Favorite thing: One of the nicest things about Honduras is the friendly people. Another is that it's a great place to "CHILL" as they say. Slow down, grab a very fresh fruit drink/smoothie, stretch out in a hammock and relax!
I went to San Pedro Sula a city was founded the 27th of June, 1536 by Don Pedro de Alvarado himself. The Spanish conqueror founded it with the name of "Villa de San Pedro de Puerto Caballos" and within the next 5 years it was known as San Pedro Sula, with the name Sula deriving from the local dialect Usula, meaning "valley of birds".
The Guamilito market, within walking distance from the central plaza on between the 8a and 9a Avenidas and 5a y 6a Calles N.O. offers the most complete selection of Honduran handicrafts in San Pedro Sula. The market is also a good place for vegetables and flowers.
Perhaps the most enchanting of all Mayan archaeological sites, and unquestionably the most artistic, this intriguing ancient city is easily reached from San Pedro Sula. The highway that connects these two cities is the Western highway, which leads to Santa Rosa de Copan and on to the Guatemalan border. At km 104 you will arrive at la Entrada, a junction town that has become an important commercial center for the western part of Honduras, from here you will take the road that leads towards Copan Ruinas. which will take you through lovely mountain scenery for 64 km into the Copan Valley, where the ruins are located. Total travel time between San Pedro Sula and Copan is no more than 3 hours if you have purchased a tour package.
Many tourists that visit Copan only walk into the main archaeological park, and never realize that there is a charming colonial town adjoining the archaeological park. Whatever your time schedule, you should make it a point to at least go into town for lunch.(There are a couple of restaurants at the visitors center, where many tourists end up having a bite before returning). In addition, there is a good museum with many local artifacts located in the center of town, and finally, there is Las Sepulturas, the only residential Mayan site that is open to the public in the Mayan World.
Fondest memory: The only thing still in my mind about Honduras are the conditions of the banana plantation workers. I guess I don't have to tell more about it!
In Honduras the people are mainly mestizo which is a mixture of indiginous indian and spanish. However, in the northern part of the country (where I was living) there was a large population of garifuna (see the picture). These people were brought to Honduras to work on the banana plantations. Many of the garifuna people living on the Bay Islands speak English in preference to Spanish.
The garifuna woman in Tela sell pan de coco on the beaches. If you go, you must try some!!
The music of the garifuna is the punta . It is a dance to the beat of a drum. I got quite proficient at doing the punta and let me tell you, it is GREAT exercise!!
Favorite thing: Located in the northern part of the country, San Pedro Sula is only a few miles from the coast and has always played a major role in Honduran history. The city was founded the 27th of June, 1536 by Don Pedro de Alvarado himself. The Spanish conqueror founded it with the name of 'Villa de San Pedro de Puerto Caballos' and within the next 5 years was known as San Pedro Sula, with the name Sula deriving from the local dialect Usula, meaning 'valley of birds'.
Favorite thing: Roatan Island is located in The Bay Islands, off the North coast of Honduras, in the Caribbean. Roatan is widely known for its great diving, unpopulated and unspoiled East End, trophy fishing, and colorful West End.
Favorite thing: Copan Ruins are located in the western part of Republic of Honduras, in the department of Copan. The capital of this Department is the city of Santa Rosa de Copan, formerly known as 'Los Llanos'. Copan is the archeological city located south of the whole geographic area, and it is where the great Mayan Civilization developed and flourished. (The area is 325,000 square kilometers and comprises the southeastern part of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and part of El Salvador).
Honduras is one of the 5 poorest countries in the world. Therefore it is not unsafe. People are polite, little begging or husteling tourists except on the north coast (maybe) unlike manny, manny other places.
Dont`t forget most people struggle very hard to survive and still treat you like a normal person not trying just to get most money out of you. Thats why negative sides of tourism are still quite unknow.
Help that it stays like this !
Try to cope and respect people and costumes.
