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Additional costs:
Living on a shoestring is only possible if you buy food at the local markets and live like the locals. Nevertheless the additional costs, e.g. in restaurants are lower compared to the European or US American level. The costs on the islands, above all on Roatán, are clearly more expensive than the average of the rest of the country.

Airports & Airlines:
Although Honduras is a quite small country, it has four international airports. One in the nations capital Tegucigalpa, a second one in the industrial capital and tourism hub San Pedro Sula with its new and modern terminal. The third one can be found at the Caribbean Coast in La Ceiba and last but not least Roatán offers the fourth one on the Bay Islands. Several airlines operate daily flights from all bigger American cities to Honduras. From Europe, Iberia offers for example connecting flights in cooperation with TACA, either via the USA or via Costa Rica. Domestic airlines include Isleña, SOSA and CM, which provide access among smaller national airports.
For more information check out our flight schedule and rates

Animals:
Pets must be accompanied with a proof of vaccination and a medical certificate from their home country. Please request more detailed information before starting your trip to Honduras.

Area / Surface:
Honduras is a quite small country. With its 112.088 km² Honduras would fit six times into Texas and about 80 times into the United States!

Bay Islands:
The Bay Islands are a group of three big islands and more than 60 small keys and reefs located about 55 km in front of the Honduran coast. Utila is the smallest, flattest and closest of the three islands to the main land; Roatán is the biggest of the group of isles. Roatán has the highest standard of development and shows the highest visitors numbers. A long, wooded mountain range that rises from the sea shows a bit from the original wood. The Bay Islands show the biggest variety of corals and swamps in the Caribbean and are famous for the excellent dive spots.
For information on hotels and vacation packages click here

Beaches:
Honduras has about 350 km of beautiful, untouched nature beaches that are perfectly suitable for a walk or a day at the beach during your round trip. For an only beach vacation the beaches on the Bay Islands, located off the Honduran coast, are the most recommendable. Although it might be worth mentioning, that most people visiting the Bay Islands are divers and snorklers.

Car rental:
We arrange all our tours with our own vehicles and experienced drivers/guides and do not recommend car rental due to the following reasons:
1.) Road conditions and regulations.
Road holes, landslips, missing or wrong indicated traffic signs as well as offensive driving often lead to accidents and heavily damaged vehicles!
2.) The local language can be a handicap particularly in rural areas. Spanish (Honduran Spanish) is highly required when asking someone for the way. Please also notice that by reasons of cultural aspects the Honduran rather gives wrong directions than admitting not to know.
3.) Car-rental service and conditions.
Although you will find various internationally recognized car-rental companies in Honduras, which provide good cars to a fairly reasonable price they often do not provide sufficient services and conditions. Not only the insufficient administration but also and particularly the insurance retention also called fixed excess (the amount that is not covered in case of liability) is comparably high (about USD 2000) and can not be reduced. Furthermore, you will most likely be charged the entire amount even in the case of minor damages to the vehicle.

Churches & Religion:
Catholic churches can be found throughout the country, as the majority of the Honduran population is catholic. There are also other protestant denominations, mostly coming over from the USA.

Climate:
The average temperature is 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit). It is therefore warm all year around. However climate varies due to Honduras being located between two oceans and depends a lot on the altitude ranges. The north is hot and humid; the central region is cooler and the south is usually hot and dry. The central highlands are a lot cooler than the hot lowlands on the Caribbean and pacific coast. The average temperatures in the central highlands lies between 16-20 degrees Celsius (60 – 68 degrees Fahrenheit). There are two seasons; dry and wet. The rainy season is from November to mid January, and in June. During the rainy season temperatures are mild with showers in the afternoon. From June to September there are chances of tropical storms.

Clothing:
Like other Central American countries it all depends on what part of the country you are in. Sweaters or a jacket are a must if you are staying in the mountains. Light coloured cotton clothing is essential when you visit the Caribbean coast and other lowland areas. A wide brimmed hat and sunglasses are suggested for the beach. If you are planning a trip with us, please ask for more detailed recommendations.

