Reasons to Visit
If you are looking for first class diving, or the perfect place to learn to dive, it doesn’t get much better than the Bay Islands. The spectacular coral reefs teem with sealife and there are enough prime dive sites to keep even the most experienced diver happy.
Visit the Maya ruins of Copán situated amidst a tranquil forest along the Copán river. Learn about the Mayan civilisation and explore the pyramids, plazas and famous Hieroglyphic Staircase.
Explore the Rio Plátano biosphere at La Mosquitia, where monkeys, toucans and jaguars roam the forests. A World Heritage site, the reserve has a number of endangered species.
Due to its developing infrastructure, Honduras is a largely underestimated country and thus is far less visited than others in Central America, which only adds to its appeal for those looking for something different. Visitors are rewarded with lush landscapes, wild national parks and unique accommodation.
Rafting the Cangrejal River near La Ceiba is fantastic. Offering grades II and III, this river is suitable for all levels and rafting through the rainforest with toucans flying over head and the sounds of howler monkeys in the distance just adds to the experience.
Around Roatan there is some wonderful snorkelling to be had and the calm waters make this an ideal spot for even the most novice of snorkellers. You can arrange organised trips or just hire a snorkel and mask and head off independently.
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The intricate carvings of the Copan ruins are unrivalled in the Mayan world.
The Copán ruins are set in the hills in the west of Honduras, near the border with Guatemala and can be easily incorporated into a trip combining the two countries.
A few hours’ drive north-east of Copán lies San Pedro Sula, the commercial capital of Honduras. The area is surrounded by beautiful sub-tropical forest and numerous waterfalls, many of which are protected by the Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge and Pico Bonito National Park.
The Bay Islands are located approximately 60 kilometres off the northern coast of Honduras. The archipelago consists of three beautiful islands - Guanaja, Roatán and Utila.
The wildlife refuge is situated 33kms from La Ceiba, which is home to many endangered animal species, found within the many mangrove canals proceeding from the rivers Cuero and Salado.
Carlos' family owns the farm, and he takes you on a tranquil horseback ride through the farmlands and beautiful scenery of the Copán valley followed by a hearty farmhouse lunch cooked by Carlos' mother.
Honduras is a country rich in lush forests and rolling hills with a striking Caribbean coastline. The Mayan ruins at Copán and the mountainous rainforest, waterfalls and beautiful rivers of the Pico Bonito National park are delightful surprises. However, the calm crystal clear waters and one of the finest coral reefs in the region make the Bay Islands Honduras’ main attraction. The diving and snorkelling here is simply superb.
10 Days from £2,065pp
An itinerary that will satisfy divers of all abilities in some of the best diving sites in the world.
14 Days from £2,465pp
Explore the main highlights of Honduras including the Copan ruins, Pico Bonito National Park and Roatan island in the Bay Islands.
Approx. 13 hours (via the USA or Europe)
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