Editorial

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Dissonant Rumblings on the Left

Aug 19, 2014

Dissonant Rumblings on the Left

There are some interesting rumblings within the Libre Party, not only because of Enrique Flores Lanza's admission last week regarding his involvement in the so-called "El Carretillazo" scandal (read "Will the Real Frog Please Step Up"), but because of the possible impact it has had on some of the party's leaders -- someone, oh... like Esdras Amado López, who is the Subcoordinator General of Libre. Mr. López, who is also a member of Congress from the department of Francisco Morazán, holds the second highest position within Libre, second... Read more

What If Obama Really Went Off the Deep End Like Mel

Aug 17, 2014

What If Obama Really Went Off the Deep End Like Mel

Just imagine this story. President Barack Obama decides he wants to have a national referendum on being able to have a national referendum during the next general elections. The second referendum would be about rewriting the US Constitution. Yep, trash the current one, and come up with a radically new one that would essentially turn the United States into a socialist country almost overnight. Oh, and one of the key revisions would be to allow President Obama to extend his second term in office by... Read more

Mel Buddy, Buck Stops With You

Aug 15, 2014

Mel Buddy, Buck Stops With You

After five years of denying knowledge of the illegal withdrawals of Lps 40 million (US$2 million) and Lps 10 million (US$500,000) from the Central Bank of Honduras on June 24 and June 26 of 2009, Enrique Flores Lanza, who served as the Minister of the Presidency under President Manuel "Mel" Zelaya (2006-2009) of Honduras, on Tuesday changed his story. Mr. Flores admitted that the money was withdrawn and delivered to representatives of the Zelaya government to pay for personnel and materials related to the proposed... Read more

Extorting the Lifeblood Out of Honduras

Aug 12, 2014

Extorting the Lifeblood Out of Honduras

Extortion is a massive problem in Honduras. It's sucking the life out of businesses, transportation providers, entrepreneurs, neighborhoods, even schools and churches. Yes, even schools and churches in some areas have to pay extortion. Teachers and children are extorted daily in some schools. One 11-year-old was killed recently after his young extortioners graduated from charging him 10 lempiras a day at school to kidnapping him. Lots of kids quit school because it's too dangerous for them to go. Gangs pressure boys as young as 10... Read more

A Libre-Liberal-PAC Alliance in Honduras: How Would That Actually Work?

Aug 10, 2014

A Libre-Liberal-PAC Alliance in Honduras: How Would That Actually Work?

Less than a month ago, members of the Executive Central Council of the Liberal Party (CCEPL) dismissed the idea of an alliance with the socialist Libre Party. Victor Cubas noted that an alliance was not possible, given that Libre is made up of radical groups who subscribe to an ideology that is inconsistent with liberal thinking. "I see it as impossible. The Nationalists are not in power because they want it so, but rather because we allowed it. Personally, I would not support [an alliance... Read more

Culture

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A Slightly Honduran Perspective on the Immigration Crisis

Aug 13, 2014

A Slightly Honduran Perspective on the Immigration Crisis

I don't consider myself to be an expert on Honduras or even La Ceiba; it's a country of 8 million different lives jostling and colliding with one another in ways unimaginable to many Americans. To have an intimate knowledge of a people on that scale is impossible. Yet I know the milieu in which I live; I teach the super-rich, I surround myself with and live with the absolute destitute. I know Catholics, Evangelicals, and I worship with the Mennonites. I dance merengue with old Ceibeños... Read more

Running in Maya Land

Aug 06, 2014

Running in Maya Land

The face of satisfaction of someone who has accomplished one of the greatest feats of their life was reflected in the faces of each of the nearly 50 people who ran in the second annual 5-kilometer race held in the town of Copán Ruinas last month. Race participants began arriving in the early morning hours at the Red Cross building, where they registered for the event. You could really feel the excitement in the air. The starting bell sounded at precisely 8 am, and all at... Read more

Hamlet in Copán

Aug 01, 2014

Hamlet in Copán

By now, anyone who is a fan of William Shakespeare knows that this year marks the 450th anniversary of the English playwright's birth in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, England. While not entirely clear on the date of Shakespeare's birth, many historians believe it fell on April 23, 1564. In celebration of this anniversary, London's famous Globe theater company has launched an ambitious plan to perform Shakespeare's perhaps most famous play, Hamlet, in 205 countries over the next two years. The company began the series of performances in London on April... Read more

