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One Day in Ocotepeque, Honduras: Itinerary to Transform and Travel

Updated: Oct 5, 2021

Honduras, land of depths, is deep in its history, culture, and yes water! My travel to Honduras still has me in awe and wonder! I can't believe how fast my two weeks in Ocotepeque, Honduras with my stay at Hotel Sandoval and has flown by!

If you haven't heard of Ocotepeque, Honduras before this post, you are not the only one. Until this summer, whenever I heard of Honduras, I thought of Roatan and the Bay Islands. That all changed when a press trip to Honduras came up.

When I left Atlanta, GA in 2020 for about two years with my travel to 7 Continents, I didn't imagine Honduras would be part of my travels in 2021. Yet, here I am. Honduras is more than a destination.

During my two-week stay in Ocotepeque in Honduras, I stayed at Hotel Sandoval and enjoyed Turicentro Sandoval Water Park in Ocotepeque, Honduras.

While Honduras may be known for tourist destinations like Roatan and Copan Ruins, visit Honduras destinations like Ocotepeque for more authentic experiences.

Honduras: More Than a Destination

No matter how much time you have in Honduras, visit Ocotepeque.

Let's talk about what I recommend for One Day in Ocotepeque, Honduras.


One Day in Ocotepeque, Honduras

Ocotepeque offers nearby attractions of Cayaguanca Rock, Central Park, San Jose Parish, market, and Guisayote Biological Reserve. Not to mention, being hours from world-famous destinations of Roatan and Copan Ruins.

That's one of the reasons why I decided to spend not just One Day in Ocotepeque, Honduras but about two weeks. If you are curious about my full-time travels, check out my Digital Nomad August 2021 recap.

If you don't know where to start with your time in Ocotepeque, I am here to help you #createit! Although I experienced an incredible time in Ocotepeque during my two weeks, there is much more.

While there is plenty to experience one day all around Ocotepeque to transform and travel whether you come solo, with family, or with a group, you will want to consider staying longer.

Follow this One Day in Ocotepeque, Honduras: Itinerary to Transform and Travel. It will help you make your travels transformational even it's a short trip.

My recommendations for One Day in Ocotepeque, Honduras include hiking Cayaguanca Rock, visiting the central park and San Jose Parish, experiencing Turicentro Sandoval Water Park, and fave foods!

Travel to Honduras in Ocotepeque

Travel to Honduras

Travel to Honduras may take on many different forms. There are four international airports for you to fly into the country, as well as options to travel from the three bordering countries. Honduras borders Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. Since the San Salvador airport is the closest to Ocotepeque, I ended up getting a driver to take me from San Salvador to El Poy Border in Honduras.

During my first two weeks in Honduras, I stayed at Hotel Sandoval.

For transportation, I arranged a driver with my San Salvador Airbnb to take me to the border for $30. Manuel with Hotel Sandoval helped me from the border to the hotel.

Make sure before you travel to Honduras, you check current requirements for COVID. As of September 2021, either an antigen or PCR test is acceptable for Honduras for non-vaccinated travelers. In addition, an online pre-check and health pass forms are required.

Since countries and requirements are ever-changing, I recommend you check about a week before your travels.

I traveled to Honduras starting on September 16, 2021. As of now, I don't have an exact end date. It will likely be mid-October.

Hotel Sandoval in Ocotepeque

Honduras: Ocotepeque Stay

Before traveling to Honduras, I decided I would stay at least about a month. I knew I would stay about two weeks in Ocotepeque for the digital marketing and press trip. No Honduras itinerary is complete without a visit to Roatan and the Bay Islands. I decided I would do Free Diving for my birthday. The rest I would figure out along the way!

Ocotepeque, Honduras Hotel Sandoval Stay

I found Hotel Sandoval via one of the 75+ Tools and Resources in the center of Ocotepeque.

No matter what type of traveler you are, Hotel Sandoval has you covered. I stayed for 2 weeks, and loved the indoor and outdoor amenities.

The spacious suites and rooms, restaurant, and pool area offer the best of both worlds. The restaurant on-site, open-air pool area and patio, and fast WiFI provide a great place to co-work, host meetings, and get work done.

On top of that, Hotel Sandoval offers breakfast, air conditioning, internet, cable TV, private bathroom, hot water, private parking, security onsite for your comfort!

All shots are my own on Canon EOSM100, Sony A330, and/or my iPhone 12 Mini or Airbnb photos.

Fun Facts About Honduras

There is a lot about Ocotepeque, Honduras that will surprise you.

