Hacienda San Lucas, overlooking the ruins of Copan, is about as authentic as they come. It's still lit up by candlelight at night as a nod to the days before electricity - magical.
Saskia, Original Traveller
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
- Learn more and find out when to go in our in-depth guide