We spent about a week in each of these cities with our friends from Honduras. Leon and Granada are classic old colonial Spanish towns with colorful concrete front facades, ancient wooden doors with heavy iron gates and door knockers, and clay tile roofs. Sidewalks are a jumble of steps, homemade grates, cobblestone, and sheer cliffs. Stray dogs sleep in any shade they can find on the sidewalks unperturbed by pedestrians stepping over and chicken buses coughing through intersections.
The Bay Islands in Honduras are renowned for their scuba diving and sit about an hour’s boat ride from the Atlantic side of Honduras. Utila and the larger island, Roatan, are the two main islands in this region. Roatan is big enough to bring in cruise ships from Florida and has enough people to support a city-like feel. Utila on the other hand is small enough to walk nearly everywhere and has the reputation of the cheaper, younger island.
Semuc Champey is a unique water and rock environment with caves, terraced pools, and a disappearing river. Tucked away in the mountains of Guatemala, it may have been the most difficult of places to get to of anywhere I’ve been.
We spent a little over a week in Antigua, Guatemala where our primary goal was to learn some Spanish. Antigua is known for its Spanish schools and it lived up to its reputation. Antigua is an old Spanish colonial town that’s done a ton of work to preserve its old buildings despite volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, marauding armies, and uprisings. The streets are all still cobblestone and the appearance of front facades of the buildings downtown are strictly regulated.
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