Nueva Ocotepeque, also called Ocotepeque lies in western Honduras. It is along the Lempa River at 2,641 feet (about 800 meters) above sea level. Originally, the town was situated to the northeast. After the Marchala River overflowed in 1935 destroying the town, the town relocated. In 2021, Nueva Ocotepeque celebrated 86 years.

As of 2020, Nueva Ocotepeque has a population of about 13,000. The town's location is miles away from the El Salvador border at El Poy, as well as the Guatemalan at Agua Caliente. Ocotepeque has the economic benefit of being a tri-country center of business. It attracts residents of smaller towns as well.

Nueva Ocotepeque is 86 years old.

Although Ocotepeque does not boast high tourism numbers, it is prime for tourism with an authentic Honduran experience. Not to mention, it is hours from incredible destinations like Copan Ruins, La Ceiba, and Roatan and the Bay Islands.

If you want to know more about Honduras, visit Travel to Honduras.

Why I Create Travel Guides Globally

Although I've stayed in Honduras for two weeks so far, I love to create adventure days to share for myself and others whether you are somewhere short or long-term, and want to create adventure days too.

My story includes being conceived in Bulgaria, born in Poland, and in 4 countries by the time I was 2 (including a refugee camp in Italy.). I am in awe of the transformation from the inside out of my life in every area including health, wealth, business, and travel.

That's why I created One Day Travel guides all around the world. In my Top 10 Things to Do, you will find more reasons to experience the cities and countries I share on my global travel to 7 Continents.

Travel fills me up.

One Day in Ocotepeque, Honduras

One Day in Ocotepeque is not enough! If its all you have, don't miss it!

Depending on when you arrive, and where you stay, feel free to modify your experiences!

For One Day in Ocotepeque, I recommend hiking to Cayaguanca Rock, visiting the central park and parish, stopping by the markets, enjoying Turicentro Sandoval Water Park, visiting a Tilapia farm, and foodie experiences.


Hike to Cayaguanca Rock

One of the best things to do in Honduras is hike Cayaguana Rock near Ocotepeque. It is one of the best hikes in Central America in my opinion. The views of El Salvador and Honduras are unmatched.

When I Googled Top Things to Do near Ocotepeque, Cayaguanca Rock came up as #1. When I asked about the hike, Manuel, the owner of Hotel Sandoval and prior Honduras Tourism FAM Press Trip Leader set up the hike for me.

He introduced me to Gustavo (Vikingo) who owns the local barbershop who loves to hike! This is a hike you definitely want a guide on. Gustavo is an excellent guide. By the way, I work out regularly including lifting weights, and my legs were sore for 3 days after the hike!

The hike is about 2 miles round-trip with the first half being in open air at a 45 degree incline. The second half of the hike to Cayaguanca Rock is within a shaded reserve forest. Cayaguanca Rock is at an elevation of 1,641 meters, over 5,000 feet!


Visit Central Park and San Jose Parish

A visit to Ocotepeque is not complete without stopping by the central park, Ocotepeque sign, and San Jose Parish!

After your hike to Cayaguanca Rock, you may want to relax on one of the benches, and try Baleadas (typical Honduran dish) in the park.


Tilapia Farm

I sea food and eat it. Anyone else? When I learned I could visit a real-life Tilapia Farm about 10 minutes walking distance in Singuapa, I got excited! I got to go with Beatriz, the manager of El Padrino Restaurant connected to Hotel Sandoval.

I learned about the set-up, harvesting and selling of over 50,000 tilapias annually with Marvin, one of the owner's sons.


Turicentro Sandoval Water Park

Turicentro Sandoval Water Park is the best way to end your day in Ocotepeque. Whether its relaxing in the pool or hammocks, going down the slide, or enjoying time with your kids, you will love your time.

Turicentro Sandoval Water Park is located a few minutes from the center of town by car going in the direction of the El Poy border.

Reasons to Stay in Ocotepeque Longer

It is easy to see One Day in Ocotepeque is not enough! If you stay longer, you will want to consider visiting Guisayote Biological Reserve, Roatan, and Copan Ruins to name a few noteworthy spots.

If you haven't yet, check out my One Day Travel and Top 10 Things to Do around the world.


Ocotepeque, Honduras One Day Travel

There is a reason why the tourism campaign focused on telling us Honduras is more than a destination. Honduras, land of great depths, is much more than the world-famous Meso-american Barrier Reef.

Whether you want to spend time experiencing local authentic experiences in Ocotepeque, visiting ruins in Copan, or swimming, snorkeling or free diving with marine life in the Bay Islands, you will love it.

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