tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2752605217239764182016-02-23T11:01:51.135-08:00Where is HondurasInformation about Honduras, a beautiful country located in Central AmericaCJnoreply@blogger.comBlogger58125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-275260521723976418.post-41398815942378767222013-11-16T12:40:00.000-08:002013-11-16T12:40:56.675-08:00Danli, the city of the hills<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mBsbXGocXtY/UofXGyihHdI/AAAAAAAAB8o/SqjNxBlVT50/s1600/Danli+view.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="176" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mBsbXGocXtY/UofXGyihHdI/AAAAAAAAB8o/SqjNxBlVT50/s400/Danli+view.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: x-small;"><a href="http://www.danlicompite.org/" target="_blank">Photo from Danli Compite</a></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Danlí is the most important city in the East zone of Honduras, it is located about 100 Km east of Tegucigalpa, in the main road from Honduras to Nicaragua. From Danlí to the Nicaraguan border it´s only 35 Km. Danlí is located in a beautiful spot, surrounded by several mountains and hills, the most known are San Cristobal mountain, and La Piedra de Apagüiz mountain or the Stone of Apagüiz in English. Because the city is surrounded by several and beautiful hills, Danlí is known as the City of the Hills, in Spanish it is “La ciudad de las Colinas”.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">The name Danlí comes from the word Talli or Xalli, it´s supposed to be a derivation sound from some Mexican dialect which means “Water that runs through a sand bed”. That’s interesting, isn´t it?. I´m surprised I didn´t know this, not until now that I just made some research about Danlí, all my life I guess I never wondered what was the origin of the name Danlí. So now I know, and you also know as well, it´s never too late to learn something new, right?</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-M-mfbEjisOs/UofWXAmkpDI/AAAAAAAAB8c/MYk6yuU3hcM/s1600/Danli+central+park.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-M-mfbEjisOs/UofWXAmkpDI/AAAAAAAAB8c/MYk6yuU3hcM/s400/Danli+central+park.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: x-small;"><a href="http://www.danlicompite.org/" target="_blank">Photo from Danli Compite</a></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Downtown Danli has a beautiful contrast between a colonial architecture mixed with modern buildings. It has an important museum and historical monuments. This type of mixture offers a unique experience for visitors. Danli also has a pretty good hotel infrastructure, physical spaces and proper services for meetings and events. You can also find modern shopping malls located in different zones of the city. All this makes Danli the most important commercial center in the east part of Honduras.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Another thing to know about Danli is the celebration of the National Corn Festival. we can't talk about Danli if we don´t mention this festival. This is an annual celebration, every year in the month of august Danli celebrates this important event. People go to Danli to celebrate this festival, they come from everywhere, and also people from other countries visit Danli. There are several parades in the streets of Danli during the Corn Festival. You can also admire and buy handicrafts. There are like cowboy rodeos, art contests, sports competitions and carnivals. During the Corn Festival Danli becomes like a giant party place, it´s a traditional Honduran party, very interesting indeed.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KtZiO4Y6sqs/UofWl2SJoTI/AAAAAAAAB8k/6gEP4CZz23Q/s1600/Danli+corn+festival.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KtZiO4Y6sqs/UofWl2SJoTI/AAAAAAAAB8k/6gEP4CZz23Q/s400/Danli+corn+festival.jpg" width="283" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: x-small;"><a href="http://www.danlicompite.org/" target="_blank">Photo from Danli Compite</a></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Why Danli celebrates the National Corn Festival? Well, it has to do with Danli being the most important corn production center in Honduras. However Danli produces not only corn, but a lot of coffee as well. Coffee plantations and production is also a very important industry in Danli and the surrounding places.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">I love Danli, and I usually go there every time I can, not only for the National Corn Festival but anytime.</span></div>CJnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-275260521723976418.post-4699448976915471842013-11-11T18:34:00.000-08:002013-11-11T18:43:23.566-08:00Zamorano University, the best Agricultural School in America<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qA-8zZT9Cg0/UoGRsHOGe6I/AAAAAAAAB8A/i4l1JMgeqJ0/s1600/Zamorano+Honduras.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="257" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qA-8zZT9Cg0/UoGRsHOGe6I/AAAAAAAAB8A/i4l1JMgeqJ0/s400/Zamorano+Honduras.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: x-small;"><a href="http://www.skyscraperlife.com/" target="_blank">Photo from Skyscraperlife</a></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Anyone who knows something about Honduras, even a little bit, probably has heard about the Panamerican Agricultural School, or just <a href="http://www.zamorano.edu/" target="_blank">Zamorano</a>, the best Agricultural University in America, and definitely one of the best in the world for sure. At least that’s what people say not only in Honduras but in several countries as well. We Hondurans feel very proud about this University. It has a very good reputation all over the world, and I´m not kidding, that´s absolutely true!</span><br /><br />As soon as you mention Zamorano, anyone in Honduras, Central America and several other &nbsp;countries immediately knows what we´re talking about. Zamorano is not only a very prestigious school, but it´s also a very beautiful place, the natural lanscapes at Zamorano are just great, and the architecture of the buildings are something else, really.<br /><br />Zamorano is located only 30 Km east from Tegucigalpa, so if you ever visit Tegucigalpa you should definitely take some time to go there, only 40 minutes driving on the road.<br /><br />Students from all Latin America come every year to Zamorano to study for 4 years, becoming Agricultural engineers. They live and work in Zamorano for a period of 4 years. Do you know how many students live in Zamorano?. Well, about 1200 students live there, they come mainly from Latin America.<br /><br />I have an interesting question for you… do you know where most Zamorano students come from? Can you guess? I bet you can imagine most students come from Honduras, you´re almost right but the answer is no. Of course many Zamorano students come from Honduras, but the correct answer is… Ecuador, yes most students come from Ecuador, I bet you didn´t know that, did you?</div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Juqutzjh6oc/UoGR0rw7jLI/AAAAAAAAB8I/ug7eEP1vero/s1600/Zamorano+chapel.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Juqutzjh6oc/UoGR0rw7jLI/AAAAAAAAB8I/ug7eEP1vero/s400/Zamorano+chapel.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: x-small;">Photo by Byron Valladares</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">This year 2013 I believe Zamorano has students from about 20 countries, most of them from Ecuador, in second place from Honduras, and many other countries specially from Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and even a couple of students from Europe, I´m almost sure about that.</span><br /><br />There´s also another interesting thing about Zamorano students, about 30% are women. Yes, each day women are more into the agricultural business, and that is very good I guess.<br /><br />There is so much to talk about Zamorano, we can not cover not even a little bit in this post, but in future posts we will talk about Zamorano again, a great place to study, to work and live.</div>CJnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-275260521723976418.post-65753090456613797062013-11-05T16:30:00.000-08:002013-11-05T16:30:22.617-08:00A beautiful spot in La Tigra national park<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YD9vw5uXUgo/UnmMgn7abPI/AAAAAAAAB7g/I6QFRVn-wWg/s1600/La+Tigra+national+park+Honduras.