Backpacking Honduras

The small country of Honduras offers an astonishing number of treasures. White sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, paradise islands, lush forests, and the ruins of the Mayan culture: an absolute must when you visit Honduras. Immerse yourself in a country full of adventure.



Have fun exploring our ideal backpacking itinerary for Honduras.


Important Basics

Official language: Spanish
EnglishSpanish
HelloHola
Goodbyechau
Thank youGracias
Yes
NoNo
Capital city

Tegucigalpa

Form of government

Presidential Republic

Best time to travel

January until April

Currency

Lempira

Telephone area code

+504

Fun Facts
  • There are more than 700 types of birds in Honduras.
  • In the waters of Honduras, there are whale sharks that can grow to a length of 18 metres.
  • Both the large and dwarf anteater can be found in Honduras.

Cities

La Ceiba

Let's dive into your Central American adventure! You’ll probably arrive in the capital, Tegucigalpa, or in San Pedro Sula. The Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport is a great place to start your trip because you can get to beautiful La Ceiba in about three hours.

Located on the north coast, this port city is small but charming, with almost 200,000 inhabitants. There’s a saying in Honduras: "Tegucigalpa thinks, San Pedro Sula works, La Ceiba celebrates,” but there’s more to the city than its nightlife.

Want some action? Then river rafting on the Cangrejal is right for you! Or take a zip line tour in the Nombre de Dios National Park and glide through lush mangrove forests with a cool breeze on your face. If that’s too much adrenaline, take a hiking tour to explore the region by foot and be closely watched by curious monkeys who live up in the palm trees. Afterwards, jump into the clear water of any of the city’s beaches.

Be sure to get a hostel in the city centre and enjoy the nightlife without having to worry about getting lost. A night in an 8-bed dorm will only cost you about €10.

Utila

From La Ceiba, it’s easy to take a trip to the islands off the north coast of Honduras. Go to Utila Island by ferry – a one-way trip costs about €22 and takes 2 1/2 hours.

The smallest of the Bay Islands, Utila is especially popular among backpackers and is exactly what you imagine when you think of a Caribbean island: white sand, crystal-clear water, and a relaxed atmosphere. For the budget-conscious, it’s quite easy to explore Utila on foot. The island is also known for its inexpensive diving courses. If you haven't tried diving yet, this is your chance to get to know the underwater world in all its splendour.

Utila Island itself is very rocky, so you won’t find too many sandy beaches, but if you feel like sunbathing, take a trip to one of the smaller islands (called “cays”) nearby. Picturing these tiny islands is difficult if you’ve never been – they just look like floating houses connected by docks, so, you’ll have to see them for yourself!

Spend the night in one of Utila’s affordable hostels – just €23 can get you a bed in a dorm.

Copán

Next, change direction and head to the city of Copán near the Guatemalan border. You’ll need to return to La Ceiba and then continue by bus for about 8 hours. Take the night bus to save time or drive during the day to enjoy the view.

Copán was an important trading centre in Mayan times, and you can still visit the ancient ruins, which are well preserved and give a good insight into the life of the Mayas in the 8th century.

The Mayas invented chocolate, so why not visit the city’s chocolate museum and learn how the cocoa bean is made into the most delicious candy in the world? You’ll even get a chance to try some yourself!

Honduras is a prolific coffee-producing country – if you’re a coffee fan, find out where your early morning fuel comes from. Copán, in the highlands of Honduras, is surrounded by coffee fields where you can learn all about your favourite drink on a tour with a local guide.

In the city centre, you can find several hostels offering a bed in a 6-bed dorm for as little as €10 per night.

Siguatepeque

Now off you go to the highlands of Honduras, where things get really exciting. Siguatepeque (a city with an impossible name) is in the centre of the country at a height of 1,100 metres. Breathe in the fresh air of these heights, surrounded by pure nature. Even though Siguatepeque is not a great distance away, the bus ride from Copán takes around six hours because of the uneven terrain. A real insider tip for backpackers: this mountainous region is ideal for escaping the hot and humid temperatures that dominate the rest of the country.

The town, called “Sigue” by the locals, is the perfect place to get to know the country from a completely different angle. In the city centre, there are a handful of restaurants and small shops, so you can plan to spend a few relaxing days here.

Get some peace and quiet at one of the city’s hotels where a single room can cost you €26.

San Pedro Sula

The last stop of your backpacking trip is San Pedro Sula, on the other side of the country. The journey takes about four hours by bus from Siguatepeque.

