The second-largest country in Central America, Honduras is famous for its Caribbean beaches, lush rainforests, beautiful islands, coral reefs, and snorkeling opportunities. This tropical paradise attracts many tourists, with adventures such as rafting, swimming with sharks, and exploring ancient Mayan ruins.
Copán Ruinas is a 2,000 year old UNESCO World Heritage Site that is famous for its altars and stelae. Visitors will have a chance to see amazing sculptured decorations of buildings, the finest art of ancient Mesoamerica, and the Hieroglyphic Stairway. Some of the other attractions include the Acropolis and several stone structures that date back to the 9th century BC.
Little French Key
With its sparkling clear waters, white sand beaches, and coconut palms, Little French Key is a true tropical paradise that attracts a lot of tourists. There are several restaurants that serve delicious meals, as well as a number of bars where you can grab a drink. Don’t forget to visit the amazing wildlife sanctuary and interact with all the cool animals.
Museum of National Identity
If you want to learn about the history of Honduras, the Museum of National Identity should definitely be included on your list of places to visit. This bustling museum features an impressive collection of historic exhibits of Honduran and International art. You can also take a virtual tour of the Mayan Acropolis of Copan.
Lancetilla Botanical Gardens
The second largest tropical gardens in the world, Lancetilla Botanical Gardens includes over 200 species of tropical birds, plantings of palms, mango trees, and orchids. There is also a beautiful path that leads from a tunnel of bamboo trees to a small swimming hole in the river. It is a perfect place to chill a bit in the water after a long walk.
La Tigra National Park
Located just a short drive from Tegucigalpa, La Tigra National Park is a must-see place for every tourist. This amazing park features a lush cloud forest that houses several animal species including monkeys, pumas, and ocelots. There are also over 200 species of birds flying around including toucans and trogons. Don’t forget to check out the visitor’s center where you can get a map of the park.
Museum of Mayan Sculpture
Check out the original pieces of sculptures, altars, and stelae at the Museum of Mayan Sculpture. Visitors are advised to go for a tour of the ruins before heading here in order to understand where these pieces originally come from. One of the main attractions here at the Museum of Mayan Sculpture is definitely the replica of the Rosalila temple.
Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve
Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve is situated less than 3 km outside the Copán Ruinas and is a private reserve that houses toucans, parrots, orioles, and kingfishers. All of them are flying in giant cages. Visitors can also go to the Encounter Center where birds fly onto your hands or shoulders. An entrance ticket is valid for three days and includes a guided tour in English.
Rusty Fish is a great store where you can buy recycled island inspired artwork. All of the arts and crafts are made by locals and the shop is 100% financed by the sales. If you wish to go for a drink, there is a cute café a few steps away.