It was an early start to leave the Cayos Cochinos for a rainforest on the mainland: Cusuco National Park. After a breakfast of pancakes, beans, eggs and cheese, we were taken to the airport so that we could change buses. During the changeover, we were allowed a break so we all ran to the closest food outlet: Wendy’s. Although we had had some decent meals during the week, we all needed a good burger. As such, it was one of the best burgers I had ever tasted.
My week with the conservation charity on the beaches of the Cayos Cochinos soon fell into a routine of getting up early and snorkelling twice a day through the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second biggest reef system in the world, after the Great Barrier Reef.
My trip to Honduras seems like many, many years ago now. That’s probably because it was. It was my first ever trip out of Europe. I was 15 and it was in 2007. My school had organised a Biology trip with a conservation charity – Operation Wallacea – for two weeks, so after exams off we went.