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Seafood Lovers
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'Rojo, Verde y Ajo!'


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Cindy Burgess- HondurasThis Week
The surgical team from the U.S. works with local health care practitioners to ensure continuity once the team returns to the U.S.

Medical Team Mends Hearts, Provides Hope

Cindy Burgess
Honduras This Week
was a desperate man. His baby boy
was dying, and no one in Honduras
could help him. "I even thought of

killing myself because I couldn't do
anything for him," he said. "That's
how bad my situation was. I felt
His son Noe was born four
months ago with a heart defect
called pulmonary atresia. The
condition left him bluish in color and

struggling to breathe. But today The San Pedro Sula resident had until June.

Noe is on the road to recovery,
thanks to a medical team from the
United States.
"They're my angels," Julio
Just a few weeks earlier, Julio
had been in a race against time.

been told there was no one in
Honduras who could perform the
type of surgery Noe needed. So
Julio packed his bags and flew with
Noe to El Salvador.
The doctors in San Salvador said
they could do the surgery but not

"I knew if I would have waited,
my boy wouldn't be here," Julio
Next stop Guatemala City.
Julio was almost there when he got
word that some American doctors
SURGICAL cont on page 3

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2 Saturday, February 21, 2009


An Education Denied

Therese McKinny-Wood



Last week, a new school year
began in Honduras. My once-quiet
morning walks are now punctuated
with the sound of children shouting
to their friends as they clamor to
get to school. It should be a hopeful
sound, but I know that there are
many young faces absent from the
blue and white uniform clad masses
this year. Some are in the fields,
working to help feed their families;
others, after years of overcrowded
classrooms and insufficient atten-
tion from teachers, have simply
given up, resigned at age ten to
years working in the fields under
the hot sun. The Honduran govern-
ment has failed these children and
allowed them to complete a cycle of
poverty that an adequately funded
education could have broken.
In no situation is the govern-
ment's failure more evident than
in the case of Marisol. Marisol is
16 years old and is the hope of her
community. When she completed
sixth grade, a feat in itself in her
village, she convinced her skeptical
parents to allow her to continue
her education. Because the cost
of transportation to and from the
nearest high school was more than
she could afford, she enrolled in an
alternative, self-directed program
called "El Maestro en la Casa."
Anxious to share her educa-
tional good fortune and help her
community, Marisol started
teaching kindergarten, as there
was no official post for the posi-
tion in her village. She wasn't
paid much, but she saved what
she could. She had high hopes of
becoming a teacher one day and
she knew enrolling in a bachil-
lerato program would be expen-
sive. In December, she completed
ninth grade and she had a stroke
of luck: an American volunteer
in her community agreed to help
Marisol pay her school fees. She
was one step closer to her dream of
becoming a teacher.
Then, she had the door slammed
in her face. On enrollment day,

Marisol arrived at the front of the
matriculation line, after hours of
waiting, only to be told that the
school was full. She was devas-
tated. Marisol overcame long odds
to even consider standing in line to
matriculate that day, but despite
having done everything right,
Marisol was denied the educational
opportunity that she deserved.
Who deserves the blame in
this situation? The school? The
teachers? The government? It's
true, strings could be pulled and
another student could be added to
the already swollen student body,
but what would that accomplish?
Marisol was one of many turned
away on matriculation day and
the school barely has sufficient
resources to educate the students
already enrolled. To ask teachers
to take on more responsibility
and expand their class sizes even
further would do little more than
lower the overall quality of educa-
tion for everyone. No, it is not the
school, nor the teachers, who must
take responsibility for this educa-
tional crisis: it is the Honduran
It is a sign of progress that
more Hondurans are reaching
secondary school, but getting them
to the door is not enough. The
Honduran government must guar-
antee that there are enough quali-
fied teachers and secondary schools
available to meet the educational
needs of every young Honduran
like Marisol. To do this, they must
inject sufficient resources and
funding into secondary education.
By denying an adequate education
to its most promising youth, the
Honduran government is disabling
its citizenry's most powerful tool
for sustainable, long-term develop-

Therese McKinny-Wood
currently lives in Copan Ruinas
and is working on an educa-
tion project there as a Fulbright

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Dear HTW:

As a health care professional,
I have always wondered about all
the medical missions from North
America that come to Honduras.
While I think it is great for
people who don't normally have
access to quality medical care (if
any care at all) I have concerns
about any kind of follow-up these

patients have after they've had
surgery or medical care.
Do these teams of doctors and
nurses come back to check on their
patients? Do local people get prop-
erly trained to examine surgical
wounds, blood pressures, blood
sugars, whatever the case may be?
I know some medical care is
better than none, but true quality
care requires follow-up. I would

love to think that these teams have
put into place some kind of sustain-
able care for these needy, deserving


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Raleigh, NC
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SURGICAL MISSION: Patients benefit from teams of doctors, nurses
con't from page 1

were in Tegucigalpa to do heart
surgery. He drove straight to the
capital and Noe's case was the last
one the doctors reviewed.
"When we saw him, he was very
blue," said Dr. Jeff DeMare, an
intensivist at Children's Hospital
in Omaha, Nebraska. 'We knew we
had to get him in right away."
Noe was the second of 23
Honduran children to undergo heart
surgery at Instituto Hondureno de
Seguridad Social from January 12
through 23. But he won't be the
The doctors' visit is part of a
five-year program aimed at devel-
oping the skills of pediatric heart
surgeons and critical-care nurses in
"We're working with the local
cardiologist, nurses -- everybody
that we can bring to the effort -
- so that over time, we develop a
local capability to take care of these
kids," said Dr. James Hammel, a
pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon
from Nebraska. "Because unfortu-
nately there's a long, long backlog
of children."
The program is coordinated by

the International Children's Heart
Foundation, with the assistance of
groups such as Helping Hands for
Honduras and Rotary International.
Doctors and nurses from all over
the world volunteer their time and
expertise, and often bring with
them thousands of dollars' worth of
donated medical supplies and equip-
ment. It's estimated this trip alone
cost more than $50,000.
"At first you come into a
hospital like this and people are
a little suspicious," said Hammel.
"They aren't sure how this team
is going to work out. But then you
do a couple of cases and they see
the children doing well...and there
starts to be more enthusiasm."
That enthusiasm was dampened
on day nine, when a four-month-
old patient named Delcia passed
away. She had undergone surgery
three days earlier to repair a large
hole in the center of her heart, but
wasn't strong enough to recover.
Her death hit the entire team hard.
"When the mom said she couldn't
bury her daughter, that was the
final straw for me," recalled Inez
Rodriguez, a respiratory therapist

who was very involved in the case.
Rodriguez said she had to leave the
room to avoid bursting into tears in
front of the baby's mother.
But all of the team members
agreed the good on this trip far
outweighed the bad, and overall the
experience was very rewarding.
"Just the smiles on the families'
faces, you know, when they get
to hold their child who's healthy
again," said DeMare. "That's well
worth the time."
No one would agree more than
Julio Valle. He has his son and
one heck of a story to tell him when
he's older.

Father Julio holds a healthy Noe, his son, following surgery.

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Problem # 30

Three qualities of Fours
Can you write 100 using

1. Using only seven fours?
2. Using only six fours?
3. Using only four fours?

Answer to Problem # 29
The Congress Committee

Although there are 3 equations and 4 variables, the difficulty
is only at mirage.
UCD + PCE = 8
AP=1/2 PCE
PSOE +UCD + PCE + AP = /2 UCD + 8 + 1/2PCE
But since PCE = 8 UCD then:
1/2UCD + 8 + 1/2(8 UCD) = 12

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hardly any medications, and was
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The situation reminds me of a
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institutions in Honduras to provide
stipend funds to individuals of
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Marco Caceres named Quentin who told me that money to a local bank in Santa Rita
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onuras is eeemployed consider themselves make a withdrawal.
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Ruinas. She was working at the they actually get paid. bus from Santa Rita to San Pedro
government health clinic there. She I understand the argument to pick up his funds. Once a month,
was anxious to leave her position for significantly increasing the the man had to spend an entire day
and get a job at a local clinic over- minimum wage in Honduras. I am traveling to pick up his money. He
seen by a North American non- aware that even an increase of spent about 15% of his stipend in
profit organization, but was hesi- 60%, as the Zelaya administration order to get his stipend. The man
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penny of her back wages. Her sole and cons of raising the minimum sums... rather, that they do not
rationale for staying was a distant wage is nothing more than a "red get paid consistently and that
hope that she might eventually herring." It is a diversion from the they have to spend so much of
receive some of the money owed more fundamental problem with their time, energy and emotional
to her. wages (particularly in the public capital fighting for what is owed
I returned to Copan Ruinas a sector), which is that all-too-often to them. It doesn't matter at what
year later and found her happily people do not get paid for months. level wages are set if the money is
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worked an additional two months received anything that they don't lems, the bigger problem has to do
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Honduras This Week
Stone crabs and jumbo-sized
pacific oysters are part of the new
weekend menu at the always-popular
Rojo, Verde y Ajo.
For years now, restaurant owner
Mandy Bermudez has been serving
her conch soup on Saturdays: the
soup is so good and so popular that
customers reserve themselves a
bowl usually a day in advance. The
soup is mainly directed to seafood
lovers for those who need a quick
remedy from a long night, its hearty
and thick composition will replenish
the body with all the rich minerals it
Another classic weekend dish
at "Rojo" is the fish filet ceviche;
surprisingly one of the few ceviches
in town that is not "mexicanized"
with additions of tomato or avocado,
a version found in just about any
restaurant in the city. The ceviche
at Rojo has a surprisingly fresh taste
with finely chopped cilantro, serrano
chiles, coconut and lemon juice and
ripe papaya that gives it a very
distinct sweet and sour taste.
Recently, jumbo-sized oysters
from the Gulf of Fonseca have been