Fondest memory: Lifing one month with very poor people of Tegucigalpa, you see costumes may be rude but violations is poor, and you have to improve some latin creverness
Favorite thing: Yojoa Lake is located between the department of Cortes, Santa Barbara y Comayagua. This natural lake is surrounded by two national parks. There are a lot of activities that can be done here!... You can go and take a trip in boat or rebt a yatch and sail on the lake or go to the Natrional Parks that are located here, the Cerro Azul meambar and Santa Barbara. There you can do birdwatching... there are hundreds of differents species found.... The food ther is delicious, if you visit the Yojoa Lake don't miss a delicious plate of Fish !!!
Copan Ruins is located just about two hours southwest of San Pedro Sula. This Mayans ruins are marvelous. There is a museum in the archeological park, that is surrounded by a green forest. While visiting this ruins you can enter the tunnels and see one of the most recently temples that archeologist had discovered. the Rosalile temple, that is shown in the picture on the left.
Fondest memory: Walking in the main square on the town of Copan Ruins, which is about 5 minutes away from the Archeological Park, is a nice experience. You can eat a traditional plate of food there, and also do a lot of shopping in the souvenir that are located along the street of this pictoresque town. You can also find a lot of cyberc@fes... and restaurants with a broad variety of food national and international cuisine.
The Beaches in Honduras are beautiful. You have plenty of them, and you can choose the one that fits your adveture spirit. My favorite beach in Honduras is Tela, Atlantida. While being in Honuras you can not miss the oportunity to visit this beach. It is located in the north coast, just around 90 kms east of San Pedro Sula.
Fondest memory: Mmmm, so many memories, food, beaches, people, what can i say.. is my home country! I like it a lot!
Favorite thing: One interesting thing about San Pedro is the sense that it is only half built. From arriving at the airport where we had to be shuttled to the terminal because it wasn't finished, to the roads, many of which seemed to be designated as 4 lane freeways of which only half was built, to the colonies where you had a mix of people living in cardboard shacks and habitat for huminity built cedarblock huts. I can only imagine what it is like after the Hurricane when through in the summer of '99.
Favorite thing: Another thing to get used to is the security. I don't remember seeing one single police officer in my two weeks there. But I do remember seeing plenty of Honduran Army on their Jeeps loaded with heavy machine guns. I also noticed that any decent store had a man with an AK-47 or other like gun standing in front of it guarding it. It was a bit different than what I was used to coming from the US.
Dive or snorkle the area near the end of the air strip, there are many coral heads and overhangs in reasonable shallow water. (15 - 25 ft.)
Fondest memory: Althea Jackson; the lovely lady who runs Sharkie's. She was more than helpful during our stay.
If you go to Honduras, be sure to visit the islands of Roatan and Guanaja. Roatan is a richly historical island with spectacular diving. It was once a pirate island and today still has some remnants of that past.
I travel there almost every year. Excellent diving at Fantasy Island and AKR. Also, dolphin shows at AKR.
Honduras is a country in the midst of being built. Like many and most of the countries in Central America, it is growing and modernizing. However, changes are slow in coming, and not the most efficient. Another VT member noted how San Pedro Sula, one of the larger cities in the country, seems half-finished. Not to quote directly. I wold have to agree with that, though in the many years of travel, I look at it from a different point of view. As I said above, Honduras, and therefore San Pedro are in the stages of building and modernizing. Note that the San Pedro airport has been under construction for how many years, five?, and is still not fully completed. Also note, that the automatic doors are not used, except by hand. Things happen sooooo slowly in these countries, and it is necessary to take that into consideration when asking why things are as they are. They don't possess the same rabid speed of life that we do, and therefore things take longer. Much longer. Thus, the cities always looks as if they are under construction, and they are.
Despite slow forward progress as a country, Honduras still captures its visitors. It is an amazing country with the same type of amazing and interesting history as the countries surrounding it.
Fondest memory: Trip to Roatan with girlfriend!
Take the public transportation (old school bus) to one of the villages. The ride will be long, hot and very bumpy, but well worth it. You must also go to the Mayan Indian Ruins.
Fondest memory: As we were leaving the village a young boy that had became very special to me was running barefoot behind the bus, waving as hard as he could. This just broke my heart because I would loved to have been able to bring him home with me to the States.
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