Honduras

If you’re after pristine beaches, a laidback lifestyle and some awesome Mayan ruins then look no further. Honduras is resplendent with rivers, reefs, ruins and even the occasional (dormant) volcano. Explore the explosion of colour at the world’s second-largest barrier reef, cycle over hills and through banana plantations, hangout with locals over a licuado or gaze up at the swaying palms as you recharge on a perfect beach.

Honduras Tours & Travel

All our Honduras trips

Way to San Jose

17 days from
USD $1,440
CAD $1,485
AUD $1,455
EUR €1,000
GBP £840
NZD $1,620
ZAR R14,565
CHF FR1,210

Discover tropical paradise and ancient wonders on this 'Greatest Hits' tour of Central America, featuring Guatemala,...

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Amazing Central America

29 days from
USD $2,595
CAD $2,675
AUD $2,625
EUR €1,805
GBP £1,515
NZD $2,925
ZAR R26,275
CHF FR2,185

Head from the forest to the beach on this amazing Central America tour visiting Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa...

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Central American Adventure

32 days from
USD $2,560
CAD $2,640
AUD $2,590
EUR €1,780
GBP £1,495
NZD $2,885
ZAR R25,925
CHF FR2,155

Ruins, volcanoes and beachside playgrounds await on this awesome Central American adventure, journeying through...

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Ultimate Central America

58 days from
USD $4,885
CAD $5,040
AUD $4,945
EUR €3,400
GBP £2,860
NZD $5,505
ZAR R49,500
CHF FR4,120

This captivating adventure through Central America travels through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua,...

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Best of Central America

44 days from
USD $3,710
CAD $3,830
AUD $3,755
EUR €2,585
GBP £2,170
NZD $4,180
ZAR R37,585
CHF FR3,125

Have the ultimate Central American adventure on this classic tour from Mexico to Panama. Enjoy beaches, volcanoes,...

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Central America Explorer

46 days from
USD $3,735
CAD $3,855
AUD $3,780
EUR €2,600
GBP £2,185
NZD $4,210
ZAR R37,835
CHF FR3,150

Escape on a Central American odyssey through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica and marvel...

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Mexico City to Panama City

55 days from
USD $4,065
CAD $4,405
AUD $4,320
EUR €2,975
GBP £2,400
NZD $4,825
ZAR R43,225
CHF FR3,595

Jump onboard this exciting Central American trip that takes you from the vibrancy of Mexico City through the hearts...

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El Salvador & Honduras Discovery

9 days from
USD $1,046
CAD $1,080
AUD $1,062
EUR €729
GBP £615
NZD $1,181
ZAR R10,624
CHF FR881

From historic Antigua to the Copan ruins and the serene shores of Roatan Island, explore ancient relics, colonial...

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Anchorage to Ushuaia

207 days from
USD $15,565
CAD $16,865
AUD $16,535
EUR €11,385
GBP £9,190
NZD $18,460
ZAR R165,510
CHF FR13,775

Travel the length of the Americas from North through Central and to the very tip of the South. From Anchorage to...

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Articles on Honduras

Move over Mexico: 7 awesome foods from Central America

Posted on Fri, 12 Sep 2014

Move over Mexico, your neighbours have some pretty sensational tastebud pleasers of their own.

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Top 5 lost cities of Latin America

Posted on Wed, 3 Apr 2013

Intrepid tracks down the most intriguing lost cities of this legend-fuelled land...

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About Honduras

At a glance

Trips Available: 2
Capital city: Tegucigalpa (population 1.3 million)
Population: 8.3 million
Language: Spanish
Currency: HNL
Time zone: (GMT-06:00) Central America
Electricity: Type A (North American/Japanese 2-pin) Type B (American 3-pin)
Dialing code: +504

Best time to visit Honduras

Weather-wise, there isn't really a bad time of year to visit Honduras. The climate is tropical and while you may get rain at any time of year, even in the wet season (May to October) it tends to come in short spurts. The dry season from November to April is a popular time to visit, especially February to May when the country comes to life with festivals. Head to the mountains to escape the heat at anytime of year.