added to the weekend seafood menu
at "Rojo." Although different from
the oysters found in the U.S., these
are much larger and come with all
the works one could possibly imagine
when eating oysters, from cocktail
sauces to light mayo, lemon juice
and vinegars. Whether you eat
them in moderation or by the dozen,
the bar is fully equipped to satisfy
your needs to eat these delightful
Another exciting option, which is
new at Rojo, is the stone crab claw.
Rarely found fresh on the mainland,
these large sized claws weighing in
at about half a pound are flown in
directly from Miami from the same
distributor as the famous Joe's Stone
Crab restaurants.
It's safe to say that Rojo is
quite possibly the only restau-
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vast array of exotic, imported and
cultured sea foods, and not only do
they have these specialty weekend
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In the last three years Honduras has climbed
in the rankings of 'Doing Business 2009'of the
Worldwide Bank. At the moment Honduras
is in first place in Latin America, in the areas
of preparation, presentation and payment of
taxes. In order to improve the platform of recol-
lection, authorities from the Executive Board of
Economic Income (DEI) will soon have a new
system for paying taxes on the web.

Supporting Small and
Medium Industry

Representatives from the Swiss Agency of
Development and Cooperation (COSUDE) and
the Ministry of Agriculture and Farming (SAG)
hosted the first meeting of the Committee
of Strategic Direction for Small and Medium
Rural Companies. This meeting will include
representatives from Honduras and Nicaragua.
The economic support from the Swiss totals
$3.9 million that will generate 50,000 jobs in
the rural area.

Union Statutes propose
unreachable payments

The increase in the minimum wage (approxi-
mately 60%) is the result of a predictable
economical crisis. For example the statute of
university teachers defines base salaries of pro-
fessionals by calculating a determined num-
ber of minimum wages. If raises are given to
teachers, the university's budget would have a
deficit of approximately Lps. 800 million; this
amount was considered unreachable by univer-
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also vice-president of the Treasury Department.

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The Jabberwocky Biennale:

A Glimpse into the World of Institutionalized Art

Federico Rosa
Honduras This Week

Art is not merely an imitation of
the reality of nature, but in truth
a metaphysical supplement to the
reality of nature, placed alongside
thereof for its conquest.

-Friedrich Nietzsche

According to the Oxford
English Dictionary, a biennal is an
event occurring every two years.
According to fine art institutions,
a biennale (note the sophisticated
"e" suffix, attaching it subtly to the
more sophisticated sounding French
language) it is an indefinite number
of artistic contests or events in
which the so called "best" art of
a given time and place is given a
chance to be seen publicly, that is,
before galleries and museums steal
them away from us forever into the
abyss of capitalism. Other biennales
utilize the event as a platform for
more 'experimental' art, or art less
likely to find a commercial niche
due to strong political overtones,
sexual connotations, and public
desecrations of other social taboos.
So now, of course, we have bien-
nales springing up, under the clause
of public art support, from Central
America to Istanbul.
The problem is that many
of these biennales, especially in
underdeveloped countries, is that it
becomes a platform for ideologies,
and not necessarily of aesthetic
concerns. A particular work or
piece might be turned down if it
isn't political enough, especially if
it is not the right sort of politics. Do
not fool yourself; there is, paradoxi-
cally, no freedom of expression in
the biennale. Most of the time, cura-
tors and critics obtain the benefit
of the doubt as they organize the
event and carry out the selection of
artists to be shown; but they know
what they are doing ideologically,
if not aesthetically. The public, on
the other hand, has no idea what

the biennale is about. In the case
of Central America, it is about left-
wing politics and a sarcastic view of
the world.
The current edition of the
Central American Isthmus Biennale
can be seen at the Museo para la
Identidad Nacional, a privately
funded, non-profit museum, located
in the center of Tegucigalpa. It is an
interesting show, where the main
goal is to give Central American
emerging artists opportunities
to showcase their work, which is
germane, since the few existing
galleries in Central America do not
usually exhibit new art.
This is good news, in part
because it does give local artists
the opportunity to showcase their
work. However, there are more
artists working in contemporary
methods than one would think.
Who gets chosen? The truth is, few
would say that the ones who really
deserve to be there. The ideology
is suspiciously similar all around
the exhibition rooms, and none
of the works diverge from a very
mainstream left wing ideological
position; some is anti imperialism,
others pro animal rights, but very
left of center.
This leads one to suspect that
perhaps there is a predominant
ideology among artists, but how
about the excluded artists? It
might turn out that their ideology is
different from the curators, which
puts the objective nature of the
selection in question. We will never
know. These are all, of course,
not accusations, but a reminder
that even in art, power is exclu-
sive. Another negative aspect of
these biennales is the fact that it is
confusing to follow them. There is a
biennale in Panama, (even though
Panama participates in the Isthmus
Biennale), and one in Costa Rica
as well. Which begs the ques-
tion: What is a Central American
Biennale? Which one should reflect
the concerns of Central American

First place in the Isthmus
Biennale went to Marcos Agudelo,
an aspiring architect in urban plan-
ning and development. The winning
work consists of a portable video
device attached to a rock, which
is supposed to be a symbol of
resistance against evil oppressors
and invaders, specifically against
Nicaragua, and the video piece
shows the artist digging a grave
to the unburied, unknown patriots,
named "A la tumba perdida de
Andres Castro." The award given is
named the "Tlacluilo de Oro." The
ideology here is more important
than the piece, one would assume.
Jonathan Harken's (from
Panama), piece utilizes slide

projections of montages critiquing
Honduran affairs and public
apathy from a moral standpoint.
For instance, Honduran President
Manuel Zelaya is presented as an
effeminate cowboy, in front of the
Museo del Hombre, pistol ready
to fire (the critique being that a
macho president is posing as a
macho archetype, but sarcastically
is presented as effeminate, and crit-
icizing the existence of a Museum of
Man, and not a Museum of Woman).
Other slides were of drunken
youngsters in front of Francisco
Morazan's statue in Central Park.
As with Harken's work, not one
piece dealt seriously with poverty,
violence, immigration, foreign

policy, dogmatism, but rather a sort
of apathy and sarcasm, which grows
tiring and humorless. Few pieces
dealt with a formalist, aesthetic
approach, except some works by
Alex Galo and Ana Garuz, which,
nonetheless, were feebly placed
within an ideological framework.
The Central American Isthmus
Biennal's pieces and ad-hoc cura-
torship, which, despite (I assume)
their best efforts, seemed some-
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las Artes. One of the strongest artistic
movements in Tegucigalpa. Mujeres
en la Artes Leticia de Oyuela con-
stantly sponsors workshops, exhibi-
tions, conferences, art shows and
community events in the city. For the
complete schedule, log on to www.
muaartes.org.hn or contact Veronica
Romero at 222 3015 or email to: mua@

ARTISTA. Next to Casa Mexicana, in
front of Wendys'Tepeyac, Tegucigalpa.
Wednesdays-Saturdays. 8:30 pm,
Musical Group Klasicos is inviting

(All activities are free) Open Tuesday
through Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm,
Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm closed on
Monday. Saturday 21: Film Exhibition,
Ciclo de Fernando Le6n de Aranoa:
Los lunes al sol, 11:00 am. Sunday 22,
Children and dancing, with the instruc-
torYoslany Sanchez, 10:30 am Tuesday
24: Scholarships & Information.
Presentation of scholarships and
grants for study in Spain, by Elizabeth
Romero, Scholarship Program and
Training AECID in Honduras www.
becasmae.es www.fundacioncarolina.
es 10:00 a.m. Thursday 26: Movies,
one manifestation of political docu-
mentary .. 38 days of hunger and
dignity, from Caminantes by Fernando
Leon de Aranoa, 6:30 pm, Friday 27:
Movies, one manifestation of politi-
cal documentary. El Porvenir, Oscar
Estrada The back of the world Javier
Corcuera, 6:30 pm Saturday 28:
Movies, one manifestation of political
documentary. The effect Iguazi, Pere
Joan Ventura
* La pelota, de Julio Medem Murder
in February, Ortega Eterio Memoirs
of a guerrilla Pau Vergara
* Children in Russia, Jaime Camino
11:00 am / 2:00 pm / 5:00 pm / 7:00
pm / 9:00 pm
For more information: Centro
Cultural de Espaia,Col. Palmira la
calle, #655,Contiguo al Redondel de
los Artesanos. Tegucigalpa, MDC,
Honduras, C.A. Tel +504 238-2013 Fax

FACING SOUTH. At the Honduran
Institute of Hispanic Culture. Tuesday,
February 24 in Tegucigalpa. A group
of 13 artists from Mexico, Guatemala,
El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica and
Miami will be presenting their work,
7;00 pm www.mirandosur.org

Mufoz Lobo bookstore and the edi-
torial group Satyagraha invite you
cordially to join us at the monthly
Conversatory, a free space center,
which takes place every first Thursday
of the month at Ave. Cervantes, oppo-
site to Museum of Honduran Man in
Tegucigalpa, from: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

More information at www.afhondu-
ras.com or at 239-6165

Every week you can enjoy excellent
films at Cafe Paradiso in Barrio La
Plazuela in Tegucigalpa. Contact:

EL PARNASO. Visit www.elparnasohn.
triplod.com you will find all kind of
artistic expressions

Contact them; they always have info
on cultural activities. E-mail: terco-
producciones@gmail.com. Visit www.

www.proyectogriton.com and focus
on KUPIAKUMI, you'll find the daily
logbook of the activities of this cul-
tural group.

