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Frommer’s produces first guide to Honduras

Friday Oct 16, 2009

Frommer's has just debuted a new travel guide to Honduras.

Nicholas Gill, author of the first edition of "Frommer's Honduras" ($22), says the Central American country has "a little bit of everything: beaches, active adventures, historical sites, indigenous cultures, wildlife and laidback getaways."

His recommendations for best travel experiences include:

  • Semana Santa in Comayagua, the week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday when "vivacious daily processions and hordes of pilgrims" show their devotion.

  • Diving the barrier reef in the Bay Islands, which the author says is not only spectacular but cheap when compared to diving rates in other parts of the world.

  • Bird-watching in places like Lancetilla, Lago de Yojoa, Pico Bonito, Cerro Azul and Celaque. Some parts of Honduras have recorded as many as 400 species of birds.

  • Visiting La Mosquitia, known for wildlife and for ethnic groups that you can learn about through community-based indigenous tourism programs.

    Other recommendations include touring the Flor de Copan cigar factory, rafting the Rio Platana river, exploring the Mayan ruins of Copan, shopping in handicraft markets, and chilling out on beaches like West Bay Beach in Roatan and Playa Negra, a black sand beach in Southern Honduras on Isla del Tigre.

    Ensley Eikenburg, associate publisher at Frommer's, says the company decided to publish its first guide devoted to Honduras partly because of a 65 percent increase in North Americans traveling there in the last five years but also because of increased interest in the region.

    "In Central America, we have seen a huge amount of activity," she said. "We started publishing our Costa Rica guide in the early 1990s and since 2000-2001, it has been in our top 10 bestselling guides."

    She said a Frommer's guide to Belize also sells well, and as travelers "get more comfortable going to places like Costa Rica and Belize, they get interested in the whole area and want to explore more." Frommer's recently published guides to Panama, Guatemala and an omnibus Central America book, and is coming out later in October with a book about Nicaragua and El Salvador.

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