posted by mandy
21.01.2011 - 27.01.2011 85 °F
i'll make this short and sweet, as kevin is snoozing and i am a bit tired myself, but we are going to venture into non-internet territory i wanted to update you all! honduras proved to be gritty, beautiful, shocking, hospitable, friendly and completely surprising. we rolled in via 2 hour ferry (turned into 4 because of customs) from placencia, belize and both of us were amazed by the landscape. huge lush green mountains rolled one after the other right into the caribbean sea, with large fishing boats scattering the shoreline. bewildered and (me) seasick, we ventured into the small fishing village on the north coast called omoa.
it was charming and gringo-free, but we were hoping for better beaches, so we only spent one day there, then made our way to the infamous bay islands. unfortunately due to weather and, as we found out later, a local political standoff, our ferry to utila didn't leave for 2 days in a row, so we headed to pico bonito national park just outside of la ceiba.
lonely planet tipped off an incredible hostel/tour group called omega, where we stayed for 2 nights in a private cabina literally built over a creek. we rafted the rio congrejal (fun, class 3/4 rapids!), hiked up to a waterfall, and relaxed in the jungle. off to utila! another wobbly seasick ferry to the lovely island which was jam-packed with international backpackers, getting their scuba certifications by day and getting highly intoxicated by night. we were kind of put off at first, but made the most of our time there. kevin debated on getting his certification, but decided not to (and will probably regret). the tiny island consisted of 1 main skinny street, only taking up 10% of the island. we made it our goal to see the 90%. we rented a kayak and paddled our way through a merky mangrove flanked canal and found a massive private beach all to ourselves.
we rented bikes and explored the dirt roads, jungle and unfortunately extremely polluted empty beaches.
we snorkeled a ton on massive reefs.
we enjoyed our time there, and found the living easy and oh so cheap! our private room on the water was a mere $25 a night! next time, i think we will do roatan though... anyway, love to you all! make sure to look at the photo folder, as we don't show all of them on our postings. we are hoping to upload all of them to snapfish or such soon, so we will keep you posted. oxox