Honduras Travel, Tours, Gap Year & Volunteering
Honduras is the second largest country in Central America and the birthplace of the Mayan Civilization. Tourism is on the rise in Honduras and this country offers so much, you can see the ancient ruins, visit the Moskitia Natural Park, explore stunning beaches, see volcanoes, get close to exotic wildlife and more.
Adventure Tours, Gap Year Trips & Volunteer Programs in Honduras
Honduras Travel Guide
Find inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to go travelling, backpacking or take a gap year in Honduras. Get travel ideas, itinerary suggestions and general tips:
- Capital - Tegucigalpa (population 1,300,000 approx)
- Currency - Lempira (HNL) but also USD accepted in some places
- Population - 7,350,000 (approx)
- Language - Spanish
- International Calling Code +504
- Area - 112,000 km
How to Get to Honduras
You can arrive by air, land and boat. Crossing by land from Nicaragua and El Salvador is fairly easy whilst you can also arrive via boat from Belize. There are four airports located in Honduras which have international flights, these include:
- Toncontín International Airport (TGU), Tegucigalpa
- Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport (SAP) in San Pedro Sula
- Golosón International Airport (LCE) in La Ceiba
- Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport (RTB) on the island of Roatan in the Bay Islands
Best Time to Visit
There really is no best time of the year to book a holiday to Honduas. September to March is a popular time of year to visit Honduras, party due to the increased chance to see wild whales and sharks. Rainy season generally runs from October to January whilst March and April are usually the driest months of the year.
Top Things to See & Do in Honduras
International visitor numbers to Honduras is growing every year and now is a good time to visit before the large numbers of tourist crowds arrive. If you would like to travel to Honduras here are some of the highlights of the country:
- Popular places to add to your itinerary include La Ceiba, Puerto Cortes, Omoa and Tela
- The Pacific and Caribbean coastlines have breathtaking beaches
- The Colonial villages of Comayagua and Gracias
- Don't leave the country without visiting the ancient Mayan ruins of Copan
- The Bay Islands are highly recommended
- If you would like to book an activity break the there are lots of options including going white water rafting in the rivers located in the rainforests on Caribbean coast.
- Head to the Pico Bonito National Park which is a stunning destination
- The Cangrejal River and the Platano River is a thilling place to visit
Gap Year in Honduras
Our gap year travel packages take you off the beaten track and will provide you with an experience like no other.
Health & Safety
Despite being a poor country, local people are extremely friendly especially if you can converse in Spanish. Crime against tourists is rare but this is known as one of the most dangerous countries in the world and so take extra caution when visiting. Pickpocketing and theft can be a problem especially in cities like Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula.
Buy travel insurance to cover for any medical emergencies or other problems and before departing you will need to get some vaccinations, we recommend hepatitis A and B, measles, tetanus-diphtheria and typhoid whilst yellow fever is required. We don't advise drinking the local tap water, bottled water is sold throughout the country. Dengue fever and malaria can be an problem in areas close to the ocean e.g. the Bay Islands so you might want to take medication to cover this.
A lot of the hospitals in Honduras are underfunded and probably not the best for any major operations but fine for minor treatments. If you have any serious you might want to cross down into Costa Rica. For Medical Issues you might want to visit the following hospitals:
- Centro Dental D`Anzo Centro, Comercial Centro America, Segundo Nivel, Local 24-B Tel:  239-3328
- Los Lomas Medical Center, Edificio Plaza Colprosumah, Boulevard Juan Pablo II Tel:  239-3417
Honduras does have a high crime rate compared to similar countries in the continent and joining an organised tour is one of the safety ways to travel especially considering public transport can be unreliable. Whale watching trips are popular in this destination, most trips depart from the Bay Islands. Or if you would like to see a little more you can find overland trips throughout Central America where you can combine experiences exploring more countries.
There are lots of overland tours where you can visit the coast and also see spectacular ancient ruins. There are tours for all budgets and interests and on our directory you can search and compare the best Honduras tours with the best international and local travel operators. Trips can be book in advance and joined all year round.
Our tours are perfect if you are travelling solo and would like to meet other people and travel in a group. You will get to meet other international travellers and get taken to the best locations in the country with an experienced guide. Most of our tours specifically cater for the 18-35 age group and are a really popular option due to meeting other people, getting day-to-day activities, hotel check-ins, selected meals, accommodation and also transport/guides included in the price. Don't worry if you are slightly older, most tours accept all ages.
