Cayos Cochinos, a paradise near the Bay Islands

In this post we're going to talk about Cayos Cochinos (Cochinos Cays), which is a group of minor islands that is part of the Bay Islands Department. The Bay Islands are very popular and many people all over the world know about them. Roatan, Utila and Guanaja are famous travel destinations in the Caribbean part of Honduras. However many people think that the Bay Islands are only composed by those 3 islands.

There are several other islands nearby, and several cays as well. Cayos Cochinos is an archipelago of minor islands and cays, which is composed by 2 minor islands and 11 cays. All 13 of them are known as the Cayos Cochinos, and they are part of the Bay Islands as we said. In fact, they are part of Roatan Municipality. Not many people know about these simple facts. Even in Honduras many people have heard about Cayos Cochinos, almost everybody know that they are a group of islands or cays but only a few people know about their exact location. If you ask someone about Cayos Cochinos and where they are located, most people in Honduras will tell you that they are somewhere in the Caribbean, but only few people have more knowledge about them. Most people in Honduras think that the Bay Islands are only Roatan, Utila and Guanaja. How about that?

As Cayos Cochinos is part of the Bay Islands, it's not very difficult to guess that they must be a paradisiac place, even if you have never heard about them, with the introduction we've just made you immediately associate in your mind images of beautiful beaches, coral reefs, white sand. And you're right, that's the way Cayos Cochinos can be described.

It's much easier getting to Roatan, Utila and Guanaja than it is to Cayos Cochinos, the only way you can get there is by boat. Cayos Cochinos is much closer to Honduras mainland than the Bay Islands. Cayos Cochinos is about 20 miles north east from La Ceiba. If you climb a mountain near La Ceiba, in a normal day with normal sunshine you can see Cayos Cochinos on the horizon.

Cayos Cochinos is a place yet to be discovered, not many people live there, the population is less than 200 people. It is a complete paradise in the Caribbean. Cayos Cochinos is a Marine Protected Area, it is a natural and biological reserve.

If you want to go to a place where the civilization is yet to come, and you want to admire natural beauty in an original state, the place to go is Cayos Cochinos. There are no roads, no cars, no bikes. Only nature. There's only one resort where tourists may stay in Cayos Cochinos, it has space for only 24 visitors in wooden cottages hidden in the hills and the nature. Most tourists that go to Cayos Cochinos are looking for diving adventures and willing to enjoy nature at its best.

Landing in Tegucigalpa Airport

One common question I get from people I know in other countries, or whenever I meet someone who is not from Honduras, is about landing in Tegucigalpa airport. Somehow people know there is something particular about landing in Tegucigalpa, but not many people really know what´s the issue here.

Back in 2010 the History Channel presented a TV program called "Most Extreme Airports", it was a documentary and description of some airports in the world that are considered to be the most extreme or the most dangerous airports. And Tegucigalpa airport was included on this list as the 2nd most extreme airport in the world, only after another airport in Nepal that was number 1 in the list. As History Channel is very famous worldwide, quite a lot of people watched that documentary, and many people who didn´t see it somehow got the rumors from somebody else.

To make a long story as short as possible, just let me tell you about some characteristics of Tegucigalpa airport, and why it is considered an extreme aiport. The name of the airport is Toncontin, it was built back in 1934, that was a long time ago. Anybody knows that back then aircrafts were very different compared to the ones we have at the present time. The first plane to land in Tegucigalpa airport was a Douglas DC-3 from Pan American World Airways, that was the inauguration of the airport. Back then the airport was located way outside of Tegucigalpa, you had to travel a few miles south of the city to get there. There was almost nothing around the airport in those days, the city was far away to the north.

But time goes by, and more than 70 years have passed since the airport was inaugurated. If you think about it, we will be approaching the 80 years mark in 2014, that´s only 3 more years. As you may guess, the city of Tegucigalpa has grown a little bit since then, in 80 years you can expect any city to have major changes. At the present time the city not only reached the area where the airport is located, but completely wrapped the area and even reached several miles to the south.

The airport is now located right in the middle of the city, there are several neighborhoods and commercial buildings around the area, which is very populated. Now, this is not the only case in the world where an airport is located right inside a big city, there are hundreds or even thousands of airports with the same issue. But why is Tegucigalpa airport so unique then?

One of the factors to considerate is the lenght of the runway. When the airport was built back in 1934, the lenght of the runway was more than enough for the aircrafts that used to get there. A Douglas DC-3 is really a small plane and had no problems at all when landing in Tegucigalpa airport. The lenght of the runway used to be about 5900 feet, more than enough for a Douglas DC-3 airplane. But with the jet aircrafts we have at the present time, 5900 feet is not very much for an airport runway.

However, the lenght of the runway was extended a few years ago with additional 1000 feet to the south, so total lenght is 6900 feet now, which is better. The longer the runway the safer for an airplane to land.

