Low key traveling and no fuss with hordes of tourists amongst many other things, make studying Spanish in Honduras a very attractive endeavor. The process can be carried out in real situations unblemished by the prospect of commercialism. The country is located in Central America amongst an elevated topography and a gorgeous Caribbean coast line. The climate varies according to the altitude going from extreme temperatures in the upper altitudes to a moist tropical wet climate in the low attitudes along the Caribbean Sea. The temperatures range from an average of approximately 78 F to 85 F and the air is always humid. It is highly recommended to pack some mosquito repellent. Honduras is tucked in along El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala on its borders. The currency is approximately 19Honduras Lempiras to 1 US dollar.
Throughout the country’s history there have been conflicts resulting mainly from its’ neighbors, namely, El Salvador. The economy has had to rely mainly upon its exportation of coffee and bananas. In times past Honduras had some troubles with an over dependence on these things and was known as the first “Banana Republic.” Natural disasters in the form of hurricanes have definitely had an effect on the stability of the nation and its people. Despite all the experiences of the past, improvement is quite evident, for example, since November 2006 Honduras has signed a free trade agreement with the United States which will have a stabilizing effect in times to come.
Traveling in Honduras is easy, cheap and extremely pleasurable. Tourism has not become overwhelming or over run by commercialism. The islands along the bay are surrounded by idyllic abundant reef which appeal to every type of underwater explorer. The most visited of the islands is called Roatan. Things to see include the Carambola Botanical Gardens that wind their way through the lush guarded forest and the coral surrounding that contains species such as the whale shark. The capital city of Tegucigalpa is located in the country’s interior where the climate is calm and moderate. The capital is colorful and traditional as seen through the architectural and indigenous influences. Galleries, restaurants, markets, a large tranquil park and a 17th century legendary cathedral are highlights of a visit there.
Hondurans have a lasting effect on visitors and it can be said that the warmth of their smiles are what impresses most. Traditions of dance, dress, food and celebration occur with regularity amongst a truly hospitable environment. There are many spirited African tribal influences along with many ritualistic practices that astound, fascinate and amaze visitors.
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