Easter Week 2019 in Honduras is coming up and it is the busiest holiday season. Because of this, it is always important to plan ahead of your trip and make sure that you have all the proper reservations. One thing is for sure. Everyplace outside the big cities will be full! The hotels are full, the beaches are full, and all the special day tours available will be full. Most important is the fact that many of the transportation schedules will change, in order to accommodate the large numbers of travelers. Above all, please make sure that keep in mind that the Good Friday is a National Holiday that is sacred! By this I mean that most transportation services will not operate on Good Friday!
Unless you are driving your own car or have rented a car, you will find that there are no buses, air service or ferries to take you to your destination! Incredibly, there is no service between the mainland and the islands on this holiday! The one exception is the Utila Dream ferry, that does operate even on good Friday. So, you if you are planning to travel anywhere, make sure you take into consideration that you cannot count on regular transportation to get you to your destination! Tip: if you need to get to or from Roatan on Good Friday, you can use the Utila Dream via Utila. It will cost you more, but it will get you there!
There are a couple of unique destinations worth visiting during Easter Week 2019 in Honduras. Since most everybody flocks to the beaches, it is a good idea to go to a more cultural destination. Personally, I love Easter Week in Comayagua and Tegucigalpa. The main reason is that these two cities are more traditional and hold very solemn celebrations. These are mostly on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. By far, the most picturesque are those on Good Friday. Family and religious groups compete to create colorful carpets made of sawdust. These are unique, and very beautiful. Although Guatemala is more famous for these sawdust carpets, those in Comayagua and Tegucigalpa are just as beautiful.
These sawdust carpets are usually made on the streets around the downtown area of the city. They are always close to the Catholic temples, which is where the different processions originate. The carpets decorate the route that the religious procession will follow. These works of art have a brief life, as they are trampled by the procession that follows the route that commemorates the death of Jesus Christ. It is a lot of fun to see how people create these carpets, to ensure that they are ready in time. With luck, there will be no rain or strong winds to destroy them before the procession takes place. Once ready, they continuously spray them with mist. This is to keep them moist and avoid being blown away by a soft breeze!
Please take note that Comayagua is now quite popular as a religious destination. As such, they will be quite busy during Easter Week 2019. If you plan to go and spend the night, make sure that you make your reservations as soon as possible!
Last, but not least, a special archaeological exhibit will be open to the public in Copan Ruinas for Easter Week. This special Easter Week Bonus features two sculptures from the Copan Arcaeological park that have never before been on exhibit! Stelae 11 is the last stelae to be commissioned in Copan. The other piece is the Dragon Snake altar. If you go to Copan this Easter Week, make sure that you visit this special exhibit!