The world is pretty much split into people who know nothing about Honduras, and those that have vaguely heard of Copan – one of the finest Mayan cities in all of Central America. But there’s so much more to the place than that. White sand beaches as gorgeous as those in Panama, pristine reefs to match those in Belize, adventurous activities aplenty a la Costa Rica, the aforementioned ruins at Copan, charming locals and a lovely lazy, laidback vibe. And all this a two hour hop from Miami, but without the Americanisation that has altered the essential character of other countries in the region. Oh, and it’s pretty good value, too. Sold? We are.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • Honduras is the same, but different. You'll still find Caribbean Islands, Mayan Ruins and huge rainforests filled with wildlife - there'll just be far fewer accompanying tourists
  • The Bay Islands are famous for having some of the best diving in Central America, and laid back Roatan has a handful of lovely hotels too, unlike its more backpacking-friendly neighbouring countries
  • Pico Bonito National Park is a bird watcher's paradise. Over 400 species have been counted just a 20 minute walk from the Park's lodge

Original Highlight

Hacienda San Lucas, overlooking the ruins of Copan, is about as authentic as they come, and is one of my favourites in Central America. It's still lit up by candlelight at night as a nod to the days before electricity - magical.

Stephanie, Original Traveller

A note on price

There isn't a huge amount of choice when it comes to luxury accommodation in Honduras, and the prices aren't as low as you'd think. A 10-day trip to Honduras will cost from £3,000 per person including flights, with trips to the highlights of Copan, Pico Bonito and Roatan. Learn more about our pricing

Where to go in Honduras

Copan & Co

Copan & Co

Think white sand beaches, pristine reefs, adventurous activities aplenty, the stunning ruins at Copan, charming locals and a lovely lazy, laidback vibe.

Copan & Co

Where to stay in Honduras

The Lodge at Pico Bonito

The Lodge at Pico Bonito

Pico Bonito Lodge is an eco-lodge located on the edge of the Pico Bonito National Park, one of Central America’s largest unexplored rainforests.

The Lodge at Pico Bonito
Hacienda San Lucas

Hacienda San Lucas

Hacienda San Lucas is an authentic Spanish colonial hacienda which has been lovingly restored by owner Flavia Cueva, and turned into a boutique lodge overlooking the picturesque Copán valley – the views are so good you can see the temple tops of the Copán site from the garden.

Hacienda San Lucas

Details for Honduras

A little more info

A host of celebs have been buying up beachfront in Honduras, and while that's not necessarily a good thing, it does show that this little Central American nation has finally come in from the cold.

This is one of the places that fits in the 'it's just like [insert as applicable] was 20 years ago', and in this case that would be Costa Rica - still one of favourite countries, but one that's fast having its rough edges smoothed off.

Honduras is all about those rough edges, and that's its charm. Copan is an incredible example of Mayan city building, but still has a 'just discovered' feel thanks to far fewer visitors than sites such as Tikal or Tulum; likewise the beachfront lodges and hotels are simple but comfortable, and the whole place is refreshingly good value. Even better, this is a pretty small place, so even in a week you can combine a few days on the beach with a dose of culture and some jungly activities in Pico Bonito National Park. Maybe even combined with a couple of nights in that hippest of cities, Miami for added contrast.

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  • Average Temp. — 21°C / 69°F
  • Rainfall — 1cm / 0.5 inches
Flight from London

10:30 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -6 hrs

Saskia and Stephanie are our Honduras experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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