Holiday in Honduras









Lush rain forest; colourful coral reefs; wild rivers; spectacular mountains; white, soft and sandy beaches; ancient Maya ruins; proud descendents of the old cultures; beautiful colonial towns and friendly people all over. That is pretty much Honduras summed up. And yes, mosquitoes – not to forget.

Spending the Holidays in Honduras was simply great – as you can understand. I have travelled extensively in Latin American countries before, but hardly ever have I been so positively taken aback as in Honduras. I usually resent travel stories that talk about the friendly people in the visited country, simply because I find most people to be friendly no matter where you go. But Hondurans were – or are – special, at least that’s how I experienced it. Everywhere we went, we were met with openness, hospitality and curiosity such that I have never found anywhere else. I think one reason is that Honduras has hardly developed any tourist industry – yet, and with the exception of the Bay Islands along the Caribbean coastline and Copan – the old Maya site, which is the biggest tourist attraction in the country.

For anyone interested in exploring Latin America, I would highly recommend Honduras. We spent two weeks in the lovely country, but could easily have spent another month there. I definitely feel like I need to come back again.

Above are a handful of pictures from the trip. This was not a photo assignment, but a pure holiday. That limits the time and effort I put into photography, if nothing else to not become completely antisocial with those I travel with. In addition this became a very active holiday. We did all kinds of physical activities; diving, kayaking, hiking, snorkelling, river rafting and swimming. Nevertheless – and needless to say – I still do take a lot of pictures wherever I go and whatever I do. But these photographs are more snapshots and occasional travel photos.

While at it, I would use the opportunity to extend an apologue to all of you who have followed my blog and commented the various posts the last couple of weeks. While travelling in Honduras I simply did not have time enough to give feedback or follow up on your own blogs. I did read all your encouraging comments, though, since they are forwarded to my email, but on the road I had no chance to read all your own fantastic postings. For me giving positive feedback is what the blog sphere is very much about. But I promise the next couple of weeks I will do my best to catch up with every one of you. Thanks for the patience and for keep following my blog.

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About Otto von Münchow

Photographer based in Norway
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74 Responses to Holiday in Honduras

  1. Touch2Touch says:

    Stunning photos, and it sounds like a perfect vacation for you —

  2. Travelbunny says:

    Wonderful photos, thank you.

  3. Alli Farkas says:

    Everyone deserves some time off–no need to catch up with us, at least for me anyway. This ultra-connected world has us all scrambling to be in communication with one another at all times, to the point where it sometimes becomes nothing more than another chore. Glad you enjoyed your trip and shared it with us. That’s all you needed to do!

  4. John says:

    Gorgeous pics!

  5. Thanks for the photos, we get to live a little, vicariously. Glad you had a good time.

  6. mcolmo says:

    Gorgeous pictures and yes, we Caribbean people are very warm and friendly. 🙂

  7. Angeline M says:

    Wonderful photos. I think all of us who blog need downtime, time to just get away and relax. Glad you had such a wonderful trip.

  8. winsomebella says:

    Your photos tell stories and are always great!

  9. danitacahill says:

    One word — Amazing!

  10. I will share with my friend my Honduras who went home for a few days over the holidays.

  11. Lovely pix! Safe travels! and you already know not to drink the water. 😉

  12. souldipper says:

    This is a wonderful testament to a grand holiday. I’m glad you were being sensitive to your travel partner by keeping the camera at bay and NOT looking for a computer. Bravo, Otto. First things first. We’re all still here – enjoying your blog. 😀

  13. magsx2 says:

    Hi,
    The photos are fantastic, I would love to go to see the ancient Maya ruins, I love any sort of ancient history it is all so fascinating I feel.
    Sounds like you had a fantastic trip, and it definitely sounds like you had a fun trip as well, good on you, and welcome back. 🙂

  14. You know the difference in your photographic effort, Otto, but these “snapshots” are just beautiful! And it must have been a wonderful trip. Vacations are important and I surely don’t feel you need to apologize for not keeping current with everyone. It is a lot of fun to do so, and I feel I miss out when I can’t be more attentive, but I hope you’ll just move forward! It is good to have you back. I loved your comment that you usually don’t like to suggest that people from a particular country or region are friendly as though this came as a pleasant surprise. What a mindful observation. I want to remember that! Debra

  15. Karl Chapman says:

    That first portrait shot is amazing. Sounds like a great holiday.

  16. niasunset says:

    Like a postcards from Honduras… They are so beautiful dear Otto, Thank you, Have a nice and enjoyable day, with my love, nia

  17. valzone says:

    Welcome home Otto, your presence has been missed. Beautifully written post, and super images, and if I may, I echo the words of niasunset, above, this is indeed like having postcards from Honduras. Superb post, as usual.

  18. cocomino says:

    Really beautiful shots. Great. 🙂

  19. ceceliafutch says:

    Wow! What a holiday!!!! Great photos. I’ll have to visit Honduras some day. 😉

  20. great photos, and it sounds like great memories – thanks for taking some time to share them with us!

  21. LensScaper says:

    A series of images with real breadth – they show the variety of your experience and there isn’t a dud among them. Sounds like you had a great time. My son visited Guatemala a few years ago and enjoyed that country too.

  22. PC PHOTO says:

    Fabulous series. I am smitten with the first image, you captured so much character in this man!

  23. Gorgeous photos! They capture the essence of the country in beauty and detail. My close friends went to Honduras over the holiday as well and had an incredible experience. I will also forward a link to your photos.

  24. Nandini says:

    Incredible place indeed. Loved your photos. 🙂

  25. seabluelee says:

    I’m glad you had such a great holiday, and thanks for sharing it with us. You are an amazingly versatile photographer and all these shots, from portraits to wildlife to landscapes to underwater, are wonderful. Definitely NOT the average vacation snapshots!

