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TEGUCIGALPA

Tegucigalpa, capital of Honduras is a city whose beginnings date back to the late sixteenth century and are related to the discovery of silver ore nearby. This colonial and mining past is still palpable in the historic town. In 1880 he acquired the title of capital of the Republic, when President Marco Aurelio Soto moved the headquarters of government from Comayagua.

 

The “Tegus” from today is an interesting mixture of colonial buildings, modern constructions and government ministries scattered along its mountainous geography. While economic power is in the north of Honduras, the capital holds all political power such as embassies, consulates, international organizations, government departments, military body and Presidential Palace are in the capital city. Also the cultural, intellectual and artistic movements have a greater thrust here in Tegucigalpa.

 

Santa Lucia at a short distance from the capital, surrounded by mountains its known for its beautiful scenery, ancient colonial church and handicraft shops. It began as a mining town, the silver veins found in its surroundings make them built on the slopes of the mountain.

 

Valle de Angeles attracts not only for its scenic beauty but also for the production and sale of handicrafts made of wood and leather. Real magnets for all foreign and domestic tourists who arrive by dozens every weekend to this touristic town. Its small cafes, hotels and restaurants become the favorite destinations of visitors who take the opportunity to cross their store.

COMAYAGUA

Comayagua was the capital of the province of Honduras during the colonial era. Its architecture, filled with Spanish tile roofs and churches reflects ancestry and tradition. The jewel of the buildings is the Church of the Immaculate Conception (known as “the cathedral”) with its gold-plated altarpieces and one of the oldest clocks in America, dating back to 1100.

 

Comayagua is located on the northeastern edge of the Comayagua Valley. It is the center of Honduras, with 390 square kilometers, larger flat region and is equidistant between the northern and southern coast. Comayagua is known to be the most important colonial city of Honduras.

LA ESPERANZA

La Esperanza and Intibucá, twin cities united by the same past and the same future. Settle at 1,700 meters above sea level, the two become a single entity in the eyes of outsiders: La Esperanza is the highest city in Honduras.

 

Intibucá is the head of municipality, La Esperanza is head of the municipality and the department. Intibucá while maintaining a predominantly Lenca population, La Esperanza is mainly ladino (mestizo).

GRACIAS

The colonial city of Gracias is located in the department of Lempira, in western Honduras. It is one of the oldest cities in Honduras since its foundation that took place in three stages, it began in 1536. This was in Opoa, a site close to where the current city is found. Still standing, an adobe wall of the first colonial church that build.

 

Gracias is now one of those towns that seems to awaken from a long and deep sleep. Hides from the eyes of tourists and businessmen, the city remained discreetly apart from tourist routes and trade, primarily local, just beyond the borders with the neighboring country of El Salvador.

 

Gracias is one of those places that surprises to visit. A quiet city that has much to offer; colonial architecture, Lenca culture and an imposing mountain of Celaque are more than enough reasons to visit.

SANTA ROSA DE COPÁN

Santa Rosa de Copan is located in the mountainous area of Honduras; so it’s not surprising that the city is between pine forests laden hills. Its climate is temperate tropical.

 

Santa Rosa de Copan is the main trading center in western Honduras. The historic center of Santa Rosa de Copan was declared a national monument and cultural heritage of the nation. Santa Rosa offers visitors its colonial architecture, snuff crops, cobbled streets and roofs that reflect the conservation of its natural wealth and history.

COPÁN RUINAS

Copan is a quiet oasis of ancient culture and sublime nature located in western Honduras, 160 km from the city of San Pedro Sula, only 14 kilometers from the border of Guatemala.

 

Copan Ruins offers many tourist activities more than the Mayan ruins. Here you can visit and enjoy nature, you can make ecotourism, hiking, trekking, visiting coffee farms, observe birds and mammalian wildlife, the route of flowers, visit the Chorti Maya, attend a Copaneca party, travel in motorcycle or ride a bike.

 

The Mayan ruins of Copan are strategically located in the heart of the Copan valley. In 1980 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and considered by guides and archaeologists as the Paris of his day, the Archaeological Park of Copan Ruins is a city that impresses in every way.

LAGO DE YOJOA

The Yojoa Lake, known today as the legendary Laguna de los Lagartos, is the only volcanic lake in Honduras and the largest reserve of fresh water available to the country. His wealth is such that in 2005 he was recognized as a Wetland of the global interest by the ONU, through the Convention RAMSAR. With his 16 km long and 28 meters deep on average, Yojoa Lake is an open door to exploration and adventure.

