Planning your assault on Honduras -- and I do not mean like American William Walker did when he attempted to invade the country in 1860 -- can be rather tricky. There is plenty to see, and the country is quite large and spread out. Careful planning is a must, especially if you are short on time. Few visitors have months to explore in Honduras, so below, we present both 1- and 2-week itineraries to help you make the most of your time.

Honduras has so many adventures on hand that 1 or 2 weeks won't get you everywhere, so relax and don't even try. Instead, we recommend you enjoy the nuggets -- The North Coast, Gracias, and Copán -- among other allures, saving the rest for another day.

Like elsewhere in Central America, getting around can be slow, and you may be at the mercy of infrequent bus and plane schedules. While fine highways connect cities like San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa, traffic in rural areas moves a bit slower. Still, there is plenty to fit in certain pockets like the Bay Islands, North Coast, and the western side of the country. These destinations are relatively easy to reach, no more than a few hours by car or ferry from any major airport.

The itineraries that follow take you to some major attractions and some off-the-beaten-track ones. The pace may be a bit breathless for some visitors, so skip a town or sight occasionally to have some time to kick back -- after all, you're on vacation. Of course, you can use any of these itineraries as a jumping-off point to develop your own custom-made trip.

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