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Name: Roatán
Location: Honduras
Roatán is an island in the Caribbean, about 65 kilometres (40 mi) off the northern coast of Honduras. It is located between the islands of Útila and Guanaja, and is the largest of the Bay Islands of Honduras.

The island was formerly known as Ruatan and Rattan. It is approximately 77 kilometres (48 mi) long, and less than 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) across at its widest point. The island consists of two municipalities: José Santos Guardiola in the east and Roatán, including the Cayos Cochinos, further south in the west.

The Indians of the Bay Islands are believed to have been related to either the Paya, the Maya, the Lenca or the Jicaque, which were the tribes present on the mainland. Christopher Columbus on his fourth voyage (1502–1504) came to the islands as he visited the neighbouring Bay Island of Guanaja. Soon after the Spanish began trading in the islands for slave labour. More devastating for the local Indians was exposure to Eurasian infectious diseases to which they had no immunity, such as smallpox and measles. No indigenous people survived the consequent epidemics.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roatán
Name: Pulhapanzak Falls
Location: San Francisco de Yojoa, Honduras
The Pulhapanzak Falls are waterfalls on the Río Lindo that are found in the Republic of Honduras.

Located north of Lake Yojoa, it is considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Central America for its crystal clear waters and a waterfall 43 m high. In Pulhapanzak, archeological remains of what could have been the center of an ancient culture, previous to the Mayas, have also been discovered. The presence of mounds, the remains of various paved roads as well as small fragments of pottery and other objects that have been found in the place, are currently studied by international archaeologists who have identified them as structures belonging to the late classical period (600 to 900).

The spa has cabins, restaurant, champas, camping areas, gazebo, swimming pool, playgrounds, soccer fields and trails. It also has tourist information and a center for events. The falls are located in the village of San Buenaventura, municipality of San Francisco de Yojoa, 18 km from Lake Yojoa.

SOURCE: https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cataratas_de_Pulhapanzak
Name: Cayos Cochinos
Location: Bay Islands, Honduras
The Cayos Cochinos consist of two small islands (Cayo Menor and Cayo Grande) and 13 more small coral cays situated 30 kilometres northeast of La Ceiba. Although geographically separate, they belong to the Bay Islands department and are part of Roatán municipality. The total land area measures about 2 km2.

The islands are a Marine Protected Area and are managed by the Honduran Coral Reef Foundation. The coral reef here is part of the world's second largest coral reef system known as the Meso-American Barrier Reef. There is a scientific research station on Cayo Menor, the smaller of the two main islands in the system.

The Cayos Cochinos archipelago has no roads, cars or bikes. There is a hiking trail that connects residences and beaches on Cayo Grande. There is a lighthouse on the highest point of the island which can be hiked to through scenic jungles which are home to the only pink Boa Constrictors in the world. The only inhabitants of the islands are Garifuna fishing villages (Chachauate and East End), 9 private homes on Cayo Grande, and 6 homes on the 13 smaller keys.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cayos_Cochinos
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FACTS:
Official Languages: Spanish
Currency: Honduras Lempira (HNL)
Time zone: CST (UTC−6)
Drives on the right
Calling code: +504
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For more useful information on safety & security, local laws / customs, health and more, please see the below official US travel.state.gov web link for Honduras travel advice. NB: Entry requirements herein listed are for US nationals only, unless stated otherwise.

You can also find recommended information on vaccinations, malaria and other more detailed health considerations for travel to Honduras, at the below official US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) weblink.

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The national currency of Honduras is the lempira (L) (ISO code HNL), but, like almost everywhere in Central America, the U.S. dollar acts as a second currency and nearly every business accepts both. The U.S. dollar is the main currency on the Bay Islands due to the frequency of cruises that come by (and by looking around, there are a lot of Americans). It is wise to carry small bills (under US$20), especially $2 bills (considered lucky and makes a good tip). Note that bills with tears of defects such as writing or stamping on them will likely not be accepted.

ATMs can be found in most cities. Some ATMs dispense both U.S. dollars and lempiras and nearly all can be used in English. Be sure to bring cash to the Bay Islands because they do not have very many ATMs. Nearly all banks exchange money just make sure to bring your passport for identification purposes.

Lempira can be hard to exchange outside of Honduras, so be prepared to exchange all Lempira before leaving the country. The exchange rates by the numerous money changers walking around at the border are not competitive with banks, but are usually only 5-10% below value.

BY TRAIN:

Railroads in Honduras have been built in the northern lowlands (Valle de Sula) since 1880s by two competing banana growers. They never extended to the capital Tegucigalpa or to the Pacific coast and never linked to other countries.

