Honduras, right in the heart of Central America, is a mountainous Latin American republic of 8.1 million people. It is working for its national development in various sectors: agricultural production, especially coffee (some of the best in the world) and bananas, the manufacturing and assembly industry, the conservation of its biodiversity and the rapid growth of tourism as a focus of community development.

In addition, about one million Hondurans are providing working overseas and sending back their money to their relatives that help to nourish the national economy.

80% of the country’s territory is mountainous and it has 91 protected natural areas, including the second largest rainforest in the Americas (after the Amazon), and the part of the world’s second largest coral reef, the Mesoamerican Reef.

Honduras offers its great diversity of flora, fauna and marine life, archaeological sites (including the most important Classic Maya ceremonial center), fantastic Caribbean beaches (made famous by the world´s media) and different ways of being and living across its different regions. All of these are waiting for you to come discover- all these only you can experience.

Nature, adventure, diving, bird watching, living cultures, archaeology, colonial and modern history, diverse cultural expressions and their rich flavors and aromas: these are some of the interests that you will enjoy in the country that has five stars on its flag.

How long do you think it would take you to find more than 400 species of birds flying freely in a completely natural environment- months, weeks? … What if it were only 20 minutes? Some Birds of Honduras.

As incredible as this seems, this is the number of bird species that inhabit an area of the Pico Bonito National Park.This is one of the 107 protected areas covering almost a quarter of Honduras, a Caribbeancoast wrapped in turquoise and the peaceful waters of the Gulf of Fonseca.They add up to 27,862 sq. km/ 10,757 sq. mi- more than double the protected areas of Costa Rica, and larger than the island of Sicily or Belize.

The diversity of nature in Honduras is so rich in animal and plant species that it far exceeds the ability of scientists to record them.More than 1,000 animal species and 8,000 species of plants have been scientifically identified so far, but these areonly a fraction all the life formsthat inhabit Honduras.

Youdirectly contact nature in Honduras, even as you have fun and relax.The crystal clear waters of the Caribbeancontain natural wonders: just steps from the beach, hundreds of brightly colored fish welcome you into a new world while snorkeling or enter other landscapes while scuba diving in the largest coral reef in the Americas and the world’s 2ndlargest, whose 2 areas with the most live coral are in Honduras.

It also conserves wilderness areas that are not inhabited by humans.The 2ndlargest tropical forest in the Americas, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve, teeming with so much life that is still unknown to science.

And in different parts of the country you can participate in several initiatives to protect and conserve species such as turtles, macaws, iguanas and dolphins.

In Honduras, you can explore and discover, having fun or researching. There are many environments to choose from: pine, broad-leaf, cloudand mangrove forests;lakes, ponds, rivers, waterfalls and rapids, swamps and wetlands;mountains and peaks, cliffs and caves;and islands, beaches, reefs and open water.

In Honduras, nature is so rich that you just need to take a deep breath and look around you to realize thateverything is here.

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