NEU/BIO 675: Biodiversity, Brains, and Behavior
January 18, 2020
Today is the day we are leaving CoCo View. Our bags were picked up at 7am and we were at breakfast around 7:15. Breakfast consisted of pancakes, fruit, and farewells. We were then loaded onto boats to go back on the main part of the island. The vans then took us to the airport where our passports were checked and we got our boarding passes. The charter flight we were on was very small and the cabin was not pressurized. The entire flight lasted 15 minutes and we reached a maximum altitude of 10,000 feet. Upon landing in La Ceiba we got our bags and loaded into 2 vans to drive up the mountains to where we would be white water rafting.
The entire ride was 30 minutes long and the scenery was very fun and unique to look at. We were in the heart of La Ceiba and completely immersed in the culture. I had never been white water rafting until today.
It was so much fun and the views were incredible. On all sides you could see the forest and mountains. We even spotted a toucan flying above us.
Halfway through the rafting trip we stopped and had the chance to jump off rocks into the river. I was the first one to climb up this cliff and take the plunge. The water in the Rio Cangrejal is significantly colder than the ocean, but it was still refreshing and very comfortable. The rapids were perfect and our team was amazing.
I loved every minute of the ride down the river. At the end we were given juice and fresh pineapple before changing into dry clothes. The vans, however, got stuck in the sand and mud and the boys had to help push them out before we could go in and put dry clothes on.
We then stopped at a gas station to get snacks and transfer to a big coach style bus to take us from La Ceiba to Tela, which is about a 2 hour ride. After the first 20 minutes everyone in the bus was asleep. We arrived at Telamar Resort at 7:00 this evening and quickly got checked in. Once our bags were in our rooms and everything was settled we headed down for dinner. Dinner was not as good as CoCo View, but still better than the Caf. To end the night a few of us are gathering in my hotel room to have a relaxing movie night before resting up for our adventures tomorrow.
About the Honduras Study Tour
THE TRAVEL DATES
Jan. 11-23, 2020
Biology Prof. Scott Hegrenes
Sociology Prof. Bill Miller
Neuroscience Prof. Dan Miller
In this course, students will be able to study the diverse ecology of a Caribbean coral reef, while learning about the evolution of neurobiology of marine life to humans. Students will have the opportunity to be scuba-certified before diving in to explore the tropical reefs. They will get first hand experience of what Honduran culture is like during their stay, explore the Copan ruins, an archaeological site of the Maya civilizations, and visit the island of Roatan.