The New Maya Language of Frida Larios

Jul 29, 2014

The New Maya Language of Frida Larios

Until the Spanish Conquistadores plundered Mesoamerica in the 16th century, Maya civilization flourished for more than 3000 years. The Maya created monumental architecture and highly developed systems of mathematics, astronomy, and picto-syllabic writing. If you’ve visited archaeological sites in Mexico or Central America -- say, Chichén Itzá, Tulum or Palenque -- you’ve seen the hieroglyphs carved into the ancient stones: dots and squiggles and time-worn profiles of faces and outlines of shapes of plants and animals. Read more

Living in Honduras as a Woman

Jul 27, 2014

Living in Honduras as a Woman

As people who followed Honduras This Week  and now Honduras Weekly, or who have read my book Los Garifunas de Honduras, know, I have been in and out of Honduras since 1985, often living for extended periods in Honduras. From 1986-1987 and again from 1993-2000 I had “residencia”,  that is I was a legal resident of Honduras and legally allowed to live full-time in Honduras as a foreign Honduran university professor. Since 2000, when my residencia  was cancelled because I was too ill to work as a university professor and... Read more



"My name is Esperanza Cardona. I'm from Honduras. My organization is ANAS, the National Association of Campesinos. My vision as a rural woman is to claim my rights. As rural women, we have our rights -- they involve struggling for equality. When I talk about rights, I'm referring to an integral agrarian reform law in which all the women would have dignified housing conditions, while all women should have education or training." Once we know our rights, we women start to claim them and pressure the government in power. This is my first mission, so that we rural women can recuperate what has been taken away from us -- our land rights. We have a slogan -- 'For the dignity of women, we demand our right to land.'"

Opinion

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Política en Honduras: The Odds On Esdras

Aug 19, 2014

Política en Honduras: The Odds On Esdras

There is a group (in Spanish) on Facebook called "Política en Honduras". The group, which is administered with a light touch by Edwin Francisco Herrera-Paz, has two objectives: "1. To always remain vigilant, denouncing the abuses, excesses, and acts of corruption of our politicians, bureaucrats and institutions; 2. To assume the role of collective social conscience, and in this regard collaborate with the government to guide this ship called Honduras in better directions." At the moment, Política en Honduras has a total of 7,414 members. The number continues to grow daily.  Read more

Will the Real Frog Please Step Up

Aug 16, 2014

Will the Real Frog Please Step Up

The admission this week by former Minister of the Presidency Enrique Flores Lanza that he did authorize the withdrawals of Lps 50 million (US$2.5 million) from the Central Bank of Honduras in the days just prior to the overthrow of President Manuel Zelaya on June 28, 2009 has created a firestorm in Honduras. The money, which was not authorized by Congress, was, according to Mr. Flores, distributed to 33 representatives of the Zelaya government and was to have been used to pay for personnel and materials needed to stage the cuarta urna (fourth ballot box) public opinion poll, which had been ruled... Read more

Enrique Flores Lanza Comes Clean

Aug 14, 2014

Enrique Flores Lanza Comes Clean

It's amazing what one will fess up to when faced with huge financial penalties or prison time. Enrique Flores Lanza, who served as Minister of the Presidency under the government of President Manuel Zelaya (2006-2009) in Honduras and was among President Zelaya's closest advisers, has now acknowledged that he received Lps 50 million (US$2.5 million) from the Central Bank of Honduras (BCH) in 2009, and that the money was used to hire personnel and purchase materials for the cuarta urna (fourth ballot box) public opinion poll planned for June 28, 2009 -- the day Mr. Zelaya was arrested by Honduran... Read more

Pacing for Huge Drop in Homicides (... Hmm)

Aug 13, 2014

Pacing for Huge Drop in Homicides (... Hmm)

Preliminary homicide figures for Honduras are out. According to a report released by the country's Ministry of Security on August 11, a total of 3,367 murders were committed from January to July, compared to 3,990 during the first seven months of 2013. If confirmed, the new number would represent a 15.6 percent drop in homicides. Based on Honduras' estimated population of 8.6 million and the current average of 481 murders per month, the country is on pace for a homicide rate of 67.1 per 100,000 in 2014. Read more

