The port of Amapala, head of the municipality that bears the same name, is located on Isla del Tigre. The municipality is made up of about 30 islands situated in the Gulf of Fonseca. This gulf is shared by Honduras and El Salvador in the west and with Nicaragua in the east.
Amapala is a town that dates back to the colonial era, but reached its prime after the construction of the pier in 1833. Soon after Amapala became the main port of Honduras and by the beginning of the republican era it was a city that boasted economic prosperity and political power. Germans and French, drawn by trade, made their homes in this port city and it is even said that famed Albert Einstein once spent a night on the island.
The development of the Port of San Lorenzo in the seventies, in what is known as Boca del Henecán, was a blow to Amapala and gradually it began to lose importance. Today, aided by tourism, the city has resumed its appeal.
Amapala is a destination for the open minded. Lacking the tourist experience of larger cities, this small town on Isla del Tigre is just beginning to awaken to tourism. Therefore you will find only few hotels and restaurants. The Hostel Casa de las Gárgolas is a good choice to relax. Of course, you must climb to the top of the hill (a former volcano) that dominates the geography of the island. You will find the best view of the trail about fifty meters before the summit.
Life in Amapala is not easy. Without a doubt one of the hottest places in Honduras. The volcanic soils covered by large stones and black sand beaches become the ideal setting for souls willing to face it. But once you get to know the small island (it takes only a few minutes to cover) the traveler will discover the countless resources that are available. About 30 islands anxiously wait to be explored, many of them uninhabited. The local cuisine, based on seafood, can be the beginning of an eye-opening adventure. But above all, it is the tranquility of the island and the vastness of the Pacific Ocean which make Amapala a unique destination.Related Articles