PARADISO. Caf6 Paradiso (downtown)
is always performing cultural activities.
Contact paradiso@cablecolor.hn

HONDURAS. Visit the website www.
telah.org. They are presenting plays,
essays about theatre culture. Tel: 220-
0690, 238-3726

www.arteaccioncultu raen movimien-
to.blogspot.com An area where you
can learn about the work and events
performed at the cultural association
Arte Action.
You can also visit the website: www.
arteaccion.org which has been


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It is a fashion and design show, includ-
ing design and rock music. Guest
musicians: the legendary DNA band,
Godzend, Antivirus, Alasterra Angela
Bendeck and Polache. Saturday,
February 26, 7:00 pm

of Anthropology and History in San
Pedro Sula, Saturday, February 21,4:30
pm. General entrance: L. 30.00.Tickets
on sale at the museum and at Radio

QUARTET. At the Manuel Bonilla
National Theater in Tegucigalpa.

Tuesday, February 24, 7:00 pm. They
French Embassy and French Alliance
are inviting to enjoy this event.

"Supremos Poderes" Band
of Honduras, February 26th, 5:00 pm,
at Central Park of Tegucigalpa, free
admission; and March 5, 7:00 pm at
the Manuel Bonilla National Theatre,
free admission.(http://www.trombon-

ORCHESTRA. The Philharmonic
Association of Honduras began its
season concert for 2009, this time with
spectacular performances in the
Manuel Bonilla National Theatre. The
first concert will be held on Thursday
February 26 at 7:00 pm with the pre-
sentation of works from Beethoven
and Mozart. The value of the entrance
to this magnificent concert is L.300.00
for Palco and L. 100.00, for seniors and
students will have a fifty percent dis-
count. The second concert is free and
is scheduled for Sunday 1
March at 11:00 am, is a concert for the
whole family, implemented as a major
work, the famous musical tale "Peter
and the Wolf", the public may also lis-
ten to classical and popular music.

BOOKSTORE. Karla Lara and Camilo
Korea will welcome to the Cultural
Friday "Caminante" bookstore, 6:00
pm. At the Caminante Bookstore. Our
events are advertised on page http://

Saturday at Restaurant El Corral, Col.
Alameda. Meats are their specialty.

guitar, violin and singing classes.
Colonia Miramonte, main street, #
1519. Tel: 232-4772. 239-8049

ACTIVITIES. Contact 235-4019

AND 70'S. At "Memories" in Plaza
Millennium. From Wednesdays thru
Saturday from 7:00 p.m

Thursday you can enjoy live music
with the artist Hector Casas, from 8:00
p.m. thru 11:00 p.m. Happy hour from
5:00 p.m. thru 8:00 p.m. 2X1 Miller
bear, frozen Margaritas and tequila


YEARS OLD. Artistic drawing, paint-
ing techniques such as watercolors,
oil, acrylic and pastels. Schedule:
Saturday from 12:30 to 2:30 pm and
from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Colonia

Las Colinas, El Dorado Street in front
of Hillcrest School, home # 35. More
Information contact Melissa Torres at
Tel: 9800-7170.

an excellent physical development
plan for adults older than sixty years:
dancing, pilates, stretching, and more.
For information visit www.mettahn.
com. Metta is on the street behind
Emisoras Unidas. Tel. 239- 52 78, 206-
7022, 213 -3375

CINEMAS. Log into www.cinemarkca.

html (504) 230-7673 / 230 Next to
the Honduran Council of Science and
TechnologyCAD Building, Blvd. Armed
Forces, Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

and Industry of Tegucigalpa (CCIT)
has a continuous training plan for
its members. Contact: Fabiola Saenz:

EDITORIAL. New webpage for
Honduran books: www.guaymuras.
hn. Sections: Who are we, New books,
Honduran authors, Other Honduran
Editorials, Month's book

AT PICO BONITO. Includes a guided
hike on the Lodge's natural trail into
the Pico Bonito National Park with a
stop at the Mermaid Falls swimming
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enjoy a delicious meal at the Lodge's
restaurant and explore the Butterfly
Farm and Serpentarium also located
on the Lodge's property (before or
after the hike). Price includes guide
service, lunch, and park entrance
fee paid to the Pico Bonito National
Park Foundation (Drinks not includ-
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have guides available. E-mail: pico-
bonito@caribe.hn, Tel. 504-440-

VILLA ROY. Schedule: 8:00 4:00
pm from Monday thru Saturday.
Barrio Buena Vista, Tegucigalpa.
Entrance fees: Hondurans and Central

Americans: L. 10.00, from other coun-
tries: L. 20.00. For more information
contact.: Patricia Cardona museosre-
gionales@yahoo.com, Tania Ramirez
ardontania@gmail.com, Telephone:

great collection of books and nation-
al file documentary. Old Presidential
House, Barrio El Centro. Visits from
8:00 am 4:00 pm. Attended visits, all
Wednesday, cost: L. 5.00

MUSEUM. This interesting museum is
open since October 2006. It is located
in the town of Valle the Angeles. You
will enjoy a great collection of inter-
esting objects, old photos from 1800
- 1900, antiques of history, art and
culture. Visit us at www.museosant-
amaria.com or e-mail us to: santama-

HOTEL. A special flavor every day of
the week: Monday: Asian, Tuesday:
Italian, Wednesday: Peruvian,
Thursday: Mexican, Friday: seafood,
Saturday: Italian/Mexican, Sunday:
Honduran cuisine

MARRIAGES. Supporting the family
ministry. Every Fridays, Col. Las Colinas,
BloqueZ, #1613,7:00 pm.Tegucigalpa.
Free participation, including diner. Tel.

MEETINGS. Sharing testimonies and
praying. Every Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.
at Glifo Room in Honduras Maya Hotel,
free entrance. yam@cablecolor.hn or
Tel. 9996-6707

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they offer a breakfast at El Candelero
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101 THE ISLANDER I Saturday, February 21, 2009

Island Green

F.A.D.: New approach to ocean fishing can increase fish counts

lan Drysdale
The Islander

Blue fish, red fish, green fish,
BIG fish they're all colorful fish.
That is what goes through your
mind when you dive on a coral
reef. That is what goes through
your mind when you dive on a
HEALTHY coral reef. That will go
through your mind when you dive
two of the most amazing sites on
the Island of Roatan.
As a means to ensure survival
and successful procreation, certain
reef and pelagic (open ocean) fish
aggregate at certain times during
the year to reproduce in vast quan-
tities. If you are at the right place
at the right time, you can see over
400 mature groupers in one area.
That is more than you will ever
see by doing normal dives during
the rest of your life! Other species
that aggregate in Honduran waters
are snappers, jacks, barracudas and
Reef fish aggregations, as
defined by the Mesoamerican

Barrier Reef System Project (MBRS)
are "groups of fish gathered for
either spawning, feeding or shel-
ter." More specifically, "a group of
non-specific individuals grouped

together in densities three times
higher than those found in non-
reproductive periods."
A joint effort between The
Nature Conservancy, the Roat6n


Marine Park, Luna Environmental
and the dive shops in Roatan, has
enabled a group of volunteers
to monitor two sites on Roatan.
During ten days every month
between December and March,
fish count and identification has
been carried out. The objective is
to clearly define if these two sites
in fact are fish aggregation sites,
and if so, how to effectively man-
age them.
Fishermen are the best reposi-
tory of knowledge for identifying
these sites. They know when and
where large groups of economi-
cally important species meet, and
so, have an abundant catch those
days. If these sites are overfished
without any kind of management,
populations can decline within a
period of five years! Now, look-
ing at the other side of the situa-
tion, fishermen can be the most
important key players for ensur-
ing the continued presence of
these fish. Managing an aggrega-
tion site allows a "spill-over" effect,
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numbers and larger sizes on the
outskirts of the managed site, and
thus, repopulating fish stocks all
over the island.
As we go to print, the new
Fishing Law of the Republic of
Honduras is being socialized. This
new law must take into account the
NEED to declare areas as no-take
zones. No-take zones, declared in
areas where fish aggregate, ensure
that spawning species are pro-
tected during their mating season,
as well as allowing fish stocks to
replenish in nearby areas.
What alternatives can then be
provided to fishermen who are no
longer allowed to fish traditional
One possible solution to be
studied more in depth is the use of
a FAD to reduce fishing pressure of
reef species. A what?!
A F.A.D., a Fish Aggregation
Device, acts as an artificial ecosys-
tem, creating shade that attracts
small fish, which attract bigger fish

continued on page 12

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Saturday, February 21, 2009 I THE ISLANDER Ill

