Go ahead and jump...I dare ya!!!

Trip Start Mar 03, 2010
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Flag of Honduras  , Cortés,
Thursday, March 25, 2010

Ok, now that the story of the bugs is out of the way I can tell you about our whirlwind trip to Honduras.

After piling everyone, seven of us total, into the pick-up truck we headed off for an afternoon of fun at La Lenca Waterfalls and Botanical Garden.  Talk about a private paradise!!!  After driving through the small community of Rio Chicito, and what seemed to be a farmers fields, we arrived at the private park that Go With Gus Tours has exclusive access to...La Lenca Waterfall and Botanical Garden.  This is a new acquisition and so it still needs some work but the potential is obvious and it as absolutely stunning.

We walked along the trail through the gardens until we came to the natural pool at the base of the waterfalls.  They had done some improvements already.  There were 2 short waterslides built into the river and you could tell they were in the process of damming different parts of the river to create more "natural" pools to swim in.  The water was sooooooo clear, you could see to the bottom of the pool....well at least for part of it.  The water became very deep and actually had quite a strong current the closer you swam to the falls themselves. 

It's just as well that the pool is deep because another one of the improvements they have made is to built a ladder up the side of one wall so you can climb up and jump off of 2 different cliffs.  Ok, so I only jumped off the lower one but hey, that first step is scarey!!!

When we were finished with our daredevilry we made our way into Puerto Cortes where we had dinner at......PIZZA HUT!!!  Can you believe that Canadian pizza actually tastes better in Guatemala than it does in Canada.  It was a shock but it's true.  We spent some time at Coca Cola beach admiring the beautifully groomed sand and all the  temporary  huts going up in preparation for Semana Santa (Holy Week).  It was great to just relax with friends for the evening before heading back to the hotel for the night.

After spending the night running from cockroaches (please see previous entry) we spent the day at the Puerto Cortes cruise terminal.  To use the term "cruise terminal" is really very misleading since all there is is a slab of concrete at the end of the freighter dock for the cruise ship to tie up.  Luckily there is also a maintenance building with a small overhanging roof to provide a little bit of shade as we baked, broiled and generally fried in the sun.  We  encountered some interesting problems with the local guides we had hired to run the tours...like the fact that despite their attestations that they spoke english for the the tourist......they didn't speak english.  We came back with a list of issues to address before the next cruise day in Honduras but hey, at least we're contributing right?

While the tourists where out touring we had an opportunity to walk around the city a little more and see the open air market.  Apparently it use to be an actual market building but there was a fire a few weeks earlier and presto.....it's now an open air market.  I guess that's one of the benefits of operating in a tropical environment, you can lose your building and not have to shut down your business.

At the end of the day we made a mad dash for the border in order to get back into Guatemala before they dropped the big iron gate which prevents all vehicles from crossing after 6 pm.  You can walk across still but it's a very long walk to get home if the car stays on the other side.
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