Copan and The Western Highlands
Colonial towns and villages nestled into an expanse of split fertile valleys, pine-clad mountains and cascading waterfalls.
Honduras’s interior of the country is divided by a striking central mountain range that is cut by fast flowing rivers, giving way to lowland plains and fertile valleys that are cultivated with banana and tobacco plantations.
The population is a mix of Indian, Spanish and Carib, which ensures for an even more eclectic blend of culture, religion and cuisine.
Largely because it has still not succumbed to the westernisation which is slowly but surely creeping into all the countries of Central America. Its somewhat turbulent past of Mayan conflicts, pirates, Spanish colonialism, military rulers and even a football war are long gone and travel to Honduras will reveal beautiful beaches, superb snorkelling, a relaxed view of life and the outstanding remains of Copan, arguably the finest Mayan site in Central America.
Honduras has some beautiful national parks, in particular, Bonito with its rainforest, rivers and waterfalls. Take a boat trip in Punta Sal and kayak through the mangroves of Punta Izopo. There are some fine palm-fringed beaches along the coast such as at Tela but it is offshore, at the Bay of Islands, that is the real surprise. The calm crystal clear waters and one of the finest coral reefs in the region make the Bay Islands superb for diving and snorkelling.
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Discover the elaborate tradition of street carpets made from coloured rice, sawdust and flowers, which takes place during Easter.
In the Bay Islands, Utila boasts some of the finest diving in the Caribbean.
Explore this impressive set of Maya structures, zoomorphs and stela, located in the beautiful Copan River Valley.
Raft, hike and horse ride through the wild landscapes of the Pico Bonito National park
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Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.
Omega Lodge is located between the stunning Honduran National Parks of Pico Bonito and Nombre de Dios. The rich and well established tropical gardens contain a wide range of plants. You can choose to stay in either the guesthouse or one of the Jungle Cabanas. Networks of walking trails run directly into the forest from the lodge. This is a fantastic spot for birdwatchers. National dishes are served and there are a variety of land and river-based trips available, including horse riding, kayaking, rafting and a unique opportunity to witness the natural beauty of the Mosquito Coast.
Nestled in the hills above the tranquil Copan Valley, Hacienda San Lucas is a 100-year old family-owned retreat uniquely situated directly above the world-renowned Maya ruins of Copan. There is a wide assortment of cultural and natural attractions nearby, including museums, nature parks, coffee plantations, hot springs, and exciting hikes. Hacienda San Lucas reflects the gentle charms of the picturesque town of Copan Ruina, where many are content to sit and simply enjoy watching the townsfolk pass by, and listening to the local musicians.
La Casa Rosada is located in Copan Ruinas, just two blocks from central park and less than a mile from the magnificent archaeological site, where the legacy of the Maya can be found. La Casa Rosada is a Spanish colonial-style inn, decorated with antiques and local fine art. This hotel has five nicely decorated rooms. Every room has a private bath with a steam shower, television, CD/DVD player, telephone, and air conditioning.
Located in the heart of the tranquil town of Copan Ruinas, the Marina Copan Hotel overlooks the attractive central square. This was the first hotel to be built in the area and was constructed on the site of a former colonial home. Over the years, the hotel has played host to generations of Maya enthusiasts. The 40 charming rooms are decorated in a graceful colonial style. There is a pool, an international restaurant and a bar that regularly hosts live marimba music.
Located on Roatan’s North Shore, near the village of Craw Fish Rock, the 120 acres of Palmetto Bay Plantation overlooks the crystal clear waters that are home to the world’s second-largest coral reef. The private white sandy beach directly in front of the property is a great starting point for walks along the coast. The villas are reminiscent of traditional Balinese structures and are designed to complement the resort’s commitment to sustaining the natural environment of the island in the most unobtrusive way possible.
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John was fortunate enough to be guided around the beautiful Maya site of Copan by renowned archaeologist David Sedat, who was a member of the team that unearthed three royal tombs, including that of “The Lady in Red”.
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