Frequently Asked Questions About Honduras
The official currency of Honduras is the Lempira. The current exchange rate is 1 US Dollar to approximately between 23.50 to 24.00 Lempiras. Therefore, 10 US dollars will give you between 235 and 240 Lempiras.
Honduras is still considered to be relatively inexpensive for the traveler. For example, inexpensive items in Honduras are arts and crafts, local souvenirs, local food, and inner city cabs. Accommodations are based on seasonal packages and brand name hotels. You can find three star hotels for an average of US$60 to US$80 a night for a double room. Four to five star hotels can range between US$130 - US$250 a night for a double room. All hotel accommodations, domestic flights, car transportation, and local ferries can be arranged through Maya Temple Tours.
Throughout the country, a tax ranging from 15 to 19 percent is imposed on hotels, restaurants and stores. As for tips, it is customary to give a 10 to 15 percent gratuity based on the total bill. In most cases it is already included in the bill, be careful. Every visitor must pay an airport exit fee of US$47.00 dollars upon leaving Honduras.
Tour payment can be made in cash, wire transfer or major credit cards. We require a 50% deposit of the total price of package to confirm reservation. Balance of payment is due 30 days prior to arrival.
This is the link: Secure Payment Please proceed to fill out the form and send it to us with the amount due of US$-.- + 5% CC additional fee = US$-.- (Please use a round number with no cents).
Cancellations received 30 days prior to arrival will be refunded less a 20% of the total amount. Cancellations received 29 to 16 days prior to arrival, a 50% of the total amount will be refunded. Cancellations received 15 days or less prior to arrival are non-refundable.
Suggestions and tips
Honduras is considered to be a safe destination to travel to. However, tourists are advised to practice safe pre-cautionary measures as you would in any foreign country. Do not carry large sums of money, credit cards and valuables that are not needed during your travels. Keep all valuable items and important documents in your hotel. Honduras has taken positive steps in protecting tourists by employing police officers trained for tourism crime. You will see their friendly smiles in popular tourists areas. Tourists and visitors should avoid walking at night in isolated areas of major cities, beaches, and sparsely inhabited residential areas that are known at times to be unsafe to the lonely traveler. It is important for tourists to travel in groups of two, three or more persons whenever possible. Night driving and traveling in taxis is discouraged. Honduras is very open to tourists. You will see most Hondurans selling their arts and crafts at nearby markets and selling their array of local delicacies. Hondurans have a warm nature towards all foreign travelers and are always willing to help and show their patriotic appreciation for their country.
Spirit Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Avianca, LACSA, and COPA provide direct scheduled flights between Honduras and cities in the United States and Central America. Aerolineas Sosa, CM Airlines and LANHSA provide domestic services. Please check their websites or call for more information regarding times and shedules.
Documents: Citizens of Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, United States, Costa Rica, Northern Ireland, Guatemala, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, Great Britain, Netherlands, Italy, Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan, El Salvador need only a valid passport to enter the country. Other visitors must have, in addition, a corresponding visa. Please refer to your local travel agency for more information. Embassies and consulates: The following countries maintain diplomatic and commercial representatives in Honduras; Argentina, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Dominica, Norway, Nicaragua, Panama, Philippines, Peru and others.
We recommend you bring a a camera, comfortable walking shoes, bathing suit, hat, sunscreen, bug spray, rain jacket (seasonal), day pack with emergency toiletry items, photocopy of all ID.
They are fully bilingual (Spanish/English). Maya Temple Tours also works with a few translators in German, Italian and French. Our guides and group leaders are professional and fully trained. Safety of our guests is our number one priority. The guides are always prepared for emergencies, unexpected problems o delay.
Recommended vaccinations are: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, and Typhoid. The best drug for you depends on your itinerary and on a number of personal factors that should be discussed between you and your health care provider. Take personal protective measures in risk areas.
Good private medical care is available in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula but is not up to the high standards of industrialized countries. Carry appropriate health and accident insurance documents and copies of any important medical records. Bring an adequate supply of all prescriptions and other medications as well as any necessary personal hygiene items, including a spare pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses if necessary. If you are a diver, a decompression chamber is located on Roatan.
* Wear clothing that reduces exposed skin, and apply repellents containing DEET to remaining areas. * Sleep in well-screened accommodations. * Make sure to read instructions of every hotel and lodging regarding their purified water system. Bottled water is the safest at all times. * Reduce problems related to sun exposure by using sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats, sunscreen lotions and lip protection.
All of the larger cities are linked to the rest of the world via direct international telephone and mobile service. Internet services are also available in most hotels and restaurants.
All personal belongings, including sports equipment, are allowed to enter the country without any surcharge or fee.
You will find more than a dozen commercial banks affiliated with many international banks, several savings and loan institutions, some specializing in development loans. Hours are from 9am to 4pm on regular workdays (some of them until 5pm), and Saturdays from 9am to 12 pm.