FAQ WHEN TRAVELING TO HONDURAS
HOW DO I GET TO CASA DE EDEN?
Traveling to Casa de Eden is very easy. Many visitors choose to fly into San Pedro Sula and drive the 2 hours to La Ceiba by renting a car, hiring a driver, or taking the bus. If you would like more information on either option or to use one of our drivers please let us know and we can arrange transportation for you.
There are also flights from San Pedro Sula to La Ceiba.
IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL TO HONDURAS?
Absolutely! Certain parts of Honduras have received a negative rap in the past, however, you will find some of the most wonderfully hospitable, welcoming & kind people on earth while traveling in Honduras. While there is crime in Honduras, the government is working hard to improve safety for citizens and travelers alike. Just as in the states, there are areas that travelers should not venture, but overall visitors feel extremely safe while traveling.
WHAT IS THE CURRENCY & WHAT IS IT WORTH?
The Honduran lempira, denoted by HNL, is the official currency of Honduras. One USD equals 20 HNL. US dollars are easily exchanged for Lempiras in banks, major hotels, airports and exchange houses. Most Honduran banks are open on weekdays only from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Exchange houses are open longer and offer quicker service (and usually a better exchange rate) than banks. Although U.S. Dollars are widely accepted, you will receive any change in the Honduran national currency. If you have a debit or credit card, you can ask for a cash advance at any of the Honduras banking facilities.
WILL MY CELL PHONE WORK IN HONDURAS? WHAT ABOUT INTERNET?
Some US carriers offer GSM roaming services in Honduras. Many mobile carriers now offer free international texting as well. Please check with your provider. You can buy a local cell phone and prepaid minutes. Tigo, Claro, and Digicel are among the cell companies in the country; there should be a kiosk at the airport. Wi-Fi is growing all over the country and the islands although connections vary greatly. Establishments may charge for usage.
IS IT SAFE TO DRINK THE WATER & WHERE WILL I EAT ON THE MOUNTAIN?
Casa de Eden has an incredible water purification system & has some of the freshest water you'll ever drink. However, Honduras lacks a substantial infrastructure for maintaining water purity so travelers are strongly encouraged to avoid drinking tap water or a beverage that contains ice from an unknown source (even alcoholic drinks). Bottles and bags of purified water are widely available. We have many highly recommended restaurants on the mountain who also have purified, safe drinking water.
WHAT IS THE DEPARTURE TAX FEE?
The Honduran departure tax is US $38 and must be paid in cash in person at the airport. You can use either US $ or Lempira or combination, but no credit cards. You will need to show your boarding pass and Passport.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?
Honduras is hot and humid almost year-round. Temperatures vary by altitude rather than season. The average high temperature nationwide is 32°C (90°F) and the average low is 20°C (68°F). Temperatures are coolest in mountain areas. The rainy season begins in October and runs through mid-January. On the North Coast and the Bay Islands, you can expect a thunderstorm any day of the year. The North Coast is hot and humid all summer. The Western Highlands (Copan, Gracias, Santa Rosa de Copan) are tempered by the altitude. The dry season in the highlands is January through May.
WHAT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS DO I NEED?
If you are a U.S. traveler wishing to enter Honduras, you must present a U.S. passport with at least six months remaining validity. A visa is not required for American citizens, but tourists must provide evidence of return or onward travel. U.S. citizens are encouraged to carry a photocopy of their U.S. passports with them at all times so that if questioned by local officials proof of identity and U.S. citizenship are readily available. In June 2006, Honduras entered a “Central America-4 (CA-4) Border Control Agreement” with Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. Under the terms of the agreement, citizens of the four countries may travel freely across land borders from one of the countries to any of the others without completing entry and exit formalities at immigration checkpoints. U.S.
WHAT SHOULD I PACK?
Packing for Honduras depends mostly on what you plan to do while visiting. Summer months you will want to pack lightweight clothing that wears well in the heat. If you will be in the mountains long sleeves, pants, and a jacket are recommended. A backpack is highly recommended. Hiking shoes, bug spray, sun screen, a bathing suit are all necessities while traveling in Honduras.
IS CASA DE EDEN KID-FRIENDLY?
YES! Casa de Eden is not only completely safe & equipped for children but it is a great place for children of all ages to explore nature, experience a new culture, and enjoy many once in a lifetime activities. Horseback riding, mountain biking, nature hikes, zip-lining, rock hopping, rafting, waterfall exploring, snorkeling, and local botanical gardens are just a few of the activities children can experience while visiting Casa de Eden. See our ACTIVITIES page for more detailed information on all the exciting things to do in and around Casa de Eden.
Have any other specific questions? Contact us!!