It was an early start to leave the Cayos Cochinos for the rainforest on the mainland. After our breakfast on pancakes, beans, egg and cheese, the bus took us to the airport to 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 needed a good burger and 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 snorkeling 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 trip out of Europe when I was 15 in 2007. My school had organised a Biology trip with a conservation charity for two weeks, so after exams off we went.
It was getting dark when we returned to the little house we were staying in, in the Honduran rainforest. We were supposed to be staying in a campsite but there was a problem with our booking so we had to stay in a village for a night.