Honduras interesting facts

February 8, 2010 | In: Countries facts

Long before Europeans arrived to Honduras, the Mayan Empire inhabited this region.

Honduras – literally “depths” in Spanish.

Honduras gained independence from Spain’s global empire in 1821. Its nickname is the Banana Republic because it grows and exports a lot of bananas.

The flag of Honduras is composed of 3 equal horizontal stripes, with the upper and lower ones being blue and representing the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea.

Lempira is the national currency.

Its size is just over 112,000 km² with an estimated population of almost 8,000,000. Its capital is Tegucigalpa.

The climate varies from tropical in the lowlands to temperate in the mountains.

The largest lake in Honduras is Lago de Yojoa ( 200 sq km) .

In honduras , children are celebrated and receive gifts on 10 September, day of the Honduran Child.

The highest point in Honduras is Cerro Las Minas ( 2,870m) , located near to the larger settlement of Santa Rosa de Copán, and is close to the borders that Honduras shares with it neighbours, El Salvador and Guatemala.

The national mammal is the white-tailed deer, the national bird is the scarlet macaw.

The biggest tourist attraction in Honduras and one of its biggest money makers are the Copan ruins.
Popular games in Honduras include, football, Baseball, Volleyball and Basketball among others.

Honduras is the poorest nation in Central America.

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