Honduras - dangerous cities and beautiful nature
According to the size of the countries, Central America is similar to Europe - it is dominated by small states and it is easy to move from one to another. Guatemala and Honduras, a countries roughly twice the size of the Croatian, highlight their size among statelets like Belize and El Salvador. Honduras functions as a normal state in its western part. The entire northeast of the country consists of vast rainforest and complete wilderness, largely without roads and settlements. The complete population of Guatemala is crowded on the route between Mexico and El Salvador. Honduras rises from the dust, trying to carve out his own place in the sun. This is the capitalist countrie, and unlike neighboring Nicaragua or nearby Cuba has never flirted with communism. Honduras has typical ills of the developing world - rampant corruption, a very high crime rate and the unbridgeable gap between rich and poor.We traveled to north-western region of Honduras - from the second largest city of San Pedro Sulla to a small, pleasant town of Copan. In the center of San Pedro Sulla is very beautiful cathedral (dedicated to, of course, St. Peter), built fifty years ago, in front of which is a spacious square. Common to the cities of this part of the world, the central square is turned into a small park. A mountain stands above the town, similar to Zagreb of Croatia, with a remarkable major label "Coca-Cola". This strange mountainous advertising has become one of the symbols of the city.
Poor, quiet life province
Province of Honduras is much tamer and more comfortable to travel. Town of Copan is particularly pleasing. It is a magnet for many visitors, of the ruins of the once great and important Mayan city. City was in its golden age well before the arrival of the Spaniards, as it had tens of thousands of residents. Numerous temples are specially valuable, one of which is totally preserved because it is in the heart of the never temple built above it. Development of the city had a sudden break in the ninth century, and scientists are not sure of the reason why. Owner of a small hotel where we stayed agreed to take us about twenty kilometers from the city, in the place where there are no tourists. We wanted to see how life looks like in a ordinary village in Honduras.
Hovels with satellite dishes
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Village is a village anywhere in the world. In the center is a small community house, school with two classrooms and a large soccer field is located next to it. The villages stretch for miles along the gravel road. With large rocks and holes on them, roads are almost impassable. Small slum houses were often constructed only of mud, and at best have a tin roof. We have not seen one car. The villages have electricity. According to a distinguished panel at the center of the village, electricity arrived a few years ago, as a donation from Japan. Television is obviously an instant hit, as the hovels are swarming eith unusual satellite dishes. Although the living conditions are bad, people are nicely dressed and clean. People are talking very polite and courteous. Border between Honduras and Guatemala is located twenty kilometers from Copan. Almost all of the narcotics pass the rout from San Pedro to Mexico towards the final destination - the United States. Our guide discreetly explained to us that dozens of luxury cars that are driving in Copan largely come from money associated with drugs.