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Discovering Honduras

Honduras has had bad press of late for the gang violence in its inner cities. Yes, that is a reality in the country, but on a recent visit I found that Honduras is really made up of incredible ruins, amazing natural wonders, friendly folk and a stunning set of Caribbean islands.

I had the pleasure of touring around the country on a short investigatory trip, and was stunned by its natural beauty. From the Mayan Ruins of Copan, to the birdlife and verdant landscape of Pico Bonito, and the gorgeous beaches and gently lapping, crystal clear water around the island of Roatan, it was a sheer delight.

A three-centre trip like mine gives you a great taste of the country. Start in Copan near the border with Guatemala and stay at the brilliantly rustic Hacienda San Lucas. Set among the hills overlooking the Copan Valley, it is an authentic retreat with great horseback riding, and is only half an hour from the ruins. That’s not to mention the excellent home-made food—you’d have a tough time finding tastier tamales.

The next stop is the lush valleys and peaks of the Pico Bonito, a favoured bird-watching spot. Pico Bonito is also fabulous for hiking, trekking, and some awesome white-water rafting through exceptionally beautiful rivers. Nature’s landscaping here is breathtaking. Stay at the lovely Pico Bonito Lodge deep in the green interior, in a private bungalow with the sounds of the jungle all around.

A short flight from here over the lulling Caribbean takes you to the large island of Roatan. It is famed for its diving and there are a wealth of great spots to both scuba and snorkel. Plus, there is marvellous Barefoot Cay—with just nine accommodations on its own private cay, it is the best spot on the island to get away from it all, the glimmering water just steps from your private beach casita. Delicious meals can be served privately or by the pool restaurant; no buffets here. With gourmet cuisine, a spa and a 5-star dive shop, you’ll finish your trip relaxed and ready to scoff at the press who warn against visiting Honduras.

Anton apparently has a flat in London, but he hasn’t been seen there much lately. He is more often found jetting around South and Central America in the name of “research”.

Stay at the lovely Pico Bonito Lodge deep in the green interior, in a private bungalow with the sounds of the jungle all around.