Sabbatical & Experiential Travel to Honduras
Holidays & Sabbaticals to Honduras – In a Nutshell
The second-biggest Central American country, Honduras is emerging as an exciting destination for adventurous travel and eco-tourism. With a plethora of national parks and biosphere reserves, it brims with wildlife. Huge swathes of pristine cloud forest are home to toucan, quetzal and shy jaguar. Jungle-covered mountains and rugged highlands are lined with coffee farms, banana plantations and mango groves; everywhere you look there is lush, tropical beauty.
Caribbean and Pacific beaches offer palm-lined white sands and turquoise seas. Head to Utila, Roatan and Guanaja for world-class diving. There are Unesco-listed Mayan ruins and quaint cobbled towns, and the sparkling Lago de Yojoa is awash with exotic birdlife. This has all the allure of its busier Latin American neighbours but with a fraction of the visitors. Be one of the first to explore here.
How to Get to Honduras
You can travel overland from neighbouring countries Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua. If you’re flying here, you’ll likely arrive in San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa or into Roatan Island. Flight time from the UK is approx. 11 hours; from the USA 3-8 hours. Once here, you can hop about by air (inexpensive and frequent), but most travel by road. There are ‘executive’ coaches plying the main routes. Explore La Moskitia, Roatan, Isla El Tigre and Las Marías via water taxis, ferries and motorised canoes.
When & Weather – Honduras
The climate is hot and humid for most of the year. The Dry Season runs from November to April and the wet season from May to October, though the Caribbean Coast also experiences heavy rain from September to February. Hurricane season runs from June to November. Temperatures range between 14°C (26°F) and 25°C (32°F).
Who will Honduras Appeal To?
Adventure lovers. Travelling here is still often off the beaten track, with limited tourist infrastructure. In particular, it’s suited to:
- Active travellers
- Tourist-trail avoiders
- Solo travellers
- Wildlife & birdwatchers
Honduras offers a range of character hotels, luxury beach resorts, eco-lodges, beach cabanas and simple homestays in remote villages.
Off The Beaten Path
- Largely uninhabited, the La Mosquitia region is home to marshy wetlands and virgin tropical rainforest and Garifuna fishing villages
- Explore the Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve by pipante canoe, passing remote jungle villages and hidden Mayan ruins
- Go white water rafting over Class III and IV rapids in the Pico Bonito National Park
- La Ruta Lenca is a trail of remote villages along the ascent of El Cerro de las Minas, Honduras’s highest mountains. As you climb you’ll see Lenca women in traditional coloured headdresses working the fields
- Island hop around the Cayos Cochinos, an archipelago of perfect white-sand cays
- Zipline down the Río Lindo and over the Catarata de Pulhapanzak waterfall, then clamber behind the thundering 43m cascade
- There’s fantastic birdwatching on the Lago de Yojoa, a microclimate with over 400 different species, including herons, kingfishers and hawks
- Keep your eyes peeled for colourful quetzal when hiking through cloud forest
- Utila is known as the whale shark capital of the Caribbean
- Highly endangered giant leatherback turtles nest at Plaplaya between April and June
- Jeanette Kawas National Park is home to thousands of noisy howler monkeys and enormous boa constrictors
- Dive with nurse sharks and spotted eagle rays on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef
- Tapirs, jaguars, ocelots, opossums slink through the shadows in the Parque Nacional Sierra de Agalta
Honduras Experiences you shouldn’t miss:
- The magnificent Mayan ruins at Copan, including an incredible hieroglyphic stairway
- Hiking through pristine tropical forest in Pico Bonito National Park
- World-famous snorkelling and diving in the Islas de la Bahía
- Visiting a coffee farm and sampling fresh blends
- Bathing in thermal hot springs at Luna Jaguar
- Gracias is charming: cobbled streets, stuccoed houses and four colonial churches
- Eating ocean-fresh seafood and sopa de caracol (snail soup) at Tela, or baleada (street food tortillas) in La Ceiba
- West Bay on the island of Roatan is a picture-perfect Caribbean beach
The La Ceiba-based Adelante Foundation is doing its part to eliminate poverty by providing “micro-credit” loans to extremely poor women in rural Honduras who never before had access to money. The women use the money to start their own micro-businesses. Eventually as the businesses grow, their loan payments increase and over time many can work their way out of poverty. Travel into the backcountry of Honduras with English speaking Adelante staff and attend an “Assembly” which is where potential borrowers meet to learn new business skills and important health or nutrition information. Listen to the challenges faced by these women and support them in their micro-business endeavours. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Adelante Foundation which is a U.S. registered non-profit foundation.
Our experienced team will guide you through a number of ideas based on how you would like to experience Honduras.
Consider visiting Honduras in combination with neighbouring countries Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua.
Browse our gallery for inspiration and read the sample itinerary below to whet your appetite.
No matter how long you have to travel, we’ll guide you through the planning process to ensure a trip is carefully pieced together to suit your interests, pace of travel and budget.
Contact us to start planning a holiday or sabbatical to Honduras.