The national unit of currency is the lempira, often shortened to “lemp” by English-speaking Hondurans and expatriates. Bills come in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 500 lempira, while coins are worth 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 centavos. Coins are worth so little they’re more of an annoyance than an asset. A slang word for cash is pisto. At the time of writing, the lempira was trading at 19.1 to US$1. A good website for checking the current rate is www.xe.com.
Note: It can often be difficult to change 500 lempira notes, especially in smaller towns, so try to carry lots of smaller bills and change whenever possible. It’s also better to avoid beaten up or torn notes, as they can be hard to spend.
© Chris Humphrey and Amy E. Robertson from Moon Honduras, 5th Edition