It's Blackout Season Again

Aug 10, 2014

It's Blackout Season Again

As if it didn't have enough problems already, Honduras is having to endure a severe shortage of electricity, which has caused the National Electric Power Company (ENEE) to begin rationing power. For at least four hours a day, there is no electricity in the country. In Tegucigalpa, the blackouts are scheduled from 6-8 am and from 12-2 pm daily. The problem primarily has to do with a heightened drought situation, mainly in the southern parts of the country. Because of a lack of rainfall, water levels at major dams such as El Cajón are too low to fully fuel hydroelectric... Read more

Okay, Let's Talk Patronage

Aug 08, 2014

Okay, Let's Talk Patronage

One of the main reasons the Liberal Party appears amenable to exploring a loose alliance with other opposition political parties such as Libre and the PAC is that it wants to be able to more effectively pressure the central government, led by the National Party, to release funds -- "transferencias" -- it owes to municipal governments that it does not control -- those led by mayors who belong to either the Liberal, Libre, or PAC parties. When the president of the Executive Central Council of the Liberal Party (CCEPL), Mauricio Villeda, attended a gathering of the mayors in Comayagua on Sunday,... Read more

Father and Son Team at Coalianza

Aug 05, 2014

Father and Son Team at Coalianza

There is a government entity in Honduras known as the Commission for the Promotion of the Public Private Alliance, or "Coalianza", which consists of three commissioners -- Miguel Ángel Gámez, Erasmo Virgilio Padilla, and Zonia Morales. Coalianza's mandate is to promote investment -- particularly in infrastructure, energy, export industry projects -- in Honduras through public private partnerships (PPP). The way it works is that the Honduran government, which is always strapped for cash, agrees to offer concessions such as land, access to mineral resources, and tax exemptions to private companies in exchange for financial investments to fuel economic development projects... Read more

Getting Traction on the Image Thing

Jul 31, 2014

Getting Traction on the Image Thing

Several years ago, in an effort to attract more tourism business to Honduras, the Honduran government contracted a consulting firm in Florida to develop a promotional campaign. The company came up with a new website for the Honduran Institute of Tourism (IHT) and a new Facebook page -- both of which it was supposed to keep updated regularly with good information about things to see and do in Honduras. The firm also provided recommendations on which travel publications to place paid ads in and also in which international travel shows to exhibit. Finally, the firm was charged with helping come up with a clever... Read more

Marshall Plan for the Northern Triangle?

Jul 22, 2014

Marshall Plan for the Northern Triangle?

There are two general views on how best to address the illegal immigration crisis the United States is facing on its southern border, notably as it relates to the tens of thousands of child migrants who have been arriving in the US from the "Northern Triangle" countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras during the past few months. The first one focuses on securing the US border with Mexico by completing construction of a wall along the full stretch. The wall that currently exists covers only 700 of the total 2,000 miles of the frontier. This view also calls for... Read more

Drugs, Violence and Immigration: Think Twice America

Jul 09, 2014

Drugs, Violence and Immigration: Think Twice America

General John F. Kelly, who is the commander of US Southern Command (Southcom) in Miami, wrote a long article which was published yesterday in the Army Times, Military Times, and Navy Times. The piece is titled "Central America Drug War a Dire Threat to US National Security". It's a long one which focuses on the strategic threat posed by the illegal drug trade in Central America and the violence, death and destruction it has fueled in the region. Gen. Kelly does not touch very much on the issue of illegal immigration from Central America to the United States, or specifically about the recent... Read more

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National

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Honduras Seizes Luxury Properties in Move Against Valle Drug Family

Aug 20, 2014

Authorities in Honduras have seized 52 properties belonging to one of the country's premier drug trafficking groups -- the Valle family -- in a move that could represent the beginning of a larger assault on the powerful clan. On August 18, authorities seized properties belonging to siblings Luis Alfonso, Miguel Arnulfo, Digna and Deisy Valle Valle in the departments of Copán and Cortés. The operation involved over 200 police, prosecutors and personnel from the Administrative Office of Seized Assets (OABI), reported La Prensa. The properties included various residences and terrains, five estates, a farm, a hardware store, a cattle ranching business and a cafe.... Read more

Yllescas: Enrique Flores Lanza Wants Others to Join Him in Prison

Aug 15, 2014

Former Minister of the Presidency Enrique Flores Lanza is under pressure. He feels that he is going to go to prison, but he does not want to go alone. This is the view of political analyst Jorge Yllescas, a long-time critic of the Zelaya administration. Mr. Flores Lanza changed his version [of the story] by first denying that he had received Lps 40 million from the Central Bank [of Honduras] to finance the expenses of the cuarta urna  [public opinion poll] and then later admitting that he had received the money, but that he had distributed it among the ministers and... Read more

Are the Falling Homicide Rates Being Faked?