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="250" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YD9vw5uXUgo/UnmMgn7abPI/AAAAAAAAB7g/I6QFRVn-wWg/s400/La+Tigra+national+park+Honduras.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><a href="http://www.facebook.com/fazzadham">Photo by Fuad Azzad Ham</a></span><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">This time I would like to share with you this spectacular photo, this is in La Tigra national park, very near to Tegucigalpa. La Tigra is the main source of water and life for the urban area of Tegucigalpa, it is located north east, you can see the mountains of La Tigra almost from anywhere in Tegucigalpa, just look in the north east direction and there you go.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Looking at this photo you may wonder if the photo is an actual photo or it is a painting, I was wondering myself about that when I saw it for the first time. But it is an actual photo, yes, and a spectacular photo indeed!. The person who took this photo is a real artist. By the way, his name is Fuad Azzad Ham, and it´s a pleasure to admire his photos.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">This type of beautiful spots are found in La Tigra, I guess not many people could imagine that such beautiful places can exist very near to Tegucigalpa. Wow, incredible right?</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">If you ever visit La Tigra, now you know that you can find places that are incredibly beautiful like the one you can see in this photo. However, be aware that you have to be ready to walk, because you have to walk a lot through several tracks and paths inside La Tigra in order to get there. I don´t mean to scare you, but some people have lost themselves inside La Tigra, it´s a good idea to go along with a guide or somebody who knows the way, just in case.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">I’ve not been to La Tigra myself since a long time ago, what a shame. I guess I have to go again as soon as possible. I’ll try to find this beautiful spot the next time I go there, I have to see it with my own eyes.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div>CJnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-275260521723976418.post-14801834652995877112013-11-03T18:09:00.001-08:002013-11-03T18:09:25.971-08:00Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge in Honduras<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RrQETn7aYFU/UncAqKst-hI/AAAAAAAAB7E/E9edPEEWORU/s1600/Cuero+y+Salado+Honduras.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RrQETn7aYFU/UncAqKst-hI/AAAAAAAAB7E/E9edPEEWORU/s400/Cuero+y+Salado+Honduras.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-size: x-small;">Photo by Marcio Barrios on Flickr</span><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Just take a look at this picture, and tell me what’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you look at it?. I don´t know about you, but as for me the first thing I think is what a splendid place, beautiful, nature at its best! Wow, no words for a beauty like this.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Well, this place is Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge in the north coast of Honduras, it is located about 35 Km from La Ceiba, in the Caribbean coast. It is a national park, a wildlife refuge, and it should be, there’s no way to take civilization to a place like this, I guess the best thing is to keep a place like this as a protected reserve forever.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The refuge is embraced by two rivers, one of them is Cuero river, and the other one is Salado river. “Cuero y Salado” means “Leather and Salty”, the water is a mixture of salty water from the Caribbean sea and fresh water from the rivers nearby, and it is home of many flora and fauna species, one of the most known fauna species is the manatee, which is an endangered species animal in this region. Other animals that have found a natural shelter are the jaguar, several species of monkeys, caimans, and birds of course.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1YxFwB596U4/UncAy57jP2I/AAAAAAAAB7M/LC27oiMHsLc/s1600/Caiman+cuero+y+salado+Honduras.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1YxFwB596U4/UncAy57jP2I/AAAAAAAAB7M/LC27oiMHsLc/s400/Caiman+cuero+y+salado+Honduras.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">Photo by foto_morgana on Flickr</span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">If you ever want to go to Cuero y Salado, you should know that it´s in the way from La Ceiba to Tela, there is a small village named La Union, that´s the way to go to Cuero y Salado. When you get to La Union, you have to take a special train vehicle, it´s called “La Burra”, it´s a traditional vehicle very famous in this region, it travels on the railroad tracks until you get to Salado village, located right at the mouth of Salado river, and there you are, at Cuero y Salado wildlife refuge, at the entrance at least, because from that place on you have to take a boat with a guide and take a trip into the water channels if you want to get to know more of this place.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">For tourists who are into adventure type of things, this a place to visit, it´s a must if you ever come to Honduras, am I right?. Of course I am. This is a place worth visit, definitely.</span></div>CJnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-275260521723976418.post-54951458276881332082013-11-02T15:14:00.001-07:002013-11-02T15:14:29.721-07:00The island of Zacate Grande in the south coast of Honduras<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WzW4nhe1X34/UnV3nOzbSXI/AAAAAAAAB60/Mbla4YZdaFE/s1600/Zacate+grande+island+Honduras.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WzW4nhe1X34/UnV3nOzbSXI/AAAAAAAAB60/Mbla4YZdaFE/s400/Zacate+grande+island+Honduras.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><a href="http://www.skyscrapercity.com/">Photo from Skyscrapercity.com</a></span><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">The island of Zacate Grande in the Pacific coast of Honduras, what a beautiful place!. Are you wandering what does Zacate Grande mean?. Translated to English, it would be something like Big Grass, so it is the Big Grass Island. But it doesn´t sound very good in English to me, so let’s keep the original name in Spanish, Zacate Grande.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Zacate Grande is an island located in the Fonseca Gulf, in the south part of Honduras. It used to be a volcanoe thousands of years ago, but it’s a dead volcanoe now, so don´t worry if you ever go to Zacate Grande, don’t worry about volcanoe eruptions or anything like that.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">To the south of Zacate Grande we can find the Tiger Island, or Isla del Tigre, it´s another beautiful island, where the city of Amapala is located. The Tiger Island used to be a volcanoe also, just like Zacate Grande. The Tiger Island and Zacate Grande are very near one from another, at some point they are 2 kilometers away. If you are a good swimmer, you could swim from one island to the other one, 2 kilometers is not that much if you think about it. However, don´t ever think it would be that easy to swim, you have to swim into the Pacific Ocean, and that´s not easy. Yes, the Pacific Ocean is the one separating both islands.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">The photo here of Zacate Grande island was taken almost from the top of the dead volcanoe in Tiger Island. You can see in the photo how close both islands are. In the background into the horizon you can see mainland Honduras, that´s to the north.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">What a beautiful place this is, don´t you think? I´m sure you will agree with me this is really a beautiful place, no doubt about it.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">So, if you ever go to Amapala, which is in Tiger Island, you are welcomed to climb to the top of the dead volcanoe, if you can of course, and if you take a look to the north you will see Zacate Grande island, just like the view in this photo.