 

The Lake as it is popularly known, is a real hot spot for bird lovers and an alternative income for the industry without chimneys.

 

The lake is an extraordinary setting thats ready for the real adventurers. A more than ideal site for fishing, sailing with sailboats or just relax with family or friends.

 

At 17 kilometers from Yojoa Lake, we found Pulhapanzak waterfalls, a stunning waterfall of 43 meters high. This natural attraction of Rio Lindo has been a Honduran tourist destination for many years.

SAN PEDRO SULA

San Pedro de Puerto Caballos was founded by Governor Don Pedro de Alvarado on June 27, 1536 but no one knows exactly when it changed its name to San Pedro Sula. The city retains the old Spanish organization system and is divided into four quadrants: northwest, northeast, southwest and southeast. The streets run east to west and avenues north to south.

 

San Pedro Sula is a thriving city full of commercial life, largely due to its location in the Sula Valley, one of the most fertile valleys in the country. Farming and ranching has been the base of its economic strength. Another added value to the city is the fact that it is only 55 km from Puerto Cortés, the main seaport of Honduras and Central America. This has been vital in the development of the factory industry.

 

Another great advantage is its proximity to major tourist destinations in the western regions and the Atlantic coast of the country. With its modern airport and good roads, the city has become the main arrival point for international travelers coming to Honduras in search of diving and snorkeling in the Bay Islands; exploring the rainforests of Tela, La Ceiba and the Mosquitia; or observing the Ruins of Copán, a famous World Heritage Site.

TELA

Just 90 minutes from San Pedro Sula is a destination that will become one of the most important tourist site internationally. Tela is the second largest city of the department of Atlantida. Two national parks and botanical gardens transform it into a kingdom of adventure like no other.

 

Thanks to Tela, Honduras is famous for its beaches, one of the leading tourist destinations in the Easter week, its history as a banana empire and the beauty of its protected natural areas. In addition, the enormous cultural wealth that represents the Garifuna people, Intangible Heritage and living in various villages as Tornabé, San Juan and Triunfo de la Cruz.

LA CEIBA

The ceiba due to its strategic location and high quality infrastructure that has, is used as an entry point to many destinations along the coast .It considered the third major city in the country, has numerous natural attractions of adventure, educational experiences, cultural, rural and community tourism.

 

The cultural richness of La Ceiba is also vast, besides of the Garifuna communities on the beach, you will find a variety of options in rural communities of our destiny, where you can explore trails within protected areas, take a tour of agro pineapple farms , cocoa and tropical species timber plantations, or simply live with the happy inhabitants of tropical villages and learn their way of life and interact with nature around them.

ROATÁN

Roatan is the largest and most developed of the three islands, where you can enjoy one of the best dive sites in the Caribbean. The mountainous terrain of Roatan, in addition to the white sand beaches, turquoise waters, rich marine life is awesome, sports activities, theme parks and museums, cruise ship docks, shelter excellent opportunities to invest in real estate.

 

Roatan is best to concentrate on the Caribbean, paradise where summer never ends.

Lake Coatepeque

Lake Coatepeque, is located between the municipalities of Santa Ana, El Congo and Izalco, about 50 kilometers from San Salvador. It is a volcanic caldera, with an approximate area of 6,500 ha. Of which 2,500 are for the body of water (approximately 25 km2) in the basin live more than 20,000 people, plus a monthly average of 5,000 tourists visiting the lake.

Suchitoto

The cradle of art and culture of El Salvador

Suchitoto is a historic colonial city in El Salvador, with cobblestone streets, colonial houses, rich cultural traditions and Suchitlán panoramic lake views. It offers a variety of amenities in our quiet town, including hotels and restaurants for all budgets, museums, art galleries and nightlife. In our rural areas, you will find natural and historic treasures and numerous opportunities for exploration

Joya de Ceren

Located in the department of La Libertad, about 30 minutes from the capital city.
Joya de Ceren is a pre-Columbian site in El Salvador that portrays the daily life of the indigenous settlements prior to the Spanish conquest which was accidentally discovered in 1976. A unique place in all of Mesoamerica.
This is one of the largest in Mesoamerica because it shows what life was like for people archaeological sites. Many call “The Pompeii of America” compared to the archaeological site of the city located in Italy.
The route is composed of three areas where excavation displayed ten separate structures. In them you will see some bedrooms, kitchen area where vessels with leftovers, clay dishes were found; also wineries and limited crop land with wooden fences.

