Honduras en Positivo

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Posted by on 08/11/2012 in Fotografias


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El paso del sol por el Cenit

El paso del sol por el Cenit

“El paso cenital del Sol es un fenómeno natural que ocurre cuando la posición del astro es completamente vertical, ocupando el lugar más alto en el cielo. Esto sucede únicamente dos días al año”

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Posted by on 08/11/2012 in Fotografias


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Clarion Copán Will Host Conference on Honduras 2012

By Marco Cáceres
Editorial columns are often about being critical or pointing out some defect in the “system”. If it has something to do with Honduras, it’s usually about some failure of the government or a political leader, or issues such as crime and drug trafficking. It is extremely hard to write an editorial that is positive, because for some reason it is harder to be inspired when things go according to plan and there is no fuss or muss. Perhaps it is because when all goes well, you think to yourself… “Fine, that’s the way it should be, that’s normal.” Unfortunately, in the case of Honduras, when something works out well or spectacularly well, with no glitches and no complaints and no regrets, my experience has been that this tends to be more the exception than the norm. Honduras often has a way of testing one’s patience and thus cultivating one’s capacity for creativity, flexibility, adaptability, and innovation. Sometimes, though, it’s just nice to be able to sit back and not have to worry about the curveballs.

(Warning: This column will not be about politics or corruption or violence or dysfunctionality. Taking a break.)

As we prepare for the 13th annual Conference on Honduras on October 18-20, I want to point out that this event has had very few curveballs thrown its way since it began being staged in Copán Ruinas in 2003… and certainly none that caused the event to miss a step. The primary reason for the consistency and success of the Conference on Honduras is that the town of Copán Ruinas has simply been a tremendous host; it really is the perfect location for the conference… the right feel and the right accommodations.

The conference has become a tradition in Copán, and I think that finally there is starting to be an understanding throughout Honduras about what this event is all about — networking to share information about volunteer projects and find ways to work together. There is also a marked realization that, although the event is still dominated by North Americans, one of the central aims of the conference is to create long-term and sustainable partnerships between foreign volunteers and Hondurans. The Honduran presence (and active participation) is growing.

But the tradition could not have been established had it not been for the genuine support of Copán’s business community and municipal government. We have always encouraged the people of the town to think of the conference as theirs, rather than something alien… to take ownership of it. I think Copánecos have responded nicely, and I thank them.

I specifically wish to thank’s local director of the Conference on Honduras, Sandra Guerra. Sandra is the owner of Casa de Todo, which is the homebase for the event. She has been there from the start, and she is the indispensable key to the success of the Conference on Honduras. She has that unique ability to anticipate all curveballs and put ’em away.

Of course, I will always mention Doña Albita and her Llama del Bosque restaurant. She has fed us so well for so long, and I am eternally indebted to her. Then there is Pat of Café Miramundo and Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve. Hey, great guy, great coffee.

I also want to express my deep appreciation to Darío Domínguez, the general manager of the Clarion Copán Ruinas hotel. From 2003 through 2010, the Conference on Honduras was held at the municipal conference hall near the central park in Copán. It was a fine facility, but last year we were unable to reserve the space on time, and so we decided to try the Clarion, which is located just a few minutes outside of town.

The decision to go with the Clarion turned out to be a good one. The conference did not miss a beat. The accommodations were wonderful and the service was exceptional — so much so that we did not hesitate to renew the relationship with Darío and the Clarion for the Conference on Honduras 2012.

When you find something that works, you stick with it. And that is precisely what we have found with the Clarion Copán Ruinas. In all my travels, I have never come across a hotel staff that is so thoroughly professional and consistently helpful and courteous. It’s a beautiful hotel… run by an even more beautiful group of people. I look forward to working with them again. (8/8/12) (photo courtesy Clarion Copán Ruinas)


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Conversatorios Copan su Cultura y su Gente

No te  pierdas todos los viernes estos convesatorios. Conociendo  nuestra  cultura a traves de su gente. 


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Museo K’inich, un rincón para conocer a los mayas

Museo K’inich, un rincón para conocer a los mayas.