Communications:
Telephone services are found throughout the country as well as telex, and fax. The international dialing code for Honduras is 00504. There are no additional dialing codes for counties or cities. The telephone numbers for individual cities, always begin with the same number- for example for Teguciagalpa 23. Mobile phone numbers often start with an 3, 8 or a 9. For using public telephones you usually need a calling card. In addition you will find various offices of national telecommunication companies and little shops “pulperias” where you can make a call. Mobile phone providers are starting to build up a telephone net that is already working in most parts of the country, but International Roaming is still not common. Honduras is linked to the Internet and in most cities and towns you will find Internet Cafes to check your mail. Internet phone calls are all the rage in Honduras and are at the moment the cheapest way to place international calls.

Currency & Money:
The official currency is the Lempira, 1 Lempira denominated in 100 cents (centavos). The rate versus the US Dollar fluctuates. We recommend you to check at a local bank for the current exchange rate (October 2012: 1 USD = approx. 20 LPS). All major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa) are accepted in the larger tourist areas and at most restaurants, hotels and stores. In smaller stores credit cards are less accepted and usually charge a fee up to 6%. We therefore recommend to take US Dollars in cash. Traveler’s checks are hardly accepted. ATMs usually require a Visa-card or Cirrus network cards. For other types of debit cards try the ATM of the bank Credomatic. The Euro is still nearly unknown. It is therefore recommendable to take enough US Dollar in cash with you (denominations of small bills preferred). Curreny can be exchanged at all banks, exchange houses (casa de cambio) or in larger hotels.

Customs:
The following requirements apply for duty free exemption for US and Canadian residents:
1.) The items are for personal use only
2.) They are in your possession, that is, they accompany you when you return. Items to be sent later may not be included
3.) You are returning from an overseas stay of at least 48 hours.
4.) You have not used all of your exemption allowance, or used any part of it, in the past 30 days (US)/ 7 days (Canada).
For US residents the total personal exemption, the total value of merchandise that you may bring back to the US without having to pay duty in most cases is USD 800. For Canadian residents the personal exemption is usually CAN$ 750. As a US Resident you may enter 200 cigarettes, 100 cigars or a pound of tobacco, 1 litre of alcohol (33.8 fl. oz.), 1 bottle of perfume and personal gifts. As Canadian resident you may enter 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or cigarillos or 200 grams (7 ounces) of tobacco, 1.5 litre wine or 1 litre liquor or liquor and wine. For European citizen apply 200 cigarettes, 100 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco, 1 litre liquor or 2 litre wine, 1 bottle perfume (maximum 50 g perfume and 0,25 l Eau de Toilette), 500 g coffee and personal gifts. Custom regulations allow you to bring back more quantity of the items listed above for personal use, but you will have to pay duty. Please check the custom regulations before leaving your country.
Please avoid buying coral, certain shells and sea snails as well as special tropical wood. Apart from saving our nature, you do not risk any problems with the customs back home!

Electricity:
110 volts, 60 MHz is found throughout the country. Don´t forget your adapter if you use 220 volts electric devices!

Entry Requirements:
Citizens of most Western European countries, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA can stay 30 days in Honduras without having a visa. Extensions are possible up to a total stay of 90 days. For an extension please see the regional immigration office “migración”. EU citizens can usually stay 90 days without having a visa. Tourist card and visas apply to all Central American countries (except Costa Rica, Panama, Belize). Please notice that they can not be renewed anymore by leaving the country for a few days and return to Honduras. You can enter the country with your passport that has to be valid at least for six more months. Travelers entering the country via land will have to pay 3 USD entrance taxes, or the equivalent amount in Honduran Lempiras. When entering Honduras you will be given a yellow entrance paper, that you have to keep in your passport until leaving the country.

Environment:
Save water and electricity, protect nature; collect your garbage and show respect for the culture and the country is what we would like to ask you. Be a good example! Topics like garbage removal do still not seem to be that important in Honduras. But still, the first organizations to protect the environment and nature have been set up. Huge areas have been declared national parks or protected areas, but the lack of efficient controls present aggravating circumstances. To change this situation is what these organizations are working for.

Food & Drinks:
Tap water is usually not safe to drink in all of Honduras. You should also avoid unpeeled fruit, uncooked vegetables, fish and seafood. But you should definitely not miss the Honduran typical specialties! The "tortilla" for example accompanies every meal and is served with beans, rice, fried banana and cream.