</span></div>CJnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-275260521723976418.post-21335967903841829202013-10-19T17:15:00.000-07:002013-10-19T17:15:28.114-07:00The Cruise Season begins in Roatan<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-D9SN64tGo4M/UmMf5J97WgI/AAAAAAAAB6c/lOM2XpM7l1k/s1600/Cruise+ship+in+Roatan.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-D9SN64tGo4M/UmMf5J97WgI/AAAAAAAAB6c/lOM2XpM7l1k/s400/Cruise+ship+in+Roatan.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: x-small;">Photo by Jim Zim</span><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">The 2013 high season for cruises begins in the month of October in Roatan and the Bay Islands, and it goes all the way through the month of March 2014, so we will be receiving a lot of cruises and tourists during the next 6 months.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">There are two main cruise docks in Roatan, one in Coxen Hole and the other one in Mahogany Bay. Between both they will be receiving an estimate of 85 cruises during the next few months, and this is a lot of traffic, a lot of tourists coming to Roatan and the Bay Islands. Only in the month of October there will be about 36 thousand visitors, in November about 45 thousand, and December about 80 thousand. This will sky rocket the income for some 500 local tourist operators, at least 100 tour guides, local market sales will increase of course, and many more people who depend on tourism for a living will be having a very good source of income. This is very good news for them, for Roatan and for Honduras as well.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">This new season will include the visit to Roatan of the Jewel cruise ship from Norwegian Cruise Line, this is a cruise ship that usually makes a tour in several ports that are famous worldwide, like Cabo San Lucas, Puntarenas, Panamá, Cartagena, Cozumel, Belize, Mayan Coast, New Orleans, and of course Roatan in Honduras.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">We should feel very proud of having in Honduras a place like Roatan and the Bay Islands, it´s a very important source of income for Honduras taking advantage of tourism. All cruises are welcomed.</div>CJnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-275260521723976418.post-52879146459033830862013-10-18T18:02:00.000-07:002013-10-18T18:02:48.653-07:00Mountains and buildings in Tegucigalpa<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IoRirlmFqrg/UmHZoozyxtI/AAAAAAAAB6M/eVZTQ89RrFU/s1600/Tegucigalpa+skyline.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IoRirlmFqrg/UmHZoozyxtI/AAAAAAAAB6M/eVZTQ89RrFU/s400/Tegucigalpa+skyline.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><a href="http://www.facebook.com/fazzadham">Photo by Fuad Azzam Ham</a></span><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Tegucigalpa is a unique city, it has a beautiful combination of mountains and buildings as you can see in the picture. As for the landscape you have to admit is a beautiful combination, you can see mountains all over the city, inside and outside, everywhere you look around Tegucigalpa you will see mountains and buildings. Only small areas of the city are flat, most of the city is built in a very irregular topography.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">It´s pretty complicated to get around Tegucigalpa if you don´t know the city. Many people have visited Tegucigalpa several times but they never get used to the city whenever they have to go from one place to another. Most streets are not straight lines. If you ask for a specific address, it´s not easy to get where you have to go if you only have the name of the street or the name of the neighbourhood. Even with a map it´s not easy.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">From an engineering point of view is very complicated to build infrastructure in the city, let´s say buildings, streets, houses and everything really, either you have to excavate a mountain or you have to make a landfill. It´s challenging for engineers, but infrastructure in Tegucigalpa is growing at a very fast pace. The mountains and the irregular topography won´t stop the new constructions that are going on right now, which are a lot by the way, and I guess they won´t stop future constructions, the city has to grow no matter what.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal">Anyway, what can I say? I love Tegucigalpa the way it is, it is what it is and it´s unique and beautiful.</div>CJnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-275260521723976418.post-57426820439367417132013-10-17T17:58:00.000-07:002013-10-17T17:58:36.401-07:00I would like to be in Trujillo, in the north coast of Honduras<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-R-ljeXYFZ4E/UmCGbSCpZ3I/AAAAAAAAB58/FvRwfjuznvk/s1600/Sunset+in+Trujillo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-R-ljeXYFZ4E/UmCGbSCpZ3I/AAAAAAAAB58/FvRwfjuznvk/s400/Sunset+in+Trujillo.jpg" width="300" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><a href="http://www.facebook.com/bananacoasttours">Photo from Banana Coast Tours</a></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Do you know where I would like to be right now? Just by looking this beautiful photo there is no other place in the world I would really love to be right now, and that place is Trujillo, in the north coast of Honduras. Wow, what a beautiful sunset!, it’s amazing. Can you imagine being there?, looking with your very eyes a paradisiac place like this, breathing the air from the Caribbean, just thinking about life, no need to be looking what time it is, nothing to worry about.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Sometimes is very important to have some resting time and have some relax in our busy lives, I guess there is no stress treatment better than being in a place like Trujillo witnessing a sunset like the one you see in this photo. There´s no doubt about it, I must go to Trujillo again, the sooner the better.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">You’re welcome to Trujillo anytime. It´s a pretty far trip however, about three hours drive from La Ceiba, and five hours drive from San Pedro Sula. But you know what?. It doesn´t matter the number of hours you have to drive to get there, it´s completely worth it, trust me. Just be aware of the driving time so you can have enough time to enjoy Trujillo if you ever go there sometime.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">If possible, you should stay there at least 2-3 days, don´t ever plan to make a 1 day visit to Trujillo. It´s a long time driving to get there for a 1 day visit. There is a lot of stuff to do in Trujillo, you know, the Caribbean, the mountains, traditional towns, Spanish fortress, and much more.</span></div>CJnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-275260521723976418.post-53552142086535470512013-10-16T18:19:00.000-07:002013-10-16T18:19:14.745-07:00Honduras to the World Cup!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1XfhwiuIy5s/Ul86dFLQI9I/AAAAAAAAB5k/vZfaXBKhuiQ/s1600/Honduras+to+the+World+Cup.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1XfhwiuIy5s/Ul86dFLQI9I/AAAAAAAAB5k/vZfaXBKhuiQ/s400/Honduras+to+the+World+Cup.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Yes, the dream came true!. Honduras is celebrating the qualification to the World Cup in Brazil 2014. Honduras National team played in Jamaica the last game of the qualifying round and we got a 2-2 tie, and that was enough to get the final ticket to Brazil 2014.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Honduras will go the World Cup for the second time in a row and for the third time in our history. The first time was in Spain 1982, the second time in South Africa 2010, and now we’ll go to Brazil 2014. This is great for Honduras, everybody is really happy and celebrating this historic achievement. Everybody in Honduras went crazy after the game finished in Jamaica.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Right now nothing is more important in Honduras than this. The president even called for a national holiday in Honduras so everybody could celebrate. Nobody cares to work, to worry about anything, all that matters is that Honduras will go to the World Cup.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-O490r3fi4hE/Ul86lNiMRrI/AAAAAAAAB5s/pJF1QV_m2pA/s1600/Honduras+party+to+the+World+Cup.