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Fun & Interesting Facts About Honduran Culture

Updated on May 7, 2011

Honduras is a country full of wonder, amazement and traditions. If you have been there or are planning to go to Honduras you want to get the most out of your visiting adventure. There are a number of ways this can be accomplished. We will look at some of the best ways that you can truly immerse yourself into this wonderful culture. Whether you are exploring the history, cuisine, environment or people of Honduras each have their own aspects of traditional and modernism but neither has lost their appeal. This will help you get a fully rounded experience that will last you a lifetime and greatly increase your love of a country that you have already fallen in love with.

1. The first place on your journey into the immersion of Honduran culture should be towards the past. The best way to learn about Honduras conflicted and monumental past is to see it for you. Dotted all around the country there are places to go and things to read about Honduras history. One of these historical locations that is a must see is into the Copan ruins found on the western side of the country. These ruins were left by the descendents of Honduras the Mayan culture and people. Also another great city to visit is Comayagua it’s the former capitol of Honduras. It is full of antiquated buildings that have a story to tell with every one of their bricks.

2. While you are on your trek around the country to experience and see the historical side of Honduras. Do not forget to stop along the way and see the natural surroundings that are unique to this beautiful country. There are a number of natural preserves that you can stop at and embrace the natural environment that Hondurans are able to feel each day. This will give you an opportunity to see some of the very divers ecological and biodiversity plants and animals that are only found in Honduras. Getting to know this environment increases your sensitivity to the environment that normal Hondurans experience every day.

3. As you continue your journey through the edges of Honduras you might realize your just a little hungry.  This is the perfect opportunity to stop and sample some of the great authentic traditional food that Honduras is world famous for. I would start with some Baleadas as well as some carne Asada a good starting point to get to know there cuisine and not too hard on the gringo’s  or gringa’s stomach. When sampling any food always try to stay with restaurants that are clean and relatively decent if you want to stop and sample some from some of the street vendors just remember to bring your pep-to if you are not use to the food yet.

4. Of course there are always better times to do your traveling then others so always be aware of the latest forecast before venturing out or planning your trip. It will make it that much more wonderful if you plan a good time then if you skip this little tidbit. The rainy season in Honduras usually runs between May and late November and then the dry season from late November until May. There is a great time to go if you are into celebrations the celebration is during June it is called the La Feria Isidra it is translated into the “Friendship Carnival” People come from all over the week to celebrate just being friends what a great way to experience one of Honduras’s original traditional festivals.

5. Honduras has many places to see and visit but there is one place that you will see quite often. Each are unique in their own right but the town square is usually where it is at. Here is where you can see some of the sights smells, and entertainment that is an ingrained part of Honduras. You can see unique and traditional costumes smoke a Honduran cigar. As well as see the sights and sounds of the day to day business happenings and get an idea of how they work, you can relax at the many cafes and people watch on Sunday afternoon and enjoy your surroundings.

6. The next step while taking in the sights and sound of the town square is to stop and talk to the locals. Meet the artisans and watch them perform their craft as you get some insight into there family and roots. Most locals you will find are friendly and willing to chat, obviously a good grasp of Spanish will help in this area. If not bring a friend that can translate for you but always be weary of your surroundings and if you feel uncomfortable always ask to leave politely and be on your way.

7. Another great way to immerse you into the culture is to volunteer through the many programs from around the world that take annual trips to Honduras. Honduras is known for being a country of contrasts, with its pockets of wealth but the majority of people struggling. There are charities that take annual trips to help those less fortunate, with education and conservation projects for starters. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to experience Honduras as tourists rarely can.

Any of these steps above is the perfect opportunity to truly immerse you in Honduran culture. To see the world through the eyes of the inhabitants of that country is often an eye opener, yet a great experience. However you choose to do it you will be forever changed by your experiences. So plan your trip carefully, making sure you make the most of the time there. Following these guidelines will help make your trip to Honduras unforgettable.

If you enjoyed this hub and would like additional information on Culture, traditions, news, or expat living in Honduras Please come and visit my Honduran website Http://hondurangringo.com

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