Category: Central America

I start by taking a boat on the tranquil Rio Dulce. This is both enjoyment and a way to move on. The Maya Ruins of Tikal are one of the most impressive sights I have seen in my life. One of the mayor cities in the classical Maya period (3rd to 9th century) it has six major temple-pyramids of up to 70 metres of height. It has been inscribed into UNESCO’s World Heritage list as early as 1979. Tikal has thousands of structures, […]

Read more

At the time of my visit, Honduras is known as one of the most dangerous countries on earth. San Pedro Sula, its second biggest city has the distinction of currently being the city with the highest murder rate in the world. Out of 100,000 inhabitants, 180 get murdered per year. As San Pedro Sula has about one million inhabitants that means 1,800 people killed. As a comparison, the rate for the United States is 4.7, for Germany it is 0.9. […]

Read more

I head to the small village of Perquin, home to the Museum of the Revolution and during the Salvadoran Civil War one of the centres of guerrilla activity. In nearby El Mozote, 800 people, half of them children, were massacred by government forces. The American journalist Raymond Bonner, making the atrocity known to the wider world, was vigorously attacked for his entirely correct reporting, that was dismissed as Communist propaganda. […]

Read more

I am on a whirlwind tour of Central America; time is short as I have to be in New York soon. But better to get a quick impression of the countries than not getting any impression at all. Still, planning such a trip is sometimes painful, I can only visit places that bring me further north, no time, for example, to visit beautiful Ometepe Island with its two volcanic cones rising from the sea. […]

Read more