reef
in the world, and make for great diving. If one cannot afford to dive in
the Belizean keys (or other places around our globe), Honduras lays claim
to the cheapest commercial diving in the world. Furthermore, Honduras
encompasses the spectacular Mayan ruins at Copán, with pyramids,
temples and stone monuments.
Honduras gave name to the “banana republic”-term
in the early 20th century, as bananas provided 66% of
Honduras’ exports in 1913. Nearly all policy and interest, therefore,
was controlled by the “banana business”, and thus Honduras
failed to develop an indigenous land-possessing elite, unlike other Central
American countries. While Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua all fought
brutal wars in the 1980s, Honduras remained mostly conflict-free. The
result is a somewhat subdued national psyche (compared to its neighbors), which
makes travel gentle, easy and enjoyable.
was a strong Mayan presence around the city of Copán in western
Honduras in year 150 to 900 as part of the kingdom of Xukpi By the time the
Spanish came to Honduras in the 16th century, the once great
city-state of Copán was overrun by the jungle, and the Lencas, not
the Mayans, were the main Armerindian people living in western Honduras. In
and around present day Copán ruins you’ll find a lot of
scarlet macaws, the national bird of Honduras, and much valued by the
Columbian civilizations of Honduras.
:: Isla de
living on a tropical island with swaying palm trees, balmy trade breezes
overlooking the beautiful turquoise Caribbean… This is what Isla de
Roatán is like! Actually, West Bay boasts one of the most beautiful
white sand beaches in the Caribbean. Idyllic turquoise water and soft sand
is a sure sign you have arrived in paradise. Also, what makes Roatán
so wonderfully appealing is its living cultural and historic mosaic. Bay
Islanders take pride in holding the coral reefs and marine life as
priceless jointly owned treasures. A dory diving trip through the labyrinth
of reefs and mangrove tunnels to clear turquoise lagoons and up from the
shore to jungle covered slopes of undulating hills displays the tremendous
natural beauty of the island.
:: Isla de
de Ùtila is the smallest of the three bay islands, and is somewhat a
budget and backpacker-friendly version of Isla de Roatán. Packed
with cheap dive operators and sprawling reefs surrounding the entire
island, Útila is a diver’s paradise. If you are there in early
August, don’t miss out on the much-fabled Sun Jam Festival. If you
are into beaches and treks in the jungle, choose Roatán. If diving
is your thing, choose Útila.
:: La Ceiba &
Sambo Creek ::
Ceiba is a port on the northern coast of Honduras beneath the Pico Bonito
mountains. And yes – the mountains really are beautiful. Nearby,
Sambo Creek, a small beach village, offers the possibility to mingle with
black Creoles and Garifunas, originally brought as slaves from Africa to
the Caribbean. If you want to hit the Cayos Cochinos (the Hog Island),
Sambo Creek will much likely be your point of departure.
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:: Cayos Cochinos: Thirteen far-flung tropical
Los Cayos Cochinos – or the Hog Islands
– are thirteen far-flung tropical keys, 30km north-east of La Ceiba.
Paradise-like, they display sand as white, water as clear and coral reefs
as packed as you’d want. If you go there, you can stay with local
fishers in primitive beach huts on one of the keys. Approximately, 100
local Garifunas live permanently on the islands
Future places to
go and activities to perform in Honduras
Trekking in the Celaque Plateau – four
peaks over 2800m including the highest in Honduras
Trekking in the Cusco cloud forest and
climbing Cerro Jilinco (2827m)
Visiting indigenous villages in the vast
Miskito Region, e.g. the Tawahka (Sumo) people in the Tawahka Asangni
The third island in the Bays Islands remains
Visiting the islands in the Golfo de Fonseca
And – ultimately – visiting the
inaccessible Swan Islands (Islas Santanillas)
Fast facts and
hints on Honduras
Daily budget: On the cheap: 15-20 US$
(not on the bay islands); More activities and transport: 20-40 US$; The Bay
Islands are more expensive, especially Roatán Island...
Pros: Encompasses a continuation of the Belizean barrier
reef; Unknown far-flung paradise-like keys in the Caribbean Ocean (Cayos
Cons: Copán Ruins is
expensive to visit; Travel days in Honduras are long and exhausting...
In a nutshell: The cheapest
commercial place in the world to dive...
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