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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Regional Advisory for parts of Valle, Choluteca and Olancho Foreign Affairs andInternational Trade Canada advises against all travel to San Francisco de Coray and Langue in the department of Valle; Orocuina, Apacilagua and Morolica in the department of Choluteca; San Francisco de la Paz and Gualaco in the department of Olancho due to high levels of violence and crime. Behind the land of quaint fishing towns and majestic pyramids, Honduras is a country of violence, murder, gang violence, drug violence and mugging. In fact, Honduras has the highest homicide rate per capita in the world. A shocking 91.6 per capita/100,000 people in 2011 or 7,104 in a population of only 7,750,000. To put that in perspective, that's over 20 times more than the homicide rate in the United States. Mugging and robberies happen in broad daylight in the bad side of cities, especially to tourists. So, what is the reason behind all this violence? Well, geographically, Honduras is close to Drug Capital, Mexico. Many drug lords hide from the police in Honduras. As for gangs such as Mara Sulvracha (also known as MS-13) started in prisons in US prisons between Honduran-born inmates when they were deported back to the country in the 80's. In the past 30 years, gangs have taken a serious have taken a serious on the safety of this beautiful country. The main reason behind the robberies and mugging is that 60% of the population is below the national poverty line. The poor see robbing rich tourists as a quick way to make some cash. The Dark Side of Honduras 60% of the population lives below the povertry line Gang and drug violence is a huge issue in Honduras Murder,mugging and robberies happens in broad daylight Travellers Tip Take much caution in the big cities like Tegucigalpa and El Paso, try not to walk alone too much at night, don`t wear flashy jewelry in public, watch out for sketchy taxis and make sure not too follow people you don`t know. If the correct amount of caution, Honduras can be an enjoyablevacation. Did You Know? There is only one natural lake in the Honduras Honduras is often called the `"Banana Republic" Soccer is the most loved sport in this country Honduras home to the worlds 2nd largest coral reef. Take note Honduras has the highest homicide rate per capita in the world
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