Island Community

Cayos Cochinos: Small
Cindy Burgess
The Islander

CHACHUATE Forget the school
On this tiny tropical island off
the north coast of Honduras, chil-
dren take the school boat.
Every weekday morning at 6:00,
about 40 kids pile into a wooden
boat powered by a single motor
for the 20 minute trip across the
turquoise waters of the Caribbean
to neighboring Cayo Menor, where
they attend classes until 1:00pm.
Such is life in the Garifuna com-
munity of Chachuate, one of 13
coral cays and two volcanic islands
that make up Cayos Cochinos
(English translation:'Hog Islands').
Located about 30 kilome-
ters northeast of La Ceiba, Cayos
Cochinos has long been an over-
night stopover for Garifuna fisher-
men paddling dugout canoes.
In 1993, the cays and the rich
fishing grounds around them were
designated a Marine Protected
Area. Ten years later, the 489
square kilometer reserve was fur-
ther declared a Marine Natural
The monument in question is
the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef,
which stretches from Mexico to

Honduras and is the second largest
in the world after the Great Barriei
Reef off the coast of Australia. The
reef is home to a flourishing marine
life, which makes for spectacular
diving and snorkeling.
The marine reserve is managed
by the Cayos Cochinos Foundation
which is responsible for protecting
the reef and cays and their inhabit
"Every year we see impact
from the mainland like sediment
contamination and disease"' said

Islands Dealing with Growing Pains
species of snake found only in But Adrian Oviedo was quick
Cayos Cochinos. About 3,000 pink to point out that the film crews
boas live on Cayo Menor alone. and contestants are limited in what
The white sand beaches of the they can do. For example, they
cays are also an important breed- can't eat terrestrial organisms such
ing ground for sea turtles such as birds or turtles only what they
as the hawksbill. During breeding can fish.
season, armed park rangers patrol "They have to follow the man-
the waters in search of poachers, agement plan that we have for
who dig up the turtle eggs to sell the protected area"' he countered.
Sas aphrodisiacs on the streets of "They have to follow all regula-
La Ceiba. tions."
"They think if they drink the But with the number of visi-
eggs they're going to become like tors to Cayos Cochinos now reach-
--ll Superman in bed with a woman;' ing 10,000 a year, Oviedo admits
IB "- n laughed Melvin, a guide with they're keeping a close eye on the
i' Tourist Options. "It's not gonna impact tourists are having on the
,. give you the energy that some environment.
people think:' "We're starting to get con-
Cayos Cochinos has become cerned" he said. "We don't have
more popular as a tourist destina- a magic number to say you can't
t Adrian Oviedo, the Foundation's tion recently because of its starring have more than this."
r executive director, "so we have to role on television. Forthe pastthree Oviedo said they're trying to
be monitoring the status of the years, one of the cays has been lessen the impact by diversifying
reef." the setting for a Survivor-type real- tourism to the area, so that not
r Much of that monitoring is done ity series broadcast in Italy, Spain everyone stops in Chachuate, for
at the Foundation's research facility and Colombia. But the move hasn't example, or visits the same dive
on Cayo Menor, the smaller of the been without controversy, sites and beaches.
two main islands. Scientists and "This is supposed to be a bio- Either way, Cayos Cochinos has
volunteers come from all over the logical reserve and they're letting come a long way from a simple
United States, Canada and Europe these people use these protected fishing stopover. And the hope is
to study the area's fragile ecosys- caystofilm,"said Roger Remington, that future visitors will experience
t tem. the manager of Plantation Beach the same pristine paradise that the
Researchers can also study the Resort on Cayo Mayor. "It's for pro- Garifuna have enjoyed for centu-
pink boa constrictor, a harmless motional tourism and for money": ries.

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FADs create new fishing sites on the reef
con't from page 10

which then attract HUGE fish. It
is installed off the reef, in deep
waters, where the fish to be cap-
tured are pelagic, such as sailfish,
marlin and others.
It removes fishing on the reef
and creates new fishing sites in
deeper waters. A FAD is expensive,
somewhere between $10 to 20
thousand, so it needs to be cre-
ated, maintained and fished by a
group of organized fishermen. On
the Island of Guadeloupe, in the
French Antilles, fishermen joined
their efforts to reduce pressure of
reef fish by installing and main-
taining FADs.
Again, this is only one possible
solution out of many, so other
alternatives that would work on
Roatan need to be studied.
Some traditional fishermen are
changing their ways to incorpo-
rate tourism by adopting catch
and release methods, where tour-
ists can enjoy the thrill of hook-
ing a large one, and then releas-
ing it to allow them to reproduce.
Sustainable fishing practices also
involve restaurant operators, who
are key actors in deciding which
fish to buy, which not and what
sizes will then appear on their
main dishes.
Consumers also need to be
more educated, they must request

their favorite restaurants to serve
proper sized catch, as well as
avoiding eating those which are
endangered, such as shark, grou-
per and conch.
Now,afterallthisfishing around,
let's return to where we started:
fish spawning aggregation sites.
Once both of these aggregation
sites on Roatan have been moni-
tored, a socializing process must
begin: a space where all users can
voice their opinions and come to
sensible conclusions. Some of the
possible solutions may be similar
to those adopted in Guadeloupe.
Some of these may be original
ideas applicable only on the Bay
Islands. Others are already being
Once fishermen realize that
protecting fish aggregation sites is
similarto having a savings account,
they will be eager to participate in
protecting theses sites, and when
managed effectively, fishing away
from these sites is like living off the
interest generated by a savings

lan Drysdale is the owner of
Luna Environmental in West End,
Roatan. He can be reached at
planetazulroatan@yahoo.com or
by calling 504-445-4123.

Island Tourism

Easter on Roatan:

Something for everyone, every budget
Jose Eduardo Atala M.
The Islander

Semana Santa is right around
the corner, and whether you are
seeking adventure or looking for
luxury, Roatan is a vacation para-
dise suited for any traveler. Its
blue skies, sun-drenched, clear
turquoise water, and year round
warm temperatures (low 80s) all
of it appeals to any stressed-out
Roatan continues to develop its
tourism, real estate and infrastruc-
ture such as transportation, water,
sewer, power, and trash removal,
but that development has taken
great strides and is well underway.
We can expect major change for
the better in the next couple of
While Roatan offers first class
scuba diving, scuba certifications
and outstanding snorkeling, it
also provides great water activities
including deep-sea fishing, fly-fish-
ing on the flats and mangroves,
swimming with the dolphins, and
ocean kayaking, etc. But for those
who like leisure, good food and
clubbing, Roatan also delivers.

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Accommodations on Roatan run
the gamut
Roatan has yet to offer high-rise
hotels (and maybe that is a good
thing), butWest Bay has a variety of
four-star hotels with a"boutique-y"
feel. You can lounge next to infin-
ity pools, enjoy awesome appetiz-
ers on the beach, people-watch at
all hours of the day and have as
many monkey lala cocktails as you
want. With hotel prices ranging
from US$60-$350 per night, there
are a variety of hotels from the
cheap and chic Bananarama to the
spectacular Infinity Bay.
Restaurants and nightlife:
Choices exist for any palate, pock-
If it's Indian, American, Italian
or even Thai, Roatan's current res-
taurants roster is impressive. And
while there is an abundance of
restaurants of all types, at this
point, the island does lack fine
dining or gourmet restaurants that
are available on other Caribbean
Islands like St. Martin, Aruba or
the Cayman Islands. But what's
great about these restaurants is
that they all have a 'homey' feel
and most of them are all reason-
ably priced.
Head down to West End for din-
ner and drinks; water taxis from
West Bay are under $20 at night

and very accessible. Regular cabs
can get from a restaurant in West
End to a hotel in West Bay in about
10 minutes for about $10-$15.
BIDA, with its international cui-
sine menu, is a fairly new, ultra
trendy restaurant where owner
and island native Dino Silvestri
heats up his kitchen with tasty
flavors for sea foods, steaks and
pastas; on weekends you can also
see him as a DJ at his very own
outdoor bar "Tu Mango" located
under BIDA.
As far as discos and clubs,
Roatan continues to be very laid
back, but West End is a colorful,
active place to unwind, relax and
enjoy the island life as there are
more than enough bars with kara-
oke, live music and good food for
Classic stand-bys like Geo's and
Romeo's can be found in French
Harbor both have excellent king
crab legs and seafood dishes.
All in all, Roatan has a choice for
everyone and activities are increas-
ing around the island now that
it has become a destination for
cruise ships. If it's fun and sun
you are looking for this Semana
Santa, Roatan is a great escape
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Vintage Pearl Restaurant: Romantic ambience & good food add up

