Hooray… Honduras travel is finally changing for the better. After decades of social and political turmoil, Honduras is slowly emerging on the tourist map. Cruise ships call in Roatan Island or mainland Trujillo on the Banana Coast where the rainforest meets the sea. Meanwhile more intrepid travellers venture along the trails in search of mountains and jungle, wild life and deserted beaches.
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Bordered by El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala, Honduras is hemmed between two coasts, the Pacific to the south lapping the Gulf of Fonseca, and to the north, the longer Caribbean shore lining the Gulf of Honduras. Shaped like a triangle, it is the second largest country in Central America with a population exceeding 8 million, over a million of them in the capital Tegucigalpa or Téguz for short. Tucked in the southern central highlands, Téguz sits on the banks of the Choluteca river in a valley surrounded by open woodlands but prone to floods during the rainy season. In the historic centre, churches, museums and pastel-hued buildings bear witness to the Spanish colonial past while thriving businesses and embassies share the modern district with upmarket residential areas.
But the city’s poor safety record, coupled with the attractions of the natural world, soon see visitors on their way, starting perhaps in La Tigra, the oldest of Honduras 20 national parks, climbing up to over 2000 metres. Criss-crossed by hiking trails to suit different abilities, the forest greets you with pines, oaks and ceibo trees – the latter sacred to the Maya – and a profusion of bromeliad and ferns mingling with orchids, lichen and vines. Streams and waterfalls gurgle in the shadows and you might spot some of the wildlife, deer, monkeys, armadillos or agoutis, though pumas – after which the park is named – keep to remote areas. Tread softly to see a few of the 350 species of birds, including mocking birds and hummingbirds and the sacred quetzal.
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But top of the list for birdwatching is Yojoa, the largest lake in the country and a popular stop on the highway from Téguz to San Pedro Sula in the north. Ringed by mountains and forests, largely undisturbed, it boasts 485 species of birds. There’s sailing and rowing, tubing or ziplining for adrenaline seekers, hiking in the forest or visiting the renowned coffee plantations… unless one prefers to check out the microbrewery. On the edge of the rainforest near La Ceiba, the Rio Cangrejal claims some of the best white water rafting in Central America but if this isn’t for you, the cool mountain scenery and the call of tropical birds are a treat.
Along the Caribbean coast…
Hooray for Honduras travel article written by Travel Journalist Solange Hando
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