But the major issue about this airport is not really the lenght of the runway but the nearby mountains all around the area. Tegucigalpa is located inside the mountains, it´s like a little valley in the original downtown area, but in general the topography of the city is very uneven, we have hills and mountains all over the city, not only outside but inside as well.

So the most difficult thing for an aircraft to land in Tegucigalpa airport is the approaching operation because the mountains all around make it very hard. When you are about to land in Tegucigalpa, you think that the airplane is still trying to get in a leveled position, but even before you get a completely leveled position you feel that the airplane has already touched ground.

Right when the aircraft touches ground, you have to grab yourself very hard to your seat and be prepared for a tough brake operation from the aircraft. Remember that the runway is not very long, so brakes are immediately applied.

One common thing from the passengers landing in Tegucigalpa, is to give the pilot a big round of applause just after the aircraft has made it with the landing.

Even with all these situations, international airlines fly to Tegucigalpa every day. We have flights from American Airlines, Continental, Copa and Taca among a few others. I've landed in Tegucigalpa so many times that I can not remember.

As far as I know any pilot who flies to Tegucigalpa and makes a landing operation is a pilot that needs to be previously certified, not any pilot can land a commercial jet aircraft in Tegucigalpa.

So, now you know that if you ever want to get to Tegucigalpa by airplane, don´t worry too much, you just have to be aware that the landing will be pretty tough, be prepared to grab hard to your seat and don´t forget the applause to the pilot. As for the History Channel ranking, I agree that Tegucigalpa airport is not exactly the safest airport in the world, but I think they were too hard on listing Tegucigalpa airport as number 2 in the world, I'm sure there are several other airports that could be in that position.

On the other hand, if you ever want to visit Honduras but you feel worried about landing in Tegucigalpa, you have the choice to land in San Pedro Sula, La Ceiba or Roatan as well. All those other airports have no issues at all, and all of them are international airports too.

The town of Ojojona in Honduras

There are several colonial towns near Tegucigalpa in Honduras, where you can easily go and visit in a same day trip. We the people who live in Tegucigalpa are lucky to have several options with colonial towns nearby. One of those colonial towns is Ojojona, which is located about 20 miles south of Tegucigalpa. There is a paved road in pretty good condition all the way from Tegucigalpa to Ojojona, so you can easily make it to Ojojona in 20 - 25 minutes once you get out of the city limits of Tegucigalpa. You will take more time to get from wherever you are inside Tegucigalpa to the city limits in the south compared with the travel time to Ojojona once you're on the road.

Ojojona is a beautiful colonial town, it was founded by the Spanish back in 1579, who wanted to work the gold and silver mines that used to exist back then in that region. So this town is more than 400 years old. At the present time it is still a town, the population is only about 10,000 people. The name Ojojona is pretty strange, isn´t it? Not many people in Honduras know that the name Ojojona comes from a combination of the Mexican voice "Joxone" mixed with the Lenca language voice of "Oxorxona". Translated to spanish this name means "Agua Verdosa" or "Greenish Water" in english. At some point in time the name became Ojojona, and it has remained like that over the last several centuries.

The architecture of Ojojona is beautiful, colonial type houses, and the churches of course. There are 3 main churches: El Calvario, San Juan Bautista and El Carmen. Most houses were built with adobe walls, whitewashed with lime, and spanish tiles. The streets are cobble paved. All this combination is great, if you like the colonial type of towns you know what I mean.

Ojojona is a very quiet town, many people say that nothing ever happens in Ojojona. The time has stopped in Ojojona, once you´re there you don´t know if you are in the 21st century or the 18th century. It´s a place to go and just relax and take it easy. If you suffer from stress, you should go to places like Ojojona every once in a while.

Many people in Ojojona work local handicrafts and pottery. If you go to Ojojona you need to buy at least a couple of clay vases and take them as a souvenir, these vases make a great ornament in any house.

Now, there is something big going on in Ojojona and nearby communities these days that I can´t help to talk about in this post. It seems like things are about the change. If nothing ever happens in Ojojona as people say, now it's time to think about it. What is happening in Ojojona and this region?. Well, a giant wind farm is being installed with an investment of about 250 million dollars. The first wind energy farm in Honduras is about to be finished and ready to generate 100 MW of clean energy.

What a contrast don´t you think?. Nothing ever happened for centuries in Ojojona and all of a sudden a huge wind farm with new technology is coming to town. About 50 giant structures with propellers have been installed, and they are now part of the landscape. You can spot those propellers and structures from the road. All this region is famous because of strong and heavy winds all year long, so it's the perfect place for a wind farm, there's no doubt about it.

The wind farm is a few miles out of Ojojona, it is closer to the neighbour town of Santa Anta, but it will definitely impact Ojojona and all that region. Let's hope that the very town of Ojojona will be able to keep it's colonial spirit, and the peace and calm that has been the main characteristic of Ojojona for years can be maintained regardless of the new wind farm.

