Blogs from Gracias, Western, Honduras, Central America Caribbean - page 2


Today was a great day. We went to the build site. We began by introducing ourselves using our very best Spanish to the masons and their helpers. We were then assigned our tasks. Today: moving adobe bricks. Approximately 1100, 25 pound bricks, moved from the brick making area to the building area. Definitely got my workout in today. Other activities included gathering pine straw from the woods and mixing mud for tomorrow's brick making. At noon the kids came home from school. They flocked to the job site where they enjoyed engaging with the "gringos". We played cards, coloring, jump rope and handed our lots of stickers. Tossing the frisbee and playing soccer were also fun. The kids ranged in age from 2-14. After 13, they leave school and go to work to help support their ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Western » Gracias March 31st 2013

We arrived safely in Honduras. For most of us, travel was uneventful. After landing at San Pedro Sula, we took a long time to pass through immigration and customs. We met Luis, the representative from Habitat Honduras. He is a really nice man, with a great sense of humor. We loaded into our mini bus along with our driver for the week. The ride to Santa Rosa de Copan, was long. It was interesting to watch the landscape go from flat to mountainousThe the country is very green. agriculture plays an important role in the local economy. We saw banana, sugar cane, and coffee plantations. There were a lot of farm animals alongside the road for much of the trip. The roads are windy and full of pot holes. There were many police and military check ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Western » Gracias January 7th 2012

Depuis San Juan del Sur, il s'en est passe des choses...Je suis allee dans le Nord a Popoyo, sur la cote Pacifique, des plages desertes, trop belles, mais que des surfers (faudrait vraiment que j'essaie un jour...). Puis je suis allee voir Fernando, Luz et le nouveau ne a Masaya, j'ai ete visiter Leon (ou j'ai fait du Sanboarding sur le plus jeune volcan du monde, le Cerro Negro, toujours actif, truc de ouf), tres belle ville au coeur de la revolution sandiniste. Bonne ambiance nocture et charmantes ruelles trufees de belles eglises, dont la plus grande d'Amerique centrale, la Basílica Catedral de la Asunción de León. Je suis ensuite partie pour le Nord, Esteli, avec sa magnifique cascade a quelque 20 minutes du centre en bus, la Estanzuela. Apres j'ai fait le canyon de Somoto ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Western » Gracias February 15th 2011

Sidebar: Sorry we haven't posted in awhile y'all. It's 2/27/11 today & we are doing great. Just a ton of diving, which you will read about later.... Love you all!!! xoxoxo Didn't sleep in. Oh well! I woke up & typed & entertained myself. Geoff slept. I love our room. It's sooo clean & the bed is so comfy. I kinda want to stay here just for those things. Plus, it was super duper quiet last night & the temperature here in the mountains is perfect at night. Although it's still cloudy, so we don't really know the real scoop. Once Geoff woke up (after I'd already had 2 cups of free coffee!) we headed out to find some food. We ate at Comedor Marisol. We split a plato tipico with pork. The pork was so ... read more
All the kids
Welcome to the hot springs.
Checking the place out

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Western » Gracias February 14th 2011

Happy Valentine's Day! Heart Heart! (I still woke up at 6). We had delicious coffee & toasted bread with refried beans & parmesan cheese on it. A pretty standard breakfast around here. The Senora made it for us. Apparently breakfast is included in the room price. I always forget to ask. It's such a nice treat though. Geoff ate all of his toast which is kind of a surprise because at home he never ever eats refried beans. I think the abundance of refrieds here has finally worn him down! Our plan today is to go see a Cigar Factory & a Coffee Processing Plant both of which apparently do tours. Took a taxi to La Flor De Copan Cigars & knocked on the door. The guy at the door told me probably today they couldn't ... read more
Our Valentine's Day lunch
Our first actual Chicken Bus
Our room at

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Western » Gracias August 10th 2010

(Day 858 on the road)One thing that you won't see in Honduras are other tourists. After the very touristy Bay Islands on the Caribbean north coast we were expecting tourists all over the rest of the country, but to our surprise there were almost none at all. During our whole final week in the country we met only a handful of other travellers (three German students and a US family at Lake Yojoa). Apart from them, it felt at times that all governments had issued stern travel warnings against Honduras and we had somehow missed it: Every hotel we stayed in: Absolutely empty, not a single other guest in sight. Every local bus we used: Only locals, no gringos or other tourists. Every attraction we visited: Dito, only us. Wonderful! When I look back at most ... read more
Pulhapanzak Waterfall
Me in the smoking cave at Aquas Termales de Azacualpa
Iglesia Las Mercedes in Gracias

Iglesia la Merced in Gracias is its oldest church, dating from 1547, or at least that´s what its loving caretaker told us. It is rarely used now, only for special occasions. But the caretaker, who donates his time out of his love for the church, proudly showed off the gigantic key to the door--he said it was original--the donation box in the church--also original, he said, and the figure of Jesus on the cross. And I do believe that was original also. 300 or 400 or 450 years old, what is the difference, this is an old church. The ceiling arcs above, it smells like bat guano inside. It is a marvelous place to be. We were fortunate to happen by when the caretaker was opening the church to air it out. Otherwise, the only activity ... read more

The countryside around Gracias is beautiful. The air is mild and clear, the occasional bus or car shares the road with an infrequent two wheeled cart pulled by draft animals, and they all bump along the road that climbs higher and higher as it travels to small towns sprinkled among the verdant hills. The rains have started, things are greening up. Farmers are turning their fields, some with teams of oxen pulling plows. Horses, some of them saddled and ready to go, stand outside some of the houses. Terraced hillsides rise, layered with banana trees, coffee, and a kind of sugar cane used as feed for cattle. Small houses of earth, metal, terracotta tile or corrugated metal roofs, brick, wood, most with white washed walls, some with satelite TV dishes, all with at least a small ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Western » Gracias December 7th 2008

An early start this morning at 6AM to catch the 7AM bus. No time for breakfast today either, seems to be a trend with too many early morning starts. But I had brought along a supply of Cliff Bars to hold me over for the bus rides. The bus left pretty much on time for the 1.5hr ride back to the junction at La Entrada. When we arrived there we lucked out as a minibus was ready to depart to Santa Rosa de Copan, the next town where we would change buses to Gracias. The driver was a speed demon, zooming ahead with a boy hanging out the side door announcing the destination. We kept packing in more people, at least 20 by my count before we reached Santa Rosa in a light drizzle. There was ... read more
Bus to Gracias
Old woman in Market
Hot Springs

This trip has been absolutly incredible! I keep having amazing interactions and experiences and then I think ¨Wow, it really can´t get better than this¨ But then it does! My life feels like a whirlwind right now. So many amazing experiences and I am just trying to take it all in. I feel so lucky. I am actually doing it! I have planned for and anticipated this trip for so long. Now I am in the thick of it and already it has been so much more than I could have ever expected. I am so greatful to be here and to experience all that I have. I spent the past few days in the little town of Gracias, Honduras. It was a very nice little town. I particularly enjoied going to the market and eating ... read more
Aguas Termales
Aguas Termales

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