Honduras has a reputation for violence. People see the consistently high homicide rate, read the scare stories and tend to steer clear. It remains one of the few countries where travellers are still nervous to visit. The stigma that has lifted somewhat in Guatemala, Mexico and Colombia, still hangs over Honduras. Of course, there are inherent dangers in Honduran society, but it need not elicit such a fearful response. Honduras has a real problem with gang warfare, brought about by the drug trade to the United States. Turf wars routinely claim lives. But in the midst of all this violent warfare, there is another fight that the country is losing: the conservation battle.
A glass of Malbec, a tender rump steak, a measured smattering of chimichurri, and a charming view of distant, snow-capped Andean peaks. It is easy to see the allure of Argentina’s wine region. Mendoza province produces over half of the country’s wine and foreign visitors flock to soak up some sun and sample the produce. But while Mendoza and its surrounding vineyards are lovely, the wine region extends far into north-western Argentina, and a winding, mountainous road trip is perhaps the best way to not only see more of the country, but to widen one’s wine horizons.