I spent about a few days in Honduras on my Central America trip this spring. I felt no less safe there than I did anywhere else in Central America. I can't really say much about Tegucigalpa since I just drove through on a Sunday. But a really nice young couple on a little 125cc had me follow them on a wild ride, weaving through traffic, to show me the way out of the city towards Comayagua. The city, or the part I happened to be in, struck me as more run down than the other Central American cities. I did not visit the north (Olancho and vicinity)
On the way down I crossed from El Salvador and took the short route to Nicaragua via CA1. But I did spend the night in Nacaome since I crossed late in the day. At the hotel I had a nice long political discussion with a Selaya supporting government worker. This section of road is probably the least scenic of Honduras and that may be why there are many unfavourable views of this country.
On the way back up I crossed from Nicaragua at las Manos, just north of Ocotal. A very pleasant and easy crossing for me. Shortly after I stopped at a modern, new looking, strip mall and had a coffee at a little cafe that might as well have been somewhere in Canada. I had been expecting run down towns and rampant poverty and this seemed out of place. From there I went towards Tegucigalpa and turned right at Los Limones / Ojo de Agua. A nice paved road leads to the junction of another road to the left near Talanga / Agua Blanca. This narrow but nicely paved road now climbs into the pine forests and twists and turns upwards as the temperatures drop. There's a little tourist village (Valle Angeles), mostly local tourists, about an hour before you're back in Tegucigalpa. From there it's all the way down into rather unappealing and potholed Tegucigalpa.
In one rather long day I continued on, after my wild ride with the two young bikers, to Comayagua for the night. This stretch was really all that interesting but there were some nice forests. At the time there was a lot of road construction with 4 laning and 3 laning going on. Truck traffic was heavy.
The first hotel along the highway was asking $65/night so I went on to the next one and splurged on a $35 hotel. There was a Burger King next door and across from me a Pizza Hut and sparkling brand new looking convenience store and gas station. It all felt very much American and not the least bit threatening.
From Comayagua we, I had met another biker at the hotel, went to Lago Yojoa and the D&D Brewpub. That was well worth it. The lake was beautiful, the roads were good, in fact Honduras had some of the better roads in Central America, and the
was very nice and brewed by an expat from near Portland, OR.
From there we rode to Copan Ruinas at the Guatemala border. Copan Ruinas was one of my favourite ruins. The intricately carved stelae were amazing and we basically had the place to ourselves since it was heading into off season.
All in all I loved Honduras, just like I loved all the other countries I visited.