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-O490r3fi4hE/Ul86lNiMRrI/AAAAAAAAB5s/pJF1QV_m2pA/s400/Honduras+party+to+the+World+Cup.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">I guess everybody will be celebrating for the next few days and the rest of the year at least. Honduran players are the heroes of the moment. Coach Luis Fernando Suarez is the most popular person in Honduras right now, if he ran for president in the coming elections in November he would win for sure. However he won´t be running for president, he is from Colombia, so the traditional presidential candidates won´t have to worry about that.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Good for Honduras, this is a moment to celebrate, let´s go to Brazil next year, everybody is invited.</div>CJnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-275260521723976418.post-48051872689523006402013-10-14T18:51:00.000-07:002013-10-14T18:53:19.922-07:00Beautiful landscape in San Antonio de Oriente<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BKr9lsZQBvQ/Ulyen5FnioI/AAAAAAAAB5U/73dqCqS_Me4/s1600/San+Antonio+de+Oriente.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="250" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BKr9lsZQBvQ/Ulyen5FnioI/AAAAAAAAB5U/73dqCqS_Me4/s400/San+Antonio+de+Oriente.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><a href="http://www.facebook.com/fazzadham">Photo by Fuad Azzad Ham</a></span><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">San Antonio de Oriente is perhaps the most famous traditional town in Honduras when we´re talking about traditional paintings, and that is of course because of the paintings made by one of the most talented artists Honduras has ever had, worldwide famous primitive painter Jose Antonio Velásquez. When you take a look at a landscape like this you can´t help to wonder what a beautiful place this is, the mountains, the Spanish tiles roof, the church, the streets, the pine trees.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">This is a great photo of San Antonio de Oriente, at some point you can´t help to think if this is really a photo or a painting, looks like a painting but it´s a photo, and a great photo by the way.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">In case you didn´t know, San Antonio de Oriente is only 45 minutes from Tegucigalpa, going to the east part of Honduras, you can go to San Antonio de Oriente anytime, and enjoy some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the mountains of Honduras.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In the meantime, enjoy this beautiful view from the mountains in San Antonio de Oriente, natural beauty at its best.</div>CJnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-275260521723976418.post-29453654474605765552013-10-12T13:48:00.001-07:002013-10-12T13:48:33.495-07:00Honduras is one step away from Brazil 2014<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MugXNiuaZco/Ulm0pbBKPVI/AAAAAAAAB48/-MDdIlKBfRI/s1600/Honduras+Costar+Rica+celebration.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MugXNiuaZco/Ulm0pbBKPVI/AAAAAAAAB48/-MDdIlKBfRI/s400/Honduras+Costar+Rica+celebration.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Honduras won a crucial soccer game against Costa Rica 1-0 in San Pedro Sula, and we are just one step away from the World Cup in Brazil 2014. Forty five thousand fans supported our national team in the Olympic Stadium in San Pedro Sula, it was not easy but we won!. It didn´t matter if we won 1-0, 2-0 or any other score, the important thing was to get a win no matter what.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Everybody in Honduras is celebrating this important step, the objective was to get a win against Costa Rica and we did it!. There’s only one game left in the qualifying round for the World Cup, Honduras has to play in Jamaica, if we get a draw or a victory we will be in Brazil 2014, in the World Cup, for the second time in a row and for the third time in our history. This is big deal in Honduras, we will be waiting the game against Jamaica.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">The game in Jamaica won´t be easy, however we have to consider that Jamaica is already out of the competition, they are in last place of the qualifying round standings, and they will play just because they have to play this game, but they don’t care if they win, draw or lose, so this will be an advantage for Honduras. Hopefully we will get a good result in Jamaica, a win or a draw and that will be it.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1fXKUsJRE8E/Ulm1FnXXi3I/AAAAAAAAB5E/c_AmrvRexNg/s1600/Honduras+celebrates+win+against+Costa+Rica.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="268" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1fXKUsJRE8E/Ulm1FnXXi3I/AAAAAAAAB5E/c_AmrvRexNg/s400/Honduras+celebrates+win+against+Costa+Rica.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">We have to suffer up to the last game of the competition, but that is what soccer is all about, that´s why soccer is part of our history and our traditions.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Good luck to Honduras in Jamaica, everybody is waiting that game, no other thing in Honduras is more important right now, no kidding!</div>CJnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-275260521723976418.post-1416259777738439742013-10-10T18:06:00.000-07:002013-10-10T18:06:34.213-07:00Honduras almost ready for the World Cup<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HPYBfYWeC6U/UldOjtGUclI/AAAAAAAAB4s/xEkZPjWM9NU/s1600/Olympic+Stadium+San+Pedro+Sula.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="258" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HPYBfYWeC6U/UldOjtGUclI/AAAAAAAAB4s/xEkZPjWM9NU/s400/Olympic+Stadium+San+Pedro+Sula.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Everybody in Honduras is waiting for a very important soccer game this Friday October 11, 2013, the World Cup qualifying game against Costa Rica in San Pedro Sula, the Olympic Stadium will be crowded by 45 thousand fans cheering and yelling for Honduras.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">I’m not sure if you´re aware of this, but in Honduras soccer is a very important thing, almost everybody in Honduras is a soccer fan, but not just a soccer fan but really fanatic people. We Hondurans go crazy about soccer, no kidding!<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Hondurans take soccer very seriously, it´s a matter of life or death. If Honduras national team wins against Costa Rica this crucial game, everybody will be really happy. There are only two games left in the qualifying round for the World Cup, and this game against Costa Rica means a potential confirmation for Honduras in order to get the qualification to the World Cup. However Honduras must win, there is no other choice.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">So everything is set for this game, the celebration is waiting. There will be a national party in all Honduras if we get the qualification to the World Cup. Honduras will be completely paralyzed when the game begins, and 90 minutes later we will see what happens. Everybody will celebrate or everybody will be really mad, sad and disappointed.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Let´s hope for the celebration, we must win or we must win, no other choice as we said. We want to see the Honduras flag waving in Brazil 2014, the World Cup it´s a dream that hopefully will become true.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Good luck to Honduras!</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div>CJnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-275260521723976418.post-55953778687493236422013-10-07T12:33:00.000-07:002013-10-07T12:33:37.317-07:00Beautiful sunrise at Copan valley<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-41Nn5Wqc0nE/UlMLMHujO_I/AAAAAAAAB4Y/UVBtwjaWumM/s1600/Sunrise+at+Copan+valley.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="228" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-41Nn5Wqc0nE/UlMLMHujO_I/AAAAAAAAB4Y/UVBtwjaWumM/s400/Sunrise+at+Copan+valley.