Blogs from Western, Honduras, Central America Caribbean - page 10


The Canopy Tour just outside the town of Copan Ruinas is designed to thrill and generate a adrenaline for those who like such things. I tried a zipline in Costa Rica. I remember most when the guide pushed me off a platform while I faced backwards. The idea was to swing, tarzan like, back and forth in the trees. But he pushed me, and I wasn´t ready, so my head and back jerked, and presto, I had an instant chiropractic adjustment. It lasted for several days.This is what I remember most from my last zipline adventure. Since ¨Canopy Tours¨are so popular in Costa Rica, Honduras had to have one, too. And this one is good--with 16 ziplines, the highest one is about 1km, I believe, above the ground, and the last line takes you over the ... read more
But I´m Really not so sure

Stones can speak, yes they can. And they spoke this morning at the ruins near the town of Copan Ruinas. Massive buildings, extraordinary energy and intent. Several hundred years of building, ruling, processions, ball games, ceremonies, maintaining the world iteself. The Mayan descendants still live. The stones hold the real secrets. Maybe the macaws that live there will tell me about it someday, but more likely, if I listen more carefully, I will be able to hear the stones speak more clearly.... read more
Ceiba tree grows from the Ruins
Rock Pyramid

It started reasonably enough. There´s a cool waterfall near Santa Rita, a small town near Copan, and you would really like to see it, he said to me. We will walk in the water some. It is a fairly easy hike. But I nearly wrecked my knees at the national park near Gracias, I said, because of all the climbing and descending. This is nothing like that, he said. I was convinced. Tomorrow we would go for a few hours to see the waterfall, swim, and walk a bit. Oh by the way, he said, I will bring my climbing rope. And do you have something to keep your camera dry with? I really should have thought a little more about this. But silly me, yearning for adventures, I just thought the climbing rope was for ... read more
The Descent
Down We Go
The Launch

A popular hot springs is about an hour´s drive from Copan along a dusty road. The drive to the hot springs is far more fascinating than the hot springs themselves. Most of the hills around the city have been cleared to some extent of vegetation to make way for coffee plants, bananas, and other crops. It is incredible how the farmers plant crops on slopes that are fit only for sledding or snowboarding where I live. Our driver told us about the cooperative for raising organic coffee in these hills, where about 15 to 20 families joined together to raise shade grown coffee in a sustainable way. We saw very young plants, carefully tended under shadecloth, for replacing coffee plants when they die. The families had been gathering lots of firewood and storing it in a ... read more
Road to Hot Springs, Copan
House near Hot Springs, Copan

The Parque de Aves, just a short ride outside of Copan, has a short trail next to the river where large enclosures are the homes for various tropical birds. The first enclosure protects about 20 or so scarlet macaws. Visitors can walk right through the enclosure, and be one with the birds. I thought I might be greeted as an old friend, perhaps, but no, these birds tried to drive me away with their noisy protests and taunts. Their responses to me were dreadful, even though I was telling them how beautiful they were and how honored I was to be among them. And they were utterly beautiful, with their crimson plumage, long flowing tails when they flew, and other strong colors of blue, yellow, and green mixed in. I knew they had planned their greeting ... read more
Scarlet Macaw
Scarlet Macaw
Baby Toucan


I have a new family. Donia Orphilia is about my age, and she warmly welcomed me into her home. Her niece Sabrina is a talkative 7 year old who is learning English, and who translates for Orphilia when she needs it. Her sister Elda and her parents also live in the same house. I have my own room painted in the classic yuk green, and a private bathroom. I can stare at the underside of the tile roof, criss crossed by electrical wires. It is quite cozy. Last night I was cold, however, even though it was about 80 degrees F. The family has four dogs and two cats, who all seem to get along well. The cats are lanky, with the weirdest triangular faces. I have not yet met the dogs. So far I love ... read more
Tuk Tuk

Parque National Celaque is a bone jarring 20 minute ride from Gracias. I met my guide, Don Luis, there at the bottom of the path that went to the entrance of the park. Don Luis is a spry 52 year old man who wore hiking boots, a cowboy hat, and a ten foot long knife on his side. He speaks no English but guides visitors. I begged him to speak Spanish more slowly, but my pleas were not effective. Soon I was trying to understand by intuition only, which sometimes worked, I think. Since it was early in my trip to Honduras, I was eager to do the walk, even though it is all uphill. After 30 minutes of walking we reached the visitor center, and I realized that the trails in this park were a ... read more
Don Luis and Epazote
My View

We caught a bus to Chiquimula (I think that´s how you spell it) and from there to the border. No hassles crossing the border. They have a special deal if you´re just going to Copan. There´s a little village called Copan Ruinas which, basically, services the ruins. We found a pleasant enough hotel and booked ourselves in before exploring the town. Found a good bar called Twisted Tanyas. Much recommended should you go there. They also do food. We had excellent tilapia on the second night though on the first night we just had beer. All this time there was thunder and lightening in the mountains. The rain came down as we were heading out to eat so we ducked into the nearest restaurant. Where there was another powercut (did I mention the first powercut?). We ... read more
Bird in a tree
Macaws at Copan

Well we finally visited the ruins today. They were spectacular and very… old. There is a hieroglyphic staircase over 100’ high which contains the longest Mayan history ever found. There are also lots of carved stellae of former kings. Copan is a lovely chilled out town. Strangely enough it seems that most of the residents own Chelsea tractors. Walking around is lovely during the evening when the town comes alive. This week the town has been celebrating Semana Santa - holy week, leading up to Easter. There’s been street decorations, processions and children acting out the Easter story. We’ve successfully eaten plenty of street food, one of our favourites is puposas con pollo. They’re chicken stuffed soft tortillas with a side of shredded cabbage and beetroot. We’ve not done an awful lot, not just because it’s ... read more
Iguana Azul rules
Steve making dinner in a very large pestle and morter
Our room at the Iguana Azul

Our numbers have come up on the Honduran mid week lottery!!! 2,000,000 Limpiras that's about 60K!!!!!!!!!! So happy that we got pressured in to buying a ticket now. First class all the way..... time for some fun bubbles! We'll update when we know what's happening next xxxx ... read more

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