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I´m Michelle and I am traveling in Latin America. I have always wanted to travel here and I finally left my home in Boston, MA in July 2013. I have been traveling since then, working here and there and continuously realizing that the world is filled with opportunities for exploration. I hope to travel for a long time but I always find a cozy place to stay for some time. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions I am more than happy to take you up on them. Live long, travel far, love often.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Copán y Gracias: HONDURAS

Arrived in Honduras after crossing the border back to GUATEMALA from EL SALVADOR then on to Honduras. Arrived in the last archeological site in La Ruta Maya in Copán. Then we continued on to Gracias, a cute pueblo where they were inclined to say gracias alot. I also met the mayor!
A Hondurenean birthday party. Includes karoake.
Copán 
Bird's eye view.
This giant spider.
A face.
Dancing panther.
Stela or statue.
Stela with Mayan language.
Stelas in middle of site, covered now by roofs.
Giant staircase with Mayan language enscriptions.
This is a bed, in a house, where the Mayan slept, houses were organized by social status.
This is a tomb in a house, in many houses were locations were tombs were laid to rest.
Vine swing.
There are many macaws flying around Copán, it makes it all the more magical.
Graffiti.
View from fort St Cristobal in Gracias.
"You can be a hated leader of your time, but, if you want the people to remember you for generations, open a school" - Juan Lindo, ex president of Honduras.
View of El Celaque.
The mayor of Gracias and I.
Gracias.
Una cascada, we thought we were hiking to the waterfall, not to the view of the waterfall. Good hike, though.
Honduras.































Friday, August 22, 2014

Juayua, Chalchuapa, y Lago Coatepeque: EL SALVADOR

New country, new experiences. We made it to the border of El Salvador after leaving gringolandia. Once we arrived we decided to stay in Juayua (why-u-ah). This pueblo was cute and quaint and used as the basis to explore La Ruta de Las Flores. We visited little towns, waterfalls and got to know the nice and friendly people of El Salvador. Next we stopped in Chalchuapa where they were celebrating a week long festival. There was a procession with beauty queens and fireworks. Lastly, we took a break for a bit at volcanoe surrounded Lago Coatepeque. Much more to see in this small country so I will have to come back.
Cascadas.
Mural art in side of building.
Juayua.
La plaza.
Los Ausoles, bubbling steaming mud pits in Ahuachapan.
Steamin'
El Mirador en Ataco.
Apaneca.
Building art.
Kind ridding bike into Laguna Verde.
Little chicas.
View of Laguna de Las Ninfas.
Military presence.
There are constantly vendors on the converted American school buses. They hustle.
Proccesion of the beauty queens.
Ruinas Tazumal in Chalchuapas.
El Che came to visit them as well.
Lago Coatepeque, surrounded by volcanoes.
Very big grasshoppper, as big as my foot.
El lago, I ate delicious fried fish here, more than once.
Crossing the border to Honduras in this taxi, one can be creative with door handles if need be.