Honduras Sustainable Travel Guide
Honduras is 112,000 square kilometers in landmass, similar to the State of Virginia or the country of Bulgaria. Visitors are drawn to its Caribbean coastline which is known for its laid back vibe. It is also a great place to experience and even learn how to reef dive. It is extremely affordable but visitors need to be sure that they hire a reputable operator for these lessons. If you choose to snorkel or scuba dive you should keep in mind that coral reefs are very delicate ecosystems that can be adversely affected by changes to the water temperature and human contact. According to the WWF, coral reefs occupy less than 1 % of the world’s bodies of water but are home to over 25% of all marine fish species, so ethically experiencing this is of the utmost importance. Do your research to be sure that you use operators that believe whole-heartedly in this.
Away from their coastline, Honduras is predominantly mountainous in its topography. This allows for great hiking opportunities in which you can see Mayan ruins, old mining towns, historic carvings and plush forests.
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This region is also known for its exotic bird trade. Please be aware that the purchase and export of these feathered friends can be illegal and disruptive to the local biodiversity. Many of these species can be observed in the swampy jungle region known as the Mosquito Coast. This area will facilitate a “get away from it all” experience. You will see banana and coffee plantations and other agriculture vital to Honduras.