Suggested Reading List

Looking for a book to read while visiting Honduras? It’s always neat to read a book or two about a country you’re visiting. Here’s a list of books about or related to Honduras in some way:

The Lost City of the Monkey God

When I first traveled to Honduras, the fabled, lost “White City” was still a myth. This book covers the supposed discovery of that city.
While there is still a lot of disagreement in academic circles about what’s actually been found, this book is still a solid read.

Enrique’s Journey

A Pulitzer-prize winning classic from 2007, more relevant than ever today.

The Mosquito Coast

Later adapted to a lesser-known movie starring Harrison Ford, follow the journey of a man who grows increasingly mad as he ventures deeper. into the jungles of La Moskitia

The Fish That Ate the Whale

“The Life and Times of America’s Banana King.” Highly-recommended.

Jungle of Stone

The Extraordinary Journey of John L. Stephens and Frederick Catherwood, and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya

Walking the Americas

1,800 Miles, Eight Countries, and One Incredible Journey from Mexico to Colombia

Don’t Be Afraid, Gringo

A Honduran Woman Speaks From The Heart: The Story of Elvia Alvarado

The Black Carib Wars

Freedom, Survival, and the Making of the Garifuna.
One of the few books in English on the history of the Garifuna.

Tramping Through Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras

“Being The Random Notes Of An Incurable Vagabond.”
While it won’t win any awards, this is a fascinating travelogue of a backpacker traveling through the region in 1916.
His description of the Comayagua valley is hilarious.