Honduras, right in the heart of Central America, is a mountainous Latin American republic of 8.1 million people. It is working for it’s national development in various sectors: agricultural production, especially coffee (some of the best in the world) and bananas, the manufacturing and assembly industry, the conservation of its biodiversity and the rapid growth of tourism as a focus of community development.
In addition, about one million Hondurans are providing working overseas and sending back their money to their relatives that help to nourish the national economy.
80% of the country’s territory is mountainous and it has 91 protected natural areas, including the second largest rainforest in the Americas (after the Amazon), and the part of the world’s second largest coral reef, the Mesoamerican Reef.
Honduras offers its great diversity of flora, fauna and marine life, archaeological sites (including the most important Classic Maya ceremonial center), fantastic Caribbean beaches (made famous by the world´s media) and different ways of being and living across its different regions. All of these are waiting for you to come discover- all these only you can experience.
Nature, adventure, diving, bird watching, living cultures, archaeology, colonial and modern history, diverse cultural expressions and their rich flavors and aromas: these are some of the interests that you will enjoy in the country that has five stars on its flag.
Before you travel
If you arrive by land you can choose between the border crossings of Corinto, Agua Caliente and El Florido from Guatemala, El Poy Amatillo or from El Salvador and Guasaule, Fraternity or Las Manos from Nicaragua.
If you come by sea, your cruise ship docked in Roatan or Trujillo.
Also if you come from Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe and Togo.
Do not carry liquids and gels in hand, or, if necessary, that are less than 100 ml and go inside a clear bag with sliding closure (ziplock).
Do not carry prohibited items and remember to hand carry your passport and your boarding pass.
If you bring more than $ 10,000.00 in cash must declare it at customs.
The currency of Honduras is the lempira, named in honor of the first national hero, a defender of freedom and national sovereignty during the conquest. Lempira was a Lenca chief who gave the Spanish the strongest resistance on record in the territory of Honduras.
There are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500 lempira bills and, though little used, coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents of lempira. The bill that has the closest value of 1 U.S. dollar is the 20 lempira bill. The lempira is abbreviated as L., so 100 lempiras are L. 100.
The official exchange rate is fixed daily by the Central Bank of Honduras, and you can see it here .
You can exchange dollars for lempiras in all banks in Honduras, and euros in most. Honduras has banks with national, regional and international origins. Banks are open from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and mornings on Saturdays; although each bank designates certain offices to serve in extended schedules. These are the banks that operate in Honduras.
All banks have some branches with drive-through services, and several ATM networks operate at a national level, found in large cities, departmental capitals and major secondary cities.
Most stores accept Visa and Master Card credit cards, and American Express, to a lesser degree. Many also accept payment in dollars, but it is always advisable to take a sum of money-not too large- in cash for the unforeseen or when visiting remote areas. Try to use smaller bills because you may have difficulty getting change for larger bills in small businesses.
For more information on tourism in Honduras, please click here.