Honduras-San Pedro Sula arrival-Part 1
Honduras has always been a country that has had a certain appeal to me. Not sure why, but I think it may be because it is still a country not high on everyone’s travel list. Now, I am NOT talking about the Bay Islands, or Roatan. I am talking about the real Honduras……the mainland, the ”heartbeat” of Central America.
I had spent a week in Honduras a couple of years ago, but wanted to go back to spend more time in some of the places I had only briefly been before. So, I decided to retrace my original steps and slow down a little this time. My first stop was going to be the city of San Pedro Sula(SAP). SAP is a city of about 500,000 population. It’s the jumping off point for many people going out to the Bay Islands or other parts of Honduras. Problem is, no one wants to spend any time in the city, because it has a pretty rough reputation.
On my previous trip, I had been advised not to walk the streets of SAP alone. While I don’t want to play down the crime problems, with a little caution, there are some interesting places to see in San Pedro Sula.
Now I will admit, I tend to be a little more adventurous than the average tourist. However, by being careful, I sometimes have the opportunity to see things that most people won’t see.
During my previous trip to Honduras; while on the plane, I had met Mr. Javier Ortega, the general manager of the San Pedro Sula Hilton Princess Hotel. During that trip, I had spent a week in western Honduras, and was back in San Pedro Sula for a couple of hours before my flight home. I stopped by his hotel to say hello. He offered to give me a quick drive through the city. What that did was whet my appetite to explore it on my own and to walk the streets and get a better feel for the city when I returned.
And so with my second trip, begins my next series of blogs. I will take you through San Pedro Sula, on to Copan Ruinas, then to Jocotan, Guatemala, and back to San Pedro Sula. I will have lots of photos to share. Stay tuned!
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