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Honduras

Like the rest of Central America, Honduras is undergoing major social and economic changes, so if there was ever a time to go, it is now! Blessed with pristine beaches, turquoise waters and dense rainforests, Honduras has always been an eco-tourist’s dream.

Yet with a rich history that bears the indelible imprints of Spanish colonialism and Mayan civilisation, the country is both ecologically and culturally intriguing.

With over 40% of the country covered in forest, a trip to one of the many national parks is a must for anyone visiting Honduras. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Rio Platano is one of the last remaining tropical rainforests in Central America. Inhabited by over 2,000 indigenous people alongside various endangered species like the jaguar, your intrepid journey into the reserve is sure to be rewarded by some unbelievable encounters. In addition, due primarily to illegal logging, these lifestyles and animals rather than belonging to the rainforest may unfortunately soon belong to the history books. So pack your bags soon!

For those seeking to develop a greater understanding of Honduras’ history, the Copan ruins and the colonial town of Comayagua ought to be high on the list of attractions.

The Bay Islands situated 40km north of the Atlantic coast of Honduras are reknowned for their picture-postcard beaches and spectacular dive sites. They are an ideal location for those looking to unwind in peace. It will be hard for any traveller spending time on the islands not to return imbued with the laid back Honduran psyche.

For those seeking to develop a greater understanding of Honduras’ history, the Copan ruins and the colonial town of Comayagua ought to be high on the list of attractions. During the period of Spanish colonial rule, Comayagua served as the capital of the Intendencia of Comayagua. As a result the town boasts a wealth of beautiful colonial architecture as well as the oldest clock in the Americas!

The west of the country hides one of Honduras’ greatest treasures, the Copan Ruins. A vast site that was once a lavish capital in the seventh century, it consists of some awe inspiring remains such as the Hieroglyphic Stairway. You could easily imagine yourself as Indiana Jones as you wander through the site surrounded by jungle on all sides with the howls of monkeys filling the air.