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Honduras

Honduras

Etymology

Honduras literally means “depths” in Spanish. The name could either refer to the bay of Trujillo as an anchorage, fondura in the Leonese dialect of Spanish, or to Columbus’s alleged quote that “Gracias a Dios que hemos salido de esas Honduras” (“Thank God we have departed from those depths”). It was not until the end of the 16th century that Honduras was used for the whole province. Prior to 1580, Honduras only referred to the eastern part of the province, and Higueras referred to the western part. Another early name is Guaymuras, revived as the name for the political dialogue in 2009 that took place in Honduras as opposed to Costa Rica. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Meet Biker Singles Nearby – Biker singles dating, biker personals; free date chat single biker women and motorcycle men. Place your profile for free. [facebook]

Meet Singles Free – Meet Singles Free. Website to finding friends, finding love or meet singles through online dating 100% Free. [facebook]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Free Online Dating in Honduras- Honduras Singles – Mingle2.com is a 100% Honduras Free Dating Service. Meet thousands of fun, attractive, Honduras men and Honduras women for FREE. No gimmicks, no tricks. Stop paying for online dating now. [mingle2]

Latin Euro – LatinEuro has been is business for 28 years and has over 60,000 members. We are one of the world’s most famous dating sites, and a pioneer in social networking. We have been bringing people together 15 years before Facebook existed. We do Honduras Dating, Honduras Personals. Honduras Singles. Honduras Matchmaking. View photos of cute Honduras Singles now! [latin euro]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Tours by Locals – Honduras is a vibrant country, brimming with warm turquoise waters, lush jungles, misty cloud forests and fascinating ancient ruins. Take a Western Honduras tour and let a local guide show you the popular sights and hidden wonders of his sunny homeland. [tours by locals]

Walking Tour of Roatan Island West End – West End is a considered the “tourist area” by the Roatan residents.  In West End, you will find lots of diving operators, gift shops, restaurants, people, and dogs.  West End has a sandy road which is occasionally plowed to smooth out the holes.  Driving on the sandy road is best described as a slow crawl.  Better to just park the car a walk.  End to end is about a half mile. [roatan island]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Carambola Botanical Gardens & Trails, Roatán – Beautiful Carambola Botanical Gardens & Trails offers a tranquil island nature experience. Trails wind through forests of fruit trees, palms, ferns, orchids, spices, and mahogany. For breathtaking views, follow the mountain path to the top of the ridge where a lookout peers out over the azure Caribbean, the adjacent barrier reef, and for those who time it well, dolphins leaping from the water at Anthony’s Key Resort. [planet ware]

Cayos Cochinos – Also known as the Hog Islands, the archipelago of Cayos Cochinos is an undeveloped, quintessential tropical paradise. This group of small, privately-owned islands and cays lies 17 kilometers off the coast near the old banana port of La Ceiba. The islands and the black coral reefs that surround them are a Marine Biological Reserve and remain pristine due to their remote location and difficult access. [planet ware]

Copán Ruins Archeological Site – Copán Ruins Archeological Site (Copán Ruinas Sitio Arqueológico) is the most studied Maya city in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dating back nearly 2,000 years, the society that lived here was highly stratified, deeply symbolic, and focused on tradition. Visitors will find plenty to appreciate here. The site is famous for the stelae and altars that are scattered around the immense plaza, most of which were erected during the years 711 and 736. [planet ware]

Dolphin Encounter, Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences – On the northwest coast of Roatán at Anthony’s Key Resort, the Roatán Institute of Marine Sciences educates locals and visitors about marine ecology and offers a popular dolphin encounter in a natural lagoon. Besotted animal lovers can swim and snorkel with the dolphins, play simple games with them, participate in a dolphin specialty course, or enjoy a dolphin dive experience. [planet ware]

El Cusuco National Cloud Forest Park – Just west of San Pedro Sula in the Merendon Mountain Range, El Cusuco National Cloud Forest Park (Parque Nacional El Cusuco) is famous for its enigmatic quetzal, one of the loveliest of all tropical birds. Sadly, habitat loss and unsustainable hunting for its beautiful long tail feather have pushed it to the brink of extinction. The park’s exceptional biodiversity also includes threatened species of frogs and salamander, jewel scarab beetles, Baird’s Tapir, and more than 260 species of birds. [planet ware]

La Tigra National Park – About 20 kilometers from Tegucigalpa, La Tigra National Park (Parque Nacional La Tigra) is one of the most beautiful places in Honduras. Perched at an altitude of 2,270 meters, this unspoiled park preserves a lush cloud forest that is home to ocelots, pumas, and monkeys, although it’s rare to see these larger mammals. The park is also a haven for birds; more than 200 species flit within its borders, including toucans, trogons, and the elusive quetzal. [planet ware]

Lago de Yojoa – Along the main road between Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, Lago de Yojoa is the largest natural lake in Honduras and a haven for birders. More than 480 species have been spotted here, including whistling ducks, northern jacanas, and crakes. Visitors can explore this shallow lake from shore, or glide through the reeds in a canoe. Two mountainous national parks border the lake: Santa Bárbara National Park on the northern shore and Cerro Azul Meambar National Park to the south. [planet ware]

Lancetilla Botanical Gardens – About five kilometers from the city of Tela, Lancetilla Botanical Gardens are the second largest tropical botanical gardens in the world. In 1926, the United Fruit Company established the gardens as an experimental site to test the economic viability of various fruit and hardwood trees. [planet ware]

