By Maria Fiallos
Honduras is a wonderland of Maya ruins, cloud forests choked with toucans, monkeys and jaguars, tiny villages perched on hillsides. and costs are astonishingly low. Copan is right here, the first Maya cultural middle from four hundred to 800 advert. The Bay Islands with their striking coral reefs trap divers from world wide. the writer stocks inside of details - way more worthwhile and revealing than the other advisor. city and nearby maps, images, index.
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Area Fair (fair), Copán Ruinas; Good Friday Procession, La Esperanza April 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pan American Day, various places Third week in May . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . La Ceiba Carnival Entire month of June . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fair, San Pedro Sula June . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fiesta San Juan Bautista, Trujillo; Fiesta de San Antonio, all week, Tela July . . . . . .
The economic slowdown in the United States in 2001 and 2002 caused a downturn in the growth of Honduras’ maquila sector, but investment and employment revived in 2003. Employment in the sector is almost back to its 2000 peak of 125,000 workers. One of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere with an extraordinarily unequal distribution of income and massive unemployment, Honduras is banking on expanded trade under the US-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and on debt relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative, which was granted in late 2005.
Inland areas are dominated by mountains, which comprise 65% of the country’s surface. A central depression divides the country’s mountain ranges in two, the Atlantic or Eastern range, where most of the valley’s are located, and the Pacific or western range that runs along the border with El Salvador directly to the Golf of Fonseca. Pine forests dominate the western range, while continuous areas of broadleaf forests interspersed by pine savannahs and coastal wetlands grace the east. Celaque Mountain in western Honduras is the highest peak standing, at 9,347 feet.
Adventure Guide Honduras & The Bay Islands by Maria Fiallos