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Damn it Feels Good to Be Back in Latin America

2010 August 18

As I looked out of my window on the final approach into San Pedro Sula, Honduras, all I saw was a sea of green. A canopy of trees covered the rolling hills that stretched to the mountains on the horizon. Here and there, small silver reflections of roofs dotted the landscape. The lower we got, the foggier the windows became from the impending heat and humidity. After landing, I passed through customs, grabbed some lempiras from an ATM and jumped into a cab with an American working in Tegucigalpa.

As we careened and raced down the dusty, sign-less road towards San Pedro’s bus terminal, I couldn’t help but notice a wide grin slowly forming across my face.

Leaving San Pedro.

I was back baby. Back in the land of dusty roads, chicken buses, crazy drivers, heat and humidity, unpredictable water and electricity, toilet paper in wastebaskets, mosquitoes, bugs and jungles. It had been over a year since I left South America but in that moment all the familiar sights, smells and sounds rushed back.

Backpacking in a third world country is almost always a rough and tumble affair, and can sometimes be scary, hectic and even downright ugly. But what is always present is a sense of adventure and discovery. My 12 days in Honduras took me from Mayan ruins, to an all-night rave, diving, white water rafting and off-road motobiking. I would run through the full gamut of emotions: from sheer bliss, to frustration, to pure misery. And along the way, I’d have some great times, meet even better people and leave with many fond memories of Honduras.

On the road to Copan Ruinas.

There’s a beginning to every journey and mine started in Copan Ruinas.

5 Responses leave one →
  1. August 18, 2010

    Glad you had a good time! Can’t wait to hear more about your trip!

  2. August 18, 2010

    wow, beautiful pictures, I had never thought about traveling to a third world country but your pictues are very inticing……

  3. August 19, 2010

    Love that feeling of returning to somewhere you know yet that is also so unfamiliar and new. Look forward to more stories about the trip! Haven’t been to Honduras but have travelled through about half of Central America – wonderful place!

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