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: x-small;">Photo by Alvaro Calix</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Just a quick note to show you a beautiful landscape in Copan, in the west part of Honduras. When you see a landscape like this you can´t help to think about the beautiful world we have, and in this case the beautiful country we have in Honduras. This photo shows a sunrise over the Copan valley, which is the valley where the worldwide famous Copan mayan ruins are located. The picture was taken from a nearby ranch. This place is just beautiful, don´t you think?<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">You can find beautiful places like this all over Honduras. Most people know Honduras for the beautiful beaches, islands and other attractions we definitely have, but certainly we also have this type of destinations inside the country, many valleys and mountains, rivers and so on.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Copan is known mainly for the Mayan ruins, which are located in amazing places like the Copan valley. Beautiful Mayan ruins spreaded all over beautiful valleys and mountains. For tourists looking for natural wonders, breathless spots because of the beauty in them, Honduras has a lot of things to offer, any time, all year long.</span></div>CJnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-275260521723976418.post-64459732405162580292013-10-07T11:54:00.000-07:002013-10-07T11:54:11.896-07:00San Manuel Colohete Church<div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">San Manuel Colohete is a municipality in Honduras, in the Department of Lempira, which is in the south west part of the country. It was officially recognized as a municipality in 1901. It is located 35 km from Gracias, the main city in Lempira. The municipality of Colohete has a population of about 12,000 people. The history of Colohete comes from ancient times before the Spanish came to Honduras many centuries ago, when the Lencas were the main inhabitants of this region. The name Colohete has its origin from a native local language which is the nahuatl language, the name Colohete means “among scorpions”. However the name Colohete had some changes after the Spanish came to Honduras in the XVI century, the town was renamed as Our Lady of the Conception of Colohete. Several years later, the name had another variation and it became San Manuel Colohete, and it remains like this up to the present.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-iVTweeERRhs/UlMCslcXRFI/AAAAAAAAB4I/IxrwOz_AvIU/s1600/San+Manuel+Colohete+church.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="256" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-iVTweeERRhs/UlMCslcXRFI/AAAAAAAAB4I/IxrwOz_AvIU/s400/San+Manuel+Colohete+church.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">Photo by Alvaro Calix</span><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Most people relate San Manuel Colohete to the catholic church temple, which is a famous colonial building. The most important architectural construction in San Manuel Colohete is definitely the catholic church of the Immaculate Conception of Colohete, it is a beautiful colonial temple, very famous not only in Honduras but in all Central America. For experts on this matter, this church is an architectural jewel.</span><o:p></o:p></span></div>CJnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-275260521723976418.post-91724295518770311532013-10-05T15:52:00.002-07:002013-10-05T15:52:44.828-07:00La Vereda Hotel in Santa Barbara, Honduras<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Oj-MQIpC1vw/UlCW2xu2ZOI/AAAAAAAAB3w/GoxOmSvREr8/s1600/La+Vereda+Hotel.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="260" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Oj-MQIpC1vw/UlCW2xu2ZOI/AAAAAAAAB3w/GoxOmSvREr8/s400/La+Vereda+Hotel.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: x-small;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: x-small;">Photo by Oscar H. Solís</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">There are many beautiful places in Honduras, not all of them are islands or beaches near the sea, we also have in Honduras interesting places to visit around the mountains. One of those places is La Vereda Mountain Hotel. It is an interesting and amazing ecological paradise hidden around the mountains in the Deparment of Santa Barbara, waiting to be discovered and explored by tourists and visitors. It was created for resting and enjoying with the family and friends in a spot located right in the heart of a beautiful natural landscape. It is located about 75 km in the road going from San Pedro Sula to Copan.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">This hotel has pretty good facilities at the service of visitors, comfortable rooms, restaurant, swimming pool, playgrounds, and broad spaces for resting in hammocks.</span><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-k0Zt7YFoHPY/UlCXDMoOCyI/AAAAAAAAB34/3ieMY6cZIB0/s1600/La+Vereda+Hotel+de+Monta%C3%B1a.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="243" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-k0Zt7YFoHPY/UlCXDMoOCyI/AAAAAAAAB34/3ieMY6cZIB0/s400/La+Vereda+Hotel+de+Monta%C3%B1a.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">Photo by Oscar H. Solís</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;">Besides relaxing and resting, this hotel also offers the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of large ecological areas. People who enjoy flora and fauna, ecological places and that type of things, this is a place to visit. It´s only one hour drive from San Pedro Sula.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div>CJnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-275260521723976418.post-7583422919680222222013-09-30T21:09:00.000-07:002013-09-30T21:09:25.127-07:00San Lorenzo, Valle, mangrove swamps and sunsets<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YkpC1PPuSoU/UkpJtoqiX-I/AAAAAAAAB3g/nAh5nRJ-Vcw/s1600/Honduras-San-Lorenzo-Valle.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YkpC1PPuSoU/UkpJtoqiX-I/AAAAAAAAB3g/nAh5nRJ-Vcw/s400/Honduras-San-Lorenzo-Valle.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">Photo by Ennio Devoto</span><o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">San Lorenzo is the most active city in the department of Valle, in the south zone of Honduras, about 60 miles away from Tegucigalpa. The city of San Lorenzo got its name from a Christian martyr. It was founded by the Spanish in 1522, but this little settlement started to be really noticed in the year 1912 when it was officially recognized as a municipality. The true development for San Lorenzo began in 1978 when Honduras Government decided to build a dock for ships in the port of San Lorenzo, located at the site known as Boca del Henecan. Today San Lorenzo is the main entrance and exit for products from the Pacific ocean.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">The waters from the Pacific ocean going into the land near San Lorenzo are part of the mangrove swamps, which are one of the most known features of San Lorenzo. Most people go to San Lorenzo to enjoy the beautiful beaches at the Pacific ocean but also these mangrove swamps, which are very characteristic of this area around San Lorenzo.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">The city of San Lorenzo is a rather recent touristic destination in Honduras, it has many natural attractions. In San Lorenzo you can watch and enjoy some of the most beautiful sunsets you could ever imagine, simply beautiful.</span></div>CJnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-275260521723976418.post-32033569022232040772013-09-28T15:38:00.000-07:002013-09-28T15:38:27.780-07:00Cantarranas or San Juan de Flores<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TU-WGDagNKE/UkdZZCPZ5GI/AAAAAAAAB3Q/j13rTXI6G6w/s1600/Cantarranas+Honduras.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="297" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TU-WGDagNKE/UkdZZCPZ5GI/AAAAAAAAB3Q/j13rTXI6G6w/s400/Cantarranas+Honduras.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: x-small;">Photo by chamo estudio</span><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Cantarranas is a tratidional town located 40 km north-east of Tegucigalpa, it was founded in the year 1667 with the name of Cantarranas, this means the town is almost 350 years old. The category of municipality was given to Cantarranas more than a century and a half ago. In 1889 Cantarranas officially became a district together with another nearby community, San Diego de Talanga.