San Pedro Sula,


Bajo nueva administración, mantiene abiertas sus puertas a la comunidad el Museo Escolar Casa K’inich, espacio diseñado para aprender sobre la vida cotidiana de los mayas antiguos que habitaron Copán Ruinas.

Este museo, que funciona desde febrero de 2002 en el Fuerte Cabañas, edificio construido en 1940 por el gobierno de Tiburcio Carías Andino, ofrece atractivas salas para conocer acerca de las costumbres, la gastronomía, la fauna, el idioma, el calendario, el sistema de numeración y la vestimenta de los antiguos mayas de Copán, entre otros aspectos.

“Invitamos a los centros educativos a que nos visiten y conozcan parte de la herencia cultural de Honduras”, dice Londin Velásquez, director de Casa K’inich.

Además del servicio informativo del museo, Londin comparte otros proyectos a desarrollar en varias comunidades del municipio: “Uno de los proyectos es el Museo Móvil, por medio del cual se facilitan charlas a padres de familia y maestros  de comunidades chortís como La Pintada, El Chilar, Corralito, Carrizalón, entre otras.

A partir de 2013, según Velásquez, desarrollarán un proyecto educativo en las escuelas del municipio de Copán que incluye manualidades, charlas y dinámicas.

El funcionamiento del museo depende de la Asociación Copán, que lo ha fundado y diseñado con la intención de que niños y adultos aprendan de forma lúdica.


Uno de los atractivos  es la réplica de la Tumba Hunal, que según los expertos contiene los restos de K’inich Yax K’uk Mo, fundador y primer gobernante de la dinastía de Copán. Los visitantes pueden apreciar la réplica de los huesos, la tierra rojiza y las vasijas como las encontraron los arqueólogos.

En otro espacio se conoce cómo los expertos saben que Yax K’uk Mo medía 1.62 metros de estatura y las facciones de su rostro.

También es importante la sala acerca de la guara roja (Ave Nacional de Honduras), considerada sagrada por los mayas, y que para ellos representaba K’inich Ahau, dios del Sol. Este museo y la Asociación Copán impulsan un proyecto educativo en los centros educativos del municipio para que las nuevas generaciones aprecien esta ave y conserven su hábitat en el Valle de Copán.

La guara roja vuelve a volar en Copán

 San Pedro Sula. La Asociación Copán forma parte del proyecto Guaras en Libertad, por medio del cual poco a poco se reintroduce la guara roja en el Valle de Copán, especialmente en el bosque del Parque Arqueológico de Copán Ruinas.

Las aves se reproducen en el Parque de Aves Macaw Mountain, donde reciben cuidados especiales, con el apoyo del Ihah (Instituto Hondureño de Antropología e Historia). También colabora World Parrot Trust, Boss Orange y Banco de Occidente.

El público puede visitar este parque, que funciona con capital privado, para apreciar -además de la guara roja- diferentes variedades de aves de la zona.

La Asociación Copán y el Museo Escolar Casa k’inich complementa este proyecto con la distribución de los módulos Guaras en Libertad, la belleza regresa, en los centros educativos de los municipios, que incluye llevar la guara para que los niños interactuén con ella.

Para escuelas

Paquete especial

1. Tour por el museo (45 minutos).
2. Taller de arte (manualidad relacionada con los mayas).
3. Merienda.
4. Dinámicas.
5. Documental sobre la cultura maya.
6. Guía informativa.
7. Se cobra L60 por alumno.

Paquete normal

1. Tour por el museo (45 minutos).
2. Merienda.
3. Dinámicas.
4. Documental sobre la cultura maya.
5. Guía informativa.
6. Se cobra L50 por alumno.

Paquete de cortesía

Este paquete, gratis para estudiantes y L20 para adultos, incluye recorrido por el museo escolar sin guía. El maestro debe explicar la información del museo.

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Posted by on 08/06/2012 in Maya


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Honduras a Positive Experience

Honduras a Positive Experience

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Posted by on 08/06/2012 in Fotografias


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When and where did the Maya live?

When and where did the Maya live?

