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From Lost Cities to Social Culture: Our Favorite Books About Honduras

In the fourth article of our Books About ____ series, we visit Honduras. In this list of our favorite books about Honduras, you’ll find adventure galore and, hopefully, a better understanding of this Central American country. This article contains links to Amazon, from which, as an Amazon Associate, this website will earn a small commission if you make any purchases. Visit our Affiliate Disclosure Page for more info. 

Few people know that I began my Central American life in Honduras, many years ago. And although I ended end up in Costa Rica, Honduras has always held a special place in my heart. It is, unfortunately, the least-covered Central American country on this site, due to the lack of writers and content creators on the ground there, That’s something we’d love to change at some point. But we love Honduras and want it to be represented as much as any other country on this website.

With that goal in mind, it’s now time to feature Honduras in our series of articles highlighting the best books about each Central American country. We’ve already covered books about Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua, and we also have a general Central America books guide. Honduras is the fourth country to be featured in this series.

The following books will, we hope, help you to foster a deeper appreciation for Honduras:

The Lost City of the Monkey God” by Douglas Preston

Chronicling an expedition to find the lost city of Ciudad Blanca in the remote Honduran rainforest. One for all the Indiana Jones-lovers out there.

Enrique’s Journey” by Sonia Nazario

A Honduran boy’s journey across Central America and Mexico to search for his mother in the United States. It sheds light on the struggles faced by migrants and offers a poignant exploration of immigration issues.

The Long Honduran Night: Resistance, Terror, and the United States in the Aftermath of the Coup” by Dana Frank

A detailed analysis of the 2009 coup in Honduras and its aftermath. It also explore’s the United State’s role in the coup.

Jungleland” by Christopher S. Stewart

Another book about the search for the fabled Ciudad Blanca. The author recounts his journey through Honduras , highlighting his encounters with drug smugglers, jaguars, and indigenous tribes.

The Mosquito Coast” by Paul Theroux

This novel follows an American family’s journey to Honduras as they attempt to escape modern society. It explores the challenges and conflicts they encounter living in the remote Central American jungle, providing insights into the region’s complexities.

Working Hard, Drinking Hard: On Violence and Survival in Honduras” by Adrienne Pine

Based on the author’s own experiences, this book offers an anthropological study of Honduras’ culture, violence, and struggles.

Banana Cultures” by John Soluri

An exploration the history and impact of the banana industry on Honduras and the United States. It delves into the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of the banana business.

That wraps up this list of our favorite books about Honduras

The above books provide a rich and varied exploration of Honduras, encompassing history, adventure, migration, social issues, and cultural exploration through non-fiction accounts, novels, and anthropological studies. We hope you enjoy them!

James Dyde is the editor of He lives in Escazu, Costa Rica.

James Dyde

James Dyde

James Dyde is a British immigrant to Costa Rica and the editor of this website. He has lived in Central America since 2000 and retains a deep love for the region. He lives in Escazu, Costa Rica.