Honduras weather chart

Geography and environment

Honduras is a slice of tropical paradise with both Caribbean and Pacific coasts. The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is the second-longest reef in the world and makes for stunning diving and snorkeling. It’s also home to the Bay of Islands, each with their own unique character and eco-reserves. For onshore adventure, head inland for fertile lowlands, banana plantations, slow-moving rivers and mountain ranges. Honduras shares borders with Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Top Picks

Top 10 Tropical Experiences in Honduras

1. Dive In

You can’t ask for better aquatic fun than in Honduras. Swim, dive or snorkel through turquoise waters in the company of thousands of fish, crazy coral and colourful creatures.

2. Two-Wheel Adventure

There’s plenty of adventure for landlubbers too. Hire a bicycle or scooter and head inland to explore volcanic landscapes, banana plantations and easy-going villages.

3. Rum and Rumba

Spend the evenings practicing your Spanish with the locals over a guaro (sugar cane liquor), then hit the dance floor to learn some Caribbean moves.

4. Explore Mayan Ruins

Explore Copan under the gaze of huge carved faces staring out from ancient walls. As you walk past monuments, statues and staircases it's hard not to wonder at the mysterious disappearance of such a creative civilisation.

5. Colonial Traditions

Visit churches and hang out in plazas for a very different taste of the tropics. Christian traditions introduced by the Spanish are still very strong here and Semana Santa celebrations are incredibly colourful.

6. Licuados

Cool off with a delicious fruit and milk licuado. Pick one up in any restaurant or a street stall as you explore.

7. Coconut Bread

This is a sweet treat that screams "I’m in the tropics and my tastebuds think it’s awesome!"

8. Beach Time

With all that sightseeing, drinking, eating and swimming under your belt, don’t forget to take time out to laze away on perfect white sand beaches.

9. Shopping

There are plenty of goodies in the local markets to fill up your backpack. For unusual mementos pick up woodcarvings, traditional instruments, paintings, straw hats and even cigars.

10. Go Bananas

If you’re in any doubt you’re in the tropics then grab a banana - they’re everywhere. Have a banana licuado, eat one fresh from the tree or try tajaditas (fried bananas).

FAQs on Honduras

HONDURAS:
Australia: Not required
Belgium: Not required
Canada: Not required
Germany: Not required
Ireland: Not required
Netherlands: Not required
New Zealand: Not required
South Africa: Not required
Switzerland: Not required
United Kingdom: Not required
USA: Not required
A tip of around 10% is normal if a service charge hasn’t been included. Most restaurants will add a sales tax of 12%.
There are plenty of internet cafes available in the main towns.
Reception is good in most coastal and urban areas. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your carrier if you wish to use your phone.
It's likely that you’ll encounter different types of toilets while travelling in Honduras. Western-style flushable toilets are commonly found in high-end resorts, hotels and restaurants, while squat toilets are common in rural areas and homes. Be prepared by carrying your own supply of toilet paper and soap, as these aren't always provided.
Bottle of soft drink = 20 HNL
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 30 HNL
Simple lunch = 80 HNL
Three-course meal = 150 HNL
Short taxi ride = 50 HNL
Drinking tap water in Honduras isn’t recommended. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.
Credit cards are widely accepted.
There’s good access to ATMs in nearly all towns and cities.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

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Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Mar 28 Maundy Thursday
Mar 29 Good Friday
Mar 30 Holy Saturday
Apr 14 Day of the Americas
May 1 Labour Day
Sep 15 Independence Day
Oct 8 General Francisco Morazan’s Birthday
Oct 12 Dia de la Raza
Oct 21 Armed Forces Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day

Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to:
http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Honduras/public-holidays

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

Honduras Travel Tips

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Honduras

1. Be considerate of Honduras’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.

3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

4. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!

5. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

6. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

7. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

8. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

9. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
The Mosquito Coast Paul Theroux
Gringos in Paradise: Our Honduras Odyssey Malana Ashlie
Don't Be Afraid, Gringo: A Honduran Woman Speaks From The Heart Elvia Alvarado
Honduras: The Making of a Banana Republic Alison Acker