A challenging day in Cusuco National Park

Trip Start Aug 07, 2009
Trip End Jul 14, 2010

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Flag of Honduras  , Cortés,
Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Well, I have just been having a normal week again, but on Saturday, Madi and I were invited to Cusuco National Park with 4 other volunteers. We went with 2 Honduran teachers, Miss Gladys and Miss Betty and their families and we had a great day. The day started well….. it was slightly overcast and cool and never got that hot, so it was pleasant for travelling. We left about 0730 and headed up a bad road for 2 hours to Buenos Aires, a small village at the edge of the park….. travelling in the back of a pick up… in fact 15 of us fitted in it! There were only about 3 or 4 seats in the front and the rest are in the back!

Once at Buenos Aires, we went for a very challenging hike to a waterfall…. Up and down and over logs, down steep crevasses, climbing down ladders (which broke in places!) …. All I can say is that I am sore!!! It was fun though, and we had a great time and the waterfall at the end was lovely. We returned up the way we came down and took the pick up back to a plantation, which was owned by Miss Betty's parents. It was a coffee plantation and they also grew mandarins, so we enjoyed picking a stash for us to eat. They are the best mandarins we have ever eaten of course… and have few pips, which is a rarity here. We’ll be enjoying them all week.

We have the run up to the Olympics this week and we’re hoping for good weather on Friday of course. The temps are much cooler; I measured 28 degrees at 3pm today, so that is quite mild and fresh here! In fact, I did wish at one point I had brought a jumper and had worn trousers and not shorts. I gave a lesson after school to one of the year 6 kids, Jessica, who had been struggling with science, but found she understood everything! When I asked her why she didn’t do well in the exams, she explained she could do it orally but not written. We’ll have to work on that. I came back today and went to Miss Betty’s mothers for dinner, but didn’t stay long as Gerson, her son who is 8 and at our school, has a suspected broken arm… they have to wait and see if it is. He is a monkey, climbing everywhere, so it was not a huge surprise.

Will post a comment and photos after the Olympics; have a good week!
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mum on

I loved the photos of the trip. The countryside looks really beautiful.

juanpaz on

Amazing pictures of cusuco, i am glad you had a good time at the park. I do recommend to go again if you can. The waterfall you visited has the most difficult hike.
We are planning to fix that road by January. If you have the chance to go again, i recommend "Tucan Waterfall", stay camping, or at the eco-lodge. The view from the lodge is amazing for the sunrise.

Thanks for your interest in Honduras

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