to a memorable experience

Roatan is at the beginning stag-
es of remarkable growth. Whether
or not you like the idea of more,
bigger and better cruise ships
coming to the island, they are on
the way bringing unprecedented
opportunity for work and higher
incomes for islanders.
With over a million people com-
ing to our shores in the next year,
that also translates into more peo-
ple catching a brief glimpse of our
beautiful plush, green island with
crystal clear warm waters and the
best reef in the world for snorkel-
ing and diving.
No doubt many will be return-
ing for a longer look.
Businesses from the mainland
are already starting to make a claim
to some of the riches coming our
way. They are setting up stores at
the new malls at the docks and in
French Harbour. I believe that with
all the interest in our Free Zone
(Zolitur) island, our area will suf-
fer the least from the world wide
economic crisis because of all the
growth and opportunity.
As people come to our shores
by air and by sea, there will be the
need for more and varied types
of quality restaurants. Quality res-
taurants do not necessarily mean
expensive eateries, but it does
mean excellent food prepared by
skilled, reliable cooks and chefs. It
also means more than typical food.
With all the foreigners already here
and more coming to our island,
they will want good food "just like
at home."
What types of international res-
taurants would easily and quickly
experience success here on the
island? Authentic Chinese, Thai,
Japanese, along with Greek and
Indian eateries, are in demand
across the island. These types of
places are especially needed in the
middle of the island. The French
Harbour area is quickly becoming
the new center of growth with the
first large scale mall, Pristine Bay
Golf Course and Nikki Beach, the
first five-star luxury resort in vari-
ous stages of construction.
This new column will allow me
to let you know about new and
existing places to eat. I will also
include attractions, events and
activities that will help increase
your knowledge and widen your
choices of fun and exciting things
to do while visiting or living here
on the island. Here is the first of my

Vintage Pearl Restaurant

The Vintage Pearl Restaurant is
located on West Bay Beach inside
the Bananarama Resort. Those of
you that have been on the island
for awhile know it is where the
former Island Pearl used to be. One
of the initial things I liked about
it is, from the outside you would
have no idea about the intimate,
romantic atmosphere that awaits
you inside. Once you walk up the
few steps, you are quickly greeted
by Nicole and Angela, two women
from the northwest United States
who offer warm, kind and profes-
sional service.
Red cloth table tops and the
pleasant and unusual music added
to the "European" type experi-
ence. It could have easily been in
an Italian, French or German city.
Having been to Italy and miss-
ing the great food there, I liked it
already and only hoped the food
could compete with the atmo-
sphere. It more than does!
We started our dinner with
a bottle of Montez Cabernet
Sauvignon. I am not a wine drinker
at all, but this light, dry wine from
Chile was very good and added to
all the foods I was enjoying.
The three-course, fixed menu
offers appetizer, soup or salad and
an entree. My choice of appetizer
was something I had not had in at
least five years: escargot here on
the island? Could it be? Smothered
in a garlic, butter and white wine
sauce, it was a true delicacy. Lorin
had a generous portion of Baked
Brie in a crusted shell with sliced
almonds. We both thought we
were in heaven.
The salad and soup were very
good. I had a bowl creme of broc-
coli soup. It was smoothly prepared
and incredible.
Some places I have eaten have
disappointed after a great start,
but not The Vintage Pearl. Lorin
had the "melt in your mouth" filet
mignon with croquet potatoes. I
stopped eating steak years ago
when I found it either tough or
with no taste.This filet changed my
mind about steaks. The potatoes
were pureed, lightly breaded and
deep fried. I never tasted potatoes
quite like that before.
Just that day, I was telling
friends I had not had scallops in
over a year. When Nicole told me
one of the four main dishes offered
was seafood pasta with shrimp and
scallops that was for me! One of
the complaints I have had about
some of our local eateries was why
they served small to tiny shrimp

when we are the "shrimp capital
of the world." These shrimp and
scallops were large and delectable.
The pasta tasted homemade. For
dessert we had real dark choco-
late mouse. It was a real treat. We
savored every spoonful.
The service was excellent. The
prices for the pre-fixed menu var-
ied from $25 to $50. Some of the
dishes on the menu change and

some are always available. I initially
thought this was the place to go
and celebrate special events like
birthdays or anniversaries. Then I
said why would I want to limit
myself to that? We walked out say-
ing class, class, class! Thank you
Vintage Pearl for a wonderful expe-
rience. We will be back!

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installment we are going to look
at and comment on how the island
is laid out, and look at some of the
developments and the different
types of investment opportunities
here on Roatan.
The Island is laid out in 3 parts,
East, West and mid island. People
say that anything east of French
Harbour is the East side, anything
west of Coxen Hole is the West
side and the rest is considered mid
S island, give or take. Statistics say
that 85% of visitors to Roatan go to
theWest side, which would include
Sandy Bay, West End and the West
Bay area and all surrounding areas
such as Lighthouse Estates, Turtle
Crossing and the Turrets.
Traditionally, the East side offers
beautiful spacious properties with
some having boat access only.
Until recently there haven't been
a lot of developments toward the
East side, though there are some
I Parrot Tree Plantation (facing
" the south shore) being one of the
major developments on the island.
Parrot Tree was first started in the
mid 1990s and continues to be a
major contender in the develop-
S. ment scenario.
The Oceano Village (also on the
south shore) is coming along nice-
ly nowadays, having gotten under
way again with a new manage-
ment, marketing and sales team
in place. Pristine Bay, promises to
bring to Roatan it's very first 18-
hole golf course with a soft open-
ing due in December, 2009. This
would change the demographics
of the island. The golf course is
being designed bythe very famous
Pete Dye, known to be among the
top designers in the world. So, you
can see by this that the East side of
the island is undergoing change.
It has been said that if Camp Bay
had a paved road leading up to it,
Irs that it would be the West Bay of
the East side of the island. Time
de will tell.
Mid island developments
include Palmetto Bay Plantation,
Las Palmas and Mar Bella. Palmetto
has been around since 1997 and

offers a unique rustic approach to
Bali Style beach front homes with
full amenities. Mar Bella is a newer
development on a spotless white
sandy beach that at times seems
as if it were a painting instead of
a real beach. Las Palmas faces the
South shore and has been in exis-
tence for many years.
Heading further west finds
Blue Harbor which promises to
be a sound contender for poten-
tial investment. Once into Sandy
Bay you find Lawson Rock. This to
my way of thinking is Sandy Bay's
answer to one of the more upscale
developments on the island. Over
one hundred acres of pristine view
lots with both hillside and ocean
front lots and homes and all the
infrastructure is in place. West End
doesn't have much in terms of
successful developments as of yet,
but just on the other side of West
End heading towards West Bay is
Keyhole Bay (south shore), which
is an exceptionally first-rate devel-
opment offering a variety of list-
ings from lots, to homes and con-
dos. A little further down the West
Bay road lies Infinity Bay which is
located on West Bay beach and
is currently in their final stages of
completion and is another good
option for investment consider-
It should be noted that most,
if not all of these developments
and their developers have done an
exemplary job of being environ-
mentally conscientious and aware
of their impact on the island a
very important aspect of develop-
ment here on Roatan.
I'm sure I've left out some of the
developments here on Roatan and
this was certainly not intentional.
The most likely scenario is that
eventually all of the developments
will get a mention in this column.
Suffice to say that overall, there
is a lot of change happening on
Roatan currently and the island
is growing in leaps and bounds.
Some of us will welcome the
changes and some of us will wish
for the "good old days" But one
thing is certain; change is here and
here to stay.

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your comments, suggestions or
critiques, please feel free to do so.
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Road Maintenance Needed
The topic of the road main-
tenance in Honduras has been
much in the news. La Prensa has
featured of late, large two page
spreads detailing the deteriorated
state of many of the country's roads.
In addition to the requisite and
customary potholes, which range
from small soup bowl sized holes
which are no more than a nuisance
- to holes, so deep and wide as to
cause any driver who is unlucky
enough to fall into one, to yell a
stream of four-letter expletives
so foul and harsh, as to scare the
other passengers half to death not
to mention the potential damage
caused to the undercarriage of
the vehicle unfortunate enough
to fall into one of these monsters.
Over the past three years or so,
road maintenance has suffered as
precious resources have been chan-
neled elsewhere. In addition, the
annual rains have played havoc
with road infrastructure, washing
away sections of roadway, causing
landslides, increasing the size and
frequency of potholes, damaging
support structures of bridges, etc.
All agree that it will take a large
investment to get the roads back
in shape, money which at this point
in time is simply not available. This
is unfortunate for those of us who
remember Honduras' golden time
of just a few years back, when the
country enjoyed the reputation
of having the best road system in
Central America. What a differ-
ence just a few years make.
Hondurans Love Their
More Hondurans than ever
now have telephone, thanks to
the market penetration of cell
phones over the course of the past
couple of years. Currently, 75 of
100 Hondurans have a cell phone.
Honduras, with a population of just
over 7 million, has 5,823,915 cell
lines. There are currently three
operators in the country, Claro,
Tigo and Digicel, the newest player
to enter the market. Not long ago,
finding a phone required blocks of
walking to find a pulperia with a
sign which read "Se alquila tele-
fono" 'Phone for Rent.' Back in
the day, it was virtually impos-
sible to request a land line from

the national phone company, street
pay phones basically did not exist,
so you had two options: walk the
street in search of the closest tele-
phone for rent or hop a bus or taxi
down to the Hondutel (the national
phone company) office and use their
bank of phones to make a call. This
often required a complex procedure
of paying a deposit at the cashier
window, then a trip to the opera-
tors window where the operator
would place the call for you, then an
additional trip to the phone booth
located a few steps away, then after
the call, a trip back to the cashier
to get what remained back from
your deposit, or pay any additional
amount required if your call went
over. At times this process was
quite straightforward and quick -
but often there were huge lines of
people seeking to make calls as
hardly anyone had landlines and
cell phones weren't even a blip on
the horizon yet. Today cell phones
are as ubiquitous as tortillas and
rich, poor, rural, urban, young and
old carry cellphones.

