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For Honduras travelers, the best known location probably is the Bay Islands, famous for its scuba diving. (See map.)

Ironically, Honduras is a Spanish speaking country, while in the Bay Islands English is dominant due to the long history of British ownership.

So, the Bay Islands are hardly representative of Honduras and its rich variety of eco-activities that include visiting Garifuna villages, mountain hiking, verdant rain forest walks and spectacular Mayan city of Copan Ruinas near the Guatemalan border.

Indeed, the archaeological site at Copan Ruinas is one of the hemisphere's finest outdoor museums.

Essential Information

How Safe is Honduras? Advice from the United Kingdom

Health Warnings & Precautions From the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC)

What the Guidebooks Don't Tell You If you're allergic to insect bites, stay away from the Bay Islands.

What to Bring Back Not the healthiest item but certain friends will love them

The Bay Islands . . . Descriptions of Roatan, Guanaja and Utila

Copan Ruinas . . . The most artistically advanced Mayan site, the Athens of the New World.

La Ceiba . . . Honduras third largest city is turning into an eco-center.

Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge . . . Join me on a tour of this refuge near La Ceiba

Cangrejal River Whitewater . . . One of Central America's best whitewater rivers for rafting and kayaking

Pico Bonito National Park . . . Even blind people can climb Everest. Pico Bonito Peak seems a greater challenge.

Pico Bonito Lodge . . . Who says you have to rough it?

Night Walk in the Rain Forest . . . A lesson is human fragility.

Garifuna Villages . . . A culture created in exile