  26. hellenjc says:

    If you could see me now you would see rthat I am a very deep envy green…. Magnificent photos Otto…

  27. Great photos! My favourite is the first one because I think you’ve captured his character perfectly. I’ll bet he has some stories to tell!!

  28. Roberta says:

    You give so much with you wonderful words and photography you deserve some R&R.. Have fun!

  29. Isabelle says:

    Hello and Happy New Year! I have been away and I am delighted to find so many beautiful images here since the last time I visited. I like your photo-blog very much. It is somehow different from traditional blogs; you have a special (and very good) eye for angles 🙂
    Wish you all the best for 2012!

  30. Incredible shots & post Otto.

  31. dearrosie says:

    I don’t know how you do it Otto, but your photos always manage to capture something extra – the old man (what a face) wearing a hat with the cross painted on it, the Mayan carving where you have to look twice to see what you’re seeing, the sunset (or is it a sunrise?)…

    Now that you’re back I can tell you there’s a gift for you at my blog
    http://wp.me/pN0M1-11g

  32. rolandtheys says:

    Wonderful photos! extra shot!

  33. Great images Otto. I really love the first one. Wow he has so much character. You just want to know his story.

  34. zephyr says:

    We do tend to miss out on such places while planning a holiday. It is great to know that you discovered this new destination and also shared it with us. Happy new year, Otto!

  35. drawandshoot says:

    Such a magnificent array of photos Otto. Honduras looks breathtaking. Beautiful!

  36. xandimusic says:

    absolutely wonderful photos, like them very much!!
    xandi

  37. The Hook says:

    As usual, incredible work.

  38. aFrankAngle says:

    Many thanks for the beautiful pics. The variety alone was a journey in itself. And as much as you have traveled, I’m sure you agree that there is a lot of goodness in the world.

  39. It is nice to see so good photos as usual in your blog, but it is even nicer to know you had a good holiday and a good relationship with local people. This is very good.
    robert

  40. Fergiemoto says:

    The photos are fantastic! It looks like it was a fabulous trip! Thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed this post.

  41. CherryPie says:

    Wonderful photos, it sounds like you had a great time. You have sold the place to me.

  42. Your photos are really, really great, i love them, are you on facebook? If so you can find with my email adress – sergio.pontes@gmail.com

    Regards

  43. munchow says:

    Thank you all for the wonderful and inspiring feedback. It feels good to be back in the loop again.

  44. Barbara S. says:

    These photos you’ve shared truly give us a glimpse of your trip! Sounds and looks like you had a fantastic time!

  45. so beautiful photos. hope you had an amazing time!

  46. Wonderful! As usual!!! 🙂

  47. eof737 says:

    These are simply amazing… the world is a beautiful place and you capture it well. 😉

  48. Otto,

    These images are so sharp and vivid that they immediately etch themselves on one’s mind. And I don’t mind at all being a little “etched.” –John

  49. Tod says:

    Love these images, Otto! Beautiful light and compositions! 🙂

  50. Bindu John says:

    Beautiful shots! My favourites are that of the toucan, pelican and sunset.

  51. nomadcitizen says:

    Hi Otto,

    Fantastic set of shots ! Great composition.

  52. Absolutely gorgeous stuff Munchow. Beautiful photographs you’ve taken. And yes you’ve put Honduras on my bucket list for sure now. Thanks! 😀

  53. Island Traveler says:

    This is why I love the Islans. So vibrant, colorful, happy, exotingly fascinating, laid back, refreshingly calm, no stress, no worries, just chilling under a palm tree, gazing on nature’s amazing landscape. Beautiful, vivid, breathtaking pictures. Makes me want to have head for the beach and have fun. Just inspiring my friend. Thank you.

  54. Island Traveler says:

    I meant the Islands…got too excited!

  55. Sony Fugaban says:

    I actually sought for the words then I realized tat that the photos are more than enough to convey the story,

  56. As always, INCREDIBLE photos!

  57. pnwauthor says:

    Diverse photographs. I like how you capture the expression on people’s faces, such as the older gentlemen with the cowboy hat and the young family man carrying the box, with the macho grin. Since I’m a nature and animal lover, kudos for the pelican landing on the dock.

  58. sandyfied says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

  59. adrianpym says:

    Great set of photos – very vibrant.

    Like your strap line “Creativity is within us all” so true.

  60. Camila says:

    Owo…! AMAZING pictures… Have you ever been to Brazil?
    I noticed you visited my blog (incomparable to your photography). Anyway, I’ll be posting some more about Thailand and A LOT more about India, thousands of pictures.
    Loved your blog!
    Camila

  61. Camila says:

    PS: by the way, we are neighbours. 🙂

  62. Hellopalz says:

    Wow… nice photos, the one with the parrot is cute…. lovely vacation!

  63. your photographs are great! =]

  64. wow, Cuba looks amazing!

  65. Chorwin says:

    All photos look great… I’m thinking whether you will share more on this.. 🙂

  66. As a Peace Corps math teacher I spent 1968 and 1969 in Honduras. It was there that I got my first real camera, a Pentax Spotmatic, which I used to photograph the same stone face at Copán that you showed here, but in black and white. Understandably, then, your pictures bring back many memories of the country. From what I read in the newspapers, Honduras has had many problems in recent years, more perhaps than would be expected anyhow from the endemic poverty. I’m glad you had only good experiences there (except for the mosquitoes).

    Steve Schwartzman
    http://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com

  67. Love, love your photographs. Esp the pelican one above, and the candids. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Glad that gave me a chance to find yours.

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