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Introducing Western Honduras

The heartland of Honduras, this mountainous, forested region encompasses a roll call of the nation's outstanding sights. The top attraction has to be the outstanding Maya ruins of Copán, closely followed by the timeless colonial charm of Gracias, gateway to a chain of exquisite traditional communities called the Ruta de Lenca. The historic cities of Comayagua and Santa Rosa de Copán are other key cultural centers.

Hikers will love the spectacular trails inside the Montaña de Celaque cloud forest, while there's dazzling birdlife and scenery around idyllic Lago de Yojoa, which is fast-becoming a mecca for travellers.

Big, booming San Pedro Sula is the economic powerhouse of the nation and a travel hub. But as it's a featureless, crime-plagued city, few travellers hang around.

The main routes are all served by speedy, regular bus connections.