Tela Bay Project Taking Shape;
Tourism Updates
The Tela Bay tourism project is
still plowing ahead. Infrastructure
being built by the Ministry of
Tourism will be completed in
2009. The $15 million worth of
infrastructure to be completed
includes 7 kilometers of paved road,
bridges, drainage, drinking water
and sewage. The plan for Tela Bay
includes 3,000 luxury hotel rooms
that could lure 60,000 visitors per
year. Each hotel will require an
investment of some $30 35 million.
In addition the project, which has
a build out period of 15 years, will
include 250 condominiums, a pro
golf course as well as commercial
areas and the requisite bells and
whistles expected in a world class
According to the Ministry of
Tourism, 2008 was a good year for
Honduran tourism: $620 million
entered the country from tourism,
13.8% more than previous year.
For 2009, the Ministry is offering
some downright optimistic projec-
tions especially when one takes
into account the brewing, world-
wide economic storm projecting
an increase of 7% and income of
$664 million. It will be very inter-
esting to see how this year plays

out in terms of Honduran tourism.
Personally, I'd be happier than a
college student in a brew pub, if in
the least, tourism this year keeps
pace with last year's numbers -
time will tell.
According to government
figures, the tourism industry in
Honduras generates 155,000 direct
jobs, 60% of which are held by
women. If one includes indirect jobs
created by tourism, the sector is
easily the largest in the country in
terms of the number of direct and
indirect jobs generated. In terms
of numbers of visitors, there were
1.5 million visitors in total, of which
in 2008 there were 879,000 tourists,
430,000 cruise ship passengers and
258,000 day visitors. In 2008 there
were a total of 1.3 million visitors,
831,000 tourists, 297,000 cruise ship
passengers and 207,000 day visi-
tors. 2007 saw some $545 million
entering the country from tourism
which increased to $620 million in
The annual high season in
Copan and Honduras in general is
now in uber-overdrive. Starting
in December and running through
Easter Week is the heart and soul
of the busy tourism period. As
temperatures dip to frighteningly
frigid levels in Europe, Canada and
the U.S., warmth starved trekkers
from the great white north descend
on Central America, Mexico and
the Caribbean. In Copan for
example, the average year round
temperature according to Dr. Bill
Fash, a Harvard archeologist who
has spent many years living in
Copan, is a downright balmy 78 F
- pretty comfy if you ask me and
the reason I created the tag line
"Copan Ruinas...where it's spring-
time ... all the time."
Copan Updates
Copan's Municipal Building
is undergoing major renovations
lately. The conference center,
located in the Muni Building and
home base for the Project Honduras
Conference drawing 250 attendees
each year, is undergoing a total
reconstruction. As well, Copan's
historic municipal market has just
had a facelift and at least from the
exterior, looks to be just about
ready to open to vendors and the
public. The temporary location for
the market is in the old elementary
school, located on Central Park.
Word around town is that when

the market moves out of the school
building, the school building will be
totally renovated and turned into
a world class archeology museum.
This new museum will complement
Copan's already broad offering of
museums with the Maya Sculpture
Museum, the Village Archeology
Museum and the Casa K'inich
museum which is located in the
newly refurbished Cuartel Viejo.
The Cuartel project by the way,
which was recently completed, took
a decaying and crumbling historic
structure and transformed it into an
attractive and potentially innova-
tive tourist destination. As of now,
the only tenant in the Cuartel is
the Casa K'inich Museum, which is
operated by the Copan Association.
The building also has a couple of
multi-use spaces which would be
perfect for the sale of light, typical
Honduran snacks, perhaps a local
museum dedicated to the history
of the village of Copan Ruinas, an
art gallery, etc ... the possibilities
are endless and the Cuartel has the
possibility to become a major draw
for tourists. All that's required is a
healthy dose of imagination, a little
seed money and a desire on the
part of the private and government
sectors to make the Cuartel into a
major attraction. Will it happen?
Only time will tell.

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the propietors of Casa de Cafe, a
bed and breakfast in Copan Ruinas
as well as the Casa del Angel hotel
across the street.
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rial for new stories. Here is one.
I've visited Comayagua quite a few
times over the last decade, and I
must say that it has become a very
nice city to visit. The center of town
is beautiful, new boulevards have
been built, new shopping centers
have appeared and lots of new
restaurants have opened.
We all know that it was the
capital of Honduras at one time, and
who knows if it will be the capital
again if plans for the new interna-
tional airport really materialize.
Was it changed from Comayagua to
Tegucigalpa because the President
in those days had a girlfriend in
Tegucigalpa? Or is it just one of
those legends you never know
whether to believe, like the one
about the war between Nicaragua
and Honduras that started due to a
soccer game?
It's hard to find out the truth
sometimes, but at least it provides
some laughs and laughing is good
for your health, which brings me
back to my original point. Driving
from Tegucigalpa to Comayagua is
certainly not good for your health,
at least not for mine. I admit that
I am not a slow driver and maybe
sometimes I drive faster than
allowed, but only when I have a
good view of the road itself and the
sides of the road. But besides your

car getting totaled in one of those
many holes in the road, forcing
you to drive as if you're practicing
for a slalom ski race, I've had to
avoid at least four buses, trucks or
other vehicles coming by the pair
out of the corners straight toward
me. So after driving these 80 kilo-
meters, I've educated myself in a
new science, remembering the most
dangerous curves and memorizing
where to swerve to avoid a head-on
Driving up there is no fun at all
and it certainly doesn't make me
laugh it makes me aggressive,
using all kinds of swear words not
normally found in my vocabulary,
raising a finger to those who appear
in front of me in those corners,
making my blood pressure go up
together with my adrenaline levels.
Luckily, there are more drivers like
me, getting totally upset with these
'kamikaze drivers,' as I call them.
I don't like to think I'm the only
idiot who has a complete identity
change as soon as I step behind
the wheel. But in order to avoid
permanent health damage, I made
a change. I try to go with plenty
of time to get there safely, put on
my favorite music and sing along
the whole time and let all the idiots
pass me by. I keep a good distance
from trying to pass when the view
is zero. Because when they end up
in a head-on collision, they'll bounce
back on me. I figured out that it

would be senseless to wait for all
those who clearly don't know the
rules of the road to be educated in
order to change.
After surviving the drive there
and a day of work, I sometimes stay
overnight in Comayagua, because
I do not like to drive back home
in the dark. So I started looking
for a decent hotel at a fair price,
because I didn't want to spend my
day's earnings just because it's too
dangerous to drive home late. I've
tried four so far, all mid-priced.
What an experience not because
of swear words, anger or adrenaline
rushes but because of how difficult
it is to find nice staff, clean rooms,
decent food and a comfortable bed.
In the first three I found one
or two of those things, but not one
had them all. In the first, I had
a room with two windows facing
the corridor where all the other
guests passed by, so I had to keep
the curtains and windows closed
to have some privacy. And, being
in the middle of the hotel I heard
noise all night from upstairs, down-
stairs and next door.
The so-called 'gym' consisted
of exactly five machines, none of
which actually worked. On the
bright side, the pool looked okay
and the food was excellent. They
served me all kinds of things on
my plate I didn't ask for, but they
kindly scraped those off my plate
and the rest was delicious.

The second had just a small
window about two meters off the
floor, with no curtain, providing
windows from a nearby roof a direct
view of my bed.
It felt like somebody was
watching me all night long, which
was kind of creepy. A wait-
ress in the restaurant couldn't
say anything more than "Uuh,"
"What?" and 'We don't have it," in
Spanish. So, I didn't take the risk
to order the only plate they could
serve me from a menu with at least
30 choices and chose to go to one of
the steakhouses. After a wonderful
meal, I got lost on all the dark, one-
way streets in the center of town.
After driving around in circles for a
while, I luckily made it safely back
to my hotel.
The week after, I went to the
third, with a sign outside saying
something like "Your home away
from home," which had nothing
to do at all with my home. Their
swimming pool was built in the
middle of the parking lot, and
neither the room nor the sheets
really looked clean. They had
a scary-looking electrical shower
head and no restaurant to be found.
I did find a Chinese restaurant close
by and had a great meal.
Last week I found my hotel, on
the main road, no circling around
anymore on dark, one-way streets.
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the street, even steak restaurants
close by. It's brand new and the
restaurant has yet to be opened.
I had some difficulties drying my
hair as there are no mirrors close
to the outlets, but it's nice to have a
window with a view, no noisy neigh-
bors, nice staff, clean rooms, and
a (non-electric) showerhead with
good water pressure both hot and
cold. I love the brand new beds and
crisp sheets, too.
So I decided to make this
my future favorite and will wait
patiently for them to finish the
interior design of the rooms, open
the restaurant and see if I, in fact,
found that hotel with all the things
I want. The other hotels should
seriously consider educating their
staff on what makes guests happy:
clean rooms, good food and good
service, and a working gym if it's
advertised. I am sure Comayagua
is going to attract lots of tourists
when people discover the beautiful
the architecture in all the churches
and plazas, and there is that new
airport to consider. With the finan-
cial crisis around the corner, they'll
have to do more than before to
attract that tourist money a nice
town with an airport isn't enough.

