For travellers, Honduras is usually a country briefly visited on journeys through Central America. It has a number of excellent destinations however, most notably in the Mayan ruins at Copan, one of the most important and extensively studied Mayan sites. After exploring the jungle-clad historical ruins, Roatan Island provides a complete contrast - a Caribbean paradise of sandy beaches, tropical waters and some of the best reefs in the world for exploring underwater. Explore in depth highlights of Honduras.
|Time zone:||GMT -6 (Central America time)|
|Daylight savings:||GMT +1hr, begins second Sunday in March; ends first Sunday in November|
|Main languages:||Spanish||Other languages: Amerindian dialects|
€1 = L26.09, $1 = L23.38, £1 = L31.10
(rates as of Sep 2016)
|Internet Domain:||.hn||International Dialling Code: 504|
For help planning your trip to Honduras including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Honduras trip planning page.
Further information on Honduras
Discover more about Honduras - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.
Geography & Natural Features
Total area: 112,090 sq km (200 sq km under water)
Coastline: 820 km (Caribbean Sea, Pacific Ocean)
Climate: Sub-tropical climate in lowlands and temperate climate in highlands. Rainy season from May to November that brings threat of hurricanes along Caribbean coast. There are frequent but generally mild earthquakes.
Highest mountain: Cerro Las Minas (2,870m)
Freedom & Rights
Summary status and rankings for Honduras from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.
|Freedom in the World||Partly Free||-|
|Democracy Index||Hybrid regime||80/167|
|Economic Freedom||Mostly Unfree||116/179|
|Press Freedom||Difficult situation||130/179|
|ILGA LGBT rights||Some rights||-|
|Corruption Perceptions||High corruption||126/174|
Other Data & Links
Full name: Republic of Honduras Status: Independent Country
Population: 8,598,561 (rank: 93/196) Density: 76.7 people/sq km (rank: 103/196)
Ethnic groups: mestizo (mixed Amerindian and European) 90%, Amerindian 7%, black 2%, white 1%
Religions: Roman Catholic 97%, Protestant 3%
GDP (PPP): $39.23 billion GDP per capita: $4,800 (rank: 134/195)