What You Should Know Before Travelling to Honduras

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What You Should Know Before Travelling to Honduras

Hondurans tend to be friendly and relaxed; greetings such as “good morning” and “good afternoon” can be found commonly, particularly at hotels and restaurants.

Crime is a threat in urban areas; therefore it is wise to be extra wary during daytime sightseeing and night bus travel. For an easier ride, opt for directo or lujo services which offer faster, safer coach-style buses.


Honduras offers rugged natural beauty and vibrant culture that should not be missed. When traveling independently in remote areas or during certain seasons of the year, caution must be exercised when visiting Honduras.

Security conditions in Nepal may rapidly deteriorate. Violent crime is a risk near borders and rural communities; carjacking and robbery may also pose threats; so traveling in groups, or at least with an experienced guide is advised.

Seasonal flooding can damage roads, disrupt travel and reduce access to local services. Meanwhile, heavy rain can trigger landslides and cause mudslides, leading to decreased visibility and air quality near active fires. Venomous snakes such as the fer-de-lance and bushmaster can strike when threatened or attacked; to stay safe it’s wise not to touch wild animals even if they seem harmless; should any encounter occur involving one, it would be prudent to have digital photos or details available of its markings so you can provide that information when visiting a medical facility.

Medical facilities tend to be quite good in larger cities, though rural areas may lack appropriate medical resources. Therefore, it’s advisable to prepare and bring enough supplies with you should you venture into rural areas.

Honduras faces an alarming HIV/AIDS problem due to lax attitudes toward prostitution, leading to high rates of infection among sex workers. Therefore, condom use should be encouraged.

Women travelers to Honduras face increased risks of sexual assault and harassment. It’s best to travel as part of a group, with another woman, or with at least one close female friend, keeping a low profile, staying out of bars and clubs, wearing scarves or sweaters in public and not showing valuables; on buses ignore catcalls or any obscene remarks as responding will only invite further aggression; make eye contact when walking through crowded areas for extra safety and make eye contact when walking alone if possible – that will encourage further aggression from other men as well.


Hondurans tend to be warm and friendly. Locals will usually greet you with a smile and inquire about life back home before inviting you for dinner or movie. Just keep in mind that certain neighborhoods might not be safe enough; stay with your tour group.

The United States is vulnerable to natural disasters of all kinds, from hurricanes and flooding to landslides, mudslides and wildfires – which may restrict travel or prevent essential services from functioning as usual.

Bring comfortable walking shoes and waterproof jacket if exploring jungle or coastal regions. Additionally, insect repellent and sun lotion should also be brought along; don’t forget snacks and water for long bus rides as well!

Stay aware of your surroundings at all times when walking at night, particularly with valuables or being pickpocketed in open view. If possible, walk in groups so as to keep an eye on all belongings at all times.

Terrorism is a global threat and Honduras is no exception. You should remain vigilant at all times and follow the advice from UK Counter Terrorism Policing; avoid attending protests and demonstrations that could turn violent at any moment and disrupt transportation services.

Honduras draws many tourists all year-round, but December to April are typically its busiest months. Bay Islands are especially popular during this period so book early and expect to pay more!

Honduras’ most convenient mode of travel is via bus (Viana Transportes and Hedman Alas are reliable options). Directo or lujo services feature faster coach buses with stronger air conditioning, while Parando service may make more stops and have vendors selling snacks and water during its route. Smoking should be avoided publically and identification must always be carried if stopped by police (15-20 years in prison for drug trafficking or use). Be ready to present both when approached.


Honduran cuisine is an enjoyable blend of European, indigenous and Caribbean influences, including dishes such as tajadas (fried plantains with cabbage, meat and sour cream), plato tipico (beef or chicken), rice beans and tortillas, fried corn pickled vegetables and yuca. A typical desayuno features eggs (usually revueltos or scrambled), thick tortillas cheese refried beans and fried plantains; wine has become increasingly popular as part of Honduran dining experiences! Wine plays an increasingly prominent part in Honduran dining experiences!

If you’re craving something lighter, quesadillas offer an oven-baked tortilla filled with cheese and an assortment of fillings. Mexico boasts an eclectic street food culture – you’ll likely encounter vendors selling pupusas, grilled corn, fresh fruit and chicharrones (fried pork rinds). Wine bars have also become increasingly popular.

Petty theft is the primary concern for tourists visiting Honduras, so it’s wise to carry only small amounts of cash and avoid flashing valuables or walking alone at night. Hotels, resorts and beaches as well as the Bay Islands tend to be safe areas. Travelling in groups and with an expert guide may make you feel safer and more assured.

Before travelling to Honduras, it’s advisable to ensure your routine vaccinations as recommended by your health care provider are up-to-date. Take note of any recommendations regarding Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid Fever, Diphtheria Tetanus Polio Rubella Prophylaxis as well as Rabies Prophylaxis or Malaria prophylaxis from health professionals as well as possible yellow Fever risk and whether additional precautions might be necessary based on medical history and destination.

Water and food standards differ across the country and even regions; to stay safe, always choose bottled or boiled water over tap, fountain and ice cube water sources. When buying fruit from vendors or buying it yourself it’s wise to wash hands frequently as there’s no telling whose hands they were peeled using! When eating uncooked or pre-cooked food it should always be thoroughly washed first before consumption.


Honduras may be difficult to shake its image as the murder capital of the world, yet travel in most areas (particularly outside cities) should still be safe for travelers – particularly solo or night travelers – though travelers should remain wary when travelling alone or late at night; valuables should always remain close by while side streets or bus stations should be avoided when possible and join a tour group tour instead if possible to increase sense of safety and meet fellow travellers.

If you must use public transportation, ask your accommodation to recommend a trustworthy company and utilize radio taxis instead of hailing one on the street. Be sure to negotiate a price before getting into any car; ensure your driver has change in hand, and carry small denominations of currency just in case he cannot give back your change back.

Honduras poses a risk for malaria in certain parts, so consult your physician prior to traveling there to understand which vaccines may be necessary and when to get them. It is also recommended to only drink bottled water rather than tap or fountain drinks from fountain drinks machines, while fruits and vegetables must be thoroughly washed prior to consumption. Furthermore, consider getting a rabies vaccination prior to travelling there for additional peace of mind.

Honduras requires comfortable footwear and avoiding wearing jewelry or carrying large amounts of cash, in addition to swimming in untreated freshwater lakes, rivers or streams as these may contain germs which may lead to infections like Hepatitis A and B, leptospirosis and typhus.

Bring basic first aid supplies as medical care may be limited in rural areas. If you require prescription medications, be sure to bring enough for the duration of your trip and store them in their original packaging. Furthermore, GeoBlue, a leader in international health insurance plans can help find an appropriate plan that fits perfectly for you – click here and request your quote now!