Central Highlands of Honduras

Villages surrounding Siguatepeque, Honduras

The central highlands region, which spreads across two-thirds of Honduras, boasts of green valleys and vast mountain views. Residents should be considered lords of million-dollar estates, for the rural views spreading out before their brick, open-air homes would be worth a fortune to many. Yet, they often work in agriculture, surrounded by pine trees, coffee or banana plants, cows, and horses. But I can't remember the last time I saw so many people smiling.