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Honduras Travel advice
Events and festivals in Honduras
The popular festivals in Honduras are mostly linked to religious events and festivities. As well as these, other more traditional events such as fairs and celebrations of indigenous culture also take place in the country.
When you are planning your trip, bear in mind the calendar of popular festivals in Honduras. Practically each month there is a celebration that you can coincide with, so you will be able to get to know the culture of the country first hand.
January - Guancascos
During the first month of the year Hondurans celebrate New Year as in many other places in the world. The Three Kings celebration of 6th of January is also celebrated with great enthusiasm throughout the country, although here it is known as the Day of the Three Wise Men.
In addition to the previous festivals, the celebration of Guancascos is popular in the different cities in Honduras. This tradition consist of acts of brotherhood between communities through cultural or religious actions. Also on the 23 to 25th of January the Mandarin Festival takes place in Mata de Plátano and the Kidney Bean festival of San Ignacio.
February - Virgen of Suyapa
One of the popular festivals in Honduras which is most closely linked to the country’s religious devotion are the festivals in honour of the Virgin of Suyapa. This virgin is the country's patron saint and, during the first two weeks of February, she attracts a large number of pilgrims. The festival starts on the 3rd of February and commemorates the discovery of the virgin with a wide range of festive and religious acts.
Between the 9th and 12th of February the most awaited celebration of Honduras takes place: The Dance of the Devils in Comayagua. Other festivals such as the Coffee Festival in El Paraíso, the Craft Fair in Ruta Lenca or the Orange Festival are also interesting to see.
March - San José and San Gabriel
March hosts a series of events in Honduras that go from International Women’s Day, to the festivals of San José and San Gabriel. The country has joined the celebration of Earth Hour to raise awareness about saving energy and climate change. Chats, debates, concerts and other activities related to the environment are organised.
On the third Sunday of March Hondurans celebrate the Indigenous Music Festival in Nueva Celilac. At the end of the month in Catacamas you will be able to go to the Coyol Wine Festival to find out about the country's traditions.
April - Holy Week
As in many Catholic countries, amongst the popular festivals of Honduras, Holy Week must be included. Believers take part in processions, they make carpets of flowers and carry out various Guancascos between different cities.
At the same time and during the second week in April in La Paz, the Mora Festival is celebrated. In Comayagua the Gran Romería Lenca (pilgrimage) and the Sweet Festival on the 24th and 25th respectively.
May - Feria Isidra de La Ceiba
May is the month when they celebrate the Feria Isidra in La Ceiba, a festival that has won international fame. The festivals end with a Great International Festival of Friendship, during which the main street of the city is closed to turn it into an enormous ballroom. A large number of floats, costumes and music take over the city, if you are in Honduras in May, don’t miss this celebration.
During the second week of May in Las Selvas they celebrate the Flower and Coffee Festival. At the end of the month you can also go to the Mango Festival in Yuscarán, and the Festival of Flowers in Lepaterique.
June - Festival in Intibucá
The month of June starts with various events in Honduras such as the Choro (mushroom) Festival in Intibucá and the Guancasco between Sant Antonio and Yarumela. During the second week of the month in Yoro, the Rain of Fish Festival takes place, a tradition which is very unique to the country.
Other festivals such as the festivals of Tela on 13th of June, the festivals of Trujillo on 24th June, and those of San Pedro Sula at the end of the month are also celebrated with great enthusiasm.
July - Civil Cultural Festival in Honour of Lempira
We continue with the Festivals in Honduras that you will be able to discover during your visit, during the second half of the month in Lempira you can take part in the Civil Cultural Festival in Honour of Lempira.
At the end of the month, from 25th of July, there are various popular celebrations such as: The Baile de los Negritos in La Paz, the Milk Festival in La Ceiba and the Potato Festival in Intibucá.
August - Feria Agostina
August is also host to a wide range of popular celebrations, we start the month with the August Fair and the Venetian Night in Chida. We continue with the Doughnut Festival in Sabanagrande to end in Nueva Celilac at the Tuza Festival.
But if there is one popular festival in Honduras that attracts thousands of visitors and locals, it is the Corn Festival in Danlí the last week of August.
September - Independence Day Festivities
To continue enjoying the Honduran rhythm and flavour, take note of the festivals you can attend during these months: in September we start with the Independence Day Festivities throughout the country, continuing with the Milpa Festival in the second week in Sulaco and ending with the Chicken Festival in Morazán.
October - Fish Festival
October has plenty of festivals, on 17th in Amapala the traditional Fish Festival is celebrated. At the end of the month, you will love the Rice Festival in Intibucá and the Celebration of the Floral Games in Ocotepeque.
