Honduras

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Honduras2019-06-09T11:45:03-06:00

Project Description

Diving, snorkeling, turquoise waters, and sky-high palms: Honduras may not be the destination that comes to mind, but this under-rated jewel is an untouched and natural landscape, free from concrete jungles, and extremely affordable for any traveler. Home to the notorious Hieroglyphic Stairway, the largest single Mayan text in the world, the ruins are enough to bring any explorer to Honduras. Among some of the unique treasures Honduras has to offer is the Bay Islands Underwater Museum. This guided-tour snorkel exploration takes you back in time to see history unfold before your eyes with artifacts of British and Spanish settlers, a Mayan cemetery, and an abundance of tropical fish, turtles and stingrays.

Back on land enjoy the majestic cloud forest and the very rare dwarf forest comprised of mini-trees. You won’t believe it until you see it! Last but not least, Macaw Mountain is another tick off the bucket list, as this tends to be every tourist’s most memorable moment in Honduras. Who could forget a trek through an enchanting landscape accompanied by a talking parrot riding along on your shoulder? Visit Honduras for an authentic outdoors travel experience!

Community Development

65.7% of Hondurans are living in poverty, and 43% live in extreme poverty.

Our project is among the most vulnerable. Those living with no education, violence and violation of all human rights.  Thousands of families live in the garbage dump where their days are spent digging through trash to stay alive. The food they find is rotten, their water polluted and their homes basic structures.

Here we take families out of the garbage and build safe and dry homes.  You will also have the chance to participate in the feeding program and spend time with the local children doing crafts or teaching them sports, by doing this you show them how to love.

There is a tremendous urgency to help our partners with school assistance for the children who have been exposed to child exploitation, gang extortion, violence and extreme poverty with the garbage dump outside of San Pedro Sula, Cortes.  If you have considered sponsoring a child but want to see where your money is going, or want to built a relationship with the child you sponsor, now is your chance!

Saving The Hungry’s Honduras project will impact you and the community you help for years to come.

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Basic construction – Beach Walking – Climbing – Hiking – Boating

Dates: October 6th – 21st

Trip Length:  16 Days

Difficulty: Moderate

Age appropriateness: 12+

Location: View map

Day #1

Welcome to Honduras nicknamed the Five Star Country. Your driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your basic but clean volunteer accommodation.  Get to bed early because tomorrow will be an early start.

Day #2, 3 4 and 5

After breakfast we will introduce you to the wonderful landfill community called San Pedro Sula. Over the next 4 days we will build homes and raise families from the dirt giving parents dignity and children hope. You will hear many stories of suffering and injustice but you will also hear stories of joy and victory that will make your melt your heart.

At the end of your 4th volunteer day, we will transport you to Copan where you will spend the night preparing to explore the country the following day.

Day #6

Enjoy a guided tour to Copan where we will lead you through the ceremonial center, the ball court, the hieroglyphic stairway and the acropolis where you will be astonished by the revelation of one of Copan’s best kept secret: the discovery of the Rosalila Temple which was hidden for centuries.

Day #7

Finca El Cisne is a century old farm in the renowned coffee growing highlands of western Honduras. This farm is located 45-minutes’ drive from Copán Ruinas and offers a personal approach to an authentic experience. Here you will enjoy a Horseback ride on cool mountain trails, tour coffee and cardamom plantations with professional ranchers, learn about cattle and horses, savor real Honduran cuisine prepared with products from the farm, swim in rivers, bathe in soothing, natural hot springs and star gaze at night as you breath fresh country air.

Day #8

After breakfast, you will visit the Bird Park in Copán where you will be able to take pictures and interact with the variety of birds such as the Toucans, Parrotfish or Guara and owls. This tour is held on the trails of an old coffee farm, with the deafening sound of the Sesemil River.

After this you continue to one of the most ancient cities of Honduras, Gracias Lempira, here you will walk around the civic center of the city, visiting the four amazing churches, San Cristobal Fort and colonial farms.  Continue onto La Campa, where you will learn everything about the native communities of the Incas, learn about its people, its traditions, fine crafts beautiful looms. At night visit the famous hot springs, known worldwide due to its natural forests and its relaxing waters. This is the perfect place for a relaxing soak after a long day of sightseeing.

