Where is it?: Central America, bordering the Caribbean Sea, between Guatemala and Nicaragua and bordering the Gulf of Fonseca (North Pacific Ocean), between El Salvador and Nicaragua
Why do people go here?: Avoid the crowds in Costa Rica and other Central American countries by heading to Honduras, which has cheap prices, good transportation, and not enough crime to make it particularly dangerous.
What are the main entry points?: Buses do not cross the borders, your two feet get to do that (but one will be waiting for you on the other side). Flying into Tegucigalpa is most common for those on a Honduras-only trip
Currency used: Lempira (HNL)
Country Code: 504
Religion: Roman Catholic 97%, Protestant minority
Population: 7.8 million
Ethnic Breakdown: 90% Mestizo, 7% Amerindian, 2% Black, 1% White
Government: Democratic constitutional republic
Languages: Spanish, Amerindian dialects
Major Cities: Tegucigalpa
Attractions: Off the beaten path, Cheap, Up-and-coming
Tourism Office locations and links: Honduras Honduras Chamber of Commerce Edificio San Miguel Tegucigalpa, Honduras +504-22-7594
Health Issues: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers coming from infected areas. Malaria risk is high throughout the year in 223 municipalities. Chloroquine is recommended.
Tips for Visiting
When to go: Late spring and early summer are good times to visit.
Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day, 15 September (1821)
Getting Around: There are some trains, but they’re not worth taking. Stick to buses.
Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Honduras is the Toncontin International Airport.
Need more information?: Check out the Honduras travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.