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">On march 1934, Honduran Government extended an official recognition to Cantarranas, giving Cantarranas the title of city. In the past the valley where Cantarranas is located used to be named the valley of Liquitimaya, it means “the place where the Jiquilite works”. But what is Jiquilite?. Well, jiquililte is kind of a little tree, a bush we could say, it gets to be up to 2 meters high. A blue dye or tint called “añil” can be extracted from this jiquilite bush. People used to dye tunics and clothes with this thing.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Cantarranas is also known as San Juan de Flores. But what is the real name of this town? Cantarranas or San Juan de Flores?. Well, they say that many years ago a bishop who was in charge of the community, bishop Zepeda y Zepeda, he changed the original name of Cantarranas, and he named the town as San Juan de Flores. Since then the official name was San Juan de Flores, but everybody also knew the town as Cantarranas, so finally a few years ago the official name was changed back to Cantarranas by Honduran Government. So, as we speak, the official name is Cantarranas, at least for now, we don´t know if any other future Government will change the name again to San Juan de Flores.</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Cantarranas or San Juan de Flores, whatever you like to name this town, is a very pretty traditional town, wheater is very cool in general. It’s a good option for visiting if you ever go to Tegucigalpa, it´s only 40 km away, that is about 1 hour driving by car.</span></div>CJnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-275260521723976418.post-56261053706049572592013-09-28T10:15:00.000-07:002013-09-28T10:15:21.114-07:00San Juancito, the mining town<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ObAWBKOarU8/UkcNn64kh7I/AAAAAAAAB3A/RmKwtTIioUY/s1600/San+Juancito+Honduras.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ObAWBKOarU8/UkcNn64kh7I/AAAAAAAAB3A/RmKwtTIioUY/s400/San+Juancito+Honduras.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="textexposedshow"><span lang="EN-US" style="background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; color: #333333; line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span class="textexposedshow"><span lang="EN-US" style="background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; color: #333333; line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: x-small;">Photo by Nestor Irías</span></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="textexposedshow"><span lang="EN-US" style="background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; color: #333333; line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="textexposedshow"><span lang="EN-US" style="background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; color: #333333; line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">San Juancito is a small traditional town located 35 km north east from Tegucigalpa, it´s right at the foot of La Tigra national park. The history of San Juancito is completely related to the mining production in Honduras which started in the XVI century, and came to the highest production peak in the 1950s when San Juancito became the richest gold and silver mine in all Central America, and it was quickly and unfortunately exploited to the limit. This economic boom was the main reason for having back then in San Juancito the first power generator plant, the first telegraph and the first facilities from Pepsi in all Central America.</span></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: inherit; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: inherit; line-height: 115%;">However those golden times for the mining era in San Juancito are long gone. Today the main economic activities in San Juancito have to do with ecology and tourism. The remains and traces of a glorious past is like printed all over the cobble stone streets and ancient buildings in the town.</span></div>CJnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-275260521723976418.post-74543867342286686772013-09-28T10:09:00.000-07:002013-09-28T10:09:09.288-07:00Honduras touristic destinations are highlighted in World Day of Tourism<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rVZHThkj8c0/UkcMdWyb2vI/AAAAAAAAB24/IyLFHiaTdoQ/s1600/Roatan-Honduras.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rVZHThkj8c0/UkcMdWyb2vI/AAAAAAAAB24/IyLFHiaTdoQ/s400/Roatan-Honduras.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">A local newspaper in Honduras recently invited its readers to share pictures of Honduran touristic destinations in order to celebrate the World Day of Tourism. Many Honduran readers celebrated by sharing some pictures of places they have visited. Most pictures were taken in beautiful spots all over Honduras. People agree that we have in Honduras many beautiful places that have nothing to envy to any other touristic destination in the world, and we should stand out these places not only in the World Day of Tourism but all the time.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Some of the pictures the readers shared were taken on the Platano River Biosphere near to La Mosquitia in the Caribbean coast of Honduras. The incredibly beautiful beaches in Tela and Roatan were also very popular among the readers. Other natural wonder that was highlighted very much was the Pulhapanzak waterfall on Rio Blanco, which is about 17 km from Lake Yojoa, in the north zone of Honduras.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">According to official numbers, there is an average of 850 thousand tourists traveling every year to Honduras since 2006. The highest number of tourists was recorded in 2012 with nearly 900 thousand. This year 2013 the expectation is to reach and surpass the magical number of 1 million tourists.</span><o:p></o:p></span></div>CJnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-275260521723976418.post-18610938685014344642013-09-27T16:59:00.000-07:002013-09-27T16:59:20.438-07:00Utila, Honduras is one of the best places for diving in the world<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-onfiJXApFQw/UkYbLzRX-HI/AAAAAAAAB2o/oEJWMbfZ3Gs/s1600/Utila+Diving.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="273" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-onfiJXApFQw/UkYbLzRX-HI/AAAAAAAAB2o/oEJWMbfZ3Gs/s400/Utila+Diving.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Honduras stands out once again in the top ranking of world tourism. This time is the island of Utila the one standing out in the name of Honduras. Have you heard about Lonely Planet before?. I’m sure you have, Lonely Planet is one of the most important travel guides in the world at least for the last 40 years, and according to an article they recently published, Utila is among the top ten places in the world for diving.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Lonely Planet describes that you can dive in Utila all year long, and it is absolutely true. However they recommend to do it if possible between the months of march and april, or between september and december, because in those months there is a good chance to actually see the famous whale shark. The article says that Utila actually competes with several other beautiful places in the world such as Byron Bay in Australia, Ko-Tao in Thailand, Caye Caulker in Belize, Dahab in Egypt, Gilli Trawangan in Indonesia, Santa Cruz in the Galapagos, The Visayas in Phillpines and North Male Atoll in Maldives.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Utila is the smallest of the three islands in the Bay Islands in Honduras, the other two islands are Roatan and Guanaja. The article at Lonely Planet was written taking into account the requests from their readers, who have dreamed about obtaining a license to dive, but not only a simple license to dive but in a place where they can find a combination of an idyllic destination and a recognized place known for a good diving experience. In that sense, the article describes some particular things about Utila, such as “even when the diving practice is also possible in the neighbor island of Roatan, diving courses in Utila have a phenomenal value”. The article also makes a pretty good description of the south end part of the island and the amazing and impressive coral reef barrier, which is one of the main touristic attractions in Honduras.