Gracias, Honduras by Dewey Hammond

I hiked from Gracias to the hot springs, more than an hour by unmarked trails. Es la vía para las aguas termales? On my way back to Gracias, I saw a hawk in flight, brown and white underneath.

Footbridge in Gracias, Honduras. 

Footbridge in Gracias, Honduras. 

Highlands of western Honduras.

Highlands of western Honduras.

Outside of Gracias, Honduras. 

Outside of Gracias, Honduras. 

One of the locals who helped me find my way. 

One of the locals who helped me find my way. 

Looking back toward Gracias. 

Looking back toward Gracias. 

About halfway to the hot springs. 

About halfway to the hot springs. 

Descending down toward the hot springs.

Descending down toward the hot springs.

The entrance to the hot springs, which I saw only on my way out, having reached the springs from backside trails.

The entrance to the hot springs, which I saw only on my way out, having reached the springs from backside trails.

Intibuca, Honduras by Dewey Hammond

I hitchhiked from Los Naranjos to Peña Blanca before catching three buses to La Guama, Siguatepeque, and finally La Esperanza, a small Lencan town in western Honduras. 

Banana truck outside of the cemetery in the highland Lencan community of Intibuca, outside of La Esperanza. 

Banana truck outside of the cemetery in the highland Lencan community of Intibuca, outside of La Esperanza. 

In between Intibuca and La Esperanza. 

In between Intibuca and La Esperanza. 

Bus station in the indigenous Lencan community of Intibuca, Honduras. 

Bus station in the indigenous Lencan community of Intibuca, Honduras. 

Early evening storm, from the bus to Gracias. 

Early evening storm, from the bus to Gracias. 

Lenca treasure by Dewey Hammond

While birdwatching on Lake Yojoa, we found this (probably perhaps?) Lencan pottery. This could be more than 1,000 years old.

I encouraged my birdwatching guide to turn this into an archaeological museum nearby but he was like NAH THEY GOT WHOLE ONES ALREADY.  

I encouraged my birdwatching guide to turn this into an archaeological museum nearby but he was like NAH THEY GOT WHOLE ONES ALREADY.  

Lencan pottery found in Honduras. 

Lencan pottery found in Honduras. 

Pottery found at Lake Yojoa. 

Pottery found at Lake Yojoa. 

We found the pottery along with some obsidian on the northwest banks of Lake Yojoa while birdwatching. This is the spot where we found it.

We found the pottery along with some obsidian on the northwest banks of Lake Yojoa while birdwatching. This is the spot where we found it.

Birdwatching at Lake Yojoa in Honduras by Dewey Hammond

We hiked to the canal and rowed to Lake Yojoa. We saw black swallows and small bats, brown jays, blue herons, white egrets, kingfishers, snail kites, limpkins, northern jacana, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, flycatchers, and keel-billed toucans, both at rest and in flight. Dozens of species, too many to remember, plus guanabana, iguanas, cattle, dogs, butterflies, and fishermen. 

Birdwatching in Los Naranjos, Honduras. 

Birdwatching in Los Naranjos, Honduras. 

Canal to the lake. 

Canal to the lake. 

Typical view of banks in the canal. 

Typical view of banks in the canal. 

Approaching the lake. 

Approaching the lake. 

La Ceiba tree overlooking Lake Yojoa. Ceiba trees were a spiritual tree for the Mayans and probably Lencans too. 

La Ceiba tree overlooking Lake Yojoa. Ceiba trees were a spiritual tree for the Mayans and probably Lencans too. 

We spotted keel-billed toucans here along with many other species of birds. 

We spotted keel-billed toucans here along with many other species of birds. 

Montaña Tortuga (Turtle Mountain) in the foreground.

Montaña Tortuga (Turtle Mountain) in the foreground.

Las Nalgas, Los Naranjos, Honduras. 

Las Nalgas, Los Naranjos, Honduras.