Honduras is one of those places that you’ve probably heard about but never visited. However, many travelers are unaware of the surprises that this awe-inspiring country beholds. Full of beautiful cays, gaping lakes, national parks, and even authentic coffee, it’s no wonder Honduras attracts international adventurers. One of the ultimate perks of Honduras is that the country borders Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, which means that guests have the unique opportunity to see mountain ranges and rainforests all in one place. Honduras is the way to go if an eccentric tropical vacation is on your wish list.
So, what is there to do in Honduras? The range of activities is diverse and endless, from canoeing around Lake Yojoa to sipping beer at a jungle brewery. Let’s take a look at some of the country’s top attractions:
Visit Lake Yojoa
Lake Yojoa is the largest inland lake in Honduras, capping at about 110 miles. This body of water also resides at an elevation of over 2,000 feet amongst tree-filled mountains. Like its little rural town, Lake Yojoa provides many peculiar and exciting activities for everyone to enjoy.
Crash at a brewery
Have you ever wanted to spend the night at a brewery? D&D Brewery opens your eyes to a whole new way of camping. This brewery/restaurant, combined with lodging, is nestled right in the jungle and nearby water, enchanting caves, and Lake Yojoa. D&D is the first microbrewery in Honduras known for its hand-crafted beers.
Three private cabins, six standard rooms, two mixed dorms, and campsites are all immersed in the luscious tropical garden. Other amenities include a restaurant, tap room, pool, laundry service, high-speed WIFI, and book exchange. The lodge is designed with a rustic exterior, which differs from tropical resorts that fill Central America.
Explore Pulhapanzak Waterfall
The waterfalls of Lake Yojoa are truly unmatched, and Pulhapanzak Waterfall is one of the most alluring sites in the country. Surrounded by extreme rock formations and cascading into an open body of water, Pulhapanzak waterfall is not one to disappoint.
Tour Los Naranjos Eco-Park
If you haven’t heard of an Eco-Park before, it’s a fully inclusive, biospheric application for any region that guarantees sustainability. Eco-parks often reside in jungles, swampy areas, or rainforests and aren’t cultivated with renovation or construction. Los Naranjos is home to hundreds of exotic bird species, boardwalk trails, and panoramic lake views.
Mayan culture: Copan Ruins
As with Central America, visiting Honduras without encountering some of the historical Mayan cultures is impossible. Copan ruins are famous in Honduras and worldwide, as they’re a widely important Mayan site. Guests can trek around Copan, so visiting the ruins is more than a look-and-learn experience. There’s also a profound mystery regarding the ultimate decline of the Copan ruins. The hieroglyphics and ancient sculptures guard the intimidating yet beautiful ruins, increasing the mystery and sparking many questions.
Go Kayaking and Paddle Boarding
Few activities can beat the calming properties of lake kayaking. And independently kayaking on Lake Yojoa in Honduras is a near-unrivaled experience. The water is exceptionally still here, reflecting the endless rolling mountains of the forest. While enjoying the scenery, kayaking allows you to interact with others as the space around you grows more secluded. There’s also a slightly adventurous and mysterious side to these activities, making them all the more appealing.
Swim at the Little French Key
If you plan on visiting Honduras, try to book a night at the luxurious Little French Key. This lodge allows you to soak in the natural beauty and gorgeous weather and experience an unforgettable night at a tropical resort.
Little French Key offers Adventure Packages with a whole range of desirable activities. You can’t visit Honduras without spending time in the water, and these packages have all the oceanic endeavors you could ask for. Some of the best scuba diving spots in the world reside off the beautiful beaches of Honduras, and there are exhilarating spots for cliff diving. Ziplining, snorkeling, swimming with mini-pigs, and even touring a sloth farm are included in the adventure packages. And we can’t go without mentioning horseback riding through the ocean (name something more glamorous).
Once you’ve tasted adventure, explore the more lush amenities of Little French Key. Roam the gift shops that outline the resort, or maybe reserve an hour-long massage. To top off the experience, there’s no lack of drinks here!
Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve, Mosquito Coast
Honduras is covered with jungle and rocky terrain, but Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve remains one of the few remnants of the tropical rainforest in Central America.
Enclosing mountain terrain and lowland tropical rainforest, this reserve homes more than 2000 inhabitants. The reserve is part of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor, expanding from Mexico to Central America.
Aside from its history and cultural characteristics, Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve is extraordinary due to its concentrated rainforests, diver mountains, and thriving various ecosystems. Wetlands mash and savannas blossom throughout the year, and visitors can taste their remarkable beauty.
Taste-Test Authentic Honduras Coffee
Central and South America are coffee manufacturing, growing, and cultivating hubs. In the lavish mountains of Honduras, coffee farms perform their much-desired work, generating a plethora of this caffeinated beverage each day. If you’re a regular coffee drinker, it’s worth the chance to see where and how this drink is made. Experiencing the lengthy process of coffee being grown, cultivated, and converted to liquid may change how you think and appreciate it.
Coffee farm tours allow you to see the different variations of beans in person, at whichever point in their growth life cycle you visit. Tours are interactive and hands-on, and coffee roasting demos are often included. Not only that, but visitors embark on a peaceful walk through the farm’s terrain, watching wild birds fly free.
The Bottom Line
Honduras is an exotic and inspiring place that promises an eccentric tropical vacation. Flowing with natural beauty, this country doesn’t take much to entertain. Honduras is a remarkable destination full of diversity, culture, and personality.