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This website was developed to share information about Honduras, and more particularly Trujillo and surrounding areas, where Charlene & Paul are making their home – well, part-time anyway. We want to dispel the fears that it is a dangerous and unsafe travel or living destination. If you’ve never visited Honduras, you’re missing out on a wonderful experience, where the people are friendly, the food & drink is good, the cost of living is low, and the water is great to swim in. If you simply follow common sense rules – stay away from ‘spotty’ areas at night, watch your back, never walk alone – you’ll be fine. We’ve felt more threatened in parts of the U.S., where we lived for many years, than we ever have in Honduras. And Trujillo is the unspoiled jewel: off the beaten path, with an improving infrastructure, located on the gorgeous Caribbean Sea. Who could ask for anything more? If you want a more ‘touristy’ location, Roatan is close by, and for divers & snorkelers you also have the other Bay Islands to explore (Guanaja, Utila), with regular ferry service from Trujillo to Guanaja and from La Ceiba to the others. Or take a plane to any of them! Then there’s beautiful Copan; the other towns along the North Coast like Tela & La Ceiba; Lago de Yojoa and area ; Santa Lucia …………  the list goes on & on.

We love historic Trujillo!
– the real life town of ‘Coralio’ located in the fictional ‘Republic of Anchuria’, as described in O. Henry’s delightful collection of short stories: “Of Cabbages & Kings”. After fleeing the U.S. in 1897 to avoid bank embezzlement charges, O. Henry holed up in a Trujillo hotel, and coined the term “banana republic” to describe an economy where there was favorable treatment of the fruit companies within Latin America. Read more here

– the final resting place of William Walker, an American filibuster who tried to conquer Central America but was shot by the Honduran government in 1860. You can visit his grave in the central Trujillo cemetery.

– where Dole Fruit (formerly Standard Fruit Company of La Ceiba, one of the 2 major players in the Honduran economy that prompted O Henry to call Honduras a Banana Republic), ships bananas out of nearby Puerta Castilla

– a favorite spot to plunder gold and silver for English, French & Dutch pirates and privateers, including “Pegleg”, “Blackbeard”, Francis Drake, Henry Morgan, Calico Jack Rackham, etc. in the 1600 & 1700’s. Visit the fort when you’re here and imagine looking out over the bay watching in trepidation as they arrive in their sailing ships.

In addition to information and useful tips about living in and moving to Honduras, we want to use this as a means of sharing with others our experiences & excellent adventures. We invite comments on the News and Comments page, as long as they follow generally accepted polite conversation – no ranting or vulgar language and please, no links to adult sites or content. And if you have a story and/or photos you’d like to share, we’d love to see them! Just send us a message on the Contact Us page and we’ll send you instructions on how to get them to us.

 

Our recent Posts & Stories

Lionfish

Read about this invasive fish  and the devastation it’s causing in the Caribbean in an article I wrote recently. It’s terrible! Do your part to help by eating them whenever/wherever you can. They’re delicious.

And if you want more information, check out these links:
Restaurants serving Lionfish: https://lionfish.co/eat-lionfish-here/
This is an excellent source of places where you can eat it, in the Caribbean Islands as well as the U.S.A. While in Trujillo, Mermaids at Campo del Mar (on road to Santa Fe) may have Lionfish on the menu. Phone 9849-0936 to find out
The Invasive Lionfish Web Portal: http://lionfish.gcfi.org/
Their home page has an excellent dynamic map (from USGS) displaying how they’ve spread throughout the Caribbean from 1985 to 2014
National Geographic: https://voices.nationalgeographic.org/2016/08/29/saving-the-reef-lionfish-in-florida/
Lionfish Hunting: https://lionfish.co/
How to Clean them – carefully!:  http://www.dolphinencounters.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Lionfish-Prep-Cooking-Pamphlet.pdf
A nice short write-up on the capture, handling & cleaning of lion fish by the Dept. Of Marine Resources – Bahamas

Catrachos

Did you know that native Hondurans are called “Catrachos”. The term comes from the mid-19th century when Honduran General Florencio Xatruch returned from battle with his soldiers after defeating American William Walker, whose purpose was to conquer Central America. When the soldiers returned, Nicaraguans yelled out “¡Vienen los Xatruches!”, which meant, “Here come Xatruch’s boys!” Nicaraguans had a difficult time pronouncing Xatruch, so they altered the phrase to “los catruches” which ultimately became los “Catrachos”

Friendly people

I recently posted this on Facebook and was gratified to see the large number of comments from others confirming the same. Here it is:
“I was reminded of something while on my morning hike – with every person passing exchanging “Buenos Dias!” – that I had to share:
The other day we had problems with the truck – when we arrived at the Uno station outside Trujillo there was a large quantity of smoke coming from under the driver side fender. When I parked, almost every man at the station came over to see what was wrong and if they could help, telling me to be careful as I opened the hood. I called our mechanic – Jim Anderson – who quickly came out to see what the problem was. We decided to drive back home (it was late Saturday so we couldn’t do much investigation or get any parts we might need) with Jim following to make sure we made it. However, I stopped on the road outside Cristales because it was again smoking badly. While sitting there, every person driving by stopped to see if we needed help. (including one gringo friend – John Leverich, who said he had tools in his truck we could use). I was struck by how nice all the Hondurans where to stop and offer assistance. How many people would do that in North America? In fact, sharing this story with Kyle Walker yesterday, he mentioned something similar happening to him in La Ceiba when he had a flat tire – someone stopped and helped fix it then drove away, with no request for anything for his help.
So when you hear about the violence down here (which btw, is very over-rated, especially in the area in which we live) know that there are very wonderful people living here, many living on the barest sustenance, who will offer their help freely and are kind & friendly.”