Honduras Travel Budget: My Experience

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Is it possible to travel in Honduras on a budget? Learn how much it cost me to backpack in Honduras — along with my favorite tips & highlights.

Overview

Honduras has a reputation for being dangerous, and it can sometimes live up to that reputation. But that doesn’t necessarily make it dangerous for travelers. While I was there, shocking things did happen. The local news was full of uncensored video of chicken-bus drivers who had been shot for not paying protection money to local gangs, or drug related shootings at public soccer matches.

But just like in other countries (including the USA), these acts are related to gangs & drugs. Someone traveling through the country really has nothing to be afraid of (unless you happen to be involved in the drug smuggling business). I met many friendly people in Honduras, and would happily recommend it to travelers who are looking to get off the beaten tourist path.

I would have liked to spend even more time in the country, but needed to get to a volunteer project in Nicaragua that I was already late for.


Honduras Travel Costs:

Honduras travel budgets can vary greatly. Here is a breakdown of how much money I spent over 3 weeks of travel there.

  • Food & Drink: $194 US (groceries, restaurants, water, alcohol)
  • Accommodation: $362 US (hostels, hotels, camping fees)
  • Transportation: $144 US (buses, taxis, boats)
  • Activities: $246 US (entrance fees, rentals, classes, tours, etc.)
  • Miscellaneous: $29 US (laundry, sundries, souvenirs, visas, etc.)

TOTAL DAYS = 22

TOTAL SPENT = $975 US

DAILY AVERAGE = $44.32 US

Budget Notes: My daily average was a bit higher in Honduras than in previous Central American countries, but this was mainly because of a PADI scuba diving course I took. Subtracting the course, my daily average is: $33.48 US


Highlights

– Slowing down in the sleepy town of Comayagua
Learning to scuba dive on the island of Utila
– Hiking to a plane crash in the jungle

Lowlights

– Getting hassled on the street in Tegucigalpa

Surprises

– I didn’t get robbed or shot

My Honduras Slideshow


Stories & Adventures from Honduras

Planning to travel to Honduras soon? Browse all my blog posts from Honduras to get ideas & recommendations for your own adventures.


Final Thoughts

Yet again I’m learning that places are not as dangerous as people make them out to be. The rumor that a particular country or city is overly dangerous gets passed on from traveler to traveler, without many facts or first hand experience to back it up.

For example, there was a mugging that happened in the Honduran city of La Ceiba while I was there. This sensational piece of news quickly spread throughout the backpacking community. It made the city seem unsafe. But of course, if you think about it logically, there are muggings every day in New York City. But that doesn’t stop school busses loaded with American children from visiting NYC on field trips!

Unreasonable fear is a common problem for people traveling in countries that are not their own.

Additional Examples?

My last trip to Honduras was in 2011. Prices have probably changed a bit since then. We don’t all travel the same way either. So to help you get a better picture, here are a few Honduras travel budgets from others:


What About You?

Have you ever traveled to Honduras? What did you like or dislike?

15 Comments

  1. Thank you for this great info. My husband and I are planning a trip to Honduras and I find that with each CA country I need to adjust my budget a bit. I like that you include alcohol and the fun extras!

  2. Thanks for this Matt, we’re trying to put together ball park costs for a trip next year. we’ve been flying blind till reading this!

  3. I haven’t been to Honduras and I don’t plan on going there since it’s not part of my bucket list. However, I like it that you were able to tell us your budget. And you were able to get a PADI certification. My colleague has just got one. I’m not sure though which level.

  4. I’m thinking of taking my PADI IDC (instrcutor) at Utila what did you think of the island itself and would you think they’d be much chance of freelance work afterwards?

    1. Utila is a better place in my opinion and has beautiful beaches. The food is excellent and the people are nice. Its cheaper and oppurtunitys to scuba,dive ,fish. Its a smaller island but even the yaught ride out to the island is much cheaper than before.

  5. Interesting that the capital is not so interesting or friendly – that’s what I found or heard of most capitals. I remember Havana not being my favorite of all of Cuba and heard most people who come to Costa Rica that San José is just for departing and landing, maybe that’s it mostly with capitals.

  6. Great post Matt. It comes at a perfect time since I am planning to spend the month of July in Honduras. Did you get to visit the Bay Islands? How were they? I really like the cost breakdown and it will help me to budget more accurately.

  7. Good post. If I literally accepted all the State Department and other travel warnings I would never leave the U.S. btw, I am enjoying El Salvador tremendously. Knew little about the country and culture really, and only thought I would spend a few days here. That’s one of the things I love about traveling, i.e., the freedom to change plans and spontaneously dive deeper into a culture. At an incredible beach right now (El Zonte). Leon and Corn Islands next, I think, but don’t really know. Take care!

  8. Well said. Everyone has their own point at which they bail and say this is as far as I go, but to base that decision on wild tales doesn’t se to be the right way to do it.

    I enjoyed reading the costs breakdown. How do you keep track of what you spend?

    1. Glad you’re enjoying it, I have fun looking back on it. It helps me watch my spending too.

      I keep a small moleskin notebook with me, and jot down what I spend each day (along with other information). Every week or so I transfer the daily entries to a spreadsheet.

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