November - Ceremony of Tzikin
At the famous ruins of Copán, the Ceremony of Tzikin is celebrated throughout the whole month. This celebration is rooted in the ancient Maya civilisation and is celebrated by the Chortis, an ethnic group of the Copán region.
December - Royal Walk of the Giant Chimneys
To start the last month of the year according to the Gregorian calendar, in Honduras the Royal Walk of the Giant Chimneys is celebrated in Santa Bárbara on the 8th. You can’t miss the Dance of the Giant in Lejamaní on 17th of December or the Garifunas Festivals between the 24th and 31st of the month. Of course, Christmas is also celebrated in Honduras as in any other Catholic country.
All of this awaits you during your trip to this lesser-known country of Latin America. Get ready to let yourself get carried away by traditions and customs that get lost in time.GO TO EVENTS
Food in Honduras
If you don't know what to eat in Honduras don't worry, the cuisine of this country is very varied. The different criollo, indigenous, Spanish and pre-Columbian influences make Honduran cuisine an exceptional blend.
Before talking about the typical dishes of Honduras, it is good to know that corn is the base of Honduran cuisine. This cereal is the mainstay of the diet of many indigenous peoples, but in Honduras it is present in almost all dishes.
On the other hand, meat, fish and poultry, together with beans and rice combine to create really delicious dishes. Legumes and vegetables along with dairy are also part of the traditional recipes of the country.
Let's see now what the typical dishes to eat in Honduras are and why you can't miss out on trying them.
Soups and entrees
In Honduras it is very popular to prepare soups of all kinds, perhaps the most famous is the crab soup. However, you will find chicken soup, venison, beans, tortilla and vegetables. But if there is a typical Honduran soup it's the snail soup, made with snails, coconuts, bananas, carrots, cassava, onions, garlic, chilies, margarine and milk.
Following the starters, the cuisine of Honduras has a long list of options: enchiladas, tamales, taquitos, cakes and catrachitas are part of the most emblematic typical dishes.
The empandas are also part of Honduran cuisine as in many other Latin American countries. In Honduras they are prepared with ripe bananas, flour, butter, cooked beans and butter.
Another of the typical Honduran appetizers are the bean Pupusas which are made with fried beans with onions and butter. They are placed in a corn tortilla with cheese and grated cheese. They are delicious and are perfect as a snack.
First and unique dishes
When choosing what to eat in Honduras, its most typical dishes usually contain beef, chicken or fish. There are also dishes with vegetables based on rice and/or corn which are served in the form of empandas.
In the northern part of the country, specifically in La Ceiba, this typical dish of Honduran cuisine known as baleada is prepared. The baleada consists of a wheat pancake filled with beans. To the beans cheese and a sauce of sour cream are added, sometimes also ham. It is served for breakfast and will give you enough energy for the whole day.
Ears of corn are called elotes in Honduras and they are cooked and then bathed in abundant margarine or butter. It is eaten as a snack, but it can also be part of the dinner or first course in the meal.
Casamiento is one of the typical dishes of Honduras which consists of rice accompanied by beans. Its preparation is very simple and olive oil, sweet green chili, coriander and chopped onion are also used to prepare it.
The particularity of this dish of the Honduran cuisine is that to give it the characteristic flavour it has, the meat has to be marinated for about seven hours. In addition to this, a charcoal grill is used to cook it, which is what gives it the final touch. To make this dish, beef, garlic, oregano, cumin, salt, olive oil and the juice of a sour orange are used.
To make the candiga or chanfaina, green chilis, onion, tomatoes, garlic, celery, margarine, basil, coriander and sour orange juice are used. The resulting stew is served with white rice, pancakes, black beans and curd. All a forceful and tasty dish which you can't miss out on trying.
Tapado of salted meat
Another of the typical dishes of the cuisine of Honduras is the meat tapado. This dish uses salted beef, chilis, tomatoes, onions, bananas or yucca, coriander, salt, pepper and shredded coconut for its preparation. For lovers of meat, it is a discovery.
Yuca with pork rind
Of all the dishes to eat in Honduras, yucca with pork rinds is a speciality which is also typical of Nicaragua and El Salvador. It is made with a medium-sized cassava, garlic, cabbage, carrots, green chili, salt, ginger and of course pork rinds.
But in addition to all these main courses, bread and desserts also have their place in the cuisine of Honduras.
Bread is made in this Central American country in many ways: doughnuts, cakes, quesadillas, coconut bread, minimal bread and yucca cassava are part of their cuisine. The latter is especially traditional and is prepared from cassava flour, it is an unleavened and crunchy bread which is baked or grilled.
