Grand Tour of Central America
From Costa Rican tropical forests to Guatemala's Caribbean coast and the pyramids of Tikal
Despite being Central America’s second largest country, Honduras is less visited than its smaller neighbours. However, with several natural and ancient highlights in the form of colonial towns, mountainous jungle scenery and Caribbean beaches to offer to offer travellers, it is well worth exploring.
The country’s beautiful national parks are outstanding and provide rewarding wildlife viewing and bird-watching in swathes of protected rain and cloud forest. However, the jewel in the crown is the extraordinary archaeological ruins at Copan. While Europe was slumbering through the Dark Ages, the Mayans in Honduras were discovering the secrets of astronomy and Mayan architects were producing prodigious temples and ceremonial complexes. The most wondrous of their works have come to light at Copán, in its jungle valley setting.
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Weather & Climate
The climate is tropical with cooler, more temperate weather in the mountains with temperatures ranging from 16°C to 20°C. The north coast is very hot with rain throughout the year, and though the offshore breezes temper the climate, the sun is very strong.
When to go
The main high season in Honduras is between January and June, although this extends to September for the Bay Islands.