Day #9

It’s time to be transported to La Esperanz. La Esperanza and Intibuca ( a neighboring town) connected by the  past and the future, settled 1700 meters above sea level. La Esperanza is famous for having the coolest climate in Honduras. It is considered the heart of the Ruta Lenca (Lenca Trail), a region of Lenca ethnic influence that spans Honduras from Santa Rosa de Copan to Choluteca.

Day #10

After breakfast we take you to Yojoa Lake where you will be enjoy a delicious lunch in front of the lake (lunch not included) and boat around the lake to learn more about the area. Later we visit Pulhapanzak Waterfalls considered one of the most beautiful cascades of Central America, due to its crystalline waters and its cascade of 43 meters high. At Pulhapanzak has been discovered archaeological remains of what may have been the center of an ancient culture before the Mayan culture, called Protonemas.

Day #11

For those that love archaeology today will be an exciting day visiting Los Naaranjos Eco Archaeological Park, where you will see several habitats in a small area, great mounds built out of clay and stone and walk 4 miles of trails. After  lunch a visit to Azul Meambar National Park to visit the tropical rain forest and cloud forest.

Day #12

We take you north of the country where we will stop to visit the Botanical Garden of Lancetilla and learn about its amazing collection of trees and plants from all over the tropical world.  After this we head to the Bride of the country, La Ceiba.

Day #13

Put on your sun bock and insect repellent so that you can enjoy the Wildlife Refuge Cuero y Salado, this is a paradise of birds, howler monkeys, lizards and many other species, if you are lucky enough you will also see manatees and jaguars.

Day #14

We transfer to the ferry station for you to take your ferry to Roatan. Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands, to the north in the Caribbean Sea it is completely surrounded by coral reefs, which offers excellent opportunities for diving and fishing.

Day #15

Enjoy a day on your schedule.  Kayak, dive, snorkel, sailboat or horseback.  Take a boat ride the Cayos Chochinos islands part of the worlds largest coral reef

Day#16

Time to go home, we transfer you to the international airport where we will say our goodbyes.

Deposit

An initial 10% deposit is required to secure your seat for this tour.

Included:

  • Transportation in and around the country
  • Accommodation
  • Meals while volunteering
  • Maritime Ferry transfer
  • Tours listed in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees in the itinerary
  • Conservation Levy’s

Additional Costs NOT included:

  • International Flights
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Meals not described
  • Surcharge for payment with a credit card
  • Laundry
  • Other food not mentioned above
  • Alcohol
  • Water and snacks
  • Food you wish to buy for the local children (optional)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Souvenirs
  • Restaurant and driver tips
  • Items not mentioned above

Q – How long before we leave should I book?

– We have spots for up to a maximum of 12 people, so the sooner you book and pay a deposit, the sooner we can confirm your place on the team. ** Please note that the less people on the trip the greater the fundraising efforts.

Q – Do I have to book my accommodation while travelling through Saving the Hungry?

– If you would like to keep your costs down we suggest you book your accommodation through us. Saving the Hungry has negotiated lower rates with the local hotels and tour providers.

Q – Do I need to stay with the team while volunteering?

A – Yes, this is not optional!  Everyone needs to stay together to make it convenient for our partners to transport us.

Q – When is the final payment due?

– Final payment is required 120 days before you leave.

– How much money should I budget on spending a day?

A – $30 Canadian Dollars per day would be a comfortable budget (additional sightseeing, liquor and souvenirs excluded)

Q – How much do I tip?

Y – Tour guides, cab drivers, waiters and porters generally expect a tip of 10% for a job well done.

Q – What kind of accommodation can I expect?

A – Lodging is clean but very simple and rustic.  While volunteering the rooms have nothing more than a bunk bed, a ceiling fan and a shelf.   Once we start to explore the country the accommodation will hover around 3 – 3 ½ -star (comparable to Canadian standards).

Q – How will I get around?

A – From arrival to departure all your travel is taken care of.

Q – What kind of clothing should I bring?

A –60 days prior to departure we will send you a list of recommended clothing.

Q – What vaccinations will I need?

A –   Typhoid, rabies and Hep B and A and Diphtheria are highly recommended.  Please speak to your doctor at least 8 weeks before traveling.

Q – How long does my passport need to be valid for?

All passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of return into Honduras.  Evidence of onward travel or return travel will be required. For stays of up to 90 days, you do not need a visa for tourism. Saving the Hungry cannot accept responsibility for incorrect documentation.