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Wonders of Honduras

Copan. / Katrina, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

WorldBlue    Highlights

This small Central American country offers numerous beautiful natural monuments as well as some exciting archaeological monuments.

Highlights of Honduras are:

  • The remnants of Copán – one of the most impressive Mayan cities. This site contains numerous unique values of art and history.
  • Little explored wilderness – many regions of Honduras represent little explored, rugged wilderness with extreme biological diversity. There still is a possibility to make exciting discoveries here.

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WorldViolet Top 20 wonders of Honduras

Geological wonders

Taulabe Caves (Cuevas de Taulabé)


Group of 24 caves with beautiful cave formations. Explored length of passages exceeds 12 km. It contains ancient offerings of indigenous cultures including polychrome vessels. Stories about money that is hidden in this cave.

Tablon mine of seam opals


Find of some of the most beautiful and expensive opals in the world with extremely bright iridescence. These stones may cost up to 5,000 USD per carat.

Pulhapanzák Falls


43 m tall, fairly wide, and beautiful waterfall on Rio Lindo.

Pulhapanzák Falls, Honduras
Pulhapanzák Falls / Adalberto.H.Vega, / CC BY 2.0
Yamaranguila Falls


120 m tall, free-falling waterfall. Considered to be the tallest in Honduras.

Las Colinas andesite opal find


Here, on a dangerous cliffside are found beautiful, iridescent opals.

Azacualpa hot springs and natural arch (Termales de Zacapa)

Santa Bárbara

Boiling hot springs that emit vapor and are whistling like a teapot. Their water contains sulfur. Natural bridge over the springs.

Biological wonders

Yoro Fish Rain (Lluvia des Peces)


Site of legends. Reportedly, for more than a century in May – July there is witnessed rain that leaves rather small but live fish on the ground. Local people just gather the fish – it is very tasty!

Archaeological wonders



Remnants of a Maya city that flourished in the 5th – 9th centuries AD when Copán was a capital city. The city was located on the southeastern border of the Maya realm, surrounded by non-Maya peoples. It covered an area of more than 250 km² and had a population of more than 20,000 people. Steles of high artistic quality, as well as the Rosalila temple and numerous other structures and artwork.

Stela D in Copán, Honduras
Stela D in Copán, Honduras / Drawing by Frederick Catherwood, 1844.
Talgua Caves (The Cave of the Glowing Skulls)


An important burial cave. Burials were made by a culture that developed on the border of the early Maya realm around 1000 – 900 BC. Since then burials often have been covered with glittering crystals of calcite. Found 23 burials and more than 20 ceramic vessels. Near the caves have been found traces of a large settlement.

Cueva del Gigante


This cave served as a habitat for humans living here 11,500 years ago. In sediments found domesticated corn and stone tools.



Remnants of an ancient city that was developed by indigenous culture. These people built monumental buildings already before the 4th century BC and possibly had contact with Olmec culture in Mexico. Structures include two up to 20 m tall earthen step pyramids that earlier could have been higher and layered with stone.

Los Sapos


Maya site, part of Copán ensemble. It is possible that royal women conducted fertility ceremonies here. Numerous roughly shaped stones.

La Cueva de las Pinturas


This cave contains ancient polychrome drawings and numerous shards of pottery. Shards are dated from 100 BC. The cave contains built structures that seem to limit access to some parts of the cave.

El Puente


This Mayan city was under the control of nearby Copán in the 6th – 9th centuries AD. The site contains 210 structures, including a 12 m tall pyramid. El Puente continued to exist after the fall of Copán until around 950 AD.

Cerro Palenque


Remnants of a city that developed in 500 AD and flourished in 850 – 1100 AD. There have been found remnants of more than 500 structures. It is not known which culture developed this city.

Architecture wonders

Santa Rosa de Copán


A city with a beautiful historical center that developed since the early 18th century. Contains valuable Neoclassical and Eclectic style buildings lined along cobblestone streets.

Lancetilla Botanical Garden


International botanical research center and species rich botanical garden – a unique collection of the plants of Honduras, one of the largest tropical botanical gardens in the world. Area – 1,680 ha.

Lancetilla Botanical Garden, Honduras
Lancetilla Botanical Garden / Adalberto.H.Vega, / CC BY 2.0
Gracias colonial town


This attractive town was founded in 1536. Three beautiful colonial churches in the center and numerous other historical buildings.


El ParaĂ­so

A once important mining town that was developed in the 18th – 19th centuries. The historical center with more than 200 historical buildings has been well conserved.

Comayagua Cathedral (Catedral de la Inmaculada ConcepciĂłn)


Beautiful Baroque cathedral constructed in 1711.

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