We enjoyed a day trip to Punta
Sal nature preserve and Cocalita village. Punta Sal is an
'ecopreserve' located just west of Tela. A protected national park, it
is the home to a few Garifuna and an abundance of native wildlife. Here,
the modern world imposes on a way of life that has changed little in over
The last 'big trip' of Grandma's
visit was to the beach resort of Tela. Located about two hours away from
San Pedro, Tela is home to many Garifuna. Garifuna are back Caribs
that came to Honduras in the mid 1700's.
We left Tela at 8:00 in the morning
and headed out for beautiful Punta Sal. We were in the boat for about 45
minutes before reaching the entrance to the park. The preserve is
a mix of rain forest, mangrove, and coral reef. We were on the look out
for monkeys, but they eluded us that day. We had our share of other
wildlife on the beach, however, as Breck and Alea romped in the waves.
Alea was entranced by our jungle trek.
We saw woodpeckers, crabs, hiking
ants, and prints form a deer. We heard the monkeys, but could never quite
track them down.
Cocalita is a Garifuna village next to Punta Sal preserve.
We enjoyed a fish, platano,
and rice and beans lunch on their beach. While Susan napped with
Breck in a hammock, Alea made friends with this little boy. The villagers
welcomed her and let her explore their homes; of special interest was the
sugar cane press and the banana leaf matresses.
We stayed at Telamar resort.
It is a complex constructed to be a 'get-away' for the Dole banana employees.
A traditional marimba band was there and we all enjoyed their beautiful
music. Alea loved the music and showed everyone just how great of a dancer