THE BEST CULTURAL SITES IN HONDURAS
Honduras is one of the most interesting and culturally rich countries in Central America. It might not be as famous as Costa Rica or Guatemala among tourists, but Honduras offers more insights about the ancient and traditional culture of the region. Visiting a country with the intention of learning more about its culture and traditions is seldom done nowadays. Today, most people travel to refresh their Instagram feed with photos. Others travel to escape their familiar homelands in search of something new. However, it’s worth noting that some of the best travels are the ones where we immerse ourselves in the place and connect with people of the country we visit.
Here are the best places you need to visit in Honduras if you want to learn more about the country’s rich culture and diverse history
The Bay Islands
When you’re aching for a relaxing vacation time and want to travel somewhere hot, sandy, and breezy, go to Bay Island. Just north off the coast of Honduras, The Bay Island consists of eight main islands and 50 or so small reef islands. It’s the place to be if you want to learn more about the early people who inhabited Honduras. Here you can find local tribespeople who speak Creole English, people who were descendants of African slaves (The Garifuna People), and various tribes and communities who have their unique music, cuisine, and customs.
The Copan Ruins
Honduras’s most treasured Mayan archaeological site, Copan is a significant cultural site that tells the story of Central America’s earliest Mayan civilizations. Discovered in 1570 by explorer Diego Garcia de Palacio, The Copan ruins is currently a World Heritage Site and one of the most important locations of the first Mayan civilization.
Historical records show that Copan has been reconstructed several times throughout history as it underwent many rulers. Found near the border of Guatemala, the Copan ruins is currently a famous tourist attraction with lots of cultural sites to explore.
The bustling city of Tegucigalpa is often avoided because of its high levels of violent crimes. Although most criminals don’t target tourists, the high crime rate is enough to put off some foreigners from visiting Honduras’ capital city. However, if you’re very keen on learning about Honduras’ history and culture, this crowded city is the best place to be. Here you can find bits and pieces of Honduras’ colonial past including European and African influence in modern Honduras culture.
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