Beneath Jesus in Nicaragua.

San Juan Del Sur, southwestern Nicaragua. Here lies an exquisite pearl – a Central American gem. Loved by all manner of traveller, from older Canadian couples to young, French backpackers, this Pacific coast surfer’s town eagerly awaits any outsider.  A wide bay, forms a semi circle from San Juan’s famed cliff top statue of Jesus Christ to the lush, greenContinue reading “Beneath Jesus in Nicaragua.”

Central America Tours.

After stopping for a coffee with my best friend, one Edward Padilla – a thorough character, he told me all about his brilliant weekend in Nicaragua. Edward and his group conducted a tour, which took them from across the Honduras/Nicaragua frontier and all the way down to the grand, historical cities of Leon and Granada.Continue reading “Central America Tours.”

Birds of Honduras with Frank Rovelo.

Another close and cherished friend of mine is the courageous Francisco Rovelo; an extremely intelligent and talented young man from the capital Tegucigalpa, who can play the guitar and sing you the rock song of your choice before telling you in either English or Spanish about any bird that you care to mention. A seasonedContinue reading “Birds of Honduras with Frank Rovelo.”

The Garifuna communities of Tela.

Tela, boasts seven Garifuna communities (see article: https://lempiratimes.com/2020/02/23/tela-caribbean-delight/). They are better known locally as Los Morenales. ‘Moreno‘ – interestingly, means to be ‘bronzed’ in Spain. A moreno or morena is a person of slightly darker, bronzed skin. Notably those from the hot south – Andalusia. Here in Honduras, a moreno is a kinder, more respectfulContinue reading “The Garifuna communities of Tela.”

Sambo Creek.

Sambo Creek, a warm, inviting and entirely traditional Garifuna settlement placed about 15 kilometres (9 miles) east of the large, steamy city of La Ceiba – is a gorgeous Caribbean hideaway. Holding their annual fair in June, Sambo Creek boasts the largest Garifuna population within Honduras and is something of a celebrated place for these admirable people. Trips toContinue reading “Sambo Creek.”

Honduran Hero.

I recall summiting one particular gargantuan hilltop within the Mount Celaque region of Lempira department, western Honduras. A waterfall erupted majestically from across the deep gorge lying between the opposite mountain and I. Filled with admiration, it was like gazing at a never-ending oil painting – I myself, could simply not believe the number ofContinue reading “Honduran Hero.”

Desert island village.

Google Drive, pleasantly surprised me, as I stumbled across some old photos. I had completely forgotten about having stored so many. These particular ones, were taken a few years ago as I explored the Garifuna island communities of the Cayos Cochinos. Please see a previous article covering this utterly resplendant paradise: https://benanson.org/2020/02/23/los-cayos-cochinos/ These following photosContinue reading “Desert island village.”

Gracias, ‘a nice part of the world’.

Upon reaching the flat tops, by summating one of the many mountains in this wild, vast expanse of hill terrain, the Spaniards made rest after they had periled through their long, arduous trek taken in the name of imperial exploration. The soldiers were exhausted after climbing hilltop after hilltop, most likely done so in theContinue reading “Gracias, ‘a nice part of the world’.”