Yojoa Lake, Honduras.
Yojoa Lake is Honduras’ largest sweet lake. It is surrounded by tall and powerfull waterfalls, coffee farms, tropical rainforest and caves. Honduras has a deep and wild nature to explore and this region is the best example to prove it.
What To Do Guide
Yojoa Lake is a laid-back destination, actually, one of the most popular stops while crossing Honduras. There are enough activities to keep yourself occupied for several days:
- Finca Paradise is a loop trail through a coffee plantation. From huge trees, to all kinds of different flowers, a lookout on top of a hill, and a turquoise lagoon. Entrance fee is 50L (~2.1 USD).
- Pulhapanzak waterfall. One of the most exciting waterfalls in Honduras. Take the bus to San Pedro Sula and get off at San Buenaventura (10min, 20L, ~0.9 USD). From there, follow the signs leading to the waterfall, it’s a 15 minutes walk.
- Take a great nature walk on Naranjos Ecological and Archeological park. Entrance fee is 6 USD.
- Hike Cerro Azul Meámbar National Park. It takes about 3-4 hours to complete. You’ll see views of Lake Yojoa, two small waterfalls and many tropical trees, butterflies, and birds. Entrance fee is 7 USD.
- Kayaking on Lake Yojoa.
- Caves of Taulabe a well-developed cave system. Catch a bus to Tegucigalpa and get off at Taulabe (20 min, 50L, ~2.1USD). Entrance fee is 4 USD.
How To Get There
The lake is located on the highway that connects the two largest Honduran cities, Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula. It is quite a big area, but most of the accommodations are found on the north side, on Los Naranjos village. This is how to get there by bus:
- From San Pedro Sula: Take “El Mochito” from the bus Terminal. The bus leaves every 30 minutes from 5:30 to 17:30. It takes about 2 hours and costs 45L (~1.9 USD).
- From Tegucigalpa: Take any bus to La Guama. Once there, catch a bus to Peña Blanca (20L, ~0.9 USD). Finally, take a motortaxi or wait for the “El Mochito” bus. It may sound complicated, but it’s not. All these buses are really frequent.
Where To Stay Around Yojoa Lake
D&D Brewery is a microbewery-lodge-in-the-woods-restaurant-adventure-company. It is a memorable place, with great rooms, delicious food, and, of course, their own hand-craft beer! It is located in Los Naranjos village described in the “How To Get Guide” section.
- Safety: Honduras is world-famous for having one of the highest murder rates in the world. Nevertheless, the region around Yojoa Lake is one of the safests places in Honduras in particular and in Central America in general. Personally, I don’t discourage traveling there at all. In fact, most of the violence doesn’t affect tourists. Use common sense and you will be safe. For example, don’t show off beautiful possessions, avoid walking too late at night, and don’t stay too long in big cities such as San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa since these are the most dangerous areas.
- Currency: Lempira – 1 USD ~ 23.6 HNL
- Language: As most of Central America countries (except Belize), the main language is Spanish.
- Travel Guide: Lonely Planet Central America