Lake Yojoa in Honduras is a place to visit

Lake Yojoa is a must see place to visit if you ever come to Honduras. It is the largest lake in Honduras, it is located about 50 miles south of San Pedro Sula, or if you are traveling from Tegucigalpa it is like 100 miles north of Tegucigalpa. The main highway road in Honduras which connects Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula passes right by the side of Lake Yojoa, you don´t have to take any deviation or any other road in order to get there.

Lake Yojoa is not very big compared to other lakes in Central America, it´s rather a small lake we could say. It is about 10 miles long by 5 miles wide in average. It is located between two national parks: Santa Barbara National Park at the West, and Cerro Azul Meambar National Park at the East, so you can easily guess that all this area is very rich in bio-divesity. In the region of Lake Yojoa there are more than 400 species of birds, and more than 800 species of plants.

Many people that travel between these two cities (Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula) make a stop in Lake Yojoa to take a rest and have some food. Fresh fish is available in several tents and restaurants that are located at the shore of Lake Yojoa, you just have to pull over your car and park right at the very side of the road and walk into any of those tents. Some of the bigger restaurants in the area have their own parking lots. Anyway, as for the fish, chances are you will be able to choose your own fish to be cooked when it's still alive, so you bet it is fresh fish alright.

Lake Yojoa is located between 3 departments of Honduras: Comayagua, Cortes and Santa Barbara. On the road coming from Tegucigalpa to San Pedro Sula you pass from Comayagua to Cort├ęs right at some point of Lake Yojoa, you can see a sign on the road with a Welcome message to the Department of Cortes, or vice versa if you are going from San Pedro Sula to Tegucigalpa the welcome message is to the Department of Comayagua. The Department of Santa Barbara is on the other end of Lake Yojoa where you can see the mountains in the background looking at them from the road. If you want to go to that other shore of Lake Yojoa you have to take a road that goes into the Department of Santa Barbara and travel a few miles.

Even if you are in a hurry in your trip between Tegucigalpa to San Pedro Sula and you don´t have plans to make a stop at Lake Yojoa, you can still enjoy the beautiful view and landscape at Lake Yojoa. You can´t help to notice that the Lake right at the side of the road is a very beautiful lake.

Have you ever seen those pictures of beautiful lakes in Switzerland and other countries in the world? Pictures that you can admire in some calendars?. Well, let me tell you that Lake Yojoa has nothing to envy to other lakes in the world, it is really a very beautiful natural landscape, the view is great. The blue color of the water and the mountains all around make a great combination, trust me. When you admire such a natural beauty like this, you can´t help to say to yourself that we have great places to see in Honduras, and Lake Yojoa is definitely one of them.

Tela in Honduras, a beautiful beach to visit

This time we’re going to talk a little bit about another travel destination in the Caribbean side of Honduras. We’re lucky in Honduras to have so many choices when we’re looking for beaches to go and enjoy a good beach with great ocean views and landscapes. This travel destination is Tela, a beautiful beach which is only 1 hour driving from San Pedro Sula, and even sometimes depending on the traffic on the road you can make it to Tela in 45 or 50 minutes. But it´s better go slow and not very fast on the road, I prefer to take the whole hour.

If you start your trip to Tela in San Pedro Sula you have to go to the North-East. The first part of this trip is the way to El Progreso which is a nearby city 16 miles from San Pedro Sula, there is a highway road up until El Progreso. When you get to El Progreso you continue to the North-East on your way to Tela for another 40 miles and you will get there in no time.

Once you get to Tela you have several choices if you´re looking for a good spot to enjoy the beach. Even though you can find beautiful beaches very near to town, the best beaches are definitely outside of town, driving a few minutes out either East or West. There are several garifuna communities in Tela, and some of the most known are located East of Tela: La Ensenada and Triunfo de la Cruz. If you head West of Tela you will get to San Juan, Tornabe and Miami, those are also garifuna communities. All of them are really beautiful places and beaches, in order to get there you only have to drive a few minutes. Most garifuna people are very nice, and you have to try the garifuna food, it´s really good.

Tela is a very popular beach in Honduras, as there are several other beaches in the Caribbean part of Honduras. However Tela has some kind of magic when it comes to enjoy a good swimming time into the sea. I guess it must be the ocean waves hitting you at the time you are enjoying your swimming. Some other beaches in the Caribbean Sea of Honduras are perhaps too quiet, some of them don´t have waves at all, it´s like if you were inside a giant pool into the ocean with no waves.

However, ocean waves in Tela are not that strong either, it’s not like you would be surfing with giant waves or something like that. Waves are only strong and big enough to give you a little fun. If you are a surfing type of person looking for strong and big waves, you should go to the beaches in the Pacific Ocean of Honduras, but that’s on the other end of the country in the South area where surfers like to go and enjoy that extreme sport.

