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Honduras is the second-largest country in Central America bordered by Nicaragua in the south and Guatemala and El Salvador in the west. The country has a population of 5.3 million people, with an annual growth rate of 2.7 percent. 90 percent of the population is mestizo (a mixture of Indian and Spanish) while 7 percent of the population is native Indian.

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Overlooking Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, from El Picacho Park just after sunset. The city got its tongue twisting name from the ancient Nahuatl language, and translated it means "silver mountain". Founded as a mining center, Tegucigalpa became the most important mining center in Central America during colonial times. Tegucigalpa is nestled in a valley at about 1000 meters above sea level making its climate ideal.

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San Miguel Cathedral, a magnificent example of the colonial ecclesiastical architecture of Central America, situated at the Morazan Square in the heart of Tegucigalpa (February 1985).

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Street scene Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Februari 1985. "Tegus" as its inhabitants affectionately call their home town, is a mix of an old colonial city that has turned into the modern capital of Honduras.

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Crafts, like rush weaving, constitutes an important means for creating employement at family level in Honduras. Since the 1970's the Honduran government has launched training programmes affording opportunities for the preservation of popular arts and traditions (Tegucigalpa, February, 1985).

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The Honduras Maya Hotel in Tegucigalpa (November 1985).

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Panorama from the terrace of the Maya hotel showing Tegucigalpa lit by the setting sun (November 1985).

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The terrace and swimming pool of the Maya hotel (November 1985).

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Toncontin (TGU), the international airport of Tegucigalpa in November 1985. A view which will never be the same again without those TAN and SAHSA aircraft with the Honduran flag painted on the tail and fuselage of all planes. Visit also the Aviation Photography page to view photos of some aircraft of these former Honduran airlines.

A free screensaver with photos of SAHSA, TAN and LANSA aircraft is available from the download page.

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Another overview of Toncontin International Airport situated at an elevation of 1007 meters in a basin between several tall mountains and known for its difficult approach to a very short runway of only 1869 meters.

See also photo 35 taken in May 1991 from an American Airlines plane during approach to Toncontin.

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Overlooking "Tegus" during take off from Toncontin onboard a SAHSA plane (May 1987).

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Passing a coach with supporters of the Partido Liberal de Honduras while en route in Honduras during the campaign for the November 1985 elections.

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Fruit and refreshments are readily available along the Honduran roads. This photo was taken in the north of Honduras, May 1987.

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Early morning in San Pedro Sula, the second largest city of Honduras. Located in the northern part of the country, San Pedro Sula is only a few miles from the Atlantic north coast and was founded in 1536 by Don Pedro de Alvarado. The Spanish conqueror founded it with the name of "Villa de San Pedro de Puerto Caballos" and within the next 5 years it became known as San Pedro Sula, with the name Sula derived from the local dialect Usula, meaning "Valley of birds".

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The view from my room while staying at the Gran Hotel Sula in San Pedro Sula in February 1985.

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The Atlantic north coast of Honduras near Tela, characterized by it's tropical atmosphere with palm trees, white sand and crystal clear water.

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The port of Tela

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Bahia de Trujillo seen from Trujillo, an historic part of Honduras after being discovered by Columbus in 1502. Trujillo was later settled as one of the first capitals of the new found world and turned into a major trade center as well as a heaven for the European and American pirates. Trujillo became home to many black caribs, escapee's from the slave trade. Today Trujillo is a multi-cultural society with each culture retaining it's identy.

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We had to install this antenna system in Puerto Castilla the place where Columbus first set foot on the North American mainland on August the 14th, 1502 during his fourth and last trip to the Americas. Later Spanish explorers called this area Cabo de Honduras (Cape of Deep Waters) for the relatively deep water off the coast. Just visible in the background is Bahia de Trujillo (November 1985).

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A burst of heavy tropical rainshowers over Bahia de Trujillo while taking off from the Puerto Castilla airstrip for the return flight to San Pedro Sula after a working day in Puerto Castilla (November 1985).

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Overlooking the port of Puerto Castilla during a right-hand climbing turn over Bahia de Trujillo heading for San Pedro Sula (November 1985).

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On final approach to RWY 04 of La Mesa (MHLM/SAP), the international airport of San Pedro Sula, in November 1985. Although widely known as La Mesa, the airport's official name is Aeropuerto Internacional Ramon Villeda Morales.

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The terminal building of La Mesa in November 1985.

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En route between San Pedro Sula and Copan for a visit to the Maya Ruin site (November 1985).

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The Maya ruins in the western province of Copan, near the border with Guatemala and one mile outside the Honduran village of San Jose de Copan, better known as Copan Ruinas. Copan ranks among the most important Maya sites for its vast number of hieroglyphic texts and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Passing the Francisco Morazan dam while flying from San Pedro Sula to San Lorenzo in the south of Honduras (February 1985).

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The Francisco Morazan dam (also known as El Cajon), the highest arch dam in Latin America (height 226 m), completed in 1985, was the largest civil engineering project ever carried out in Honduras. Its 300,000 kw hydroelectric power plant is the country's major source of electricity.

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Flying over the south of Honduras while approaching a small sandy airstrip near San Lorenzo for a visit to the port of San Lorenzo (February 1985).

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On final approach to the airstrip near San Lorenzo (February 1985).

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And after a safe landing waiting for the car to bring us to the port of San Lorenzo (February 1985).

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Discotheque Panamericano near San Lorenzo.

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The ideal place to quench our thirst after the flight from San Pedro Sula to San Lorenzo (February 1985).

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Pushing the plane (Cessna R172 Hawk XPII, HR-ACC) into position for the return flight to San Pedro Sula (february 1985).

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En route in Honduras from San Pedro Sula to La Ceiba for a site survey at Goloson airport in May 1987.

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Crossing the northern coastline of Honduras near Bahia de Trujillo when returning to Honduras in May 1991 to enjoy a 4 weeks vacation in Tegucigalpa.

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Seeing Tegucigalpa and its airport again during an exciting approach between the mountains just before the final turn to lign up with RWY 01 of Toncontin International Airport (May 1991).

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