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10 facts you might not know about Honduras

written by Intrepid Travel September 25, 2018

Honduras has had a rocky history and it’s a place where, in certain parts, travellers still need to err on the side of caution.

That doesn’t mean the country is off-limits though. In fact, done the right way, there are some incredible experiences awaiting you in Honduras and throughout Central America.

Here are 10 facts about Honduras.

1. They’re serious about soccer (or football)

Honduras had a 100-hour war with El Salvador. Over soccer. There may have been some other economic stuff going as well, but the important thing to remember is soccer.

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2. You can explore incredible Maya ruins 

Copan is the site of an ancient Maya city, located in Western Honduras. It was one of the most densely populated urban areas of the Maya world between AD 426 to 820.

Image by Rafal Cichawa / Shutterstock

3. What does Honduras mean?

The name translates to “great depths” in Spanish – named by Christopher Columbus after the deep waters along the coast.

4. The coral reefs are out of this world

Honduras is part of the second largest coral reef in the world, after the Great Barrier Reef.

Image by Tracey Ellis

5. Honduras has a dual capital

The capital is actually two cities: Comayaguela and Tegucigalpa.

6. Ever wondered why Honduras was referred to as a banana republic?

Image by Renee Vititoe / Shutterstock

In actual fact, this term was first used by the American writer O. Henry in the early twentieth century to describe the country’s over reliance on banana exports and unstable economy. These days, Honduras is working hard to make a new name for itself.

7. Smoke-free zones

Honduras was the first country to ban smoking in your own home. Smokers must always stand about two metres (six feet) away from non-smokers.

Image by April Wong

8. The buses seriously stand out

Local buses are called Chicken buses. They’re brightly painted and look like a party on wheels. You’re unlikely to see chickens on these buses.

9. It’s home to one of the oldest clocks in the world

The clock was built around 1100 AD by the Moors and was originally placed in the Alhambra Palace, in Granada, Spain. It’s travelled a long way to sit in the Cathedral of Comayagua.

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10. They have some amazing bird life

In fact, the national bird of Honduras is the Scarlet Macaw.

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Feature image by Steve Mortimer

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17 comments

Luna October 4, 2021 - 11:18 am

gracias muchas gracias lo nesesitiaba!
thanks thanks so much i needed it!

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Savannah September 22, 2021 - 10:11 pm

Thanks I needed that info for my class!!! I go to a spanish class!! Adios amigos!!! Lol!!!

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Brooklynn December 18, 2020 - 2:50 am

thanks for the facts
they were very helpful!

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JAKE November 19, 2020 - 6:55 am

right!!!!!!!

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Andrea November 3, 2020 - 11:53 am

Honduras is one if the most beutiful countries in central america, beutiful people and deliciuos food

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owen October 17, 2020 - 1:13 am

cool

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Joe October 8, 2020 - 4:49 am

Thanks for facts

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emily March 7, 2020 - 1:43 am

honestly honduras is pretty swaggy 10/10 would recommend.

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Anonymous February 1, 2020 - 2:27 am

honduras is butiful

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anonoymous March 13, 2020 - 2:49 am

*beautiful

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Madea October 15, 2021 - 6:01 am

*we dont care

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Anonymous November 18, 2021 - 3:36 am

*about you

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Nadia September 29, 2019 - 1:07 pm

Interesting that they are super into soccer that is kind of unexpected! We experienced their awesome reefs though!

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Bop June 20, 2019 - 3:51 am

Gray all the time

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Layer Culture May 6, 2019 - 10:48 pm

I never knew that Honduras was the first country to ban smoking in the home. Thanks for the interesting facts!

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Anonymous May 25, 2021 - 6:54 am

i love it hear.

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Luana February 19, 2019 - 4:31 am

I had the opportunity to visit honduras, and was one of the most amazing trips i have ever done, they have the most beautiful beaches and the nicest people.

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