In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world!
This week we visit: Honduras
Even though the situation has greatly improved over the last two or three years, Honduras is still considered a rather unsafe country, “boasting” one of the highest murder rates in the world. While most crimes don’t really affect tourists, it is still a good idea to exercise a high level of precaution when traveling to this beautiful country.
Serious violent crimes are more common in Honduras than in other parts of Latin America and include armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, sexual assault and home invasion. Criminals are often armed and if you are threatened, it is best to give them everything they want. This is why tourists are advised to have small amounts of cash prepared for such situations.
Although the Bay Islands are safer than other parts of the country, you should still be careful, especially at night. During night time, it is best to avoid secluded beaches and other areas where there is no light or other people. In general, wandering alone is never recommended in Honduras, be it day or night. Pickpocketing and bag snatching are common in tourist-heavy areas.
If you are driving in Honduras, be extremely careful since the roads can be quite dilapidated and the quality of the vehicles on the roads is not really great. This is especially true if you are leaving main roads. You should be extra careful when traveling to parts of Honduras that border with Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala as there are areas that are still riddled with landmines.
Demonstrations and strikes are relatively common in Honduras and they often turn violent without any sign or warning. If you notice a crowd gathering in any public place, especially in bigger cities, it is best to walk away.