Santa Ana Volcano

Santa Ana volcano, or rather Ilamatepec is the main volcano and part of the Santa Ana Volcanic Complex. In her south skirt and southeast we found the  Izalco volcano, Cerro Verde and a series of adventitious cones, such as is the cinder cones . Also to the north and northwest we found cinder cones, such as Cerro El Retiro and some explosion craters as the Plan del Hoyo.

 

Santa Ana Volcano is the highest active stratovolcano in the country with 2.381 meters and has a circular crater with a diameter of 1.5 kilometers, where there is evidence of subsidence and progressive migration of the conduit toward the southeast. In the bottom of it is a lagoon with acidic water ranging between 13 and 27 meters deep depending on the time of year. West of the lake, also inside the crater, there is a vent field that constantly emits hot sulphurous gases.

The Izalco volcano

The Izalco volcano is the youngest volcano in El Salvador and one of the youngest in the American continent. It originated in the year 1770, when a hole  at the foot of the Santa Ana volcano began spewing smoke and ash.

 

It last erupted in 1966, and since then there has been a gradual decrease in activity and temperature of the fumaroles. It is Strombolian or stratovolcano. Its last eruption was very violent and completely destroyed the top of the volcano causing decrease in height 200 meters.

 

Izalco volcano is called “Lighthouse of the Pacific” for its continuous eruptions.

La Ruta de las Flores

La Ruta de las Flores is one of the most suitable tours to discover the natural, cultural and gastronomic wealth of El Salvador. The route crosses two departments in the west of the country, Sonsonate and Ahuachapan, and six locations: Nahuizalco, Salcoatitán, Juayua, Apaneca, Ataco Tacuba. The normal route is to start in  San Salvador. At 70 kilometers from the capital, is Nahuizalco, that in nahuac language means ‘The four Izalcos’ because its population was four times that of neighboring Izalco. Nahuizalco, one of the indigenous centers in the area, is famous for its handicrafts and furniture made of wicker and tule. Another attraction is the night market only lit with candles held in the town center.

El Tunco

The beach El Tunco is located 42 kilometers from San Salvador and is part of the Sun route and El Salvador beach, so it is a tourist destination visited by both domestic and foreign tourists. This beach is also considered one of the best beaches in El Salvador for the sport of surfing.
It is characterized by black sand color. The small river mouth is surrounded by villas that offer low-cost: drinks, food, and various tourist services, especially for surfers

Costa del Sol

It is located southeast of San Salvador, ideal for jogging, football and volleyball, or just sunbathing, is the longest beach in El Salvador, with about 15 kms. extension. At the end of the Costa del Sol boulevard there is access to Jaltepeque estuary where you can browse your channels and see various species of birds such as herons, ducks and gulls, taking refuge among the mangroves.

The Pacaya Volcano

The Pacaya volcano has a height of 2,500 meters above sea level and is a great attraction as it is in constant activity. It is located in Guatemala and to get there take the road south to the coast and follow the signs to be found referring to the protected area of the same name.

 

The Pacaya Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in Central America. For over 50 years, the volcano has remained moderate eruptive phase that has produced frequent eruptions averaging one every year.

 

When the volcano is quiet, the way to access the active crater Mackenney is an easy walk of only two hours of climbing.

The Atlitan Lake

Considered one of the most beautiful in the world by the famous writer Aldous Huxley. The lake is 144 kms from Guatemala City and is arguably the most important natural attraction and one of the best known of Guatemala.

 

Three spectacular volcanoes, Toliman, Atitlan and San Pedro, are the natural setting of the lake. It has an area of 125 kms square and is located 1,560 meters above sea level.

 

The lake complements its scenic beauty with roads, beaches and coastal villages, mountains and volcanoes. The lake offers excellent opportunities to develop sport fishing, sailing, kayaks, paragliding, water skiing and recreation naturalist as well as visiting the Mayan villages of the area.

Chichicastenango

Chichicastenango, or “Chichi”, is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Guatemala for its rich culture and the colorful costumes of the region. Often here traditional religious rituals take place, which may be present with the permission of local Church of Santo Tomas in Chichicastenango its name means “Place of the chichicastes” or “zarzas”.

 

It is located in Quiche, and contains a huge cultural and traditional wealth. Once in the Central Park of Chichicastenango, which is easy to reach instinctively, you can see the St. Thomas Church. Here it is common to find “Shaman” or “Doctors” (religious leaders) practicing traditional rituals.

