Lively and deep Central American culture.
A wild Central American grab bag of outdoor adventures and cultural quirks, Honduras spans from Caribbean to Pacific in a broad region too seldom visited. The most popular spot is the Copán ruins near the Guatemala border, where the Mayan world’s most famous sculptures stand amid coffee plantations and mountain trails suitable for walking or horseback riding. Seven hours east by bus, La Ceiba is a party town on the Caribbean, an adventure HQ for Honduras – it hops at Carnival and is a good hub for whitewater rafting or $35 canopy tours over the jungle tops. For the best beaches or dives, ferry to the Bay Islands, the legendary Honduran site of dirt-cheap diving courses, white-sand beaches, English-speaking locals, and beachside bars buzzing to a reggae beat. For a different type of wild activity, La Moskitia is as untamed as the Amazon, but the determined can boat to some indigenous villages. The main entry point, sweaty Tegucigalpa, is not only a mouthful to say but a burden to see (the locals call it "Tegus"). Most visitors try to get out as soon as they get in (by bus, or plane – domestic flights go to La Ceiba), or enter Honduras from Guatemala.