In 2006, three separate segments operated under the management of FNH – Ferrocarril Nacional de Honduras:

  • San Pedro Sula – Puerto Cortes (50 km, freight trains carrying mainly lumber) and occasional passenger trains around San Pedro Sula, for example during carneval and other holidays.
  • City rail in La Ceiba (3 km, passenger transport between downtown and a western suburb, Col. Sitramacsa)
  • Line between La Unión and Parque Nacional Cuero y Salado (9 km, transport of coconuts to a processing plant and of tourists to national park).

BY BOAT:

There is regular boat service from La Ceiba to the bay islands of Roatan and Utila.

Service to Roatan is on the Galaxy Wave II. The ferry trip costs less than flying, and leaves (mostly) on time. A round-trip prima class ticket costs US$53; round-trip general class, $43. Both prima and general seating areas are comfortable and offer air conditioning and flat-screen TVs for your entertainment. The crossing takes about 80 minutes each way.

Service to Utila is on the Utila Princess. Tickets cost about $30 round trip and the crossing takes about 60 minutes.

Both ferries leave from the same dock. You should arrive at the dock in La Ceiba about an hour early to buy tickets and check luggage. If traveling to the bay islands during Semana Santa (Easter week) it is strongly recommended to fly, as the wait for a ferry can be up to 8 hours. If you are a Senior citizen you will find the rate very attractive. If you are prone to sea sickness, the trip North to Roatan can be very uncomfortable, as the Galaxy is fighting the currents. Windy days, re-consider. Otherwise it is a delightful trip, Utila to the West and the Cayos to the East. Last trip of the day to Roatan is awesome with a fanastic sunset.

  • Galaxy II schedule: Roatan – La Ceiba 7AM.; La Ceiba – Roatan 10AM. Roatan – La Ceiba 1 PM, La Ceiba – Roatan 4PM.
  • New Princess schedule: Utila – La Ceiba 6:20AM, La Ceiba – Utila 9:30AM, Utila – La Ceiba 2PM, La Ceiba – Utila 4PM.

EAT:

The Honduran “Plato típico” is the most famous lunch. It consists of rice, beef, fried beans (frijolitos), and fried bananas (tajaditas). If you are lucky, it will also come with chimol, a fresh, non-spicy salsa made of tomatoes, green peppers, onions, cilantro and lime juice.

Baleadas are a Honduran original, and a nearly ubiquitous cheap and quick meal. A baleada sencilla (simple) consists of a thick flour tortilla filled with refried beans, cheese (queso), and a type of cream similar to sour cream but not sour (crema or mantequilla). These can be found for as little as 10-15 Lempira. A baleada especial usually also comes with eggs in it and you can sometimes get avocado or even meat these range from 30-50 Lempira.

Other choices are tacos and enchiladas, though don’t expect them to be like those in Mexico. The tacos are meat rolled in a corn tortilla and deep fried. The enchiladas are a flat fried corn tortilla topped with ground beef, cheese and a red sauce.

One commonly known Honduran treat is called a macheteada, which is a tortilla filled with sweet, sugary, flour and sugar.

Pinchos y pupusas (tocino, queso, etc.)

DRINK:

San Pedro Sula has some of the country’s best nightlife and is a great place to go out and dance the night away or to catch up on all the latest movies. The capital city, Tegucigalpa, also has a great nighttime scene. Nightlife should be reserved for those tourists who know the culture and language extremely well, however, as it can be slightly dangerous for those who do not understand the dangers involved in the nightlife world of Honduras. There are several nightclubs and casinos that have excellent facilities, however, illegal activities are also much more common in these places. The possibility of crime greatly escalates after dark as well, no matter what part of the country one may be in.

Honduran Coffee is great, recognized around the world for its rich taste, with the brands from Copan are usually being the best. Welches is considered to be the best by many locals. A less well known, yet very rich blend is Cloud Forest brand of coffee, which is grown in the higher “Cloud Forest” regions of the nation. This brand also offers buyers the chance to help aid organizations every time the product is purchased. Coffee from Lepaera, Lempira, was judged to be the best coffee in the world but can be difficult to find, even in Lepaera itself, since it is highly demanded around the world and exported accordingly.

Great “licuados” -fruit juices and milk shakes- (mango, piña, watermelon, banana, etc.)are common and worth trying almost anywhere in the country.

Alcoholic beverages are readily available, however, it is not recommended that tourists and foreigners become intoxicated as this increases security risks to that individual. Also, crime is much more common near bars, nightclubs and the like. This being said, Honduras has several excellent alcoholic beverages such as fine wines and rich beers.

Depending where you plan to visit, you will find hotels that provide great services. The capital city, Tegucigalpa, for instance, has a Marriott hotel, The Intercontinental hotel and other such accommodations.

Handicrafts – Honduras is famous for its Lenca ceramics and beautiful handcrafted wooden boxes made from Honduran mahogany.

