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Honduras

The Honduran capital has the tongue twisting title of Tegucigalpa, which, in the ancient Nahuatl language, means ‘silver mountain’. The historic centre contains many of the city’s best attractions- the Cathedral, the anthropological museum and the pleasant Paseo Liquidambar, a pedestrian-only avenue where you can sit and watch the world go by.

Honduras’ cloud forests are a lush blanket of mosses, bromeliads and orchids; hiking the forest trails you may catch a glimpse of the Resplendent Quetzal or Red or Green Macaw, but you are unlikely to stumble across too many other tourists. For the ultimate jungle experience, you can’t go past the stunning Pico Bonito National Park, home to the country’s most luxurious lodge, with the Nombre de Dios mountain range providing a spectacular backdrop to the forest landscape.

The Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras are home to an underwater paradise and are rightly renowned as one of the best dive and snorkel destinations in the region. The largest island, Roatan, has a densely forested interior with canopy tours and hiking trails to keep land-lubbers happy!

UNESCO Heritage listed Copan Ruins are the country’s contribution to Mayan archaeological wealth in this region and are considered by many to be one of the most spectacular cities of the ancient Maya civilization.

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