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><span lang="EN-US" style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">So if you’re looking for a great diving experience, you are welcomed to Utila anytime. Way to go Utila!</span></span>CJnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-275260521723976418.post-73986628242300607272013-09-26T17:48:00.003-07:002013-09-26T17:48:42.151-07:00Maya misteries published by Harvard University<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-47IRUSCum5o/UkTU1hnkNGI/AAAAAAAAB2Y/q2Jq6giH9yw/s1600/Mayan+king+relief.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="262" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-47IRUSCum5o/UkTU1hnkNGI/AAAAAAAAB2Y/q2Jq6giH9yw/s400/Mayan+king+relief.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">The worldwide famous Harvard University has recently published in september 2013 a very interesting article called “Unraveling Maya misteries”, this article is related to recent excavations at some places near Copan, one of those places is the one known as “El Rastrojon”, and some other places at the main archaeological site in Copan ruins.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;">At some parts of the article you can read about the peculiarity of construction at Copan, where ancient Mayans built a temple above another temple, and so on, so we could go deep into the origins of the city at Copan, and being able to know the original temples down below, that were built by the founders of Copan. This is like traveling in time, to ancient times.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span lang="EN-US">In one of the pictures of this Harvard University article you can see an original relief with the name of the founder king of Copan dynasty, I bet you know who I am talking about…. </span><span class="textexposedshow"><span lang="EN-US" style="background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; color: #333333; line-height: 115%;">K'inich Yax K'uk 'Mo' of course, I was sure you already knew this, right?. They say that in order to get inside the heart and soul of this king, it is necessary to go deep in a series of tunnels below the temples, it´s like a pathway to travel back to the past and going back to the future as well.<o:p></o:p></span></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span class="textexposedshow"><span lang="EN-US" style="background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; color: #333333; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="textexposedshow"><span lang="EN-US" style="background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; color: #333333; line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">If you’re interested in reading the whole Harvard University article about this interesting story, be my guess and read it please, this is the link, I’m sure you will like it. <o:p></o:p></span></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span lang="EN-US" style="background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; color: #3b5998; line-height: 115%; text-decoration: none;"><a href="http://hvrd.me/18dm4tq" target="_blank">http://hvrd.me/18dm4tq</a></span></span><span lang="EN-US"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div>CJnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-275260521723976418.post-37956567160495170112013-09-25T19:32:00.002-07:002013-09-25T19:32:59.872-07:00New sports center in Tegucigalpa, Honduras<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TjlbHI7HUFc/UkObRF1BhGI/AAAAAAAAB18/uKOdQrhSC0w/s1600/Polideportivo+UNAH.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="275" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TjlbHI7HUFc/UkObRF1BhGI/AAAAAAAAB18/uKOdQrhSC0w/s400/Polideportivo+UNAH.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">The Honduras National University has just inaugurated one of the biggest sport centers in Central America. This project will host the Central America and Caribbean University Games. This new sports center is located at Boulevard Suyapa in Tegucigalpa. This sports complex was built with an investment of about 40 million US dollars, and it was constructed in a period of time of 14 months. Funding was available from the budget that Honduras Government assigns to the University. Honduras Government is supposed to transfer 6% from it’s budget to the University every year, at least that's what it should be according to Honduran law.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Construction works started in the middle of 2012, with the participation of recognized Honduran architects. The sports center is located at the south west end of the University campus, in an area of about 60,000 m2. It has a 5 story building with a construction area of about 31,000 m2. This project, as we already said, will host the Central America and Caribbean University Games in September 2013, with the participation of many countries from this region, including Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic, among others. The project was developed by the construction unit of the University, which is the unit in charge of every infrastructure project at the Campus. It also has a huge parking lot, the sports center and the Olympic stadium.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TPT0EgrITQE/UkObZmNPzzI/AAAAAAAAB2E/sWESG8_fB1s/s1600/University+Stadium+UNAH.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="221" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TPT0EgrITQE/UkObZmNPzzI/AAAAAAAAB2E/sWESG8_fB1s/s400/University+Stadium+UNAH.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">The stadium sports track was designed and built according to the requirements from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), which means that this stadium may be certified by any international association, so it would be recognized for any type of athletic games, including Panamerican Games.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Good for the sports in Honduras, good for the University. Let the games begin!<o:p></o:p></span></div>CJnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-275260521723976418.post-22174627169170547862013-09-23T19:24:00.000-07:002013-09-23T19:26:01.923-07:00Infrastructure development in Ojojona<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4fsdWlfrzhE/UkD22YM64II/AAAAAAAAB1s/yG85357jPwU/s1600/Ojojona+Honduras.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4fsdWlfrzhE/UkD22YM64II/AAAAAAAAB1s/yG85357jPwU/s320/Ojojona+Honduras.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">In Ojojona, a traditional town in Honduras which is known and popular specially for handicrafts and artisans, local authorities and the community recently inaugurated several infrastructure works which are part of a development program being executed in the last few years. These infrastructure projects are supported by Honduran Government and the Agency for International Cooperation for Development from Andalucia, Spain. Some of the projects have to do with the construction of a public sewage system and oxidation ponds, serving some areas of downtown Ojojona. Another project is the improvement of service and physical space of the municipal market, and also the refurbishment of three main buildings which are a patrimony of the town. Another one of the projects is the construction of a civic plaza right in the heart of the town, this project will contribute to strengthen the local identity. The House of Culture will be equipped and improved as well.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">This infrastructure program is being executed in this town since 2009, with a financing of about 3.3 million dollars. In order to make sure these projects were the ones to include in this program, there was an agreement among different local sectors, people and communities.</span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Good for Ojojona, these projects will help the town as for the infrastructure development, which it’s always necessary. Hopefully they won´t build any modern structures in the future, so the local landscape won’t be affected and the town will remain a traditional town as it should always be.