For people in San Pedro Sula is very easy to go to Tela. When I used to live in San Pedro Sula several years ago, I used to go to Tela very often in a same day trip. I used to go to Tela with my family and kids early in the morning, enjoy a whole day in Tela and come back to San Pedro Sula in the afternoon. That’s a very relaxing trip, you can enjoy a whole day and make a trip where you won´t feel very tired, remember that it’s only 1 hour drive to San Pedro Sula. Sometimes with the traffic at peak hours in the city you spend more than 1 hour going somewhere else into the city.

Now I live in Tegucigalpa and it´s not that easy for me to go to Tela as much often as I would like. From Tegucigalpa driving to Tela is a 5 hours trip, so this is a trip I can only make when I have a few days available for vacations and stay at least 3 days or more in Tela so the effort of the trip can be compensated with enough time to enjoy and have some resting time as well.

Well, hopefully by now after reading this post at least you have some basic information about Tela.

La Ceiba is the Bride of Honduras

La Ceiba is the third largest city in Honduras after Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula. It is located in the north zone of Honduras, it is a port in the Caribbean Sea. The population is about 250 thousand people, and it is becoming larger and bigger every year. Because of its location, La Ceiba it's a very important tourism center.

La Ceiba has an international airport, the name of the airport is Goloson. As we have mentioned in other posts, Honduras has four international airports: Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, Roatan and La Ceiba. Goloson Airport in La Ceiba has the third longest runway of all Central America airports, only after San Salvador airport and San Jose Costa Rica Airport. The terminal building is not very big, but it has all it´s needed for the operation of an international airport.

If you go to La Ceiba you have many options for vacations in nearby places. If you like beaches destinations, there are several beaches near La Ceiba where you can easily drive to. You can also go to Roatan and the Bay Islands taking a ferry boat and the trip is about 1 hour and 15 minutes to Roatan. There is also the option of taking an airplane and get to Roatan in 10 minutes. The Bay Islands are very near to La Ceiba.

The area around La Ceiba has many natural parks and natural reserves. One of the most known natural reserves near La Ceiba is Pico Bonito, which translated to English is Beautiful Peak, which is a landmark and point of reference at La Ceiba, you can see Pico Bonito from any part of the city. It is a high mountain (about 2400 meters high), and the natural reserve around Pico Bonito is a beautiful rain forest with rivers, jungle and all you need for extreme sports, rafting and related activities.

La Ceiba is known as the Capital of Eco-tourism in Honduras, and it's also known as the Capital of Entertainment. Every year in the month of May, La Ceiba celebrates a famous carnival with the name of San Isidro Carnival. It's not as famous as the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, but keeping the proportions in Honduras and Central America it's a very popular carnival, and aproximately 500 thousand visitors and tourists go to La Ceiba every year during that celebration, so this Carnival is a very important celebration in Honduras and La Ceiba.

Every time I go to La Ceiba I enjoy a lot, there is much to see around. I'm lucky my brother lives in La Ceiba, he's been living there for the last 15 years. I'm lucky because I have a place to stay for free when I go there, how about that?. I enjoy the beach, the river, the mountains.

La Ceiba is a very warm city, people are very nice and like to have fun. Because of this and several other reasons, La Ceiba is known as the Bride of Honduras. People in Honduras refer to La Ceiba as "Ceibita La Bella", which is like "Little Ceiba the Beautiful". When you mention the name La Ceiba, people immediately associate that name with a tourist destination, a place to enjoy the Carnival and have fun of course.

Cruises trips to Roatan are increasing

Cruise ships getting to Roatan is something that has definitely increased a lot over the last few years. Honduras' Secretary of Tourism every once in a while publishes some information with statistical data about how many Cruises and how many tourists from those Cruises get to Roatan every year, and the trend is clearly going up every time they publish new information.

In average the number of visitors to Roatan coming from Cruises is in the range of 1 million tourists, and the number is increasing every year. Cruises have had Roatan as a destination in the Caribbean for many years, but lately the thing is getting much busier than people used to be aware of.

Since Carnival Cruises opened the new Cruise Terminal at Mahogany Bay in late 2009 and early 2010, the number of Cruises getting to Roatan has increased a lot compared with former years.

There are 2 main Cruise terminals in Roatan, the oldest and traditional one is located at Coxen Hole which is the main city in Roatan, and the other Cruise Terminal is at Mahogany Bay, which is not very far away from Coxen Hole. The picture above is an aerial view of the Terminal at Mahogany Bay, where you can clearly see at the upper left side of the picture the runway of Roatan International Airport which is basically located very near to Coxen Hole. In this picture you can not see Coxen Hole because it is behind those mountains in the back.

Over the last two years the busiest terminal with more Cruises getting in to Roatan is Mahogany Bay. In order to give you a quick reference, we could say that about 60% of Cruises get to Roatan through the Mahogany Bay Terminal, and 40% through the Terminal at Coxen Hole. Carnival Cruises is basically the owner of the Terminal at Mahogany Bay, so most Cruise ships getting there are from Carnival Cruises of course.

