Honduras

The Central American country of Honduras is one of the best places to go to experience nature. The rainforests here are home to many amazing animals such as jaguars, tapirs, parrots, and monkeys. In addition, the forests are home to several indigenous tribes who are protected by national law. While I have only had the chance to experience the Honduran island of Roatán, it was quite an experience with a view into local life. One of the best experiences there was swimming with dolphins. While I would normally advise against this due to most places being inhumane and unhealthy for the animals, we went to a facility that rescues injured dolphins and creates a safe and open space for them. The enclosure was about two acres with fencing that allowed smaller creatures from the surrounding ocean to come and go. The dolphins were also taken out of the enclosure every day to swim in the open water and even interact with other dolphin pods.

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Image by Carli Jeen