Honduras is a mystery to most people, even experienced travelers. Is it safe? What is there to do in this Central American country, and how do the locals feel about tourism? Despite what you may have heard, Honduras is a quiet, mostly mountainous nation of hardworking people who know how to enjoy a good time. They are eager for a boom in tourism in their homeland, and will gladly assist visitors.

Situated between El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, Honduras is a biodiverse, multi-ethnic kingdom. Outlying islands in the Caribbean north are a popular cruise ship destination. In the south, volcanic islands are a sweet escape for anyone willing to hop on a small boat or ferry. The Mayan ruins in the west are proof of an advanced ancient society. In the east, the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve contains over 200 archaeological sites and a wealth of animal and plant species.

Hondurans, or Caltrachos as they call themselves, are protective of their legacy. They love their country and want you to love it as well. Hospitality, generosity, and adventure await the open-minded traveler who dares to discover the forgotten beauty of Honduras.

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01See the Gulf of Fonseca from the Top of a Volcano

Isla del Tigre is home to the largest dormant volcano in Honduras. There are no bridges connecting to the island, but a ride on a fisherman's boat from Coyolito is an inexpensive way to enjoy the warm climate. Local drivers and residents can help you find the old U.S. Military road that leads to the volcano's summit. The hike up may take about three hours, but the beauty and serenity of the experience will rejuvenate you.

Isla de El Tigre, en el Golfo de Fonseca, perteneciente a Honduras. Vista desde el muelle de Coyolito Photo by Alfredobi