Honduras, a great country in the middle of Central America, where you can enjoy the smell of pineapple fields or scuba diving in the bay islands.
Capital is Tegucigalpa but equally important is San Pedro Sula a vital travel hub linking La Ceiba and finally by ferry the Bay Islands off the north coast into the Caribbean Sea.
Roatan is a little known spot even today many people have not heard of this elongated crocodile shaped paradise. It started to gain some notoriety in the later 1900’s as a scuba diving location and was firmly rooted on the backpacker tourist map because of its diving and sister island Utila, famed for being the cheapest place to learn to dive in the word with the possibility of snorkelling or diving with the worlds largest fish the whale shark.
Utila, Honduras is truly a tropical island paradise situated along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef--making it perfect for divers and snorkelers looking for an escape.
Whew, has the whole world gotten you down? How many times have you said to yourself, "I wish I could live on a deserted island". What if I told you that was possible. And that it wouldn't cost you a gazillion dollars to do it. Sure enough, head to Isla de Utila (Island of Utila) in Honduras and it's all possible.
Stesha Pasachnik an expert studying the black Iguana in Honduras comments 'When I contacted this company to discuss this photo I received a general email stating that they were sorry that I was not pleased with this book.' This is a very disappointing attitude to take from a global brand not addressing the point at all almost insulting with that kind of reply.
So what's this tropical storm about ? The cover of their new Honduras guide book. Well says Stesha 'Look closely and you will see that this green iguana is tied up by its tendons, and ready to be sold.' 'This is an Illegal activity in Honduras'
I could imagine the outrage if their cover showed a Russian circus bear on its cover with a leg chain on a particularly nasty human creation.
Did the editor miss it ? It must have been impossible that the photographer did and the artist who would edit the photo before the cover went into print must surely have seen the devilish detail.
Will they change it ? - presumably not as they will have done their print run. Perhaps they will if they do a reprint.
Two big cays and 11 small ones 20 miles NE of La Ceiba, a port in Honduras, on the Caribbean coast, under the name of Cayos Cochinos hide the beauty of turquoise pristine water, a bio marine research center, one kind of all inclusive hotel and the best of all: Cayo Chachahuate. A group of garifuna families live here and sometimes they offer very basic accommodation and food for tourists for a few dollars, if you pre-arrange with locals in La Ceiba and you are willing to spend a few days sharing 2 bathrooms with 100 people. Not easy to get there, but totally worth it.
An ecosystem with a coral reef in the North side of the cays, amazing sunsets, the most fantastic people with a totally different way of living. A one in a lifetime experience.