Tikal

The Tikal National Park is located in Central America, in the northern part of Guatemala, Petén, 60 km from the provincial capital, Flores. There is no town or village called Tikal.

 

The main entrance includes a visitor center, two museums, post office, park management, craft shops, three hotels, a camping area, some restaurants and cafeterias.

 

The visitor center is open from 6am to 6pm, it is located at the entrance of the road leading to the ruins, which are about 20 minutes walk. At the entrance to the visitor center is a model of Tikal, as it was the city when it was inhabited. Here you will also find one of the two museums, with stone monuments and photos of the restoration made in the 1960s Also is the kiosko guides, information center, craft shops and a restaurant.

Rio Dulce

In 1955 declared a protected park of 13 thousand square hectares, the area is the habitat of manatees (Trichechus manatus) in danger of extinction.

 

Rio Dulce, the obligatory stop before visiting the ancient cradle of the Mayan civilization in the northern department of Peten houses a lush rainforest.

 

Among its main tourist destinations include Aguas Calientes, Rio Tatin, Biotope Chocón Machacas, the Castle of San Felipe and Livingston Garifuna community.

 

In the area they register about 44 species of amphibians, 87 of reptiles, 202 birds and 128 mammals, the latter including some 39 kinds of bats and cultures coexist Qeqchí, Garifuna and Ladino are recorded.

Livingston

Livingston is the central point of the Guatemalan Caribbean and was an important point of passage for ships that docked the Caribbean coast of Guatemala. In 1831 he became the port that received the boats before crossing the Buga and Golfete that made way to Rio Dulce, ending in Lake Izabal. A strategic area to safeguard storms boats in the ocean. The entrance to Livingstone is only by water, dependending the starting point is the time it takes to get from Puerto Barrios time is approximately 45 minutes and from Rio Dulce an hour and a half.

 

Among its attractions you can visit Livingstone by land and waterway, walking the town and taste the dishes based on seafood while enjoying the Caribbean atmosphere, reggae and buy handicrafts. The options for activities in Livingstone vary depending on time and the organization. If you have little time the places not to be missed is the main street, public beach that will take a short time to cross the small town and you can say you saw the Atlantic Ocean. An ideal complement is the tour of Rio Dulce. At night you can find artistic groups playing tip in restaurants.

Quirigua

This ancient Mayan city is distinguished by its many stelae and his economic growth and social benefit is derived from the nearby Motagua River, which is navigable, allowing the shipment of goods with ease. It was declared in 1981 as World Heritage by UNESCO, rising to the level of importance of La Antigua Guatemala and Tikal, both also World Heritage in Guatemala.

 

This city depended during the Classic Period, Copan, located near neighbor in what is now territory of Honduras, who after sharing part of its history, also present rivalry and later release of such dependence.

Guatemala City

Guatemala City, where the new city, whose official name is based is New Guatemala of the Assumption, and is the capital of the Republic of Guatemala, being the largest city in Centeroamérica, where industry, natural beauty and their history blend to form this department.

 

Guatemala City is located in the south-central area and has a lot of green areas and tourist attractions that can be the pretext of any foreign visitor, during the visit of this city you could find : The ancient Maya City Kaminaljuyu Constitution Square, the Relief Map, La Aurora Zoo and the museums of the City of Guatemala.

Ancient Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala is one of the most amazing colonial cities in Latin America. Since its foundation was named Santiago de Los Caballeros. Today Antigua Guatemala is a World Heritage Site since 1979. Antigua Guatemala is known for its beautiful tourist sites, walk the cobbled streets will take you back in time.

 

Cerro de la Cruz in Antigua Guatemala

He was previously known as Cerro del Manchén. It is a very beautiful place to see the city of Antigua Guatemala from another perspective, you can see the structures, tile roofs, the blue, red or yellow walls of the houses that are there. Also in the background, you can appreciate the majesty of one of the guardians of this city Agua Volcano.

 

Arco de Santa Catalina Antigua Guatemala

If there is anything that identifies Antigua Guatemala is the Arc, it has become an unmistakable icon of the city, besides being the most photographed by tourists. It is located north of Central Park in the 5th. North Avenue. Street Arco de Santa Catalina is the benchmark to locate in the city. In the Calle del Arco holidays like New Year’s Eve celebration and the new year are performed, presenting a variety of cultural events ranging from live music in Antigua Guatemala, poetry and stories to traditional dances.

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