In Classic times, the Maya occupied much the same territory that they do today: All of the Yucatán peninsula, Guatemala, and Belize, plus neighboring areas: the eastern half of Tabasco and Chiapas, and the northwest regions of Honduras and El Salvador. (See Map)

A Mayan-speaking population, the Huasteca, occupy northern Veracruz, separated from the main Mayan-speaking region by several hundred miles. Perhaps a large population of Maya picked up and migrated west during the Early Formative. Just as likely, Mayan-speakers once stretched in a swath along the entire southern Gulf Coast –including the Olmec Heartland– and later populations intruded, separating them some time before the Classic Period. At any rate, they separated before the “heartland” Maya acquired writing; the Huastecs appear to have been innocent of hieroglyphs.

As for when, the Classic period was called “Classic” because of the Maya, whose apogee falls roughly between 250 and 800 AD/CE. However, growing evidence shows that the Maya had distinct cultural features and civilization as early as the Late Preclassic, usually dated ca. 400 BC/BCE – 250 AD/CE.

Here is a list of the major divisions of Mesoamerican eras, with their dominant cultures
1800/1500 – 900 BC/BCE: Early Preclassic or Early Formative
Olmec: San Lorenzo. “Olmec Horizon” (i.e., the dominance of Olmec artistic conventions and cultural influence) spreads across Mesoamerica.
Valley of México: “pretty lady” statuettes of Tlatilco, “babies” of Las Bocas, et al.

900 – 300 BC/BCE: Middle Preclassic or Middle Formative
Olmec: La Venta. “Olmec Horizon” reaches from El Salvador to Guerrero
Central Méxican Olmec: Chalcatzingo.
Olmec Guerrero: Teopanticuanitlán. Juxtlahuaca and Oxtotilán cave murals.
Oaxaca: Monte Albán I.

400 – 300 BC/BCE: The “Late Preclassic Collapse”
“Olmec Horizon,” i.e., the dominance of Olmec artistic conventions and cultural influence, disappears across Mesoamerica. The following era was characterized by a proliferation of small, independent city-states.

300 BC/BCE – 200 AD/CE: Late Preclassic or Late Formative
East: (Maya and Isthmian) Kaminajuyú, Izapa, Chiapa de Corzo, Takalik Abaj, El Mirador, San Bartolo, La Mojarra, Cerros. Also, underneath most Classic Maya cities lie Late Formative beginnings.
Central México: Short-lived Cuicuilco, and the beginning of Teotihuacán.
West: Mexcala, Colima, Chupícuaro
Oaxaca: Monte Albán II

200 – 600 AD/CE: Early Classic
East: Maya
Central México: dominant Teotihuacán, Cholula. (Teotihuacán falls ca. 650)
Oaxaca: Monte Albán III
Gulf Coast: Remojadas
West: Mezcala, Colima, Nayarit, Jalisco, Michoacán

600 – 900 AD/CE: Late Classic
East: Maya
Central México: Cacaxtla, Xochicalco, and other startups
Oaxaca: Monte Albán IV
Gulf Coast: Veracruz/El Tajín, Huasteca
West: Colima, Nayarit, Jalisco, Michoacán

800 – 1050 AD/CE: Terminal Classic
East: Southern Maya cities fall, but Yucatán flourishes: Chichén Itzá, Uxmál, Kabáh, Labná, Sayíl, Tulúm, et al.
The rest of Mesoamerica suffers a general Collapse.

900 – 1350 AD/CE: Early Postclassic
East: Chichén joins the Lost Cities club: abandoned about 1000 AD/CE. Mayapán and other minor Maya city-states preserve a faint echo of Maya greatness
Oaxaca: Mixteca (Monte Albán V)
Central México/Puebla: Cholula reoccupied, Tula Hidalgo

1350 – 1520’s: Late Postclassic
Central México: Mexica/Aztec hegemony. Other states: Cholula, Tlaxcala, et al. The rest of Mesoamerica dotted with civilized states, many dominated by Aztec.
East: independent but small-time Maya city-states.

1520’s – 1560’s: Early Colonial
Cortez, Alvarado, et al. conquer most of New Spain, doing their best to extirpate the old cultures and enslave the population. Construction of hundreds of major churches begins.
East: In the central Petén region of Guatemala, the Maya kingdom of Tayasal remained independent of Spanish control until 1697.

2012 FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
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Posted by on 04/04/2012 in Maya


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