Honduras is located in Middle America, bordering the Caribbean Sea, between Guatemala and Nicaragua and bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between El Salvador and Nicaragua. May through June are great times to catch several town fairs and celebrations, including a weeklong carnival held in La Ceiba during the third week of May. The coastal lowlands are warm year-round, while the mountainous interior can be cool and rainy, especially between May and October. On the Caribbean coast it rains practically all the time and floods can occur on the north coast, impeding travel.
There are festivities in just about every town to celebrate saint's days. The fair for the Virgen de Suyapa, patron saint of Honduras, is celebrated in Suyapa, 7km (4mi) southeast of Tegucigalpa, during the first two weeks of February. Services and festivities attract pilgrims from all over Central America. Carnaval at La Ceiba is celebrated during the third week of May with parades, costumes and street music. There are other popular fairs in Copán Ruinas (15 to 20 March), Tela (13 June), Trujillo (24 June), San Pedro Sula (last week in June) and Danlí (last weekend in August). The Feria Centroamericana de Tourismo y Artesanía, a Central American international artisan and tourism fair, is held annually from 6 to 16 December in Tegucigalpa. Another cultural fair is held in Copán Ruinas from 15 to 21 December.
Facts At A Glance:
Country name: Republic of Honduras
Area: 112,100 sq km (43,282sq mi)
Population: 6,560,000 (growth rate 2.34%)
People: 90% mestizo, 7% Indian
Capital city: Tegucigalpa
Language: Spanish, Amerindian dialects
Religion: Roman Catholic 97%, Protestant minority
Government: democratic constitutional republic
Time: GMT/UTC minus 6 hours
Electricity: 110V and 220V
Weights /measures: Metric
Climate: subtropical in lowlands,
temperate in mountains
Passport valid 6 months beyond intended stay in Honduras. Ticket for return or onward travel. Departure tax US$25.00. Visa is not required for stay up to 30 days for nationals of the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, European Union, Guatemala, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Puerto Rico, San Marino, Switzerland, Uruguay, United States and Vatican. Visas are required for nationals of other countries and can be purchased from Honduran consulates.
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