As we are getting closer to year end 2012, we will be waiting for new information about how many Cruises and visitors will finally get to Roatan this year. As far as we know, the trend is that the number of tourists this year 2012 will go over the 1 million visitors mark.

In general this is good news for the tourism sector in Honduras, Roatan is consolidating over time as a first class travel destination in the Caribbean. At the present time Roatan is definitely by far the number one Cruise destination in Central America. Roatan has everything that is needed to compete with any other Cruise or beach travel destination in the world.

As for us the Honduran citizens, let´s hope that traveling to Roatan won´t get much more expensive. When places like Roatan become so popular and have a lot of demand from international visitors, all things related to travel tend to become more and more expensive.

A quick tour to Valle de Angeles

Valle de Angeles is a beautiful colonial town about 30 minutes North-East from Tegucigalpa. I guess we people who live in Tegucigalpa are really lucky to have a place like Valle de Angeles where we can go every once in a while to relax, breathe natural and pure air, take a walk in all downtown area of the town.

Tegucigalpa is pretty much a large city, very crowded, we have mentioned this in other posts on this website. Many people in Tegucigalpa live in constant stress, traffic at some peak hours is very hard to stand. Those are some of the reasons why Valle de Angeles is such a popular place to visit, people in Tegucigalpa need to have a relax, go out to the mountains nearby to interact with Mother Nature, and Valle de Angeles is one of several places near Tegucigalpa where people can get that relaxing feeling.

If you ever go to Tegucigalpa, you definitely have to make time and space in your agenda to visit Valle de Angeles. There is a paved road all the way from Tegucigalpa to Valle de Angeles which is in pretty good condition. During the 30 minutes trip you will enjoy some impressive and beautiful mountains, most of them with thousands and thousands of pine trees.

The temperature in Valle de Angeles is mostly cool, not hot and not cold either, let's say about 70 - 75 Farenheit in average at noon, which is great, don´t you think?. In the same area of Valle de Angeles we have La Tigra National Park, which is a cloud forest very rich in biodiversity, and it´s the main source of water supply for Tegucigalpa, about 50% of the water for Tegucigalpa originates in La Tigra National Park.

Every weekend thousands and thousands of people from Tegucigalpa visit Valle de Angeles, you can easily spend a whole Sunday in town walking on the streets, looking some of the best crafts in Honduras. Valle de Angeles is famous because of artisans and handicrafts. There are several exposition stands for handicrafts.

Valle de Angeles, which by the way means "Valley of Angels" (if I don´t explain this you would´ve never known the english translation right?), is located in an area that used to be part of several mining towns with gold, silver, copper and other few minerals. The architecture is definitely the colonial spanish style, very beautiful and very typical of several other colonial towns in Honduras.

You can also enjoy almost every typical Honduran food in Valle de Angeles, there are plenty of places where you can have the famous pupusas, carne asada (roasted meat), and delicious corns with butter and cheese. Several places in downtown Valle de Angeles have tables and chairs to enjoy a good lunch right on the sidewalks.

If you go to Valle de Angeles on a Sunday, you will see a lot of tourists from all over the world walking on the streest of the town, it's very common to see people from Japan, Canada, Europe and US as well.

In the central park there are almost every Sunday some type of cultural events. The last time I was there I could enjoy a presentation of typical dancers and typical music from Panama and Honduras.

Valle de Angeles is the perfect place to visit if you happen to be in Tegucigalpa, specially if you go with your family and kids. You can easily go on a Sunday morning, spend your time walking on the streest in the downtown area, take a look at some of the most beautiful handicrafts and purchase a couple of them to take back home as a souvenir. At noon you can have lunch with typical Honduran food, take a walk to the Central Park, go into the church right in front of the Central Park. You will also probably enjoy some cultural presentation in the Central Park, and you have to take a cup of Honduran coffee, relax and enjoy the town. In the afternoon you can go back to Tegucigalpa with your lungs filled with fresh air, your stomach filled with typical food, and if you had some stress you will definitely will loose it on a trip like this.

Brief information about San Pedro Sula

Now it´s time to talk a little bit about San Pedro Sula, the second largest city in Honduras. In this post we will give a brief description of the city and some basic information. San Pedro Sula is located in the north west area of Honduras, and it is the most important industrial zone of the country, major companies and industries are based in San Pedro Sula. Many people refer to San Pedro Sula as the Industrial Capital of Honduras, and the reason for that is because most industrial developments are located there.

San Pedro Sula is located in the Sula Valley, and it is about 40 miles south of Puerto Cortes in the Caribbean Sea. In average it is between 50 to 100 meters above sea level, and the weather is very hot most time of the year, and very humid as well. Normal temperatures are in the range of 85 to 95 Farenheit. Not very often temperatures drop below 70 Farenheit, when that happens people immediately take out their sweaters because they feel like it´s freezing, no kidding!!