Aug 13, 2014

Officials in Honduras say homicides in the country have dropped over 15 percent in 2014 compared to the same period the previous year, but it is unclear whether this represents a real reduction in violent crime or is due to manipulation of statistics. On August 11, Honduras' Security Ministry released a preliminary report stating that murders totaled 3,367 from January to July 2014, compared to 3,990 over the same period in 2013, representing a 15.6 percent decline, reported EFE. The daily average number of murders dropped 15.2 from 16.9, and the January was the most violent month, according to the report.  Read more

Honduras Beefs Up Police Force

Aug 12, 2014

A newly formed undercover police intelligence unit is allowing Honduran authorities to close in on organized and petty crime nationwide. The 253 officers who make up the National Police’s Strategic System for the Collection, Collation, Analysis and Storage of Information (SERCAA) -- as the unit is known -- have been working since its formation March 5 to go after gang leaders, extortionists, hit men and drug traffickers throughout the country. “The SERCAA [is focused on] finding and processing information in the fight against organized crime,” said General Félix Villanueva, the National Police deputy director. “To ensure the effectiveness of the... Read more

Investigation Reveals Depth of Gangs' Social Control in Honduras

Aug 08, 2014

A Honduran intelligence report accessed by local media documents the extent to which the MS-13 and other gangs control the neighborhoods where they operate in Honduras. According to an intelligence report seen by El Heraldo, gangs control daily life in the neighborhoods where they operate in Tegucigalpa by establishing curfews and forcing residents to remain silent about their criminal activities. The gangs reportedly obligate residents to flash their car lights to signify they live in the neighborhood before entering, and stop vehicles -- sometimes killing the occupants -- if they fail to do so. Read more

Mauricio Villeda Proposes Liberal-Libre Voting Block to Mayors

Aug 06, 2014

The president of the Executive Central Council of the Liberal Party (CCEPL), Mauricio Villeda, on Sunday met with mayors from Honduras in the city of Comayagua and proposed an alliance with members of the socialist Libre Party in order to create a more powerful opposition block against the ruling National Party, which controls both the Presidency and the National Congress. "There is huge political sectarianism on the part of President Juan Orlando Hernández, with threats of all kinds being made against people who do no kneel before the President of Honduras," said Mr. Villeda, who ran and lost in last year's... Read more

Properties of CIA-Linked Narco Matta Ballesteros Seized

Aug 04, 2014

Authorities in Honduras have confiscated 17 properties belonging to the family of convicted drug trafficker and ex-CIA contact Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros -- one of several recent actions suggesting the authorities are finally making moves against previously untouchable criminals. On July 31, authorities confiscated businesses, houses, and land belonging to the children of Matta Ballesteros, reported La Prensa. They believe Matta Ballesteros acquired the properties using profits from illegal activities, and that they were inherited by his children while they were still minors, reported El Heraldo. Read more

Yoro's Mayor Urbina Accused of Drug Trafficking, Laundering, Contract Killings

Aug 01, 2014

Honduran authorities have detained a mayor who allegedly led a criminal organization dedicated to drug trafficking and hired killings, in a case highlighting just how blurred the lines between corrupt officials and organized crime have become in Honduras. On July 27, police arrested Arnaldo Urbina Soto, the Mayor of the northern municipality of Yoro, on charges of storing illegal weapons and money laundering, reported La Prensa. During the operation, police raided nine properties and seized 10 others allegedly belonging to a criminal group led by the mayor and his two brothers.  Read more

Journalists Investigating Organ Trafficking at Mario Catarino Rivas Hospital Threatened

Jul 29, 2014

Reporters Without Borders has called on Honduran authorities to provide protection to three TV journalists in the northwestern city of San Pedro Sula -- Yanina Romero, Carlos Rodríguez and Lourdes Ramirez -- who have been getting telephone death threats ever since they reported alleged corruption at a local hospital in early July. The three journalists, who work for KTV, began investigating at Mario Catarino Rivas Hospital after being told about suspicious deaths of patients there. Their report suggested that certain members of the medical staff may have deliberately caused the deaths of patients for the purpose of organ trafficking or commissions from... Read more

