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Honduras: Honduran People

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Honduran People | Honduras | Americas

[Visited: January 2005]

One of the true joys of traveling in Honduras, were the people. It is difficult to say the people when referring to Honduras, since there are so many different people in this Central American country. A large majority is mestizo or ladino, meaning they have mixed European and Central American Indian forefathers. There are also Amerindians, and then there are also blacks and whites. In general, whatever their race, the people I met were friendly, curious to foreigners, sometimes shy, but almost always cordial and helpful.

Picture of Honduran People (Honduras): Western Honduras: man with sombrero in the street

It also struck me that often people would not have a clue where my country was. They always asked, but when I told them I was from Europe, they often said, oh, that must be far. Some thought it might be as far as Mexico, others would say, isn't it close to Iraq, where there is a war, or is it part of the United States? It was always a clear sign of how little people travel, how much they often stick to their own region - they often didn't know places of their own country I had been to. While traveling for foreigners might be cheap in Honduras, for locals it is not always so, especially not long distance travel.

Picture of Honduran People (Honduras): Western Honduras: children in highlands

But this only meant they were very interested to meet foreigners, to talk to me, to talk about themselves, ask about me. Another thing I noted was that people were generally very honest, and seldomly tried to take advantage of meeting a traveler which by definition is a rich person for them. In fact, while walking in the highlands, I was often offered a ride on the back of a pickup car, and most of them didn't even want any money for that.

Picture of Honduran People (Honduras): Western Honduras: sombrero's are everywhere on the mainland
Picture of Honduran People (Honduras): Western Honduras: chatting street scene in the late afternoon
Picture of Honduran People (Honduras): Western Honduras: girl waiting for a ride
Picture of Honduran People (Honduras): Northern Honduras: even on a grey day, umbrellas bring some colour
Picture of Honduran People (Honduras): Northern Honduras: waiting for a bus
Picture of Honduran People (Honduras): Honduras: girls on Pigeon Key, Caribbean
Picture of Honduran People (Honduras): Western Honduras: old woman in market
Picture of Honduran People (Honduras): Western Honduras: men with typical sombreros in the street
Picture of Honduran People (Honduras): Northern Honduras: man in the street with sombrero
Picture of Honduran People (Honduras): Honduras: English descent is clear in many Utila inhabitants

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