NEU/BIO 675: Biodiversity, Brains, and Behavior
January 20, 2020
This morning started early. Our bags were packed, breakfast was eaten, and the bus was on its way to Copan by 8:30 in the morning. We had a 4-hour bus ride to Copan ahead of us and an endless amount of scenery. On our way to San Pedro Sula for lunch we stopped at a Mahogany Factory. The artwork and souvenirs found at this shop was unbelievable. We learned that Mahogany is used so much in Central America because it is naturally resistant to termites, which is a major problem in this climate. After shopping and touring the factory we were back on the road. We stopped in San Pedro Sula for lunch at Power Chicken. Upon arrival we were greeted with massive piles of chicken, baskets of rolls, fried rice, and fried yucca. Power Chicken is a fast food restaurant that is very common in Central America. The food was amazing and much better than the fast food we have in the states. After lunch it was back on the road and most of us slept in addition to watching the scenery, listening to music, or reading books. Along the way our tour guide, Luis, would point out things he found interesting. We drove past lots of plantations for coffee and bananas. Horses, dogs, and cattle were very common along the roads. One long bus ride through windy mountain roads later we pulled up at the bridge to Copan Ruinas. Our large coach bus wouldn’t fit down the cobblestone streets of Copan, so we all got out and started walking up the hill to our hotel.
Walking through town was like taking a step into a different world. All of the streets are cobblestone, stray dogs are everywhere, and the entire atmosphere was rustic and surreal. Our hotel was beautiful, completely open to the air, and full of plants and fountains. We were settled in quickly and then took a walk into town for dinner and exploring. We were all very tired from a long day of traveling so the night ended early after dinner.
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.