San Pedro Sula is the country’s second largest city with about 700,000 inhabitants. Unfortunately, the media has reported high levels of violence in the city but if you stick to a few ground rules, like not walking around alone after sunset, you won’t have to feel like you’re taking a risk.

The old town centre is much like any other big city in Central and South America. Everyday life takes place in the town square in front of St. Peter the Apostle Cathedral. Find some shade under the palm trees and watch the hustle and bustle. If you want to beat the heat (humidity can reach 90%!), head over to the Museum of Anthropology and History.

If you’d like to cool off in some cold water, splash around in the Zizima Eco Water Park or visit the Ticamaya Lagoon.

Spend the last few nights of your trip at one of the local hostels – a bed in a dorm only costs €11 per night.


La Ceiba

La Ceiba

Let's dive into your Central American adventure! You’ll probably arrive in the capital, Tegucigalpa, or in San Pedro Sula. The Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport is a great place to start your trip because you can get to beautiful La Ceiba in about three hours.

Located on the north coast, this port city is small but charming, with almost 200,000 inhabitants. There’s a saying in Honduras: "Tegucigalpa thinks, San Pedro Sula works, La Ceiba celebrates,” but there’s more to the city than its nightlife.

Want some action? Then river rafting on the Cangrejal is right for you! Or take a zip line tour in the Nombre de Dios National Park and glide through lush mangrove forests with a cool breeze on your face. If that’s too much adrenaline, take a hiking tour to explore the region by foot and be closely watched by curious monkeys who live up in the palm trees. Afterwards, jump into the clear water of any of the city’s beaches.

Be sure to get a hostel in the city centre and enjoy the nightlife without having to worry about getting lost. A night in an 8-bed dorm will only cost you about €10.

Utila

Utila

From La Ceiba, it’s easy to take a trip to the islands off the north coast of Honduras. Go to Utila Island by ferry – a one-way trip costs about €22 and takes 2 1/2 hours.

The smallest of the Bay Islands, Utila is especially popular among backpackers and is exactly what you imagine when you think of a Caribbean island: white sand, crystal-clear water, and a relaxed atmosphere. For the budget-conscious, it’s quite easy to explore Utila on foot. The island is also known for its inexpensive diving courses. If you haven't tried diving yet, this is your chance to get to know the underwater world in all its splendour.

Utila Island itself is very rocky, so you won’t find too many sandy beaches, but if you feel like sunbathing, take a trip to one of the smaller islands (called “cays”) nearby. Picturing these tiny islands is difficult if you’ve never been – they just look like floating houses connected by docks, so, you’ll have to see them for yourself!

Spend the night in one of Utila’s affordable hostels – just €23 can get you a bed in a dorm.

Copán

Copán

Next, change direction and head to the city of Copán near the Guatemalan border. You’ll need to return to La Ceiba and then continue by bus for about 8 hours. Take the night bus to save time or drive during the day to enjoy the view.

Copán was an important trading centre in Mayan times, and you can still visit the ancient ruins, which are well preserved and give a good insight into the life of the Mayas in the 8th century.

The Mayas invented chocolate, so why not visit the city’s chocolate museum and learn how the cocoa bean is made into the most delicious candy in the world? You’ll even get a chance to try some yourself!

Honduras is a prolific coffee-producing country – if you’re a coffee fan, find out where your early morning fuel comes from. Copán, in the highlands of Honduras, is surrounded by coffee fields where you can learn all about your favourite drink on a tour with a local guide.

In the city centre, you can find several hostels offering a bed in a 6-bed dorm for as little as €10 per night.

Siguatepeque

Siguatepeque

Now off you go to the highlands of Honduras, where things get really exciting. Siguatepeque (a city with an impossible name) is in the centre of the country at a height of 1,100 metres. Breathe in the fresh air of these heights, surrounded by pure nature. Even though Siguatepeque is not a great distance away, the bus ride from Copán takes around six hours because of the uneven terrain. A real insider tip for backpackers: this mountainous region is ideal for escaping the hot and humid temperatures that dominate the rest of the country.

The town, called “Sigue” by the locals, is the perfect place to get to know the country from a completely different angle. In the city centre, there are a handful of restaurants and small shops, so you can plan to spend a few relaxing days here.

Get some peace and quiet at one of the city’s hotels where a single room can cost you €26.

San Pedro Sula

San Pedro Sula

The last stop of your backpacking trip is San Pedro Sula, on the other side of the country. The journey takes about four hours by bus from Siguatepeque.