Little French Key, Bay Islands – A popular day trip from Roatán, Little French Key is an eco-friendly tropical paradise off the island’s south shore. Imagine hammocks slung between coconut palms, sparkling clear waters with fantastic snorkeling, and a pretty white-sand beach with kayaks and chaises longues. [planet ware]

Museum of Mayan Sculpture, Copán – At the Copán Ruins Archeological Site, the superb Museum of Mayan Sculpture displays a series of original pieces of sculpture, stelae, and altars recovered from the site. The museum, which tunnels through a hillside before opening out into a vast sunlit open space, is best visited after touring the ruins to understand where the pieces on display originally belonged. [planet ware]

Museum of National Identity, Tegucigalpa – For a dose of culture and a journey through the history of Honduras, visitors should stop by the excellent Museum of National Identity (Museo para la Identidad Nacional) before venturing beyond the capital. Occupying an expansive National Heritage building known as Palacio de los Ministerios, the museum also displays an impressive collection of Honduran and international art. [planet ware]

Parque Nacional Jeanette Kawas – Formerly known as the Punta Sal National Park, this beautiful wilderness area is now named after the environmental activist, Jeanette Kawas, who fought passionately during her life to preserve its rich ecosystems. The park stretches along a peninsula at the western end of the Bay of Tela and supports diverse habitats, from tropical jungle, mangroves, and wetlands to sparkling beaches and coral reefs. Wildlife is abundant and includes many rare species. [planet ware]

Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve, Mosquito Coast – In 2011, UNESCO placed this massive swath of jungle along the remote Mosquito Coast on the World Heritage in Danger list. It is one of the few remaining tropical rainforests in Central America. [planet ware]

Roatán, Bay Islands – Roatán is the largest and most developed of the Bay Islands. Once a well-kept secret, it is now a cruise-ship port and a popular vacation spot – especially for avid divers and snorkelers. A mountainous backbone undulates through the island’s center, and flourishing coral reefs fringe its shores offering superb opportunities for diving and deep-sea fishing. [planet ware]

Utila, Bay Islands – About 32 kilometers from the west coast of Roatán, Utila is the most budget friendly of the Bay Islands. Backpackers flock to this small, 13-kilometer-long-island, and many visitors come here on affordable dive vacations. Presiding over an arching bay, Utila Town is the main settlement where locals compete fiercely over domino games and tourist shops and dive centers dot the streets. Besides diving, most visitors bide their time basking on the two slivers of beach, snorkeling in the lagoon, zipping out to a sprinkling of cays off the island’s southwest coast, or soaking up the rustic tropical vibe. [planet ware]

Festivals

Festivals

Day of the Americas – This festival is held every April 14. Honduras celebrates this Day as a way of showing how proud they are to be a part of the American Continent. This is a festivity celebrated all over the country but some people have distinct approaches to celebrate this holiday. This day is not celebrated as a national holiday and offices remain open. [about travel]

Feria Juniana – This festival is held during the last week of June in San Pedro Sula. The festival is full of live musical performances, lots of food stalls with traditional dishes and people drinking. You will also be able to enjoy colorful parades. [about travel]

National Garifuna Festival – This festival is held on the third weekend of July. It is held in the town of Bajamar, near Puerto Cortes, it hosts a drinking and dancing party. As the name suggests it celebrates the Garifuna people that live in the country, as well as the Garifuna communities in Belize and Guatemala. [about travel]

Punta Gorda Festival – Punta Gorda Festival takes place annually on April 12. It is a unique Honduran festival. On this day, people from all over the country get together on the island of Roatan to celebrate a special day for the Garifuna people that live on it. [about travel]

San Isidro Fair – This festival is held at the end of every May in the town of La Ceiba. It is the largest festival of the country. During this festival you will be able to take part in a large number of cultural activities where people wear colorful clothes and paint their faces to celebrate this special and unique festival. It is similar to Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans. [about travel]

Semana Santa – It is a week long celebration. It is never on the same dates but it is between March or April depending on when Easter falls that year. Santa Rose de Copan is one of the best places to visit in the Honduras mountains during this time of the year. The town is also very close to the Mayan Copan ruins. [about travel]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bus – These are all old school buses from the United States.  Many of them are so old and so beaten up that it is actually a mechanical miracle that they’re still running.  Black smoke streams out the tailpipes, thick and heavy and very unpleasant if you happen to be nearby.  Sometimes the insides are painted bright colors, and they almost always have at least one or two big stickers about Jesus or God. [my gap year in honduras]

Rapidito – These are short coach buses, usually cleaner and a little roomier than regular buses.  They usually still have loud music, and they shove as many people as possible onto those tiny busses. [my gap year in honduras]

Taxi – Colectivos usually run on about the same routes as buses.  They pull up to bus stops and honk until 4 people get in.  Each person pays 12 Lemps, and you get off somewhere along the taxi’s route. Sometimes you have to wait a while for enough people to get in, but it’s not more than 5 minutes. [my gap year in honduras]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Docker Honduras – Meet other developers and ops engineers using Docker. Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications. Consisting of Docker Engine, a portable, lightweight runtime and packaging tool, and Docker Hub, a cloud service for sharing applications and automating workflows, Docker enables apps to be quickly assembled from components and eliminates the friction between development, QA, and production environments. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Your Expat Community in Honduras – Hola! And a warm welcome to the InterNations Honduras expat community. Here at InterNations, our valuable members are here to make settling into your new life in Honduras easier. Before your arrival, you may need to ask some burning questions. These could include, “what are the property prices like in Honduras?” and “is it safe to live there?”. [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Honduran Equality Delegation – An international equality project sponsored by the Cross Border Network. [facebook]

Resources

Resources

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