Our newest program here at Helping Hands Honduras is a two week tour of Talanga and the surrounding area. Our tour gives you the opportunity to see parts of Honduras that others miss, to learn more about the real Honduran culture through cooking, dancing and talks, and to have once in a lifetime experiences such as cooking for local school children and visiting a highland coffee plantation. We provide all this, over two weeks, for only $500, 33.33 $ daily spend!
In addition to all of this, you know that the money you pay will be going to a good cause. All of the profit we make from the program will go back into the foundation, allowing us to continue to enable children to attend school and to reach even more children in need.
Arrival in Talanga - time to settle into your new surroundings. Get to know the other tour participants and your Talanga host family and enjoy a typical Honduran dinner.
Leave at 8am after a traditional breakfast of refried beans, eggs, tortillas, cheese and butter. We head into the centre of Talanga crossing the water and hiking around 80 minutes to 'Cueva del Diablo' (Devil's cave). We will have plenty of time to take photos, eat our delicious packed lunches and rest before heading back to spend the
night in Talanga.
We leave Talanga by car for a visit to the picturesque cultural village of Catarranas. We have three potential tours you can do in Catarranas, including visiting an artisan sweet factory, a traditional sugar producer or a more in-depth cultural tour of Catarranas. After your tour, we will spend the night in Catarranas.
After a hearty breakfast, we head up into the highlands to the coffee plantation where we will learn the process of making coffee from planting, harvesting, drying, roasting and finally drinking! This evening we will stay in the house of local farmers.
Return from the plantation, an
afternoon of relaxing and then a cultural evening activity - viewing a famous Honduran film (with popcorn and other snacks too of course!).
We take a look at the pineapple farm, go horse riding and visit the wells. Eat the classic Honduran dish of Baleadas for dinner!
We leave for Majada Verde (a rural community ~1.5 hour away) and experience what life is like on a Honduran farm - milk cows and learn to make tortillas. In the evening we will learn a traditional Honduran dance.
One of the ways that Helping Hands Honduras helps children to attend school by providing food for them at the school. In Majada Verde we fund and run a canteen attached to the local school, and this morning you will cook food for the children of the school and meet the children. Another cultural evening - this time a talk about recent Honduran history.
Visit a tobacco farm, where a guide will talk you through the growing and harvesting process.
Travel to Majada Verde by bus (journey time ~ 2 hours due to rocky, mountainous roads). Majada Verde is a rural community in which Helping Hands Honduras has another canteen and sponsors many children. On the day we arrive we will hike in the surrounding hills with a guide. In the evening roast marshmallows round a fire and enjoy the amazing stars!
Help cook for the local schoolchildren from our canteen, meet and discuss with local people and ride back to Talanga by car. You can visit the market on your last day in Talanga to pick up any souvenirs.
Departure to Tegucigalpa/onward destination.
If you have any dietary needs, please let us know during the booking process so we can accomodate you. Talanga is a 1.5 hour bus ride from Tegucigalpa, buses run each half half hour from 4am to 6pm. We know that some travellers have reservations about taking buses through Tegucigalpa, and whilst in our experience previous visitors have been fine if they are sensible and don’t travel at night, we are happy to help you with your transport. We can do this by recommending and booking trusted taxi drivers to take you to the Talanga bus station in Tegucigalpa, or by picking you up from Tegucigalpa by car (although this will cost extra as we have to pay for gas!).
When staying in Talanga, you will live in the home of a local host family who will provide food for you and help you wash clothes if required. We have picked our host families (and all the other locations you will sleep at) because we know how friendly, hospitable and great at cooking they are. This being said, please be aware that you will be living with real families, often in rural locations, so we can’t promise hotel-like conditions (e.g. no air conditioning). Thank you for taking the time to read about our tours. We’re always happy to answer questions, and would love to hear from you!