Honduras: Rainforest, Reef & Ruins

Discover the natural and historic gems of Honduras on a learning adventure that spans from treasured archaeological ruins to the pristine Caribbean coastline.
Rating (4.88)
Program No. 22677RJ
10 days
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At a Glance

In a fertile valley in what is now Honduras lies the ancient city of Copán. It offers a window into another time, with majestic pyramids, plazas and palaces open to the inquisitive explorer. Trace this rich history as you discover archaeological sites and museums, and learn how rainforests can be home to sacred places as well as a diverse array of species. Then, snorkel in the sparkling waters of the Caribbean shoreline and explore some of the world’s finest botanical gardens as you learn about the region’s biodiversity and species that have stood the test of time.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Participants' physical fitness is important since this is an active, physical program with outdoor activities in extremely hot/humid conditions. The program includes walking up to 3 miles daily, approximately 4 hours, climbing irregular stairs without handrails at archaeological ruins, hiking along uneven, steep terrain on forest trails, getting in and out of small boats, and snorkeling in the ocean. Program not recommended for participants with walkers/rollators or wheelchairs due to lack of handicap accessible locations and limited space on the bus. One should also note that special diet requirements cannot always be guaranteed.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Trace the history of the Maya at Copán, an archaeological site that was once one of the most important cities of the Mayan civilization.
  • Learn about rainforest plants and wildlife during daily nature hikes in the Cerro Azul Meambar conservation area.
  • Snorkel in the crystal-clear waters along Roatán Island as you explore pristine reefs and search for tropical fish.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Maya Art and Architecture
by Mary Ellen Miller
An illustrated overview of the art and architecture of the Maya, making use of the latest discoveries at Tikal, Copan and Palenque to demonstrate the range of Mayan artistic influence. Revised and updated, this new edition includes color illustrations throughout.
Breaking Out of Beginner's Spanish
by Joseph Keenan
Idioms, common mistakes in word usage and other helpful advice on tackling spoken Spanish. You'll need some foundation to take full advantage of this book -- but even a complete novice will appreciate the author's playful sense of humor.
Copan, The History of an Ancient Maya Kingdom
by William L Fash (Editor), E. Wyllys Andrews (Editor)
The proceedings of a seminar, co-chaired by E. Wyllys Andrews and William L. Fash.
The Maya
by Stephen Houston, Michael Coe
Coe's clear, concise, illustrated survey of the Maya highlights their chronology, accomplishments and legacy. Ninth edition.
Popol Vuh, The Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life
by Dennis Tedlock (Editor)
The definitive, unabridged collection of creation myths and stories of the Quiche people, fundamental to understanding the worldview of the highland Maya.
Honduras Map
A detailed travel map of Honduras.
Fishwatcher's Field Guide Caribbean
by I Greenberg
A convenient double-sided plastic card showing 75 reef fish of the Caribbean.
The Lost Cities of the Mayas
by Fabio Bourbon
The discoveries of British artist Frederick Catherwood and his American companion John Lloyd Stephens, the first Westerners to see the Maya cities of the Yucatan, are chronicled in this illustrated, oversized volume, featuring 200 color engravings of the monuments of Central America, Chiapas and the Yucatan.
Tropical Nature
by Adrian Forsyth, Ken Miyata
Two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists offer a lucid portrait of the tropics through 17 marvelous essays that introduce the habitats, ecology, plants and animals of the Central and South American rainforests.
Snorkeling Guide to Marine Life
by Paul Humann
Humann's compact guide illustrates Caribbean fishes, corals, invertebrates and plants commonly encountered in shallower water.
A Brief History of Central America
by Hector Perez-Brignoll
A good overview of the region’s economic, political and social history through the 1980s by a professor at the University of Costa Rica. Well-written, informative and concise.
Moon Handbook Honduras & the Bay Islands
by Amy E. Robertson
A comprehensive guide to Honduras, its history, culture and attractions.
Travelers' Tales Central America
by Larry Habegger (Editor), Natanya Pearlman (Editor)
Organized thematically with contributions set in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, this collection of eyewitness reports includes Joan Didion, P.J. O'Rourke and Paul Theroux.
The Mosquito Coast
by Paul Theroux
This taut psychological novel about a man who abandons civilization for the wilds of Honduras is both an adventure story and a dark utopian tale of colonial ambitions run amok.
Underwater to Get Out of the Rain, A Love Affair with the Sea
by Trevor Norton
Marine biologist Norton deftly writes of a life enchanted by the sea, weaving tales of adventure and science with memoir and nature.
The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean
by Paddy Ryan
This take-along guide covers coral reefs, fish, invertebrates and plants of the Indo-Pacific and includes 200 color photographs.
Coral Reef Fishes
by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
This compact handbook features 2,500 illustrations of shallow-water fishes around the world.

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