Honduras

Summary
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars

Beautiful Roatan Island

Beautiful Roatan Island

Adventure vacations in Honduras are perfect for those who like to think of themselves as an Indiana Jones or Laura Croft kind of adventure seeker.

There are ancient Mayan ruins to be explored in dense green jungles, buried treasure to be found and hard-to-reach areas that many believe still hold on to their secrets.

All of this in a land of pristine tropical white-sand beaches, green rolling hills and rushing streams.

Honduras won’t give you the widest variety of adventure travel experiences because this is a poor country, and Honduras as an adventure destination is still underdeveloped at the time this was written. However, if you like to explore new and exciting places away from the clamoring crowds, this may be the place for you.

You’ll certainly find some excellent scuba diving and snorkeling here, and there are miles and miles of gorgeous beaches to enjoy. So, Honduras certainly deserves some serious consideration for anyone who enjoys the ocean-related activities.

Just so you know… Honduras can turn dangerous if you’re not careful. Canadian Foreign Affairs, as well as the U.S. Department of State, warns that people traveling to Honduras should be very cautious in light of an increase in violent crime. Use your common sense and you should avoid the problems: never display signs of affluence, stay out of known areas of high crime and don’t walk around at night.

The bottom line: Honduras has a lot of exciting adventures to offer, but this country is somewhat overshadowed by its neighbors like Belize and Costa Rica. Another way to look at this is that maybe Honduras is one of the up and coming adventure destinations, and one that’s a great fit for those who like to avoid the maddening tourist crowds.

Exotic Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars

If you like to explore places with interesting history and exotic locations then you need to check out Honduras. This tropical setting has a rich history from the ancient Mayan culture to the rule of the Spanish, the pirates who raided and then hid their plunder here and the modern day adventurers who came to dig up buried treasure.

Honduras is a land of intrigue and mystery going back thousands of years when the Mayans inhabited what is now the Copán archaeological site, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for the elaborate artwork and carvings. And then there’s the mystery of “the cave of the glowing skulls” (Talgua Cave) in the northeastern part of Honduras.

After the Spanish discovered gold, the pirates took some of it away and hid it on islands like Roatán. Centuries later treasure hunters and adventure seekers like F. A. Mitchell-Hedges and Howard Jennings found some of the treasure. And the word among locals is that there is more treasure waiting to be unearthed.

Cultural Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars

You’ll notice while in Honduras that this is a humble place, poverty is widespread and the culture reflects this humility in many ways.

The cuisine is pretty basic and includes meats (beef, chicken and pork are quite common), some excellent seafood in the coastal areas, tamales and plenty of tortillas. If you’re used to Mexican food then one thing you’ll notice is that the food here is a bit more mild where seasoning is concerned.

The Catholic religion has a lot of influence throughout the culture as you would expect when more than 95% of the people are Catholic. You’ll see this clearly in their fun-filled festivals should you be in Honduras during Christmas and the New Year.

You’ll see some interesting architecture here from the Mayan ruins to the modern day skyscrapers. Beautiful Spanish churches that date back to the early colonization can be found in the old towns, and red-tiled roofs and central plazas are features of the Colonial places like Gracias and Santa Barbara.

If you enjoy discovering new cultures you’ll certainly want to study the ancient Mayans, but you’ll also want to explore the interesting peoples of today like the Garífuna, Miskito, Tawahka, Pech and Jicaque.

Adventure Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars

When it comes to Honduras, probably the best of the lot will be the scuba diving. Especially when you get out to one of the Bay Islands like Roatán.

If you like wild places you’ll find some steamy jungles to explore, and some interesting wildlife watching while trekking through the dense foliage.

On Utila Island you can see the American manatee, Central American Tepir and giant anteaters. Birdwatchers with marvel at the scarlet macaw and there are also jaguars in Honduras, however, these big cats aren’t very easy to find.

Beach and ocean lovers will find Honduras to be a paradise with the clear blue water and the white-sand beaches, and there are also some interesting cultural tours like the ones that help you explore the ancient Mayans.

Do be careful when going on the zip lines and other attractions with a mechanical aspect to them. One downside is that these kinds of things aren’t regulated very well (if at all), so you need to be careful and check out the equipment before using it.

Following are more exciting activities for you to enjoy in Honduras.

Hard

  • Canoeing
  • Hunting
  • Jungle exploring
  • Motorcycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Overlanding
  • Rappelling
  • Rock climbing
  • Scuba diving
  • Sea kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Spelunking (caving)
  • White water rafting
  • Wilderness training
  • Windsurfing

Soft

  • Birdwatching
  • Cultural tours
  • Eco tours
  • Nature trips
  • Walking tours
  • Whale watching

Could be either

  • Backpacking
  • Canopy tours / Ziplines
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Quad-biking / ATVs
  • Sailing
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife watching

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