The cuisine of Honduras has a dessert menu to satisfy all kinds of palates. You can find anything from the famous rice with milk and raisins, passing though fritters, flans, torrijas and doughnuts, to tostones of ripe banana with honey.
Now that you know everything you can eat in Honduras, to complete the banquet try one of their traditional drinks; Guaro for example is a brandy which you will find almost anywhere in country. The coyol and apple wines, along with the beer are also excellent options. And if you want to try something different, you can try Güifiti, a drink made with herbs and plants with anise and cinnamon which is very refreshing.GO TO GASTRONOMY
Shopping in Honduras
There is no shortage of things to buy in Honduras, this multi-ethnic Central American country offers you a wide range of souvenirs to fill your suitcase with. Not without reason, Honduras has more than 1,496 popular manifestations throughout the country.
The cultural and ethnic mix of Honduras is expressed through its crafts and popular art. For this reason, the typical products of the country have a very significant ancient reminiscence. But let's look at the most representative souvenirs of Honduras that you can buy during your trip to the country.
One of the typical products to buy in Honduras is its traditional pottery. This handicraft work distinguishes itself from other Central American countries by its black and white colour. Through a technique learnt hundreds, if not thousands, of years ago, the Honduran potters sculpt geometric motifs using a special burning technique.
The ideal thing if you want to take an authentic piece of Honduran pottery home with you is to visit the villages and communities of potters. One of the best places to do this is Lenca, where the indigenous women make true works of art. Other villages where you can buy quality pieces are Ojojona, La Campa, el Valle de Ángeles and Cedros.
What better object to buy in Honduras than a glyph representing the Maya culture. The engravings and ceramic figures representative of this thousand year old culture are highly valued by visitors.
In Copán, you will find the perfect souvenirs of Honduras to buy as a gift or take home with you. The carved replicas of steles and Mayan figures are handmade ones by one, so they really are true works of art.
Other places to buy quality handicrafts are El Progreso, where there is an important school of artisan crafts, Santa Bárbara, where you can buy fabric and wickerwork; and el Valle de Los Ángeles, where the leather goods are incredible.
Wood is another of the elements that Honduran artisans use to make typical products of the local culture. From carved sculptures, to musical instruments, and even mahogany furniture, wood is worked with great skill. Mahogany is one of the most widely used types of wood in Honduras, indeed, given it is in danger of extinction, pay attention to its authenticity.
Of everything there is to buy in Honduras, leather items are surely an indisputable temptation. Sandals, bags, purses, wallets and all types of accessories, they are beautifully worked by the leather artisans. Whether it is as a gift for a friend, or to keep yourself as a souvenir of the country, leather items are always a safe bet.
Wickerwork and textile fibres
As well as wood, another of the typical products of Honduras are the plant fibre objects. Bamboo, reed, coconut, cane or pumpkin are just some of the elements used to make hats, necklaces, baskets and even furniture. You will find a wide variety of souvenirs in most of the markets, including rugs, wallets, coasters, and an infinity of other items.
The Maya culture left Honduras with their love for Jade, a gem that this culture valued more than gold. You will be able to find souvenirs in Honduras made of Jade: necklaces, bracelets, rings and reproductions of art with stone inlays. If you want to take home an elegant and sophisticated souvenir of this country, this is the perfect choice.
As well as Jade, silver and bronze are other widely used elements in jewellery and costume jewellery. The engraved pieces or with precious stone and pearl inlays are highly valuable, both for their craftsmanship and their quality. You can find unique pieces on market stalls. The artisans sell their creations directly, so you won’t just find great bargains, you will also find out something about how they are made.
Coffee and tobacco
If you are looking for something different and unique to buy in Honduras, a sample of coffee is the ideal gift. Although coffee from Honduras is probably not as well known, the country has a significant coffee plantation. Its climate and soil quality produce top quality Arabica coffee beans. In addition, they use traditional methods for its processing, so the coffee bean is even better quality and purer.
If you didn’t already know, Honduras exports more than one hundred million cigars each year and has more than 250 brands. The tobacco industry in the country seeks to become one of the biggest in the world. Its origin coming from Maya Culture, has boosted the growing and harvesting of tobacco for centuries.
The list of things to buy in Honduras is long, so remember to leave space in your rucksack. Taking a typical souvenir of the country home with you is a custom you shouldn’t miss out on.GO TO SHOPPING
Honduras tourist attractions
More information about Honduras
As Central America’s second-largest country, Honduras is best-known for its Maya ruins and tropical beaches. Despite sometimes being overlooked in favor of its more well-trodden Central American neighbors, travel to Honduras is surprisingly rewarding. With exceptional coral reefs to snorkel amongst, quaint colonial villages to discover and vast nature reserves, bursting with wildlife, to explore, a trip to Honduras is a magical pursuit. Boasting coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Honduras is situated between Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua.