To be continued....

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FARC terrorist campaign may


James W Rodden
Honduras This Week

Embattled and cornered in
rugged mountainous terrain,
Colombia's major insurgent group,
FARC (Revolutionary Armed
Forces of Colombia), dispatches
secretive communiques and issues
bizarre orders to their forces,
evidencing the decline of this once
feared narco-guerrila outfit.
Fresh off a week of unilateral
releases of high profile hostages,
including four members of the
security services and two captive
members of the country's political
class, FARC's series of demonstra-
tions of goodwill were nullified by
the renewal of an urban bombing
campaign and guerrilla attacks
across Colombia.
In the city of Cali the office of
police headquarters was partially
torn apart by a heavy explosion
and a Bogota Blockbuster franchise
was bombed, killing two innocent
bystanders. The rural province of
Cauca was set ablaze with violence
when Colombian soldiers patrol-
ling the area were ambushed by a
barrage of grenade and automatic-
rifle fire, the narco-guerilla's attack
caused six military casualties.
In a reckless attempt to fight
state infiltration of their ranks
and supporters, FARC irregular
fighters are accused of massacring
members of the aboriginal Awa
community in Narino province.
Both Human Rights Watch and the
state government of Narino have
blamed the organization for orches-
trating the deaths of multiple fami-
lies of the native Awa community.
The Governor of Narina, Navarro
Wolff, declared to the local news-
paper 'El Pais', "The guerrillas
took several families, recriminating
them for their supposed collabora-
tion with the army. A young man
was able to escape and told how he
had been tied. Later, they tortured
him, they beat him and they killed
eight with a knife."
Weakened, forced into a position
were they had to release hostages
unilaterally, without an exchange of

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jailed insurgents, the rebel forces
have decided on a strategy of reas-
serting their relevance by means of
detonations and low level attacks.
Analysts have concluded that
maintaining a sophisticated kidnap-
ping operation may be turning too
expensive and logistically unsup-
portable for an organization with
diminished manpower and terri-
torial control. Colombian secu-
rity services have reported that
FARC is increasing its extortion
racket to supplement their funds
and compensate for financial losses
The high members of FARC's
Secretariat also evidence their
growing disadvantage in their
fifty year long battle with the
central government, as mass
desertions and political pressure
are moving them to make conces-
sions and even force the separation
of romantic couples within their
ranks. Colombia's Liberal Senator
and mediator, Piedad Cordoba,
has expressed that in her latest
communications with head of the
FARC Secretariat, Alfonso Cano,
the organization has dropped its
key demand for the creation of a
Demilitarized Zone to hold nego-
tiations for a prisoner for hostage
exchange. This demand was a

key stumbling block between the
government and the narco-insur-
gent's negotiations. FARC's mili-
tary commander, Jorge Briceno,
alias 'Mono-Jojoy', is reported to
have forbidden guerrillas to serve
in the same military units as
their lovers or significant others,
claiming that these romances are
creating conditions that contribute
to the massive desertion rate of
the rebel group. 'Mono Jojoy' is
reported by intelligence sources as
stating, "To the comrades, much
discipline to observe the norms and
ensure they are complied... If the
problems are couples, we must split
them apart."
Intelligence analysts and mili-
tary sources fear that a bloody
wave of bombings may be inevi-
table as the narco-guerrilla outfit
desperately attempts to redefine
its role in the Colombian conflict.
It is reported that military intel-
ligence forces have already inter-
cepted a FARC communique indi-
cating their intentions to increase
violent attacks; analyst's asses
that the most likely tactical option
for a new wave of FARC attacks
will be urban bombings, as acts of
terrorism carry a lesser risk and
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The Best Completely furnished apts. in
Tegucigalpa. Full service: daily maid,
swimming pool, laundry/ironing, hot
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minutes from Tegucigalpa Col. Palmira,
Las Acacias St. 2 blocks west from the
former United Nations Bldg.

Tegucigalpa MDC Tel (504)
238-1751, FAX:(504) 238-3752
or aptoscopanteg@gmail.com

For Rent
Located in Tela in Honduras SHores
Plantation, 500 meters away from the
beach. House has 4 bedrooms, furnishes,
hot water, A/C. Price: $1,300.00 a month.
For more information please contact us.
(504) 291-5018 or (504)9880-4801.
E-mail: jsalsa2@hotmail.com

"Weekend in Copan Ruinas, Pretty apart-
ment, fully furnished, two Room, A/C, hot
water, garage two cars, full kitchen, TV
with cable.
Tel. 504-1876 Cel.9991-0889

Humuya Inn

Guest Rooms
& Apartments
For both short and extended stays at
affordable prices. All of our rooms
include air conditioning, wireless
internet, cable television, direct dial-
telephones, daily maid service. Large
family room and full service kitchen
24-7 security. Please see our website
to fully appreciate our establishment
at www.humuyainn.com American
owned and managed. Information
(504) 239-8962, 235-7276, 239-
2206, 235-7275 Fax: 239-5099 or

House for Rent Colonia Palmira
Completely furnished, house has 4 bed-
rooms, dining room, living room, kitchen,
laundry, office, garage, plenty water, air
conditioning, cable tv, internet, telephone
line Price:$1,600.00,
Please contact us to Phones: 236-5925

For Rent
La Ceiba, Beachfront condo, 2 bedrooms,
2 bathrooms, A/C, pool, $800
fully furnished.
2b-2bathroom House,$1200, AC,
Pool, Fully furnished.
Phones 9812-5116, 9805-7522
Website: www.villasbocavieja.com

Houses For Rent
Colonia San Ignacio
Located in an exclusive closed neighbor-
hood, very secure, nice environment, three
bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, studio, din-
ing room, living room, kitchen has dish
washer, oven installed in wall. The house
has a garage for two vehicles, garden and
terrace. Price $1,500.00

New Townhouse located in an exclusive
closed neighborhood. House has three
bedrooms, three bathrooms, dining
room, living room, kitchen, small gar-
den. Furnished: $1,300 or Unfurnished:
Large House, five bedrooms, four bath-
rooms, dining room, living room, kitch-
en, studio and garage for two vehicles.

Colonia Lomas del Guijarro
New apartment, very secure, beautiful
view, three bedrooms, two bathrooms,
fine finishes. Price $1,500.00

For more information please call
Tel: (504) 239-4007, (504) 9565-0663,
(504) 9990-3745
Email: copira2002@yahoo.com


House Tor bale
Located in Altos de Miraflores Sur
Area of construction 242 mts2
Parking spaces for 2 vehicles, two living
rooms, studio, 3 bedrooms with their
own bathroom, cistern with pump, elec-
tric gate, water heater, furnished kitchen.
Price: $190,000.
Those interested please call:
citasal 9990 2917 yal 9995 3452 or
E-mail: hugoorellana@honduras.com

Beautiful home site, 2,802 v2.
Best zone (1st stage) res. Villa Elena,
Tegucigalpa's most exclusive eco-develop-
ment and Country Club. $50.00/V2, nego-
tiable. Javier Mejia Tel. 9941-1212.
E-mail: lucygodoykessler@yahoo.com

150 ft. Beach Front Villa
La Ceiba

Sleeps 6-8, private pool, nearby restaurants
and attractions,
15 minutes East of La Ceiba in Villa Nuria.
Magnificent sunsets. Enjoy yourself $1200/
week. Call Heidi 9719-8959

Luxury Villa La Ceiba
Sleeps 6-8 people, private pool, 3200 ft,
gourmet kitchen, Mango Tree gated commu-
nity, 20 min East of La Ceiba.
Restaurants, beach and eco-tourism attrac-
tions nearby.
$1200/wk. Call Heidi 9719-8959
Email: golaceiba@yahoo.com

Coffe Farm in Olancho
Mountain property 20 kilometers from San
Francisco de la Paz, area of 220 acres,
43 with high altitude coffe plantation,
103 acres with pastures and the rest with
Assume laon with bank of $30,000 pay-
able in five years at 10% per year and
the rest in cash to make a total price of
US $90,000.
See pictures at www.coffeefarm.
synthasite.com If interested please
call at (504) 9952-7504 or
e-mail: srpenergy@yahoo.com

