Thursday, December 02, 2010 at 10:47 AM by Adalberto H. Vega
Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 6:12 PM by Adalberto H. Vega
Learning the art of the bean at Honduras’ finest coffee plantation
Originally published in Lexus Magazine - by Mark Anders | Photography by Chris M. Rogers
|A perfect cup of cappuccino served up by Guillermo Calderón, the Barista Cowboy.|
The finca’s Guamos, or shade trees, help to produce some of the most savory Arabica coffee on the planet.
|The author rides off to survey coffee plants at Finca Santa Isabel. Removing weeds from young coffee plants.|
|Honduran wildlife, coffee tour bus, hand-crafted boots, traditional dress, Copan Ruins, and “Big Boss” Guillermo Calderon.|
|The Honduran coffee bean journey, from picking to roasting: Harvesting coffee, red beans, sun-drying process, and roasted beans.|
“Este es Café de Mark,” the boss tells me as i scatter the beans.
|Rancho Las Cascadas Cafe at the Finca Santa Isabel plantation.|
IF YOU GO
The quaint cobblestone village of Copan Ruinas is about 2.5 hours from the airport in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. MC Tours - Honduras (mctours-honduras.com) can arrange for an escorted tour, accommodations and/or private transportation within the country.
Hotel Marina Copan is a warm, 51-room boutique hotel ideally situated beside the town’s main plaza, with plenty of good shopping and restaurants nearby. (hotelmarinacopan.com)
Take the Copan Coffee Tour at Finca Santa Isabel, which includes a bilingual guide; breakfast, lunch, or brunch at Rancho Las Cascadas; and a shuttle to and from the Copan Ruinas. (cafehonduras.com) Explore the Parque Arquelogico Ruinas de Copan, site of one of the most elaborate cities of the Mayan Empire.
Try Welchez Copan Gourmet Coffee for yourself. The online store offers light and dark roast, whole bean or already ground. (cafehonduras.com)
Friday, June 04, 2010 at 5:18 PM by Adalberto H. Vega
As in many other cases regarding destinations, Honduras situation is mainly one of wrong-perception in sense of issues that may affect travelers.
The US Embassy had canceled the travel alert to Honduras: “…Since the peaceful and transparent elections on November 29, 2009, political violence in the country has decreased considerably. The State Department canceled the travel alert for Honduras on December 8, 2009…” ~http://travel.state.gov/trIf anything, this low demand situation, has caused hotels in main touristic sites like Roatan and Copan to drop their prices down to 50% discounts, which could be a good opportunity for Adventure Travelers to come and visit our country.
And Canada Foreign Affair's website regarding Honduras shows that “…There is no Official Warning for this country. …” ~http://www.voyage.gc.ca/co
Friday, March 05, 2010 at 11:00 AM by Adalberto H. Vega
|The Palestinian Kattan family in San Pedro Sula Honduras 1920.Courtesy of the Museum of Anthropology and History of San Pedro Sula, Honduras.|
Middle Eastern migrants to Latin America traveled predominantly from the eastern Mediterranean region variously known as the Arab East, the Levant, or the Mashreq. Part of the Ottoman Empire until the early twentieth century, this area includes modern Lebanon, Syria, Israel, and Palestine. Considerable migrant populations have also come from Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq. ~via international.ucla.edu
The Museo de Antropología e Historia is licensed by the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History to house archaeological and historical collections, which by law belong to the people of Honduras. The ground floor of the museum is devoted to the history of Honduras, and San Pedro Sula in particular. The upper floor exhibits are about the prehistory of the valley where San Pedro is located. The Museum has a research library with information related to the history of Honduras. ~Wikipedia
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 10:54 AM by Adalberto H. Vega
Our photo of Lake Suchitlan, Suchitoto, El Salvador was chosen as Photo of the Day on Feb 5th 2010 in Gadling.com, AOL's travel blog.
It is indeed a very beautiful place. The photo was taken from La Fonda del Mirador, a nice old house with a rustic but comfortable setting, while enjoying a delicious local-style prepared fish stuffed with shrimps:
Flickr user Adal-Honduras took this shot of El Salvador's Lake Suchitlan, a popular weekend getaway for many Salvadorans. Located near the beautiful, colonial town of Suchitoto, Lake Suchitlan is one of the most gorgeous spots in perhaps the Western Hemisphere's most underrated country. ~ Aaron Hotfelder.
Monday, February 08, 2010 at 12:01 PM by Adalberto H. Vega
Lunch in Miami, one of the tiniest traditionally Garifuna communities sprinkled along the Atlantic coast of Honduras, was a profoundly satisfying moment, when all the contradictions of the world came together. The village lies at the end of a sand barrier, straddling the narrow ribbon of land that seals Los Micos Lagoon off from the Caribbean Sea, west of the small town of Tela. It is just inside the Jeannette Kawas National Park, one of Honduras's largest, a magical mix of cloud forest, estuaries, mangroves, and beaches. Walking through the village felt almost like trespassing; there are no streets, only paths between the small houses, all built of thatch and reeds. The sand sparkles, and there are little decorative gardens around some of the houses. There's no electricity or running water. The cayucos, boats carved from tree trunks, were pulled up on the shore of the lagoon, but if it's early enough in the day and you ask around, someone will take you out fishing or touring the enchanting lagoon. There was a breeze off the ocean, and we sat down at Nany's Place, along benches and picnic tables. I got a green coconut with the top cut off so I could drink its cool water and scrape the jelly out with a spoon. We lingered under the palapa, with the beach on one side and a view of the lagoon on the other, drinking beer and chatting with whoever came by to hang out.
Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 4:44 PM by Adalberto H. Vega