Destination Information for Honduras
The Central American country of Honduras has a long Caribbean Sea coastline to the North, with the Bay lslands offshore, which are a popular diving destinations part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. To the South is a much smaller area of coastline with the Pacific Ocean, sandwiched between El Salvador and Nicaragua.
These exceptional coastlines and beaches, combined with the colonial villages of Gracias, Comayagua, ancient Mayan ruins at Copan and the Moskitia National Park means Honduras is a destination with lots to offer the adventurous traveller. Sadly, the country also has a reputation for gangs and violence, so caution is advised.
The capital, Tegucigalpa, is also the largest city, with an international airport, tourist-friendly amenities and westernised shopping areas. In the Northwest, another major hub is San Pedro Sula. If you’re looking to see a quieter and less Westernised example of city life, Comayagua, the former capital of Honduras, is a pretty colonial town with a cathedral and impressive Spanish architecture.
Exotic wildlife and rare species of birds, plants and insects are plentiful in Honduras’ national parks, as well as indigenous communities who still live according to the traditions of their ancestors. Join an organised tour where sights and activities include jungle waterfalls and night trekking, and to be sure of experiencing all the essential highlights.
Chikungunya in the Carribean/Americas
The outbreak of chikungunya virus infection in various Caribbean islands and the Americas is ongoing; WHO/PAHO has published further epidemiological data on countries reporting autochthonous transmission.
- Belize, 3 confirmed cases. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
- Costa Rica, 250 confirmed.
- El Salvador, 145 403 suspected cases, 157 confirmed.
- Guatemala, 31 463 suspected cases, 415 confirmed.
- Honduras, 22 883 suspected cases, 14 confirmed.
- Nicaragua, 19 554 suspected cases, 4153 confirmed.
- Panama, 22 confirmed cases. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a variable risk of both P.Falciparum and P.Vivax malaria throughout the whole of Honduras.
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for variable risk zones:
Chloroquine (Proguanil can be used if Chloroquine is not deemed suitable)
There is no British embassy in Honduras. Please contact the FCO for advice.