The nation of Honduras, positioned right in the center of North and South America, boasts beautiful scenery and a vibrant culture that fuses elements of many other nations and peoples.
Quick History: Prior to its inclusion in the Spanish empire, that region of central America was home to the ever-elusive Mayans, who are known to have made great strides in mathematics and science before mysteriously disappearing. Christopher Columbus landed in what’s now Honduras in 1502 and the Spanish officially took over in 1524.Although some may have a connotation of Honduras as unstable and politically tumultuous, they would be wrong. Today, the nation’s government is a stable constitutional republic which has adopted many economic reforms that will help bring economic growth to the country and make Honduras an excellent investment opportunity for foreign investors.
Food: The cuisine in Honduras is a rich blend of indigenous flavors, Spanish techniques, African influences, and some Asian elements. As Spaniards, African slaves, and indigenous people began to intermarry and have children, food tips and tricks were shared among all three to create the unique and vibrant dishes the country calls its own. Their diets comprise locally grown vegetables including cabbage, yucca, squash, and corn, as well as proteins like beans, locally-caught fish, and beef. Ample spices and flavors marry all the ingredients into both soups and what may resemble a taco to Americans!
Economy: Although the Honduran economy has had suboptimal performance in the past, the future looks bright. In recent years, the Honduran government has enacted many business and investor friendly policies that will make Honduras an attractive business opportunity for international investors. These policy improvements will also enable native Hondurans to unleash their entrepreneurial spirit and drive true human flourishing in the country.
Music: With all the strong cultural influences, the music is naturally diverse and intense. Like the music of many of its neighboring countries, Honduran music is bursting with bright brass horns and rich harmonies. The percussion instruments find roots in western Africa, Northern Africa by way of Spain, and the indigenous people themselves. The advent of the internet and handheld devices has given American pop and hip-hop music an inroad into the nation, and many members of the younger generations listen to western pop.
Destinations: Honduras is home to picturesque beaches, mountains, and waterfalls for visitors to absorb on their travels. Some of the most attractive beaches include Cayos Cochinos and Punta Sal. Of course, one of the best tourist destinations in all of the Caribbean can be found in Honduras as well: the wonderful island of Roatan. Roatan is home to a breathtakingly beautiful coral reef and has been listed as one of the top 10 dives sites in the world.
Celebrations: Because of its time as a Spanish colony, many in Honduras honor Christian holidays including Christmas and Easter. The nation also honors its Independence Day on September 15 with parades, lots of music, feasts, and cultural clothes and costumes. In late May, the city of La Ceiba, which is directly adjacent from the island of Roatan on the mainland, observes a holiday and carnival in honor of St. Isidore the Laborer, the city’s patron saint. The carnival is full of food and dancing and family time.
Overall, Honduras is a wonderful place to travel, full of culture and adventure. As you look forward to planning your next vacation, I urge you to consider visiting Honduras to experience it yourself!