<o:p></o:p></span></div>CJnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-275260521723976418.post-48060342563753284612013-09-22T19:36:00.000-07:002013-09-22T19:39:37.154-07:00Biodiversity at Pico Bonito National Park<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SZyqtPVhMRQ/Uj-ojEmXtiI/AAAAAAAAB1c/ZofnuoqUNGU/s1600/Bird+at+Pico+Bonito.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SZyqtPVhMRQ/Uj-ojEmXtiI/AAAAAAAAB1c/ZofnuoqUNGU/s320/Bird+at+Pico+Bonito.JPG" /></a></div><br />I was reading some very interesting information about Pico Bonito national park, and there are some facts that I was not aware of, and it is about birds, and I’m pretty sure not many people know the following facts.<br /><br /> In order to make some comparisons, all USA area is approximately 9.8 millions km2, and there are about 900 species of birds in all those millions of km2. On the other hand, in a very tiny part of Honduras territory with only 1000 km2 there are more than 500 species of birds.<br /><br /> That´s incredible, isn´t it? We’re talking that in a very tiny part of Honduras which is 9800 times smaller than USA area, we can find a very rich place in biodiversity, not only birds but other species of animals and plants as well. That place is Pico Bonito, it was declared by Unesco as a National Park and Humanity Inheritance site. This is amazing, it´s something worth sharing with the world. I’m glad I found out about this interesting information so I can share with everybody. CJnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-275260521723976418.post-29097636184893309842011-11-30T08:36:00.000-08:002011-11-30T09:42:43.473-08:00The city of Yuscaran in HondurasYuscaran is a city near Tegucigalpa, about 70 km to the east, it is the departmental capital of El Paraiso Department. You can easily go to Yuscaran from Tegucigalpa taking the road that goes to the Nicaraguan border to the east region of Honduras. It is a paved road all the way to Yuscaran, so you can easily make a trip from Tegucigalpa in less than 2 hours.<br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8RtVM-kmgKU/TtZhtb5kctI/AAAAAAAAByE/OTsee6wjqJU/s1600/Yuscaran%2BHonduras%2Bmap.JPG"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 249px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8RtVM-kmgKU/TtZhtb5kctI/AAAAAAAAByE/OTsee6wjqJU/s400/Yuscaran%2BHonduras%2Bmap.JPG" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5680835413185688274" /></a><br />All the east region in Honduras is very beautiful, and Yuscaran is part of that beauty. Yuscaran is a colonial city located at the foot of a very famous mountain in Honduras, that is the Montserrat mountain, which is a natural and biological reserve. The landscapes in the Yuscaran area are very beautiful, you can see a lot of pine trees all over the mountains near Yuscaran.<br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IpOzW5jLdoI/TtZhV6QJd0I/AAAAAAAABx4/8ieIQhjpv6w/s1600/Yuscaran%2Bpanoramic%2Bview.JPG"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 83px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IpOzW5jLdoI/TtZhV6QJd0I/AAAAAAAABx4/8ieIQhjpv6w/s400/Yuscaran%2Bpanoramic%2Bview.JPG" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5680835009016592194" /></a><br />Yuscaran is also known as a colonial city, the architecture of the houses and buildings is very rich in terms of colonial type of destinations. One of the things you can admire in Yuscaran is that many houses and buildings are two storeys constructions. Most colonial towns in Honduras have one storey houses and buildings, but in Yuscaran the two storeys constructions are something very common.<br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GShuIjp_w7Y/TtZiHqg5JMI/AAAAAAAAByQ/xoR2Pg-JKgg/s1600/Yuscaran%2Bstreet.JPG"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 253px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GShuIjp_w7Y/TtZiHqg5JMI/AAAAAAAAByQ/xoR2Pg-JKgg/s400/Yuscaran%2Bstreet.JPG" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5680835863785317570" /></a><br />Yuscaran was founded in the year 1730 by the Spanish. The name Yuscaran is supposed to mean "Lugar de Casa de Flores", in english it would be something like "The place of the House of Flowers". This name has a very uncertain origin, the most accepted version is that it comes from a mexican root dialect or language in this region. Anyway, the name has something to do with flowers, and there is a reason for that because you can find some of the most beautiful flowers in Yuscaran and all over this region. You can see a lot of flowers in some of the streets in downtown Yuscaran.<br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-i64xc9qCMPk/TtZo_U1G6gI/AAAAAAAAByo/ix5Fc2AfT9Y/s1600/Yuscaran%2Bdowntown%2Bstreet.JPG"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 254px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-i64xc9qCMPk/TtZo_U1G6gI/AAAAAAAAByo/ix5Fc2AfT9Y/s400/Yuscaran%2Bdowntown%2Bstreet.JPG" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5680843417106967042" /></a><br />Going back to the history of Yuscaran, a few years later after its foundation, in the year of 1746 the Spanish found out that this region was very rich in gold, silver and other metals, so they immediately deployed all their efforts in order to get as much gold and silver as they could. Several mining companies established their bases in Yuscaran, and they ruled and owned everything for many years, going from the XVIII century all the way to the XX century.<br /><br />Back then in the XIX century, Yuscaran became one of the most important cities in Honduras. Did you know that Yuscaran was one of the first places in Honduras to have electricity?. Yes, it was. Yuscaran had electricity in the year 1898 even before Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras. Families and business men living in Yuscaran back then definitely had their influences.<br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PkqS2A3ynpA/TtZmbilLVvI/AAAAAAAAByc/9LwpG594lOk/s1600/Yuscaran%2Bchurch.JPG"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 254px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PkqS2A3ynpA/TtZmbilLVvI/AAAAAAAAByc/9LwpG594lOk/s400/Yuscaran%2Bchurch.JPG" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5680840603299698418" /></a><br />However, several years later the old good mining times in Yuscaran were over, nothing lasts forever, right?. Every time the mining industry became harder and harder because in order to get more metals the mining companies had to make more investments, the metals were not that easy to get, they had to work their mines deep inside the mountains, and at some point of time the investments were not getting the return they were used to get when the mining industry began in the middle of the XVIII century. Finally, the mining industry stopped and left Yuscaran, so the wealth of the city was like left behind, families and business men left the city looking somewhere else where they could get more gold and metals.<br /><br />But the city has survived all the way to the present times, it is one of the most important cities in the East region of Honduras. One of the most known industries in Yuscaran is a factory were they make a famous liquor which is the Aguardiente Yuscaran, the factory was installed in the year 1939, that was right before the Second World War began, and is still a very strong factory, it has more than 70 years. Ask anyone in Honduras about Yuscaran, and most people for some reason immediately associate the name Yuscaran with this famous liquor.<br /><br />There are several other industries in the region, the tobbaco industry in the Department of El Paraiso is very strong, as well as the coffee industry. Some of the best coffee in Honduras is located in El Paraiso and Yuscaran region.<br /><br />Anyway, Yuscaran is a very beautiful destination you must visit someday. The city was declared a National Monument in the year 1979 specially because of its history and the colonial places you can find there. More than 200 colonial houses have been accounted in the downtown area of Yuscaran.<br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yqSlpe6y-tU/TtZpbTW9MDI/AAAAAAAABy0/GrYro2dIgzg/s1600/Yuscaran%2BHonduras.JPG"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 256px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yqSlpe6y-tU/TtZpbTW9MDI/AAAAAAAABy0/GrYro2dIgzg/s400/Yuscaran%2BHonduras.JPG" border="0" alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5680843897748402226" /></a>CJnoreply@blogger.com0