I took a short trip with the family for Christmas. We went to Mexico City to spend Christmas with my family there. I have three sons, a brother and best of all, my mother living in the great city! Traveling is always fun, and this time, I did so with my wife and our two youngest sons. We had a great time with the family. Christmas dinner was lots of fun, and we visited many outstanding restaurants.
Trip to Mexico Highlights
Although we did not do much sightseeing, we did get up early one morning and drove to Puebla. It was a cold morning, and my wife was surprised to see a thin layer of ice on the vegetation as we passed by the higher elevations on the road. Puebla was everything I remembered it to be and even better. Downtown is fantastic, and we did plenty of walking through the Central Park, El Callejon de los Sapos and the handicrafts market.
On our trip back to the city, I took a different route, which passes just next to the Teotihucacan Archaeological site. Of course, we drove in and took a quick hike into the magnificent site. My sons, (18 and 19 years old) could not resist the temptation and climbed to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun. With a step of every day of the year, this is a lot of climbing! I being older and wiser, did not even try it, although I did hike part of the way in search for a good picture. It had been over 35 years since I was last there, and I must say it is just as impressive!
My wife is from Copan Ruinas, and one of our sons was born there. So they are all familiar with archaeological sites. You cannot even try to compare the Teotihuacan Archaeological site with the Copan Archaeological Park. Although they both belong to the Mesoamerican region, they were built by different cultures. I must say that the one difference that struck me most was the vegetation. Copan Ruinas is always green, whereas Teotihuacan was very dry.
Back Home in Honduras!
But back to Honduras, I must say that I left somewhat worried about the political crisis. We had to fly from La Ceiba to San Pedro Sula to catch out flight. Persistent road blocks made the highway trip unpredictable with a high chance of missing out flight. On our return trip, the situation had changed for the better. We were able to travel by land between San Pedro Sula airport and La Ceiba. The highway was in good shape, there were no road blocks and we were home in a jiffy!
Best of all, the peace and quiet that we enjoy at home at La Villa de Soledad is hard to match. A beautiful view of the forest, with two National Parks in sight from our porch is unbeatable. The sound of the river flowing down the Cangrejal River Valley between the Nombre de Dios Mountains is like a lullaby that relaxes our senses. The first rays of morning light are preceded by the lively singing and chirping of tropical birds.
I must say that the image they portray of Honduras as a dangerous place to live in could not be more removed from our reality. Traveling to Mexico City was fun, but there is nothing like getting back home in the Cangrejal River Valley. If you are looking for a place with plenty of adventure activities you should visit La Ceiba in Honduras. There are so many things to do in the Cangrejal River Valley that you will want to stay longer. It is also a great destination to get away from it all and reconnect with nature and with yourself! Talk about a versatile destination…
… yes it is great to be back home!