La Esperanza and Cuevas de Taulabé (Through Honduras)

We left Copán to visit an organic coffee farm in the mountains of Honduras. On our way we stopped in the town La Esperanza on highway CA-11A, just because I had read about a café serving burgers.

YES – serving American style burger in Honduras

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Esben was happy and we both got the biggest burger on the menu. We agreed that we were celebrating Esbens birthday, just a few days to late. Off course we had cake later that day.

To the left coconut cake and to the right strawberry cake

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After all that sugar we walked around town trying to find an ATM. We tried several ATM´s but none of them would give us any cash, instead we just enjoyed the small town. Viewpoint over La Esperanza from the top of La Gruta.

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La Gruta is a small cave, that has been converted into a chapel

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Found a very narrow street… we also noticed that the street signs were made of mosaic… and Esben on walking up the tall steps to the top of La Gruta.

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Highway CA-11A is in great condition and has a lot of curves. We will recommend that road! BUT, it is rainy season and other roads have suffered from all the rain. Again we hit landslides and other places parts of the road had been washed away.

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When we came to Cuevas Taulabé the clock was not even 9 pm, and we were the only people there. Cuevas Taulabé is a network of underground caves with unusual stalactite and stalagmite formations.

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So far the caves have been explored to a depth of 12 km with no end in sight. We walked down the paved path, which is 300 meters long and only explored a few addition meters with a flashlight. We have visited caves before, but this cave is worth visiting. We were surprised about the size, formation and all the different (big and small) stalactite and stalagmite formations.

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The cave is also home to a lot of bats

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Esben exploring the cave

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Back on the motorcycles heading towards the coffee farm, we noticed, that we had entered an area with a lot of bananas and honey. Stopped to buy honey on our way…

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The last 20 km to the coffee farm was on a dirt road. Again the rain had almost taken out the bridge. Esben was not able to drive his motorcycle over the bridge, but the locals had redirected the road through the river. There was some water in the river but Esben got through – we were very happy that it was not raining!

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We got to the coffee farm in the afternoon. One of the sons (19 years old) was home taking care of everything including two younger kids, while to parents were in town to get groceries. We sat up the tent, and Esben got to relax in the hammock.

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