HONDURAS is a vibrant country of rainforests, mountains, white sandy Caribbean beaches, and fascinating ancient ruins – the most famous being ‘Copan”. Its capital is Tegucigalpa, formerly a gold- and silver-mining centre. Honduras has more than 700 species of birds including the Harpy eagle, and populations of rare mammals such as jaguars, pumas, ocelots, giant anteaters, tapir and mantled howler monkeys.