We broke up our trip between the Bay Islands and Nicaragua at Lake Yojoa. The guide book talked about D&D brewery and the thought of getting to spend the night at a brewery seemed too good to pass up. We hired a car to take us up into the mountains as the trip was a bit more complicated than we had planned. Arriving late at night we enjoyed delicious micro brews and dinner with a new travel friend, Manuela.
The brewery had an activity board posted with all the reviews, trip transportation and a map that made picking what to do easy in one sense but hard in that there was so much to choose from!
Wednesday we set off to explore the surrounding countryside. We went on a walk around an archeological site that had board walks going down to the lake. It was completely tranquil and we were the only ones there!
In the afternoon we took a chicken bus up to a 45m waterfall. They had the option to go behind the waterfall so off we went - jumping into pools and standing under the enormous spray of water. When we were in the middle of the waterfall we could stand and look up at the underside of the water arch falling upon us. It was amazing! We both agreed it was something that they'd never allow in the US which made it all the more fun!
Wednesday night we found a fellow cribbage player and played into the night. Eating at a good brewery, with good food and drinks it was hard to remember we were in Honduras!
Thursday we set off for a longer adventure, to one of Honduras's national parks. We had been told they take very good care of the parks and that this one is beautiful so off we went, hitch hiking for part of the journey (we were assured by the brewery staff beforehand it is safe and common practice). Upon arrival at the park we were given maps and directions around a 3-4 hour loop that went up the side of a mountain and down past waterfalls and rivers. It felt so nice to be out hiking and getting some exercise! The views were gorgeous and made all the hard work worthwhile.
When we were done with the hike and waiting for a cab back to the road we struck up conversation with an American and his wife that have been living in Honduras for the last 8 years. He explained the presidential elections (coming up this Sunday), how inexpensive it is to live in Honduras, how all of the upper class lives here and advised us to be extremely careful in Tegucialpa, our forced next stop on the way to Nicaragua. It was a really interesting perspective on the ways of life for both the small upper class who lead an extremely extravagant life with many servants and to that of the lower class who hardly gets by. There is no structure set up so that those that work harder get more pay, better positions, or praise so everything is basically done as slow and as poorly as possible. There are no incentives to do otherwise and with this mentality more people are hired to do the same work a few could accomplish. Coming from the competitive US where individual work is valued it was very interesting.