The currency of Honduras is the lempira, named in honor of the first national hero, a defender of freedom and national sovereignty during the conquest. Lempira was a Lenca chief who gave the Spanish the strongest resistance on record in the territory of Honduras.
There are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500 lempira bills and, though little used, coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents of lempira. The bill that has the closest value of 1 U.S. dollar is the 20 lempira bill. The lempira is abbreviated as L., so 100 lempiras are L. 100.
You can exchange dollars for lempiras in all banks in Honduras, and euros in most. Honduras has banks with national, regional and international origins. Banks are open from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and mornings on Saturdays; although each bank designates certain offices to serve in extended schedules. These are the banks that operate in Honduras.
All banks have some branches with drive-through services, and several ATM networks operate at a national level, found in large cities, departmental capitals and major secondary cities.
Most stores accept Visa and Master Card credit cards, and American Express, to a lesser degree. Many also accept payment in dollars, but it is always advisable to take a sum of money-not too large- in cash for the unforeseen or when visiting remote areas. Try to use smaller bills because you may have difficulty getting change for larger bills in small businesses.