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Honduras is the second largest country in Central America, following Nicaragua. Honduras borders Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. On the north, the country shares a huge stretch of coast with the Caribbean Sea. The renowned Bay Islands such as Roatan, Utila and Bahia de Cochinos are also found off the country’s coasts.
Honduras, like six out of the seven countries in Central America, is Latino. Its people are Latino, for the most part, and so is the culture.
Although the mestizo Latino is dominant in Honduras, the country is also influenced by other cultures. Many indigenous peoples call Honduras home, including the Lenca and Miskito peoples.
The Caribbean coast of Honduras and the out-of-the-way Bay Islands are home to the Gariragu people (descendants of African slaves mixed with Arawak Indians from the West Indies). They were expelled to Roatan by the British in the 18th century. From Roatan, the Garifuna people spread to the mainland, including Belize Guatemala and the rest of Central America.
One of the greatest Ancient Maya Ceremonial Centers is located in the western of Honduras, Copan. Copan ruins mark the southern and easternmost limit of the Maya World. And they are remarkable. Copan is not as big as Chichen Itza or other Mayan sites in Mexico, Guatemala or Belize, but it does have some of the greatest and finest sculptures and examples of Maya art that still exist. Copan is a mystical place, even to the Maya themselves.
The islands sit as part of the Belize Barrier Reef, the second-largest reef in the world. In the Bay Islands, the diving and snorkeling are some of the best in the world. People travel from all over the globe to dive in the Bay islands.
I have traveled with David Reyes in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico. He is an excellent guide and leader…very knowledgeable about Mayan history and culture. He is an excellent interpreter of and guide to the contemporary society of these countries as well. And then there are the birds! He can spot, identify and beautifully photograph these big and little beauties that are found throughout Central America. He is dynamic, energetic, humorous, multilingual, and a people person bringing out the best in all of his travelers. I eagerly look forward to my next Wonders for Wanders trip! Sharon B, New York
One more full day in Antigua, Guatemala. I highly recommend travel to this country. If you want to travel in Guatemala safely and comfortably...I recommend having David Reyes plan your tour. Does not matter how many people are in your group. David guides one person...to a group of 16-18 people. I thought that our group of 14 was ideal. David has a degree in Tourism. He is highly knowledgable. His English is perfect. I met David, several years ago, when he was our Tour Director for a tour to Guatemala and Belize. Since that time, David has led trips for my groups to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico.
This trip was 5 star! You cannot beat the organization and agenda skills of Kathy partnered with David’s “on the ground” knowledge, skill set and personal interest in every individual. We smoothly sailed into and out of Honduras and for those with special interests such as birding or hiking, David did not disappoint. It was all there!!!