Honduras

Honduras is considered one of the most dangerous places on earth to be a woman. Due to organized crime, drug traffickers, corrupt law enforcement, and lack of adequate judicial response, Honduras has one of the highest homicide rates in the region, along with gang violence, armed robbery, rape, and femicide. As such, Honduras ranks #7 on the 2016 List of 10 Most Dangerous Countries for Women Travelers.

Rating: Dangerous

The Organization of American States 2016 report notes that Honduras has one of the highest homicide rates in the region or world due to organized crime, drug traffickers, and a lack of adequate judicial response (80% of murders go unpunished). Additionally, high levels of gang violence, armed robbery, and rape cause result in the Kiwis and Aussies recommending taking a high degree of caution. As of March 15, 2015, the Canadian government has a regional advisory for Valle, Choluteca, and Olancho advising against all travel due to high levels of violence and crime. The US State department warns that the levels of crime and violence remain critically high. 

While policing has gone up in some areas, unfortunately, the police have been caught perpetrating crimes and are considered one of the most corrupt and mistrusted police forces in Latin America. The government has turned to the army to enforce the law, which has only led to complaints of human rights abuses.

The women of Honduras suffer from a high rate of violence that is rarely punished, leading some groups to have the view Honduras as one of the most dangerous places on Earth to be a woman. Most sources strongly recommend that women not travel alone there.  Honduras is also prone to hurricanes, heavy rain, and flooding, and now for 2016 also has the Zika virus.

If you want to go to Honduras or must go:  Copan and the beach areas of Roatan, Tela, and La Ceiba are safer than other areas as they are highly touristed areas.  Copan is home to an ancient Mayan city that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also has a bird park and nature reserve.  Roatan is the most developed of the islands but is not overly developed and has great scuba diving spots and beaches. Although the government of Honduras has stationed special police at Roatan and Copan for extra security, Roatan saw significant crime in 2014.  Keep in mind, these areas are safer than the rest of Honduras, but crime is high even here by international standards. Need we stress that wearing capris and long skirts is a good idea?  And no jewelry!  Note that rainy season is from June to November.

Conclusion:  Perhaps you are thinking it would be better to go where a woman can travel freely and safely, if so, please refer to our 10 safest countries for women tourists.

Cover Photo: Chanel 4 News

Description: Miss Honduras and sister murdered

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