Even though I'm originally from Tegucigalpa, several years ago I used to live in San Pedro Sula, I lived there for 7 years, so I know the city very well. I even got used to the hot weather, when you live there you have to adapt to the weather, but it's a good idea to have AC systems in your house and in your car if you don´t want to feel uncomfortable.

The population in San Pedro Sula is about 1 million people, it's not a small town, it is a modern city. The international airport in San Pedro Sula is the biggest and busiest in Honduras. You can get to San Pedro Sula in direct flights from USA, Mexico, all central american countries and even from Spain.

The location of San Pedro Sula is very convenient for people who visit Honduras on vacations. You can easily go from San Pedro Sula to several beaches in the Caribbean shore of Honduras. You can go to Tela driving in 1 hour, you can go to Puerto Cortes and Omoa in 1 to 1.5 hours. You also can go to Yojoa Lake to the south in 1 hour. If you want to go to Copan Ruins it's a little bit more far away, but it´s only 3 hours so you could go early in the morning from San Pedro Sula to Copan and return in the afternoon.

People in San Pedro Sula are very nice, they like to talk, they like to have fun, they have a let's party kind of spirit. I really love San Pedro Sula, as I said before I used to live there from 1993 to 2000, 7 years of my life. For personal reasons I had to move back to Tegucigalpa, but every once in a while I go there. If you have to drive from Tegucigalpa to San Pedro Sula is about 4 to 5 hours, it's not that far, is it?. If you take a flight is only 30 minutes.

San Pedro Sula is also the Capital of sports in Honduras. Whenever the Honduras National Soccer team plays official games for the qualifying rounds of the World Cup, they play in San Pedro Sula. People in San Pedro Sula support and cheer for the National Soccer team with all their heart. Unfortunately for me if I want to go the stadium to watch one of these games, I have to travel from Tegucigalpa from San Pedro Sula.

Well, that´s it for now, I better stop talking about soccer because I wouldn´t finish. We will be covering topics about San Pedro Sula in other posts, there is a lot more to tell about this beautiful city.

Tegucigalpa the capital city of Honduras

In this post we're going to talk a little bit about Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras. I can tell you thousands and thousand of things about this city, I was born and raised in Tegucigalpa, and most of my life I've lived there. I know almost everything about this city, I know it like the back of my hand. For now I'm going to give a quick introduction only.

Well, first let me say that Tegucigalpa is the capital city of Honduras, it´s also the most populated city. I wouldn´t say that Tegucigalpa is the largest city in Honduras considering the area, I'm sure San Pedro Sula is larger than Tegucigalpa, it has more square miles because San Pedro Sula it's spreaded on a valley, and if you include neighbor cities the distances in San Pedro Sula for going from one end to another are pretty much larger than the distances in Tegucigalpa.

However, Tegucigalpa is much more populated, I guess people are used to live and work more tight and with less space. Tegucigalpa is located in the Central area of Honduras, a little bit more to the South. Tegucigalpa is right in the middle of the mountains, it's like a hole with very few plain lands. The topography of the city is very uneven.

The population in Tegucigalpa is about 1.5 million people, we don´t have space for more people because the city has extended all the way to the mountains around. Many people from rural areas of Honduras migrate evey year to Tegucigalpa looking for new opportunities, looking for job and a new future for them, but there is not much hope in Tegucigalpa, we are completely crowded. As every other large city in Latin America, Tegucigalpa has good things and bad things. I'll try to focus on the good side, because Tegucigalpa has a lot of positive things to share.

A little history that is always useful to know..... Tegucigalpa was founded by the Spanish on September 29, 1578, and it became the capital of Honduras in 1880. The name Tegucigalpa comes from an ancient indigenous language, the Nahuatl, Taguz-galpa, which means "Cerros de Plata" or "Hills of Silver". Several centuries in the past when Tegucigalpa was founded, the Spanish established there for working several silver mines in the hills around the town. The silver hills are now history, most of them are populated by neighborhoods.

Tegucigalpa is the seat of Government of the Republic of Honduras, so there are a lot of government offices and a lot of politicians. There is a popular saying in Honduras that goes like this: "While Tegucigalpa thinks, San Pedro Sula works and La Ceiba has fun". And this is pretty much true, politicians in Tegucigalpa think and talk, that's what they do for a living, however San Pedro Sula is the industrial city where we have more work and development potential, and La Ceiba in the Caribbean has a carnival every year where people just have fun.

Tegucigalpa has become a modern city where you can find anything you are looking for. There are several places to visit for tourists not only in the city but in nearby colonial towns. In separate posts I will be sharing with you about these places. As I said at the beginning of this post, this was only a quick introduction. Please browse around this site or come back in the future to get more information.

Copan ruins in Honduras

Everytime time someone asks me about what places I recommend to visit in Honduras, I always say that there are a lot of options, depending on what the person likes. For some reason most people like the ocean, beaches and related stuff. However, I always recommend Copan, which is an archaelogical mayan site located in the west part of Honduras, very near to the Guatemalan border.

