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Best Hiking Trails in Honduras

Overview

Honduras is a Central American country that is mainly mountainous and has lots of potential for hiking.  While known for scuba diving and Mayan ruins, Honduras does have some excellent hiking trails, particularly in some of its national parks. Discover the best hiking trails in Honduras, in Pico Bonito National Park (Parque Nacional Pico Bonito), Cusuco National Park (Parque Nacional Cusuco) which is easily accessed from San Pedro Sula, Montaña de Celaque National Park (Parque Nacional Montaña de Celaque) and many others.  The best times to hike are between November and April.  Read below for more information on where and when to hike in Honduras. 

Capital: Tegucigalpa

When To Hike in Honduras?

November – April: This is the dry period; February – April are the ideal months in the northern part of the country.  Filter in the map to see the ideal months for each region
May: Could be ok, but could be too rainy or too hot
June – October: Rainy and/or hurricane risk

Climate: Tropical (dry and rainy seasons); hurricanes later in the year.  There are local climate variations so could be plus or minus a month

 

Honduras Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium: There are a few known areas/trails, but you need a guide for most hiking.

Transportation required: Car

Where to stay:

  • La Ceiba
  • El Naranjo
  • San Pedro Sula
  • Gracias
  • Tegucigalpa
  • Santa Barbara

Most popular hikes in Honduras

Hiking isn’t popular here (as evidenced by lack of info available) but there are lots of mountains to explore in Honduras. The main areas are in the north and western parts of the country. Some of the national parks where hiking trails are found include: Pico Bonito National Park, Cusuco National Park, Montana de Santa Barbara National Park, Cerro Azul Meambar National Park, La Tigra National Park. Montana de Celaque National Park. Highest Mountain: El Cerro de las Minas (2849 m) in the Merendón Mountains.

Filter out hiking places of Honduras by month

Click on the red map pointers to see more info.

Parque Nacional Pico Bonito

  • Feb – Apr
  • One of the best known national parks; La Ceiba is a good base

Around San Pedro Sula

  • Feb – Apr
  • San Pedro Sula is the business & industrial capital of Honduras 
  • Hike to mountain overlooking SPS
  • Cerro Jilinco
  • Parque Nacional Mico Quemado – not sure about hiking trails here
  • Parque Nacional Cusuco in the Merendón Mountains – difficult to access, 5 hiking trails

Parque Nacional Montaña de Santa Bárbara

  • Feb – Apr
  • Home to Montaña de Santa Bárbara
  • No tourist infrastructure

Parque Nacional Cerro Azul Meambar

  • Nov – Apr
  • Well maintained national park
  • Lago de Yojoa

Around Tegucigalpa

  • Nov – Apr
  • Parque Nacional La Tigra – 8 hiking trails
  • A few reserves

Parque Nacional Montaña de Celaque

  • Nov – Apr
  • Parque Nacional Montaña de Celaque, home to highest peak, Cerro Las Minas; Gracias is a good base

Parque Nacional Cerro Azul “Copan”

  • Nov – April

Long Distance Trails of Honduras

  • Cerro Las Minas – highest peak in Honduras
  • Pico la Picucha
  • Many of the hikes in and out of the national parks are multi-day treks

Honduras's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Honduras Hiking Books: No hiking specific books

 

Honduras Hiking Associations:

 

Best Hiking Trails in Honduras: 

  • Cerro Las Minas – Celaque National Park
  • Celaque Mirador de la Cascada – Celaque National Park
  • Santa Barbara – Montana de Santa Barbara National Park
  • El Cimarron
  • Cerro Azul Meambar National Park
  • El Mapache Trail – Pico Bonito National Park
  • Bosque Nublado – La Tigra National Park
  • Sendero La Mina – La Tigra National Park
  • Cerro Merendon, along the Coca-Cola Trail – near San Pedro Sula

Easy Hiking Trails in Honduras:

  • Quetzal Waterfall Trail – Cusuco National Park
  • Angeli Gardens

 

Honduras Hiking Websites:

 

Honduras Official Tourism Site:  

 

Honduras Hiking Apps: 

 

Honduras Hiking Maps: 

  • National Geographic – Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador – Adventure Travel Map, #3109https://amzn.to/3PowjrT

What Else To Do

  • Surfing
  • Copán – Mayan archeological site
  • Birdwatching
  • Wildlife
  • Cayos Cochinos
  • Bay Islands

Other Important Points

  • While it is no longer the murder capital of the world, still considered a dangerous country to visit
  • Devastated by Hurricane Mitch in 1998