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With the all inclusive resort Palma Real just a short 20 Klm. away, many tourists are discovering this stunningly beautiful part of Central America. Along with those memorable discoveries comes the unfortunate ones as well. Let's say at this point," ECO". That type of traveller will find the area of LaCieba (The Bride of Honduras), abundantly able to fulfill their adventurous spirit. Those leaning more to butler service at budget pricing need to look elsewhere.
While problems do occur, rooms do not measure expectations, food seems questionable, etc..etc.... you get that blank stare from the staff that you believe should be concerned with your requests.......and your frustration grows! Ok, some gripes are legitimate, but even then so many people just do not get the attention they so doggedly pursue. The very fact that they have found themselves in a face saving culture is completely lost on them. Culture in North America says if it doesn't work, it doesn't measure up, you need to get into someones face, and presto.......results, maybe. In a Latin culture such as Honduras, you might as well shoot yourself in the foot to go getting in someones face. Once you start that, the blank stare begins, and it's not because these people are unintelligent. From a very young age, they learn to save face, and all you are doing is making them lose it in front of their contemporaries. Your request has just become personal, (not that it already isn't to you) and the struggle begins.
If you must travel here, understand that kindness is a treasured quality........learning to understand the one-up concept within the culture would be very helpful. Give the person you are addressing the power to help "you" save face. That they understand. The people of this magnificent place do the impossible to accomodate time and again, within their abilities.
The "manana" ethos in Latin mindsets in reality, is a very different time line. A missed appointment requires rescheduling somewhere far down that linear time line. To the Latin, a missed appointment only means that 2P.M. will come around again tommorrow, rather than a missed opportunity.
Without flexibility and humour, you will find the apparant lack of immediant attention most disturbing and should likely opt for Orlando. At the very least you won't have to remember to much that you are in a different country.
Travel in a developing tourist climate is not all about the best bed in town, nor the best food available, or the best of a multitude of promises by a Travel Provider. It is about the traveller and their ability to find the best of the moment they find themselves in. And for those who are up to it, travelling in, around, and through this truely splendid country, will be filled with fond memories.