San Pedro Sula is the country’s second largest city with about 700,000 inhabitants. Unfortunately, the media has reported high levels of violence in the city but if you stick to a few ground rules, like not walking around alone after sunset, you won’t have to feel like you’re taking a risk.

The old town centre is much like any other big city in Central and South America. Everyday life takes place in the town square in front of St. Peter the Apostle Cathedral. Find some shade under the palm trees and watch the hustle and bustle. If you want to beat the heat (humidity can reach 90%!), head over to the Museum of Anthropology and History.

If you’d like to cool off in some cold water, splash around in the Zizima Eco Water Park or visit the Ticamaya Lagoon.

Spend the last few nights of your trip at one of the local hostels – a bed in a dorm only costs €11 per night.

Honduras Route Map

Itinerary and Stops.

Tag
Route/Station
Transport
Unterkunft
1. Home – San Pedro-La Ceiba
Home – San Pedro-La Ceiba
Flight+Bus
332
Eight-bed dorm
10
2. La Ceiba
La Ceiba
-
Eight-bed dorm
10
3. La Ceiba
La Ceiba
-
Eight-bed dorm
10
4. La Ceiba - Utila
La Ceiba - Utila
Ferry
22
Dorm
23
5. Utila
Utila
-
Dorm
23
6. Utila
Utila
-
Dorm
23
7. Utila
Utila
-
Dorm
23
8. Utila - Copán
Utila - Copán
Ferry+bus
41
Six-bed dorm
10
9. Copán
Copán
-
Six-bed dorm
10
10. Copán
Copán
-
Six-bed dorm
10
11. Copán - Siguatepeque
Copán - Siguatepeque
Bus
24
Single room
26
12. Siguatepeque
Siguatepeque
-
Single room
26
13. Siguatepeque
Siguatepeque
-
Single room
26
14. Siguatepeque - San Pedro
Siguatepeque - San Pedro
Bus
11
Dorm
11
15. San Pedro
San Pedro
-
Dorm
11
16. San Pedro - Home
San Pedro - Home
Flight
300

Total price.

Flights 600,00
Transportation 130,00
Tours 0,00
Accommodation 252,00
Total982,00

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Dos and Donts, Food & Drinks, Costs.

Breakfast

Baleada: This dish is composed of a wheat flour tortilla filled with beans and cheese and is often served with salad or fruit.

Soups

Sopa de cangrejo: This soup is a highlight, especially in the coastal towns, and is made from freshly caught crab and other seafood and local spices.

Main courses

Elotes: These fried corncobs are a classic street food. Add a little rice and you have a great and simple meal.

Carne Asoleada: This steak dish, marinated with oranges and oil, is slowly cooked over seven hours, so it’s quite a festive meal. It’s normally served with potatoes.

Candiga: This dish is a pork liver and vegetable stew.

Drinks

Salva Vida: This beer, which means “lifesaver” in Spanish, is the most popular among locals and backpackers alike.

Guaro: Locals love this alcoholic beverage made from sugar cane, and you should give it a try, too!

Honduras

As the USD is accepted in most places, the information below is given in USD. The exchange rate of 1 USD is around 0.93 euros (as of February 2020). See prices for certain products and the cost of living below:

Cost of living 

Food

Free time

Personal hygiene

Dos

Ask for information: It’s best to ask several people to be sure you are getting the right information.

Learn a few words of the language: You can communicate with the locals and gain better insight into the country.

Plastic chairs: Look for restaurants with plastic chairs. These restaurants are the perfect spot for backpackers since you can usually get cheap, local food

Don'ts

Don’t make too many plans: Honduras has a lot to offer, but it's better if you don't have a strict schedule – there are many enticing places that could tempt you to stay a few extra days. So, try to be a little flexible.

Don't just hop on a bus: Do your research before choosing transportation. Timetables often change.

Don't stare at homeless people: Many people live on the streets or in dire poverty. Avert your gaze so as not to appear disrespectful.

Visa, Visa, Passport & Vaccinations

Passport

Yes

Temporary passport

Yes

National ID

No

Temporary national ID

No

Child’s pass

Yes

Visa

Not necessary 

Vaccine

Robert Koch Instituts

Additional Remarks.

The travel document must be valid for at least six months upon entry. We recommend researching the travel document, visa, and entry requirements for your home country before your departure. If you travel to Honduras, consult a health care provider before you leave to discuss vaccination requirements.

The team at Backpacker Trail wishes you lots of fun and an unforgettable trip!

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