For Sale
Rural Property,, lovely rustic house in safe
12 acres on the old road from Tegucigalpa
to Olancho, 4.6 kms south of Talanga,
mature coffee plantation, mature pine
and oak forest, permanent creek runs
through property, fence around property.
Lovely rustic adobe house, one floor, wood
ceiling, shingle and corrugated tin roof.
Entrance, living-dining room, stone chim-
ney, kitchen, two bedrooms, one complete
bathroom, clay-brick terrace, open garage.
Electricity and street lighting, well on
property, community water.
Additions: Annex bedroom with complete
bath, 3 storage rooms bodegass). 1 Mt3
water cistern, 3M3 water tank, 2 septic
tanks, roofed/fenced chicken coup, large
garden, pulping and drying facilities for
coffee.ldeal opportunity for converting
into rural B&B retreat. Call 776 6326 or
celphone 98991770- Construction area:
House: 116.26 m2; Services: 16.58 m2;
Storage: 42.37 m2; Garage 25.20 m2:
Total: 200.41

Property for Sale in Tatumbla
Located in rural area, 10,777.71 varas
cuadradas. Access by paved road. Call
776-6326 or 9899 1770
For Sale
Toyota Cressida for Sale
1984, A/C, Sony stereo Lps. 60,000, Call
Aida 3233-6943 from 8 am -9 pm

African Palm Farm in North Coast
of Honduras
90+/- acres of flat land, 60+/- acres with
African palm in production, good pasture,
it borders a big lagoon (Lagunas Los Micos),
1 house for employee, with solar electric,
community water, 2 big fish ponds, close to
the African palm factory in San Alejo, good
investment and a good place to relax and
make money. Price $350,000.00. Call for
more information at
863-673-0955; 863-265-0366 (USA) or
(Honduras) (504) 9699-8119 or e-mail:
Santa Lucia: Just 20 minutes from Tegus
on the road to Valley of Angles, live in a
near prefect climate year round day time
high temps 70 with very low humidity.
This is a small, friendly, and safe place to
This property is approximately 3 acres with
one large house, 3 apartments and one
small house. There is plenty of parking
space for cars. In total there are 15 bed-
rooms 9 bath rooms 5 kitchens and one
stroage building with bathroom.
The large house has 6 bedrooms and
4 bathrooms large living room, fireplace
with high ceilings. Large kitchen and a
huge covered patio overlooking Tegus. The
apartments are 1- 3 bedroom 2 bath and
2 -2 bedroom 1 bath, there is also a small
house with 2 bedroom and 1 bath. All
buildings are in good condition ready to
move in. there is city water and we also
have a 20,000 water storage facility.
There are 18 building lots in addition to
the houses and apartmentsthat have been
platted and surveyed. All lots have fantastic
views of the city.
This is a great property for developers,
church retreat or mission compound.
Great buy at $499,000 the lots alone are
worth the entire price. Call George US.#
336-506-7503 cell 321-624-3894 hondu-
ras call Lucio 3354-9657.

For Sale by Owner
Located in Siguatepeque, Honduras
Central America 2 12 manzanas, a mod-
ern, beautiful home that has approx.
2,500 sq. ft. in it, has fabulous view of
mountains from porch and patio, spring
like weather all year long, bananas,
coffee, oranges, various fruits, flowers.
Very beautiful and secure area.
Will sell home with all or part of the
property. The price starts at $170,000
for just house with the 110 ft x 110 ft
walled in area around the house and
flower garden, and designated prop-
erty outside the wall or $300,000.00
for all. Price negotiable. Only serious
buyers need to call or email.
maryronhonduras@yahoo.com or
call: 011-504-9666-1885

For Sale in Copan Ruinas
1.6 acre Oasis. 2 story Villa, guest cottage,
carport and enclosed garage/bodega.
Most beautifully landscaped vista proper-
ty in town. All Services. Full title. No liens.
A must see
e-mail: stepstocopan@yahoo.com
Internet site:

For Sale
Copan Ruinas, Property for Sale, apprx 2
acres, one of few large properties available
within village boundaries, view of village
and valley, mature trees, water, elect, tele-
phone access, street access, located on
road to Macaw Mtn Tropical Bird Park, 5
minutes to center of village,
For Sale
Beautiful 3,500 sq. ft. beachfront. Fenced
lot in Santa Fe, 25 min west of Trujillo. Lot
is close to the beautiful blue waters of the
Caribbean. It has electric and water avail-
able. The price is right! Only $18,000 U.S.
It is close to a quiet little village of Santa Fe
and lovely mountain views.
Don't missthis opportunityto own a"piece
of paradise. For this proce!
Please contact

Belinda Linton
For Sale in Colonia
Lomas del Guijarro

Beautiful apartment, panoramic view,
security, pool, social area, 3 bedrooms,
garden. US$225,000
Beautiful House in Colonia Lomas del
Guijarro, pool, panoramic view, sauna,
garden, 4 bedrooms. US$360,000
Please contact us to phones:
We have more apartments and
houses for sale and rent.
E.mail: ceciliadpp@hotmail.com or


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With beauty girls
Tel. (504) 9978-76-83
For more information
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Central America
" Intensive Spanish Language program in:
" La Ceiba Utila Bay Island Roatan Bay Island
" Eco-Spanish, Biological and Scientific
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" Ecological Intensive Spanish Language
* In the National Park Pico Bonito.
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Happy Land Real Estate
www.rea lestateha ppyla nd.com
(504) 440-2803/(504) 9998-8497/
(504) 9922-8778
For sale in the North Coast of Honduras
*Porvenir, Atlantida, beach properties,
65.6 feet of beach front and 270.6 feet
deep, total area 17,744.80 square feet,
price $2.80 per square feet.
*Triunfo de la Cruz, Tela, Atlantida,
beach property, area: 5,820.36 square
feet, 126 feet of beach front. Price
*East End, Guanaja, Bay Islands, 84.25
acres with approximately 2,788 feet of
beach front. Coral reefs in front of prop-
erty, $60,000 per acre.
*Guanaja, Bay Islands, 10 acres with
river, house, next to a hotel. Price:
$85,000 per acre.
*Tela, Atlantida, beach 100 meters away
from beach, two story house, swimming
pool, 3 bedrooms, price $190,000.
*Piedra Pintada, La Ceiba, Atlantida,
two beach houses with three bedrooms.
Price: $85,000.
*Piedra Pintada, La Ceiba, Atlantida, two
properties of 32.8 x 65.6 feet of beach
front. Price:$16,000 per property.
*Granadita, La Ceiba, Atlantida, beach
front house with two bedrooms, terrace,
swimming pool, price: $240,000.
*Balfate, Colon, 4 terrains of beach front
of 65.6 x 65.6 feet, $25,000 each one.
*Tela, Atlantida 68.8 acres in Tela, beach,
mountain and plain terrain, 34.4 acres
(plain) and 34.4 acres (mountains),
excellent for building a hotel resort.
Price $58,140 per acre.
*Trujillo, Colon, 423.4468 acres of beach,
rivers, mountain and plain terrain,
appropriate for a tourist hotel resort,
price: $600,000 negotiable.
*La Ceiba, Atlantida, mountain property
of 115.24 acres, beautiful view of the sea
and city, has a river. Price $220,000.
*Pollityle Bay, Roatan, Bay Islands,
10 acres with beach, plain terrain
and mountains, 6 acres plain domain
$45,000 per acre and 4 acres with pos-
session $40,000 per acre.
*La Ceiba, Atantida, residential project
Wendy, two brand new houses, three
bedrooms, dining room, living room,
kitchen, laundry room, ceramic floors,
fine finishes, with garage $55,000
without garage $50,000. Close to the
national university and airport Goloson.
10 minutes away from the city.
*La Ceiba, Atlantida, located in Jardines
del Este, house with three bedrooms,
living room, dining room, kitchen,
paved roads, garage (2 cars), completely
new. $50,000.
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Looking for a North American for coffee
and talk in downtown Tegucigalpa,
call Ron Logan, Telephone: 207-7255.
I am looking for a property to buy in the El Hatillo
area orValle De Angeles. I want at
least one acre or one manzana in these areas. I
prefer the land to be flat.
My number is:(512)280-4330
E.U. or 239-3654 (teguz).
E-mail mvivi@email.com

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Prestigious Private School in Tegucigalpa
Seeking Full Time Primary Level Teacher

Minimum 2 years experience
Fully bilingual
Excellent English speaking and writing skills
Excellent interpersonal skills

G -9 Ocean view units
S'A/C, cable TV
^ /i [f Private parking. .
Hammock patio
[Ml [A [YJ -A 6 French Canadian owner.
Tela, Honduras, America Central TEL: (504) 448-1497, (504) 448-1928
www.mayavista.com E-mail: info@mayavista.com

Hos fo rent. .

Main Floor
Garage with electric gate and visual intercommunication,
dining room, living room, kitchen includes storage room
and breakfast area, studio, bathroom, small storage room,
terrace to patio, laundry area and service room.
Second Floor Main bedroom including walking closet and
balcony, spacious bathroom with bathtub,
two more bedrooms with
bathrooms._-- =

Also Internet connections and
telephone line. Telephone
number installed electric fence,
safe alarm, water heater and
Very safe and peaceful place to
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