If visiting San Pedro Sula, be sure to visit El Mercado Guamilito. You will find many wonderful and cheap handicrafts like hand carved wooden boxes, Lencan pottery, hammocks, paintings, leather products, and beautiful hand-woven fabrics.

Leather Items – Honduran leather items are of fine quality at an extremely reasonable price, making your visit to Honduras a great time to purchase these. Bags, attaché cases, belts, wallets and even garments are a bargain. One of the producers in San Pedro Sula whose quality is up to par with international standards is Danilo’s Pura Piel.

Honduras has a long history as a silver mining country. Excellent artisans work the silver and produce very artistic and high quality silver products and jewelry. There are several different jewelers in town. Another popular item are paintings by Honduran artists. These usually depict colonial towns and mountain landscapes that are typical of Honduras. The best selection of these can be found at the Maymo art Gallery.

Valle de Angeles is a must visit location for tourists and souvenir hunters. The town is bordered on the north by the municipality of Central District, on the south by the municipality of San Antonio de Oriente, east by the municipalities of Morocelí and Villa de San Francisco and west by the municipality of Santa Lucía. It is located about 22 km northwest of the capital city, Tegucigalpa, between the mountains of Los Lagos, El Carrizal, Palo Hueco and Chinacla. It is well known as a gorgeous tourist destination for its passionate culture, safety, and wonderful hand-made artwork and crafts. This small town is the perfect place to enjoy souvenir shopping, as the entire town is comprised of cultural shops known for beautiful handicrafts, such as carved boxes and tables, hammocks, paintings and pottery. Valle de Angeles also boasts several restaurants and street shops with savory, delicious local food choices.

**All travel information has been sourced from wikivoyage. However like wikipedia, wikivoyage is an open platform editable by any member of the public. Therefore, although very useful, all above information IS INDICATIVE ONLY and must be verified prior to personal use. Moreover, if you wish to see more information please visit: https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Honduras
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Name: Roatán
Location: Honduras
Roatán is an island in the Caribbean, about 65 kilometres (40 mi) off the northern coast of Honduras. It is located between the islands of Útila and Guanaja, and is the largest of the Bay Islands of Honduras.

The island was formerly known as Ruatan and Rattan. It is approximately 77 kilometres (48 mi) long, and less than 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) across at its widest point. The island consists of two municipalities: José Santos Guardiola in the east and Roatán, including the Cayos Cochinos, further south in the west.

The Indians of the Bay Islands are believed to have been related to either the Paya, the Maya, the Lenca or the Jicaque, which were the tribes present on the mainland. Christopher Columbus on his fourth voyage (1502–1504) came to the islands as he visited the neighbouring Bay Island of Guanaja. Soon after the Spanish began trading in the islands for slave labour. More devastating for the local Indians was exposure to Eurasian infectious diseases to which they had no immunity, such as smallpox and measles. No indigenous people survived the consequent epidemics.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roatán
Name: Pulhapanzak Falls
Location: San Francisco de Yojoa, Honduras
The Pulhapanzak Falls are waterfalls on the Río Lindo that are found in the Republic of Honduras.

Located north of Lake Yojoa, it is considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Central America for its crystal clear waters and a waterfall 43 m high. In Pulhapanzak, archeological remains of what could have been the center of an ancient culture, previous to the Mayas, have also been discovered. The presence of mounds, the remains of various paved roads as well as small fragments of pottery and other objects that have been found in the place, are currently studied by international archaeologists who have identified them as structures belonging to the late classical period (600 to 900).

The spa has cabins, restaurant, champas, camping areas, gazebo, swimming pool, playgrounds, soccer fields and trails. It also has tourist information and a center for events. The falls are located in the village of San Buenaventura, municipality of San Francisco de Yojoa, 18 km from Lake Yojoa.

SOURCE: https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cataratas_de_Pulhapanzak
Name: Cayos Cochinos
Location: Bay Islands, Honduras
The Cayos Cochinos consist of two small islands (Cayo Menor and Cayo Grande) and 13 more small coral cays situated 30 kilometres northeast of La Ceiba. Although geographically separate, they belong to the Bay Islands department and are part of Roatán municipality. The total land area measures about 2 km2.

The islands are a Marine Protected Area and are managed by the Honduran Coral Reef Foundation. The coral reef here is part of the world's second largest coral reef system known as the Meso-American Barrier Reef. There is a scientific research station on Cayo Menor, the smaller of the two main islands in the system.

The Cayos Cochinos archipelago has no roads, cars or bikes. There is a hiking trail that connects residences and beaches on Cayo Grande. There is a lighthouse on the highest point of the island which can be hiked to through scenic jungles which are home to the only pink Boa Constrictors in the world. The only inhabitants of the islands are Garifuna fishing villages (Chachauate and East End), 9 private homes on Cayo Grande, and 6 homes on the 13 smaller keys.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cayos_Cochinos
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