Honduras Small Group Tours
We have a selection of tours for all budgets, so whether you are looking to explore on the cheap or you have a bit more money to spend you will be able to find a trip to match your interests. Our website features lots of cheap tours allowing you to discover the highlights of the country and not break the bank. Typical group sizes are around 8-18 travellers with an average of 12 but this can vary between the tour and operator. On most tours you will travel overland in a private small tour van. For day trips and excursions sometimes you will use public transport.
Volunteer in Honduras
A lot of people often overlook Honduras but we highly recommend this country. The food is tasty, the locals friendly and you can mix history, culture and also giving back to actually help people and wildlife in need. This country has been through a lot in the past decades with civil unrest and social issues which have hindered development. Now there is a real surge for change and a positive future and voluntourism helps bring funds and feet on the ground.
Find local organisations, non-profits and NGO's - time spent travelling and volunteer in Honduras will provide you with a meaningful experience and memories of a lifetime and you will be able to make a big difference. Honduras is a very cheap country compared to others on the continent and programs here attract people from all over the world so you will get a really interesting cultural exchange making new friends along the way.
You will need to have a positive / flexible attitude and be willing to live abroad in a developing country, view more information on our guide below or search all of our volunteer programs in Central America.
Location of Projects
Volunteering programs are mainly based in La Ceiba, the third largest city of the country that also retains a small town atmosphere. It is located on the north coast of Honduras; really close to some great beaches! If you get the chance to choose a destination we recommend only spend a limited amount of time in the capital Managua, this is not as interesting city culturally compared to other places in the country like the spectacular Bay Islands.
How You Can Help
Choose from teaching, childcare and orphanage projects, volunteering with children with special needs, or medical and healthcare programs. You'll meet lots of new people when volunteering and you will get lots of free time to travel and see more of this region.
Community Volunteer Programs in Honduras
Some projects are located in La Ceiba which has great beaches and is located in the North of the country where you can help rural communities, teach English, work at an orphanage or work on female empowerment programs. International staff are need all year round to help at community initiatives, education and teaching programs are very popular. La Ceiba has emerged as a popular tourist destination for tourists and English is a prerequisite for all people looking to participate
Volunteer with Animals in Honduras
There are marine based volunteer opportunities in the Bay Islands and the surrounding areas where you can help local staff and scientists working to help exotic animals and the environment. There are also land based conservation programs where you can improve infrastructure and get to experiences places off the beaten track away from the crowds.
No previous experience is usually need and most have a focus on monitoring, researching and also hands on things like beach patrols, cleaning the ocean, speaking to locals and being a helping hand. Wildlife you might be working to help can include sharks and sea turtles - sometimes there are even research projects with huge whale sharks which migrate to the waters around Honduras at points in the year.
You can arrange these placements in advance by contacting organisations on our website, and also local NGO's and also scuba diving resorts in Honduras can arrange experiences.
Medical & Healthcare Volunteer Programs in Honduras
Unfortunately, the public health care system in Honduras is one of the worst in Latin America. There are very few good hospitals, and most middle class families are unable to afford them. Therefore, able volunteers in our Honduras health projects assist in local hospitals which are often poorly-equipped and are short of well trained staff. Skilled and non-skilled medical placements are available too, you can help raise healthcare standards and work directly with people in need of assistance.
Positions can be found at community centres, clinics and hospitals, also if you have any specific skills you can find specified placements like midwifery. There are also elective programs available in Honduras designed for those volunteers who wish to gain valuable knowledge and skills by working along with professional dentists.Volunteer work includes assisting the dentists in their tasks and helping in sterlization of supplies as well as doing hands on tasks. The program is suitable mainly for students who want to gain hands on experience and skills before starting professional work.
Eligibility & How to Apply
To apply to volunteer in Honduras you might be required to have a phone or face-to-face interview, this will to see assess if you are suitable for a position. A lot of organisations require you to be aged 18 and over and also in good health, each program is different though and there are summer trips for 16+ year olds. Usually no previous skills are required to apply so if you are an enthusiastic person with an interest in the environment, a desire to help a local community and the determination to improve your Spanish, volunteering in Honduras could be just what you're looking for.
Projects in Honduras can be booked through out website and you can apply today or enquire for more information. You can join programs every month throughout the year, search featured opportunities today or use our refined search to find more organisations. International volunteers arriving is helping to bring in much need money for development.
Volunteer in Honduras for Free
There are some free and low cost opportunities in Honduras, you will need too apply with local NGO's and charities. Sometimes you might still need to make a donation. Some local organisations offer free placements including meals and accommodation in return you can teach and help educate local disadvantaged children.
How to Book
Thinking about making an enquiry or booking? Search our trips or contact us for specific advice.