Small group escorted tours to Honduras. Places of interest for like minded travellers who are curious.
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Odyssey travels by coach and occasionally uses local transport, including trains and ferries. Specifics are always outlined in your tour itinerary. Taxis in large cities like Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula are common and prices are negotiated before the journey.
In major cities, Odyssey stays in centrally located 3-4 star hotels, with easy access to public transport. In smaller towns or rural areas, we usually stay in family-run hotels or guesthouses. On our longstay tours, during which you spend the length of the tour in a single location, we use serviced apartments.
Odyssey always engages local guides with regional knowledge to ensure an authentic experience during which you can learn as much as possible about the history and culture of places you visit.
Geography, Environment, & Weather
Honduras, the second largest country in Central America at 112,000 square kilometres, with Caribbean as well as a Pacific coastline. Guatemala is to the west, El Salvador to the south, and Nicaragua to the east. More than three-fourths of the land area of Honduras is mountainous.
The climate is tropical with a rain season from May to October.
World heritage sites
There are 2 sites in Honduras listed on the World Heritage List. You can view the listed properties here: (https://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/hn). Honduras’s listed properties include:
Maya Site of Copan – The Maya site of Copan is one of the most important sites of the Mayan civilization. Discovered in 1570 by Diego García de Palacio. It was , the political, civil and religious centre of the Copan Valley.
Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve – A mountainous landscape sloping down to the Caribbean coast, with over 2,000 indigenous people still living here in their traditional life. It is a tropical rainforest with an abundant and varied plant and wildlife.
Festivals & Events
Hondurans love to express their culture through huge crowd-drawing festivals. La Ceiba Carnival is one of the most popular and largest religious festival held every May that honors the Saint Isidore the Laborer.
Feria Juniana is another major Honduran festival held filled with dancing, exciting firework shows, live musical performances, and exhibitions, held in the month of June. Semana Santa Festival s a week-long celebration of the Easter week. Many Honduran cities host huge parades and perform biblical reenactments.
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Eating & Drinking
Honduras cuisine is quite similar to that of Mexico, but is known for using more coconut than any other Central American country. Dishes tend to rely on spices like cumin, curry, allspice and achiote for flavour and also use lime juice and fresh herbs. Tortillas and refried beans consumed almost with every meal. They eat a lot of meat, especially beef, however, chicken and pork are also common. With a tropical climate, fresh fruit is plentiful and Honduras’ two coastlines provide a wealth of fresh seafood including fish, lobsters and conch. In larger cities, American chain restaurants are also available.
Health & Safety
As of writing, smartraveller.gov.au advises travellers to exercise a high degree of caution when travelling through Honduras. Crime is a significant problem in some of Honduras’s major cities, so keep your valaubles close and pay attention to your personal security.
Whenever you travel overseas, it’s always wise to take an appropriate travel adaptor. The electricity supply in Honduras runs at 110V and 60Hz. Honduras uses the Type A and Type B electric plug types, so make sure you have the right travel adaptor with you.
Honduras has a single time zone, Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5). Daylight savings are not observed in Honduras.
If you’re on an Odyssey tour, we take care of tipping so you don’t need to give it a second thought. However, in your free time, or if travelling independently, it’s essential that you tip an appropriate amount for services. Tipping is appreciated in Honduras, with small tips for hotel staff, tour guides, and servers in upscale restaurants. In restaurants, a tip of around 10% is customary.
Wifi should be freely accessible in most hotels, cafes and restaurants in urban areas, though connection speeds can vary, particularly in more isolated areas.
Check with your cell phone provider to see whether you’re able to make calls and use data while in Honduras. Many providers will allow you to pay a daily fee that allows you to make calls and check the internet while only being charged your regular rates. However, be certain to inform your provider that you’re heading overseas, because just like a bank they can turn off your service as a result of unusual activity.
Responsible travel tips for Honduras
- Learn at least the local greetings to break the ice. Although some locals speak English, the more you know of the native language, the greater your experience of the country will be.
- Carry a business card in your wallet or purse from your local hotel, to assist you with the return journey if you do become lost.
- Always ensure that you are covered by travel insurance. If you need advice on this feel free to contact Odyssey and we’ll be able to help.
- Before departing, make sure you have a number of Honduran lempira in a range of denominations. You don’t want to be carrying around enormous amounts of cash, but take enough to make it easy to pay in locations that might not accept credit card. It will also help you avoid card transaction fees, and it makes tipping a breeze.
- When travelling independently, make sure you check the opening hours of shops and museums so that you don’t miss out! Also be certain to check whether your trip coincides with any public holidays, so you can plan accordingly.
- Before departing on your trip, contact your bank to inform them that you may be making purchases overseas. Otherwise, they may flag any activity on your account as suspicious. Also, check which ATMs and banks are compatible with your cards, to ensure you can withdraw cash with minimal fees.