Many people say that if you ever come to Honduras and you don´t go to Copan Ruins, it's like you never came at all. Well, that may be a pretty drastic statement, but the thing is that Copan is really worth the visit.

Copan is an ancient mayan city located in the Department of Copan. In order to get there you have to drive from San Pedro Sula for about 2.5 to 3 hours. The mayans were very artistic, but in Copan they really mastered all about mayan art. The architecture in every single structure, temple, sculpture is just the best you can see in the whole Maya world. This is absolutely true. There are several other mayan ruins in Guatemala and Mexico, some of them are bigger than Copan and more impressive in size and dimensions. But if we´re talking about artistic work, there is no comparison, Copan is by far the best expression of mayan art. Anybody who knows a little bit about the Maya culture is aware of this fact.

People and experts who know about ancient cultures and archaeological sites, have made some comparisons in order to have some perspective of how things are, they say that Athens in Greece is representative to the culture in the Old World as Copan is representative of the culture in the New World. That´s one of the reasons why Copan was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1980.

To make a visit into the mayan ruins in Copan you need at least one day. It's a good idea to begin the tour early in the morning, and definitely is a very good idea to hire a guide that can explain to you the meaning of everything you will see as long as you walk through the diferent places. The guide will explain to you that there are five main areas of interest inside Copan Ruins:

The Acropolis
The Tunnels
The Ball Court
The Hieroglyphic Stairway
The Great Plaza

This post is not intended to explain every single detail of what you will see in Copan, we are only giving you some basic highlights. However we can´t help to mention that the Hieroglyphic Stairway is the most famous of all Copan monuments, it has 63 steps where you will see several thousands of glyphs telling the story of the royal house of Copan and the Mayan culture. In the whole mayan world the longest glyphs text is the one in this stairway. Unfortunately over the centuries some glyphs have fallen apart, so the whole story about the mayas has not been figured out yet.

If you ever come to Honduras it would be a good idea to include Copan in your trip plans, the visit is really worth it. If you go there you definitely won´t regret it.

Roatan and the Bay Islands

We will talk a little bit about Roatan, which probably is the most attractive travel destination in Honduras for visitors coming from all over the world. Roatan is an island in the Caribbean side of Honduras, and it is part of an archipelago of islands with the name of "Bay Islands". There are many islands on this archipelago, and Roatan is the largest island and the most famous one. There are 3 main islands on this archipelago: Roatan, Utila and Guanaja. There are several minor islands also. Roatan is the largest island as we said.

Roatan is very near to Honduras mainland, it's only 15 minutes flying from La Ceiba. There is an International airport in Roatan. Several airlines fly to Roatan like Continental, Delta, United, Taca. There are also local Honduran airlines. It's pretty easy and quick to get to Roatan from the US, no need to make many connections, if you take a while to find out the proper itinerary you can find a direct flight to Roatan.

Roatan is about 40 miles long, and 1 to 5 miles wide depending on what part of the island you take the measures, it's a narrow type of island. This pretty small island attracts visitors from all over the world, every type of tourist go there from luxury cruises to people traveling on their own with backpacks trying to make the most out of their budgets.

The main reason for people and visitors going to Roatan is for diving adventures. Roatan is surrounded by the second largest coral reef in the world, the largest one is located in Australia. The coral reef in Roatan is pretty much the same coral reef that goes all the way to Belize, which is also a famous diving destination.

But even if you're not a diving fan, you will enjoy your visit to Roatan, you will find spectacular beaches to take a swim into the ocean, you will also find mountains and diverse landscapes.

The main resorts and hotels are located outside of the main towns of the island, but you can get to any part of the island very quickly, there is a paved main road that goes almost to every part of it.

There are several communities in Roatan:

Coxen Hole: it's the main city in Roatan, it's the capital city. Most visitors to Roatan get to Coxen Hole when they arrive to Roatan because the airport is right there, and the Cruise ships dock is also there. However, most visitors only make quick visits to Coxen Hole and quickly go to other parts of the island.

Sandy Bay: most cultural attractions of Roatan are located in Sandy Bay, which is north-west from Coxen Hole, you have to travel the whole width of the island to get there. But remember, only 4-5 miles wide, not very far away from Coxen Hole.

French Harbour: going east from Coxen Hole, always in the south shore of the island you will get to French Harbour, which is the core of the fishing trade in Roatan. There are several hotels and resorts on this area.

Punta Gorda: if you continue traveling from Coxen Hole to French Harbour, and you take the road out of French Harbour to the north-east, you will eventually get to Punta Gorda in the north shore of the island. Punta Gorda is pretty much the only garifuna settlement in Roatan, and has remained almost unchanged for centuries.

All those communities are the main towns we could say. However, the best places to enjoy the beach, the sand, the ocean and the coral reefs are located outside of the main communities. There are several places. One of my favorite places to visit in Roatan is the West End area, which is located in the west end of the island of course.

