#53 best destination in the world

 

Roatan Island Brewing Co.

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  • Brews a variety of easy drinking ales and lagers, many with a tropical twist
  • The property includes nature trails, foosball, ping pong tables, horseshoes, and fire pit

 

Copán Ruinas

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  • Municipality in Copán
  • Features Pre-Columbian ruins
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

The Tea and Chocolate Place

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  • Local cultural, healthy, and educational experience unique to Copán Ruinas
  • Tea and chocolate grown organically and used to reforest

 

Cayos Cochinos

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  • Consists of two small islands and 13 coral cays
  • World’s second largest coral reef system

 

Little French Key

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  • Private Island Retreat, eco friendly, and an uncommon place to rejuvenate

 

Swan Islands

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  • Initially named Islas de las Pozas by Christopher Columbus in 1502
  • A chain of three islands located in the Caribbean Sea, approximately 95 miles off the coastline of Honduras, with a land area of 1.2 square miles
  • The islands are uninhabited except for a small permanent Honduran naval garrison

 

Talgua Caves

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  • Cave where light reflects off of the calcite deposits found on the skeletal remains found there
  • The site has gained the interest of archaeologists studying cave burials of Central America and of Mesoamerica as one of the most extensive Early to Middle Pre-Classic (1000-900 BC) ossuary cave sites currently known to have been in contact with the Maya societies of nearby Mesoamerica
  • Provides many valuable clues to how the inhabitants of the Talgua Cave may have been an important link between Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and parts further south and east in Central America and extending into those societies in northern South America

 

Temple of Rosalila, Copán

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  • Principal religious sanctuary at Copán in the late 6th century AD
  • A full-size replica of this well-preserved temple lets you take a walk through the Mayan age
  • Unlike other buildings archaeologists have found, the ancient Mayans did not destroy Rosalila
  • Carefully buried, its rooms and moldings were filled with mud and stones, while its elaborate stucco panels were covered with a thick layer of white plaster, which still protects much of the original paint
  • Some of the remains of the artifacts rediscovered there (particularly the incense burners and the flowers) recall religious practices still in use among the modern Maya

 

Hieroglyphic Stairway of Copán

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  • Etched stairscase and the longest discovered Mayan text, covered in around 2,000 glyphs
  • Completed around 755 AD
  • The staircase is a record of the royal history of Copán, listing the names of kings, their births, their deaths, and the defining events of their rule
  • The stones were arranged chronologically but early archaeologists, not clear on Mayan syntax, liberally rearranged the stone blocks in a 1930s attempt at reconstruction
  • Only the bottom 15 stairs remain in their original position
  • Despite the mismatch, modern archaeologists have figured out that the stairs document the rule of 16 kings
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Lluvia de Peces

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  • Phenomenon that has allegedly been occurring yearly for more than a century in Yoro
  • Beginning in 1998, locals an annual Festival de Lluvia de Peces to celebrate the phenomenon
  • The date of the festival is variable, coinciding with the first major rainfall in May or June
  • The explanation generally offered for the rain of fish is meteorological, often speculated to be strong winds
  • Another theory is that the fish may have originated in fresh water and moved from a nearby river into a subterranean water current or cave system in response to seasonal changes. Subsequent heavy rains wash the fish up out of this habitat and the water recedes to leave the fish stranded

 


 

Costs

all flights $1,480

food $16/day x 10 days = $160

hotel $48/day x 9 days = $432

tickets (all attractions) $110

TOTAL for whole itinerary $2,182