Honduras: brief trip report
Perhaps few devotees of Europe travel are ready to consider the Central American country of Honduras for their vacations, but maybe for this reason a few words on this poorly-understood country would not be inappropriate. I’ve recently made two visits to Honduras (the mainland, not the resort island of Roatan), one in late Nov./early Dec. 2021, and the other just a few weeks ago, late Jan./early Feb. 2023. My overall assessment is that while Honduras may not be for everyone (perhaps no country is), it could well be a great destination for many poeple who don’t know it yet — in particular, independent, open-minded travellers who are serious about it when they talk of getting “off the beaten path.” On both trips I found Honduras to be far safer and more likable place than one might think from the “bad rap” it usually gets from our generally sensationalist media.
Honduras has a lot to offer. For those, like me, who are interested primarily in history and culture, Honduras offers quaint colonial towns like Gracias, Comayagua, and Valle de Angeles; and ancient ruins, most notably the grand, 1400-year-old Mayan city of Copán. But Honduras really goes all out for nature lovers. Collectively, several parks and reserves across the interior, and beaches along the coasts, offer everything a nature lover would want, other than deserts and glaciers. By itself, the area around lake Yojoa, located in the central mountains, offers hiking trails, bird-watching sites, kayaking waters, caverns, a grand waterfall, and more — even the remains of an ancient civilization, if not the country’s most spectacular ones.
And yet, one of the things I like best about Honduras is intangible, though nonetheless real — it is an “authentic” country where I can still feel more like a real visitor, as opposed to yet another tourism-consumer who needs to be “serviced.”
As this report is about to cease being as brief as I intended, I’ll stop here; but for those who want to read on, I’ll add a couple of additional comments below.