Its capital, Tegucigalpa, a 400-year-old mining center, is today a vast urban sprawl. Many tours of Honduras begin, instead, in San Pedro Sula, in the north of the country, which is a modern city with good access to the much-lusted-after Caribbean coastline, awash with pristine shorelines and delightfully uncrowded beaches. The paradise Bay Islands lay off the Caribbean coast and are a popular holiday destination due to their white-sand beaches and proximity to the underwater world of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.
Honduras can be roughly divided into three distinct regions. The central Honduran Highlands is best for discovering mysterious Maya ruins, such as Copan, and exploring quaint Spanish hill towns. Caribbean Honduras, to the north, is home to beaches, rainforest and nature reserves, whilst Pacific Honduras, in the south, is a much smaller region, known for its port cities.
History of Honduras
Before Spanish colonization, Honduras was home to a number of important Mesoamerican cultures, including the famous Maya, whose complex civilization can still be traced today at the ancient ruins of Copan, a highlight of any holiday to Honduras. In 1524 the first conquistadors arrived in Honduras and conquered the majority of the indigenous population over the next few decades. Silver mining was the main industry during this time and the capital of Tegucigalpa was established in 1578. One part of Honduras remained unconquered by the Spanish due to its fierce resistance: the northeastern Mosquito Coast.
The Miskito Kingdom who ruled the region found support in other European powers, such as the English, who placed large parts of the kingdom under their protection in the 18th-century. In 1821 Honduras gained independence from the Spanish Empire, coming under the rule of the First Mexican Empire until 1838 when full independence was finally embraced. The following two centuries in Houndran history have been characterized by conflict and political upheaval, including an invasion by El Salvador in 1969, periods of military rule, corruption and the widespread devastation of the 1998 Hurricane Mitch. Despite its turbulent history, travelers should not be deterred from visiting Honduras as the positive changes of recent years have seen the country look towards the future with optimism.
Nature in Honduras
Owing to its location in the heart of the tropics, Honduras has exceptionally rich biodiversity and an abundance of natural attractions. 700 bird species, including the brightly-colored Scarlet Macaw, the national bird, ensure its a hot-spot for budding bird-watchers, whilst the great Honduran rainforest harbors a plethora of animal and plant species, some of which are found nowhere else on earth, such as the Honduran emerald hummingbird.
Out at sea, the diversity of Honduras’ natural world continues as the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, found close to the idyllic Bay Islands, is teeming with marine life of all descriptions. A trip to Honduras is incomplete without contemplating its cloud forests, lush highlands, dense rainforests, and paradise beaches. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve, situated in the north of the country, is unmissable for those wishing to experience the diversity of the tropics first-hand.
Those who venture into its dense forests have the chance to spot a number of endangered species in the wild, such as jaguars, ocelots, and giant anteaters. Cusuco National Park is another wildlife haven worth exploring, situated conveniently close to the city of San Pedro Sula. Those in search of a more cliched version of paradise need look no further than Roatan, the most popular of all the Bay Island. With white-sand beaches, turquoise shores and some of the best snorkeling and diving opportunities in the continent, it’s a must-visit during a tour of Honduras.
Culture of Honduras
Honduras has a rich cultural tapestry, owing to its multi-ethnic population. Perhaps the best-known cultural icon of Honduras is its punta dance and music, originating from the Garifuna people. Punta dances are performed at social events, celebrations, funerals and at almost any communal gathering you can imagine. If you travel to Honduras during a public holiday you’ll be treated to a magical spectacle of carnivals, fairs, and colorful parades.
During Holy Week, an important event for the large population of Roman Catholic Hondurans, intricate ‘sawdust carpet’ floor murals decorates the streets in towns and cities, a beautiful, quintessentially Honduran, artistic tradition. Spanish is the official language, although English is widely spoken on the tourist-centric Bay Islands and a number of indigenous languages can be heard throughout the country.
Whether it’s the bright blue waters of the Bay Islands, the dense, wildlife-rich rainforests, the ancient Maya heritage or the charming culture-filled cities and towns that spark your wanderlust, a holiday to Honduras is sure to be a rewarding pursuit. Without the pressure of mass tourism, Honduras retains its authentic charm and is a must-visit for those who long to experience Central America in all its rugged glory.
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to leave from Honduras.
Visa not required for stays up to 90 days.
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