Honduras, Guatemala Report Major Drops in Homicide Rate

Jul 17, 2014

Authorities in the Northern Triangle countries of Honduras and Guatemala have announced drops in their homicide rates of over 20 and 10 points, respectively. What has been responsible for these reported reductions in violence, and are they sustainable? According to Honduran Security Minister Arturo Corrales, homicides dropped from 84 per 100,000 residents in 2012 -- a rate the United Nations pegged at an even higher 90.4 per 100,000 -- to 60 per 100,000 by June 2014, reported La Tribuna. Numbers from Honduran violence reduction force Fusina show 2,634 murders between January and mid-June this year, compared to 3,245 in the same period last year, reported La Prensa. Read more


 

International

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Why Latin America is Standing Up to Israel on Gaza

Aug 19, 2014

Why Latin America is Standing Up to Israel on Gaza

Since the Israeli offensive against Gaza began, images of Palestinian children murdered in their homes and schools and bombs exploding in neighborhoods have outraged people around the globe. Many governments have followed the United States, making empty declarations against the violence, as if the death dealing were equal and not overwhelmingly of Palestinian civilians killed by Israeli bombs and bullets. But as the US government backpedals to reconcile its unconditional support of Israel with basic principles of human... Read more

IFC Warned of Systemic Safeguards Failures in Honduras

Aug 15, 2014

For the second time this year, an internal auditor has criticised the World Bank’s private sector investment agency over dealings in Honduras, and is warning that similar problems are likely being experienced elsewhere. The investigation found that the bank’s private sector investment agency, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), took on a significant stake in a Honduran bank but undertook “insufficient measures” to assess that institution’s own investments. These included at least one company involved in... Read more

Misguided Strategies vs Barbarities South of the US Border

Aug 15, 2014

Misguided Strategies vs Barbarities South of the US Border

In an uncomfortably deluded process of knee-jerk responses, imbued with what continues to appear as a misconceived and often unreasonable set of priorities, Mexico and the northern triangle nations of Central America remain under seize by a myriad of transnational organized criminal networks. United States border security has not been immune from these reflexive actions and the dynamic environmental events that require timely and proactive responses to aggressive external criminal stimuli. Read more

Canada's Controversial Engagement in Honduras

Aug 13, 2014

Since Hurricane Mitch struck Honduras in 1998, Canada has cast an increasingly long shadow over the small Central American country’s economy and policy; a presence that has grown stronger since Honduras’ controversial 2009 coup. The self-proclaimed peacekeepers have since built a stronghold over Honduras via investment in industries and support for the illegitimate government created in the wake of the coup. Canada’s relationship with Honduras is emblematic of its shifting position within the international community,... Read more

Ann Coulter: The "Exceptional" American

Aug 12, 2014

Ann Coulter: The "Exceptional" American

I've never been much for the idea of "American exceptionalism". Always thought it sounded smug, egomaniacal. It's as if we in the United States have this strange need to keep reminding ourselves that we are inherently better than everyone else simply because... well, we're Americans. Senior editor at TIME, Ishaan Tharoor, has described it as, "The conviction that the US is unique in its role and purpose in the world and is, yes, better than the... Read more

Deconstructing Populism

Aug 08, 2014

Deconstructing Populism

Although it has no single, seminal definition, the broadest definition of populism is a political doctrine that appeals to common citizens as opposed to the elite. Most mainstream writing, however, uses the concept of populism as a pejorative, implying naïveté of the people or deceit of the appealer. This trend is amplified in reference to Latin America, and doubly so in First World writing about Latin America. Cas Mudde defines populism more precisely as “a... Read more

Volunteerism

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Project: Caring for the Elderly of La Ceiba

Aug 18, 2014

Project: Caring for the Elderly of La Ceiba

Responding to the need to care for the impoverished and homeless elderly people in their community, a group of women in La Ceiba have formed an association called El Perpetuo Socorro (Perpetual Aid). Their goal is to raise money to build a new Home for the Elderly of La Ceiba. Unfortunately, there are many ederly men and women in our city who have nowhere to go and no one to care for them. They amble through... Read more

