Easter Week, aka Semana Santa is by far the most hectic travel week in Latin America. There is no doubt that Semana Santa 2018 in Honduras was no exception. As always, the official number of travelers throughout the country is announced. The goal this year was for 3.3 million Hondurans to travel throughout the country. This amounts to an outstanding 41% of the population in Honduras. Many of course cannot afford to travel and spend the night away from home, but they can go to the beach for the day. Destinations like Tela, Trujillo, Omoa on the Atlantic coast are the most popular one day trips. Cedeño, Coyolito, Amapala and Punta Raton are the most visited destinations in Southern Honduras.
Personally, I do not like crowds. Going to a lovely beach and finding a crowd takes the fun out it. So, I stayed at home at the Cangrejal River Valley took care of business at La Villa de Soledad B&B.
Yesterday, I got to go into town to pick up a couple of guests arriving from the Bay Islands. I found the parking lot at the ferry terminal was insufficient to accommodate all the travelers to the islands. Never had I seen it that full! The comments from our guests, who came from both Utila and Roatan was that the islands were “filled to the gills”! I understand that all hotels outside of Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula were full. I assume that we will get the official number of travelers soon.
There are more and more destinations that are know creating sawdust carpets for the religious processions. These commemorate the passion and death of Jesus Christ. The sawdust carpets decorate the path the processions will follow. The most popular destination to experience this tradition is Comayagua. But other cities, such as Tegucigalpa, Copan Ruinas and even La Ceiba now offer this sight.
Nigel Marvin Visits Honduras
There are two different events that will make Semana Santa 2018 in Honduras a memorable one. The first is that Nigel Marven spent the entire week in Honduras traveling! He was in Utila, Gracias and even the Moskito Coast of Honduras! At this last destination, he was a personal guest to President Hernandez himself! They went to the “White City” also known as the “City of Monkey God”. Nigel is working on a program that will air later this year that will show to the world the natural wonders of Honduras.
The Lodge at Pico Bonito Will Not Close its Doors!
A second memorable event was the visit that President Hernandez did to the Lodge at Pico Bonito. The Lodge had announced that it would close its doors at the end of April. The president met with the Honduran partners at the Lodge and they came up with a plan to keep this iconic hotel open. The Lodge has given a name to Pico Bonito National Park and is one of several different Pico Bonito hotel options. The fact that the Lodge will stay open is great news for La Ceiba and Honduras as a whole.
We hope that there will be a lot of positive comments regarding the Semana Santa travel experiences. Most Hondurans are not aware of the variety and beauty of the different destinations in the country. We are confident that they will share their experiences and photos and convince their friends to visit more of Honduras.
For those of you who did not get away for Semana Santa, know is the time to go to the beach. The next couple of weeks they should be quiet, as most Hondurans will be struggling to pay their bills after the holidays. If you live in Honduras and are planing for your next holidays you might want to see the 2018 holiday season calendar.