Pretty much everyone in Central America has been friendly but Hondurans take the biscuit. For a country with a reputation for violence and murder, it’s citizens are extremely friendly. We have lost count of the times strangers have helped us, stopped us in the street for a chat, and generally gone out of their way to be nice. And not just to us. Whenever someone with a disability gets on a bus, everyone puts their hands in their pockets and donates a bit of cash to them. If everyone was as nice as your average Honduran, the world would be a much nicer place to live in.
If Mexico is king of the taco, Honduras is the BBQ champion. All of the street food here has been awesome, from the baleda’s to the cow stomach soups, but the meat cooked on a makeshift grill on the kerb side is done to perfection and tastes like it has been slow roasted.
At last. Great coffee almost everywhere we go. For the equivalent of about 40 pence you get coffee that not only kicks you awake, it tastes fantastic too. And the proof is in the pudding. A coffee grower in Honduras currently holds the title for producing the best coffee in the world. You can’t argue with that.
4. Value for money
The cost of living is pretty cheap almost all over Central America. That is how we have managed to stay away from home for as long as we have. Honduras though is not only cheap, it also has great produce. As mentioned earlier we have eaten great food and drank great drinks for usually no more than a couple of dollars. We have also learned to dive, traveled extensively and stayed in some top of the range places for backpacker prices.
It’s hot in Honduras but the heat is not over bearing. As a lot of the country we have visited has been at a fairly high altitude, the climate is perfect for me. T-shirt and shorts day and night, and no need to seek shade from the unforgiving sun. The lack of heat also means there has been a noticeable decrease in the amount of those pesky flies and mosquitos. Everyone’s a winner baby.
I’m getting tired of mentioning it, but again, plastic is an annoyance. It is used on an industrial scale in Central America and Honduras is no different. It is not just used needlessly. It is also disposed of carelessly, often just tossed from the window of the bus.
For a country that is so beautiful and has so much to offer, poverty is rife and is one of the major causes of crime in the big cities. Poverty makes people do desperate things. Hondurans are not fortunate to have social care and so if you are unable to work, you are highly unlikely to be able to eat.
I feel sorry for Honduras. The majority of people are law abiding and exceptionally kind and friendly, but thanks largely to poverty and the United States foreign affairs, there are parts of the country that are pretty much lawless and controlled by gangs. Stories of murder and gang warfare dominate the headlines and dissuade travelers to experience the wonders of Honduras. Many wrongly fear for their safety. Of course, there is crime and an unusual amount of violence in the large cities, that much is true, but it is usually confined to certain areas of the city. The scaremongering is affecting tourism and therefore Honduras as a whole. Personally, I can’t recommend the place highly enough.
4. Gun laws
I don’t know for sure what the gun laws actually are but I do know I saw a lot of people: military, police and civilians, carrying guns. I heard gun battles in the street and have been told that sometimes, people get drunk and just let a few rounds off into the air.
5. Bus preachers
I only witnessed it once myself but I know it happens more frequently. Preachers board a bus, normally free of charge, and stand in the aisle reading a few passages of the Bible. Once they are done, they walk up the bus and collect money. Now, I have nothing against religion but surely if you are spreading the word of God, especially in a poor country, you should be walking up that bus and handing out money to the passengers.