South America

Must-See Attractions in Honduras

With its perfect location in Central America, Honduras is nothing short of a tropical paradise. Tourists in search of natural beauty flock to its lush rainforest, sinfully beautiful islands, and extensive mountains each and every year. Tourists also have access to the second largest barrier reef in the world, which boasts countless scenic snorkeling and diving spots. The best part is that the attractions in Honduras are totally varied—you can go river rafting and explore ancient Mayan ruins, take part in festive celebrations in colonial villages, and view exotic wildlife on a variety of hikes. Here are a few must-see attractions in Honduras for you to check out:

1. Guanaja

Guanaja for diving and snorkeling

Guanaja is the true definition of a picturesque island. If you are on the lookout for a place to just get away from it all and have tons of fun, then Guanaja is where you should be in Honduras. There are countless activities to indulge in here, which include jungle trekking, visiting a waterfall, and hiking up to Grant’s Peak or Michael Rock Peak. And let’s not forget the dining and culture that you’ll get to experience with the local villagers. Guanaja is perfect for divers and snorkelers, for it offers not just the best coral reef around, but immaculate year-long warm temperatures, too.

2. Copan

Copan, Mayan ruins in Honduras

Copan is a popular Mayan site situated in western Honduras, and is believed to be the center of the ancient civilization. The building, sculptures, and portrait stelae in Copan are believed to be amongst the finest examples of ancient Mesoamerican art. There are a few stone structures here that date back to the 9th century BC. Take a guided tour of the ruins or visit the Copan Museum. So, if you want to take a step back into time, Copan is just where you should be.

3. Roatan

Roatan, Honduras

Roatan is a famous port-of-call for cruise ships and is counted amongst the many islands of the Honduras Bay in the Caribbean Sea. Roatan has managed to become a popular attraction for tourists because of its scenic beauty and plethora tourist activities. It features exclusive coral reefs and beaches, which make it the perfect spot for swimming, snorkelling, and diving (Roatan is rated one of the best dive sites in the world). Other attractions include the Caramola Gardens, the Iguana Farm, and the famous Roatan Butterfly Garden.

4. Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve

Cock of the Rock Bird, Honduras

Are you a nature lover? Then the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve, one of the largest surviving unspoiled ecosystems in Honduras, will sweep you off your feet. The reserve is home to countless endangered species, and you can take a tour through the tropical rainforest to see jaguars, exotic birds, iguanas, crocodiles, and several species of monkey. Apart from that, you can also indulge in rafting, fishing, and even hiking expeditions. There are countless archaeological sites here too that you can check out, which include a spot that was once visited by Christopher Columbus, along with a variety of Mayan ruins.

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