Honduras Trip Outstanding...Almost Beyond Words

I have traveled to many parts of the world but have never experienced a friendlier atmosphere than our time in Copan Ruinas. It started with our being welcomed into the Hacienda San Lucas family by Argi and, later, Flavia. I became fast friends with Carlos, the watchman, who would take me around the property each evening and morning to show me the birds. ............. Marian thoroughly enjoyed her cooking class and I thoroughly enjoyed the resulting empanadas and pico de gallo...they even got me into grinding the corn.

 

The feeling of being a part of the family extended to everyone we met in Copan Ruinas. All the guides, the owners/workers in the shops, the Tuk Tuk drivers, etc. were terrific. Our birding trip with Yobani started out wet but the whole day was wonderful.

 

Our tour of the Ruins was wonderful but it was made even more amazing by our guide, Marvin Diaz. ............

Nery Gonzales took us to tour the Chorti village of Llanatillos. Meeting Nery was also a wonderful treat. ...We got one of the local children to guide us up the trails to the home of Teresa de Jesus. Jesus and her family were very accommodating and watching the pots take shape in her talented hands was amazing. She was a wonderful artist.After we finished there, we went back down the trail to the center of town and then up the other side of the valley to the home of Lucas who specialized in smaller pieces of pottery...some small enough that we could carry them back with us to the states so we bought three bowls from her.

Even our fellow guests made the trip special. We were admiring the beautiful paintings and jewelery on display in the Hacienda. As you know, most were done by Frida, Flavia's daughter-in-law. A day or two after we arrived, Frida and her son, Yax arrived so we able to talk with her about her art and the New Mayan Alphabet. ...............

I like to think that traveling to other countries learning about the people and culture of those countries makes me a better person but I've never enjoyed a trip as much as this one nor have I felt that a trip was as life-changing as this one. Hopefully, this trip has inspired us to work to improve the lives of others.Based on conversations with Nery, Frida, and Argi, we are seriously thinking about setting up a program at Sul Ross State University to allow a student from Copan Ruinas to get their undergrad degree at Sul Ross. ...............

Thank you for doing such a wonderful job in organizing our trip and for introducing us the Hacienda San Lucas.

Bill Copan, Honduras  January 2012