US Army Facilitates Pediatrics in Disasters Course for Honduran Physicians

Aug 12, 2014

Joint Task Force-Bravo's Medical Element hosted the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Pediatrics in Disasters (PEDS) course to train Honduran pediatricians about the healthcare needs for children in disaster preparedness and emergency response. The course subjects included planning and triage for disaster scenarios, pediatric trauma treatment, toxic exposure, and incident control command procedures. Pediatricians from all over Honduras traveled to Soto Cano Air base to attend the course held August 7-9, 2014.  Read more

Wake Up Call to the Honduran Diaspora

Aug 05, 2014

Wake Up Call to the Honduran Diaspora

Every time I return to Honduras for a visit or talk to someone who has returned from Honduras, I ask them..."Aha vos, y como están las cosas?" I always get the same answer. "The value of the lempira has gone down again. The price of frijoles  is  much higher. We're without electricity, water a few times a day. The violence." It's been the same old story for the past 40 years, or ever since I've been engaging... Read more

Money & Investment

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InterContinental Hotels Group Opens Holiday Inn Express Hotel in Tegucigalpa

Aug 17, 2014

InterContinental Hotels Group announced on Friday the opening of the new-build, 108-room Holiday Inn Express hotel in Tegucigalpa. The hotel is located in the heart of the capital city's new financial and commercial district of Plaza San Rafael, and near the country’s major financial institutions, including BAC Honduras, Banco Davivienda and BCIE (Central American Bank for Economic Integration). The Holiday Inn Express Tegucigalpa hotel is also connected to some of the main city thoroughfares such as Boulevard Morazán and is conveniently accessible to a variety of restaurants. Read more

Congress Approves US$100 Million Loan With Credit Suisse

Aug 08, 2014

The National Congress of Honduras on Tuesday voted in favor of authorizing the Ministry of Finance to negotiate and sign a US$100 million credit deal with Credit Suisse AG of Switzerland. According to Minister of Finance Hugo Castillo, the loan will serve to convert an expensive short-term internal debt to an external one at a lower interest rate and under more flexible payment terms. "This is not a new loan, nor will it mean an increase in the [fiscal] deficit. It is simply a move to change the internal financing structure, but at no time will it... Read more

Gildan Will Build New Textile Plant at Rio Nance

Aug 05, 2014

Branded apparel manufacturer Gildan Activewear Inc. of Montreal, Canada has announced plans to build a new manufacturing facility in its Rio Nance complex in Honduras. The company reports that the new facility will help it meet its production capacity needs until its planned facility in Costa Rica goes on-line in fiscal year (FY) 2017. The Rio Nance addition also will help the company meet its sales growth target for higher-end products, planned for FY2016, and optimize production efficiencies at its other textile plants. Read more


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Travel

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Honduras: Bird Paradise Par Excellence

Aug 13, 2014

Honduras: Bird Paradise Par Excellence

In all of the territory of the United States there are about 800 species of birds. What would you think if we told you that in an area equivalent to 1 percent of all that territory there are about as many birds? That place is called Honduras. The country is, par excellence, a paradise for birds, and has more than 750 recorded species including migratory and resident varieties. This large number is due in part to the fact that the... Read more

Life in Copán: Hamlet, Beer, Planes and Tolls

Aug 08, 2014

Life in Copán: Hamlet, Beer, Planes and Tolls

August in Copán Ruinas generally means a few things... warm temperatures, a bit of refreshing summer rains to cool things off, the end of summer vacations, and the arrival of the annual pilgrimage of tourists from El Salvador who travel en masse during that country's week-long feria  August vacation period.  Most Salvadorans, of course, make a direct bee-line for Honduras' the north coast beaches and Bay Islands, as El Salvador has only dark water, dark sand and strong surf... Read more

Life in Copán: Maya Ruins, Scarlet Macaws and Cobblestones

Jul 29, 2014

Life in Copán: Maya Ruins, Scarlet Macaws and Cobblestones

The archaeological park at Copán Ruinas now boasts a totally renovated visitor center and a spanking new parking lot. Financed by the government of Spain, the project gave a much needed facelift to the park's tourist infrastructure. Meanwhile, the newly opened archaeological site at Rastrojón is truly a wonder to behold. That site, located on private property just behind the Clarion Hotel, is only a couple of kilometers past the main site was excavated over many years... Read more

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