Since we had such a great time in Cópan and such a terrible time in Utila, we left the island ahead of time and returned inland. It ended up working out well. We went horseback riding during the daytime, and we went out for pizza and beer at night.
It was a happy ending to our wayward Honduras trip.
View the Cópan gallery.
Had a bad experience in Utila. It was an especially bad experience because I went with such high expectations.
Utila is one of the Bay Islands. It’s in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of La Cieba, a lively city on the north coast of Honduras. It’s known as a good island for diving and partying.
We weren’t interested in either of those activities, but we wanted to visit an island and soak up a few days of Caribbean sunshine, breeze, and culture. The Bay Islands of Honduras were ideal. It was a toss-up between Utila and Roatan. We picked Utila solely on the basis of price.
Come to find out, the Caribbean sunshine, breeze, and culture we’d come in search of were not to be found. Rather, we were more or less confined to our hotel room for much our visit. It rained all the time — day and night, every day, all the time.
To make matters worse, we were stranded on the island until the end of the rain. For a few days straight, the sea was too rough for the ferry. The only other way off the island is by airplane, which is expensive.
First chance we had, we got on a ferry and left the rain-drenched island. Indeed, the sea was rough. I got seasick. It was a fitting end to an all-around bad experience in Utila.
View the Utila gallery.
For Julia’s final week in Guatemala, we took off on a trip to Honduras in search of the Caribbean Sea and some islands. Halfway from Antigua to the Bay Islands of Honduras is Cópan, which is just across the border.
Cópan is sort of like the Antigua and Flores of Honduras wrapped into one package. Like both of those Guatemalan cities, Cópan is small, colonial, inviting, and touristic. It accommodates students, backpackers, sightseers, and run-of-the-mill tourists alike. There’s also an impressive site of ruins and lots of adventure services.
We stayed in a hotel a couple blocks off central park and had a great experience. The hotel couldn’t have been more accommodating. We enjoyed the city, which while small is laden with shops and restaurants.
The ruins are only a half-hour walk out of town, and they make for a great day trip. Bring your sunscreen. Very sunny, and much hotter than Antigua and the highlands of Guatemala.
View the Cópan gallery.
For the next month I’ll be traveling around Central America. My backpacking trip will take me through Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras.
Stay tuned in for periodic reports.
Feel free to explore my archives in the meantime. A lot happened in the past month.
My time here in Antigua, Guatemala, is coming to an end soon. I’ve been here for almost a month, and while it’s been a perfect place to work, study, and socialize, I’m eager to start traveling around Central America now that the rainy season has come to an end.
Time to take a leave of absence from Conexion, the high-speed Internet lounge where I’ve been working day in and day out. Every post on this blog of the past few weeks has been written here, where I’ve made myself at home.