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Frequently asked questions about Honduras

What is the best time to travel?

The best weather occurs in Honduras during February and March, the roads are dry, the weather is predictable and the vegetation and tree canopies are lush.

What is the best time to see wildlife?

Hurricanes are most likely from September to October, though they rarely hit Honduras directly. February and March are probably the best months to see wildlife because the weather is fairly stable across the country; the trails and roads are drying out but the trees and underbrush are still full and green.

What are the best festivals and when do they take place?

The following festivals and public holidays are celebrated in Honduras:
The Virgin of Suyapa Festival: 2-11 February .Pilgrims come from far and wide to pray to the tiny wooden image, dwarfed in its grand church, the Basílica de Suyapa in Tegucigalpa.
The ‘Feria Centroamericana de Tourismo y Artesanía', an international art fair is organized every year in Tegucigalpa from December 6.
The Fiesta de San Isidro May. It is one of the best of Honduras' many carnivals, taking place each year in La Ceiba in honour of the city's patron saint.
Fiesta of San Antonio. June. Although Hondurans are endeavouring to persuade visitors that they are not solely to be associated with bananas, pineapples and ferocious tropical storms, it must be admitted that Tela is mainly famous for being a banana port. As well as bananas however, the town also has a fine beach and the riotous week-long Fiesta of San Antonio each June.
Fiesta of San Juan Batista. June

Can I pre-book transfers and extra nights?

Yes, you have the option to pre-book airport transfers (arrival only) and secondly the option to pre-book pre and post tour nights.These extra services should be added to your booking.

What about my passport?

You need a passport that is valid at least 6 months at the date of departure. You are responsible for having a valid passport and visa when you travel.

Do I need a visa?

UK citizens do not need a visa for Honduras, but these things can change. So please click here and check out the current situation. That website will also tell you if a visa is required for any other nationalities. Make sure you find out if you need a visa at least a month before departure so you do not run out of time.
If you need a visa, please contact your nearest embassy unless you choose to use a visa service. Shoestring does not organize your visa. You are responsible for having a valid passport and visa when you travel. You can also obtain the visa through a specialized visa agency like

Do I need vaccinations or malaria tablets?

Please click here for questions regarding vaccinations or malaria tablets for this country and contact after your local practitioner or a specialized health centre and make an appointment to get your shots and pills. Please make sure that you allow at least six weeks for a full program. People who already have had a few shots might do with two weeks. You are responsible for having the right protection when going on tour.

What is the recommended currency for Honduras?

The local currency in Honduras is the Lempira (HNL; symbol La) = 100 centavos. Notes are in denominations of La500, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. Coins are in denominations of 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 centavos. A real is one-eighth of a Lempira, and is used colloquially, though there is no such coin. Pounds Sterling cannot normally be exchanged; visitors should therefore take US Dollars, which are easily exchanged in banks, major hotels, airports and bureaux de change. The bureaux de change usually offer a quicker service and better rate than banks.
The cards that are accepted : American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. Some banks offer cash withdrawal with Visa or Mastercard.

What kind of clothing and other stuff is practical to take?

During the rainy season visitors should wear clothing for temperate climates and comfortable boots with a good grip, because the trails are usually wet. In the dry season, light clothing is recommended; long sleeve shirts and pants are useful.
You should also consider bringing the following: sunglasses, sunscreen, toiletries, a first-aid kit, a hat/scarf, a (video) camera, spare batteries, a pocket knife, a lighter, a small stock of non-perishable snacks and sweets, an alarm clock, writing materials and books.

What kind of luggage should I take?

It is advisable that you bring an easy-to-transport bag such as a weekend bag or backpack, along with a small backpack or shoulder bag for hand luggage. A solid suitcase is inconvenient and a hindrance. Valuable papers are best kept in a thin cotton money belt, carried underneath your clothes. Put an extra set of clothes in your hand luggage, so that you can do without the other luggage for 48 hours, just in case it arrives later than you do.

What is the electricity situation?

What voltage and plugs are in use in Honduras? Please click here to check what voltage and plugs are in use in this country. You could consider taking a universal electric plug.

Which travel guides and maps?

If you want to take a travel guide or map, we suggest you click on Lonely Planet.

In what kind of accommodation do we sleep?

We will overnight in twin rooms with en-suite facilities. Most of the hotels will have their own restaurants and some have great gardens and patios.

How is accommodation arranged if I book alone?

If you book alone you will share your room with a fellow traveler (same sex when possible) unless you have booked a single room.

Do I need a sleeping mat or sleeping bag?

No, you will not need it.

Do I need to take a mosquito net?

No, you will not need it.

Do they cater for vegetarians in Honduras?

Yes, you can find tortillas that are an every day staple. Beans come in all colors but in Honduras, the food usually included red or black ("turtle" for those familiar with Caribbean cooking). Beans and tortillas. Many "blue plate specials" will have rice on them. A salad of some sort is often served with your food in Honduras. Frequently, it will be a shredded cabbage, a few slices of carrots, and moistened with a light oil/vinegar (hint of sugar) dressing.

What kind of transportation is used?

Transportation will be provided in 1st class public buses with reserved seats or private minibuses

Is Honduras dangerous?

In the big cities, especially in markets and bus stations there are pickpockets. To prevent them succeeding: stash money and valuables beneath your clothing, in a non-visible position. Keep some ready money to hand, so you do not have to search through all your money in the middle of the street. If your day backpack contains valuables, carry it on your stomach. Also, carry your camera round your neck and tie it to a solid belt. Few robberies occur and when this happens, it is normally in desolated places which you should try and avoid. There is no need to be worried, but there is good reason to exercise caution. Bandits occasionally hold up buses in the countryside. The odds are less than one in 1000, but when this happens, it is well organized. You will be requested to hand over all your valuables, and would be wise to do so. Any valuables should be kept locked in a bag/safe at your hotel or entrusted with the staff at reception.

What local customs do I need to keep in mind?

Bargaining in Honduras is only customary when buying souvenirs or objects of art. In markets and shops, food is sold at a fixed price. When addressing somebody, in a shop or bus, say hello first. A simple Buenos días or Buenos tardes, accompanied with a smile, works miracles. Upon entering a communal space, such as a restaurant or waiting room, it is also very polite to say hello to everybody present.
Make sure you look well dressed and clean. This is important to the people of Central America. Even poor people do their utmost to look well kept. Leave jewels and valuables at home.
Do not put on revealing clothes, as it is not always appreciated. Shorts are allowed, for men and women, but only on beaches and in some coastal resorts. Bathing clothes are only allowed in swimming pools and on beaches. Many local women wear a T-shirt on top of their bathing suit (to avoid male attention).
Dress appropriately when visiting churches, out of respect for the locals and

Are there opportunities to snorkel or dive?

There is excellent diving in the clear waters of the Bay Islands, teeming with coral and tropical fish. The gateway to these islands is La Ceiba which has gained an excellent reputation amongst the many diving destinations in the Caribbean. Some hotels include hire of equipment in their price.

Are there opportunities to swim?

Safe swimming can be enjoyed on both seaboards, where beautiful sandy beaches are found.

What are other activities and sports I could do?

Ecotourism, water sports, golf, canopy touring (series of cables are fixed from tree to tree, and attached to a pully while wearing a harness one can ‘fly’ through the canopy of the rainforest).

How are communications?

Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. Coverage is generally good along the coasts and around major towns. Internet cafes exist in major towns.

What is the time difference?

Please check the world clock in order to find out the exact time difference with your own country.

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