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My Unnerving Journey to the Copan Ruinas in Honduras…

Copan Ruinas

Eyes bugged out of heads and jaws (literally) dropped upon news I was traveling to Honduras. Completely alone.

It’s so dangerous!

Why would you go there?!

Get out of there as fast as you can.

As it turns out, I had planned to enter San Pedro Sula Airport and then take a bus directly to Copan Ruinas, my ultimate destination. I’m not one too freak out too much about traveling, having flown since I’ve was a toddler, but as a sole female traveler, the numerous warnings about San Pedro Sula were slightly unnerving.

Thankfully, everything turned out fine: I landed, went to the Herman Alas bus counter inside the miniscule airport and picked up my online, prepaid ticket. A half hour later, I was on an air-conditioned bus with free water bottles to Copan Ruinas, or so I thought…

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Carnaval; La Ceiba, Honduras

We’ve all heard of the most wild party on the planet, Carnaval.  But did you know there are other Carnaval festivals outside of Brazil?  Every May, for two weeks straight the town of La Cieba transforms into the largest party event in Central America.  Streets, bars and discos are filled to the brim with eager locals and tourists alike waiting to pay tribute to the Patron Saint, Isidore the Laborer in a fun and vibrate parade and party.

About La Ceiba

Despite the fact that La Ceiba is a the fourth largest city in Honduras, is has managed to maintain a small town feel typical of any Caribbean town.  In 1877, La Ceiba was declared a town after quickly gaining recognition as a port town for exporting bananas.

Today the town is known as an eco-tourist destination for the surrounding jungles, mountains, rivers, and beaches.  Look one direction and you’ll see warm turquoise waters ideal for swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving.  Look another direction and you’ll see the 7,988 foot (2,435 m) peak of Pico Bonito National Park with lush green rainforest, waterfalls and breathtaking landscapes.

The Cangrejal River is great for whitewater rafting, kayaking and and canoeing.

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Parque Nacional Jeanette Kawas, Honduras

One of Honduras’ largest protected lands(spanning over 484-sq.miles/782-sq.km), Jeanette Kawas National Park is also one of its best places for wildlife viewing.

What kinds?

Manatees, dolphins, caimans (crocodiles), turtles, howler monkeys and a host of migratory birds await.

The park recently underwent a name change. Formerly known as Parque Nacional Punta Sal (named after its largest island, Punta Sal), it was renamed in honor of Jeanette Kawas Fernández, an activist who was killed after opening the park against local business interests.

Now the park – which is located near Honduras’ northeastern coast – enjoys all of Kawas’ hard work.

It’s home to fourteen separate ecosystems, including wetlands, lagoons, rainforest, cloud forest, mangroves and coastal inlets.

Plus, you can visit the largest Honuras’ largest coral reef, and one of the best preserved mangrove forests in all of Central America.

And the wildlife?

Incredible.

There are roughly 900 different species of plants, animals, insects and mollusks found throughout the park, including endangered marine turtles and dolphins. Continue

Shopping Mercado Guamilito, Honduras

Mercado Guamilito is without a doubt the best place for shopping in San Pedro Sula  (if not all of Honduras).  With over 800,000 residents in this industrial city, you can expect all sorts of items – including textiles, jewelry and leather – at rock-bottom prices.

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Explore Mayan Copán Ruins; Copán, Honduras

The ancient city of Copán – located in western Honduras – was once a thriving and influential part of the Mayan Empire.

But for six hundred years… this incredible civilization went completely unnoticed.

Brief History of Copán

Evidence shows Copán was inhabited as far back as 2000 BC., though their greatest advancements were under Mayan influence, between 300 – 900 AD.

Math, science and architecture flourished.

The city grew until the late ninth century… and then… as was the case with many Mayan cities… it was completely abandoned.

No formal record of Copán existed for six hundred years. Then Don Diego García de Palacios, an explorer and member of the Royal Audience of Guatemala, stumbled upon the ruins of Copán in 1576. He wrote a letter to King Phillip II of Spain describing what he saw, which by all accounts was the first ever documentation of Copán.

But even with this landmark discovery, Copán remained in obscurity until 1839 when John Lloyd Stevens wrote extensively about the area. Since then, Copán has been well researched by numerous archaeological excavations.

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