Full country name: Republic of Honduras
Area: 112,090 sq km
Population: 7,99 million
Capital City: Tegucigalpa
Language: Spanish, Amerindian dialects
Religion: Roman Catholic 97%, Protestant 3%
Government: Democratic constitutional republic
Time Zone: UTC/GMT – 6
Dialling Code: 504
Electricity: 110V 60 Hz
Weights & measures: Metric
Money & Costs:
Currency: lempira (HNL)
Average yearly salary: USD 4,200
Budget: USD 5-8
Mid-range: USD 8-20
High: USD 25+
Budget: USD 10-20
Mid-range: USD 20-40
High: USD 50+
Geography: Honduras is the second largest Central American country. It borders Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala by land, and The Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean by water. The 735 kilometers long golden sand beaches Caribbean coast is a paradise for beach lovers. The Honduras terrain consists mainly of mountains, but there are also narrow plains along the coasts, and a jungle in La Mosquitia region.
Climate: Although Honduras has a tropical climate, the climatic types of the three regions differ. The lowlands have a tropical climate with consistently high temperatures and humidity. The rainfall is present throughout the year. The Pacific lowlands have a tropical climate with high temperatures, but a distinct dry season, lasting from November till April, as well. In the interior highlands temperatures decrease as elevation increases, and the climate is more temperate. The average yearly temperature of Honduras ranges from 20 C (68 F) to 32 C (90 F).
Recommended clothing: Rainwear is essential when traveling to Honduras. Lightweight cotton clothes are recommended throughout the year, but a light jacket or sweater should be also packed for the cooler evenings. A good pair of shoes is advised for trekking.
Social conventions: The majority of the population is mainly living an agricultural life with quite a low standard of living, and as a visitor you should respect such lifestyle. It is customary to bring flowers to the hostess when invited to someones home. Beachwear and shorts should be worn only in the beach area or by the pool.
Health: One of the most ongoing problems in Honduras are the mosquito-borne illnesses. Therefore, all travelers are strongly advised to use mosquito repellent as often as possible. It is also recommended that all your routine vaccinations would be up to date. Since tap water is not treated, you should stick to bottled water instead. Honduras has a severe air pollution problem, which can cause respiratory problems. Note, that state hospitals are under-funded, therefore, you should seek for private hospitals. Health insurance is recommended.
Food & Drink: Since food in Honduras varies in style and taste, eating out is an exciting and rich experience. There are plenty of great restaurants in bigger cities and towns. Food in Tegucigalpa and other Honduran tourist resorts is not only traditional Honduran; various cuisines of all over the world, such as Asian, Indian or Middle Eastern, can be found in Honduras. Fast food chains are getting more popular, but still not particularly visited by the locals. The most notable feature of Honduran cuisine is that it uses more coconut than any other Central American country. The dishes are both sweet and savory. The regional specialties are tamales, baleadas, fried fish and carne asada. The most popular drink is Horchata, a sweet, spiced beverage made from milky rice. Refrescos (soft drinks or fruit juice) and licuados (fresh fruit drinks blended with milk, water or yogurt) are plentiful. Popular Honduras beer brands are Salva Vida, Port Royal, Barena and Imperial. Guaro is a sugar cane liquor and is quite popular between the locals.
1 Jan New Year’s Day
Varies between Mar 22 & Apr 25 Easter
Apr 14 Day of the Americas
May 1 Labour Day
Sep 15 Independence Day
Oct 3 Soldiers’ Day
Oct 12 Columbus Day
Oct 21 Armed Forces’ Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day
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