Honduras, which is officially called Republic of Honduras, is a country found in the central part of America. Previously, it is known as Spanish Honduras to distinguish it from British Honduras. Its neighboring countries are Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Pacific Ocean. Honduras has a vast area of 43,278 square miles with an estimated population of 8,249,574 in the year 2010. The country is endowed with natural resources like thick jungles, interesting ancient ruins, inviting rivers, pure beaches, clear waters, and exciting mountains. If you are ready to explore the beauty of nature, there are several activities you can enjoy which include mountain trekking, scuba diving, river rafting, kayaking, sightseeing and picture taking. If you are fond of occasions and celebrations, you can attend several festivals like La Ceiba, Mardi gras, Feria Juniana, Santa Rosa de Copan and Garifuna festival.
Guanaja Bay Islands
Guanaja Bay Islands is a tropical island perfect for visitors who want to loosen up and get away from a busy life. It is mostly visited by tourists and yachtsmen who choose to pass by and relax. The island was discovered in 1502 by Columbus during this final voyage of discovery. Before a hurricane came in 1998, a big portion of Guanaja is covered with pine trees. In this island, there is only one real city and that is Bonacca which is described as the Venice of the Caribbean with a population of more than six thousand people and an area of less than one hundred acres. There are no means of transportation allowed in the island so everyone gets to enjoy the view by walking. If you opt to spend a few days, accommodations are available at Graham’s Place which gives you a mood for relaxation. Swimming in Graham’s Place will give you an encounter with sea turtles, sharks, bone fish and other sea creatures.
Jeanette Kawas National Park
Jeanette Kawas National Park is a national park situated in the town of Tela which is at the northern Caribbean coast. Established in 1998, it covers a vast area of 781.62 square kilometers with an altitude of 900 meters. Originally, it was called Punta Sal National Park and later changed to Jeanette Kawas in commemoration to a late environmental activist who was killed while keeping the palm plantation away from the park. Its diverse ecosystem is composed of rivers, lagoons, beaches, tropical forests and mangrove forests. Several species are also present like birds, mammals, reptiles, fishes and arthropods.
Islands of Cayos Cochinos
Islands of Cayos Cochinos, which is also called “Hog Islands” of Honduras is a marine biological reserve located at the northern coast of Central America. In 1993, the place was proclaimed as a Natural Protected Area with a vast area of 460 square miles housing 108 persons in 2001. It is actually consists of two major islands namely Cayo Grande and Cayo Menor and an additional eleven small islands. The beautiful spot is located 30 kilometers northeast of La Ceiba.
National Park of Pico Bonito
National Park of Pico Bonito is situated at the northern coast of Honduras near La Ceiba. It is the second biggest national park with a wide area of 1073 square kilometers. Making it more popular is the highest peak of Nombre de Dios mountain range which is very challenging to climb which requires climbing equipment and takes ten days to complete. Since the park is the least explored within the country, it remains to its natural state. Pico Bonito inhabits several species like mountain lions, motmots, toucans, squirrels, wild pigs, jaguars and many more. Due to its stiff inclination, there are several waterfalls found in the park. Tourists can relax in the clear waters, do trekking, sightseeing and picture taking. If you prefer to stay overnight, worry no more since there are many accommodations available at El Pino Village.
La Mosquitia Tropical Rainforest
La Mosquitia Tropical Rainforest is found at the northeastern part of Mosquito Coast and considered as underdeveloped tropical rainforest. It is only accessible via water and air and you will find indigenous people living in the area like Tawakha, Sumo, Miskito, Pech and Rama. It is known to have the most diverse and biggest ecosystem which inhabits swamps, rivers, mangroves, savannas and tropical rainforests. Animal species found are white-lipped Peccary,jaguar, sea turtles, manatees and monkeys. Hiking, camping and canoeing are just some of the different activities being offered in the area. Enjoy the wilderness and tranquility in Hondura’s version of Little Amazon.