Well, this was only a quick introduction to Roatan and the Bay Islands, there is a lot more information to share when it comes to this place, we will be sharing with you more of it in separate posts.

Some places to visit in Honduras

There are hundreds of places to visit if you ever go to Honduras. From beaches, to mountains, rivers, national parks, archaeological sites, rafting, extreme sports sites, colonial towns, diving adventures, modern cities. You name it, whatever you are looking for in a vacation you can be sure you will find it in Honduras.

In this site we will cover topics about some of the places you could visit if you ever come to Honduras. It's impossible to cover all of them in one post, so we will be covering them as long as we add new posts on this site.

On this opportunity I will only mention a quick advance of some of those places with a brief description so you can have a general idea of what type of places we´re talking about, so you can have a taste and flavor of them. Hopefully you will come back to our site or browse around to find out more information about them.


Roatan is one of the Bay Islands, and it's probably the most famous tourist destination in Honduras. However, many people all over the world know about Roatan, they may know that it´s an island in the Caribbean, and a complete paradise. For divers, it is one of the best places in the world to practice and enjoy. But do people know that Roatan is part of Honduras?. It´s been a surprise for me to know that many travelers visiting Roatan are not aware that they are coming to Honduras when they come to Roatan. We have to spread the word that Roatan is part of Honduras.

The Bay Islands are an archipelago of islands in the Caribbean coast of Honduras, and Roatan is the largest island of this archipelago. Other islands are Utila and Guanaja, they´re also part of the Bay Islands.


Copan is an archaeological site, we have mayan ruins here. It is located in the west part of Honduras, about 3 hours driving from San Pedro Sula. Copan is probably the most beautiful ancient maya city in the world, it used to be the center of mayan art. There are several other mayan ruins in Honduras and Central America, some of them are bigger and perhaps more impressive based on their infrastructure, but Copan is unique because of the art that has in every single maya sculpture and structure.


A very beautiful beach in the Caribbean shore of Honduras, about 1 hour driving from San Pedro Sula. It's not an island, it´s located in Honduras mainland. Tela is one of the favorite places for people to take a swim into the ocean and challenge the waves.


The Trujillo Bay is one of the most beautiful and undiscovered beaches in the Caribbean part of Honduras. It's about 3 hours driving from La Ceiba, from San Pedro Sula it would be like 6 hours. It's not easy to get there driving by car because it's a little bit far away. However the road is in pretty good condition. But Trujillo is definitely a place you should go someday if you want to enjoy a natural paradise. Important infrastructures are going to be built over the next couple of years in Trujillo, there will be a Cruise dock facility and new comercial buildings that will allow many more visitors to get there.

We will stop here for now, I´m sure you are eager to hear more about these places. We will be posting about several other places to visit in Honduras in separate notes, and additional and more detailed information about the places already mentioned above. As I said before, this was only an advance so you can have a quick taste of some of the beautiful places we have in Honduras.

Where is Honduras?

Well, this is the question that gave birth to this site. Once you know a little bit about Honduras, it´s a question with a very easy answer. Honduras is a country located in Central America, in the very middle of the American Continent. As you may know, or in case you don´t, Central America is the narrow piece of land connecting North America with South America. There are several countries in Central America and Honduras is one of them.

Countries in Central America are the following: Guatemala, Belize, HONDURAS, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

If you take a look at the map you will notice that Honduras is in the very middle of Central America as we said before, and considering that Central America is in the middle of the American Continent, we could say that Honduras is the very heart of the whole American Continent, how about that?

As you may notice, Honduras borders with Guatemala to the West, El Salvador to the South and Nicaragua to the South-West. There is no direct land border with Belize, however both countries are very near and they have a maritime border. As for Costa Rica and Panama, Honduras doesn´t have any direct borders with them.

You also may notice on this map that Honduras is very near to the Gulf Coast of USA. It's only 2 hours air trip flying eather from Miami or Houston. There are direct and daily flights from those cities to Honduras, so it's very easy and quick to get in and out of Honduras at anytime. Some of the most known US airlines with direct flights to Honduras are American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines.

Many people don´t know that there are four (4) International Airports in Honduras in the following cities: Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, La Ceiba, Roatan. That is not the general situation with all other Central American countries, most of them only have 1 or 2 international airports.

We will be talking about some other ways to get in and out of Honduras in several other posts.

As you see, the answer to the question "Where is Honduras?" it´s very easy, I'm sure if you have read this post you will never forget it. However, many people all over the world don´t know about this very simple fact regarding the exact location of Honduras. Most people may know that Honduras is in America, a few others know that it is in Central America, some others don´t really know where Central America is. Several years ago I made a trip to Rio de Janeiro in Brasil, and the taxi driver asked me where I was from. When I told him I was from Honduras, he asked: "...where in Brasil is Honduras?". Can you imagine that??!!

As a proud Honduran person I feel committed to let people know about how wonderful Honduras is, and I will be glad to share as much information as I can about Honduras in general through this website.