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My original plan was to take a Hedman Alas bus from La Ceiba to spend a night in San Pedro Sula before heading west to Lago de Yojoa. But in the morning the German owners of the hotel informed me that the bus wouldn't be going. I asked if it was too empty to go, and they said no - that the driver had been shot the night before. The news channels in Honduras cover the violence and protests non-stop, and people can't seem to look away. It was pretty surreal to watch press conferences akin to Leslie Nielson's character in Airplane telling everyone that the situation is under control and to remain calm, and then other interviews with a man wearing a ski mask. I asked my host mom if he was a gang member, ... read more
Lonely Soldados in the Great Plaza
Exit sign
Parque de Las Aves


Most tourists pass through La Ceiba quickly to get to a ferry to one of the Bay Islands or transport to Rio Cangrejal for rafting, hiking, etc. The city itself is probably not worth a visit on its own, but it's fine for a night if necessary. I spent a week here at Honduras Spanish School. The owners are very responsive and kind, and I enjoyed my stay in the middle-class community of Colonia Sauce. The historic city center consists of dilapidated colonial buildings, a defunct train line, and a fledgling mercado, a result of mass corruption and an influx of (and tax cut for) fast food chains and big box stores, which causes the periphery to resemble an American highway town (see photo). The heat is absolutely stifling during the summer, and the daily power ... read more
American Fast Food Invasion
Golf Club
La Ceiba


I did some research comparing the larger, Miami-esque island of Roatan to the laid-back, backpacker-friendly Utila and decided to go for the smaller, quieter option. THE FERRY BARF-A-RAMA Utila is 40km from La Ceiba, and the trip took about 40 minutes on a super-fast ferry, meaning that we were moving at over 32 knots (60 km/hr or 37 mph), which is insanely fast on open Caribbean waters. The math doesn't include the no-wake zones at either end. This translated into basically being stuck on the Bayern Kurve (Pittsburgh reference) for 40 minutes. When we left the port in La Ceiba I wondered why four crewmen stood around the perimeter of the main cabin. At first the passengers were giggling and making roller coaster whoas in unison when we ramped off sizable waves at that speed. But ... read more
Rock Harbour Canal
Dock at Bando Beach
Town

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Bay Islands » Roatán November 29th 2018

Tues 27-Thur 29 November - Day 32 to 34 - Roatán Island Today we headed to the idyllic Roatán Island. This is the largest of the beautiful sun-soaked Caribbean Bay Islands. Development on the island means there was plenty to do, but it was also easy to find a deserted beach lapped by warm Caribbean waters. Here we found palm-fringed lagoons, turquoise water, friendly locals, lively nightlife and stunning underwater scenery, with some of the cheapest diving and snorkelling in the world! We caught the Galaxy Wave ferry across to the island. This took around 1.5 hours. With a swell (which is normal) many people were sick. Tom was OK as he had taken a sea-sick tablet and slept most of the way!! A minibus picked us up as Alfredo had organised it beforehand. Gosh, he ... read more
Roatan Island Honduras (1)
Roatan Island Honduras day on the motorbike - zipline & nature park (24)
Roatan Island Honduras motorbike hire for 1 day (2)


Sat 24-Sun 25 November - Day 29 to 30 - Copán Ruinas, Honduras It was time to leave Guatemala after 11 fascinating, fun days in the country. We embarked on a lengthy bus ride to Honduras into the charming town of Copán. Starting off at 8.00am we stopped several times and arrived in Copán Ruinas at around 3.00pm. We checked into Hotel Lauros, which was family owned and soon found the town was small, hilly and with many cobble-stone roads. Alfredo had to take one of our NZ travel mates to see the doctor as she had bn very sick and ended up on a drip etc. The rest of us found ATMs to get some Lempira (17 Honduras Lempira to $1.00AUD). We then found the San Rafael wine & Cheese Restaurant and our Melbourne ... read more
Macaw Mountain & Nature Park Copan Honduras (171)
Copan Honduras (26)
Copan Honduras - San Rafael Win & Cheese Restaurant (1)

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Northern » Tela November 26th 2018

Mon 26 November - Day 31 to 31 - Tela It was with great excitement to be heading towards the Honduras island of Roatan but before we did, we continued to the northern coast town of Tela on the Caribbean coast. Tela is a gateway to the vast Lancetilla Botanical Garden, in the south, home to rich birdlife and an arboretum with a bamboo tunnel. In the west, Jeanette Kawas National Park has habitats ranging from coastal lagoons like Los Micos to beaches and jungle, plus the traditional village of Miami. We booked into a Cesar Mariscos Hotel which was right on the beach. Our 1st floor room had a big balcony looking out on the water. It was a beautiful temperature with a gentle breeze blowing. Alfredo took us to the main square, again pointing ... read more
Tela Hunduras (13)
Tela Hunduras - our hotel on the beach (2)
Tela Hunduras sunset

Central America Caribbean » Honduras November 1st 2018

Crossing into Honduras from Guatemala was bitter sweet. I had to watch my Pair of Brown Eyes disappear from my peripheral mirror. But the thrill of a new adventure propelled me onward. Things have changed in Honduras since I was here 32 years ago. First off, I don’t remember there being an “official” border crossing at El Florido. Just a little man napping by the side of the road. Now there is a building and a process. The officers from each country sit side by side in their respectable uniforms behind an impossibly tall teller’s counter. I wait for my exit stamp. They are unfriendly and curt. When I shuffle sideways to get my entry stamp, I’m barked at to get back in line. I look around, I’m the only one in the building. But I ... read more
Ready to Pick
18 Rabbit
New Eyes

Central America Caribbean » Honduras September 16th 2018

Getting into Honduras was complicated by the immigration staff on the El Salvadoran side who had neglected to stamp us in or out of the country. This completely flummoxed the man on the Guatemalan side of the border who wanted to know where we’d been for the previous 3 weeks; eventually, we managed to convince him that we weren’t a threat to national security and were allowed to proceed onwards to the town of Copan. Famous for its coffee production – the best we have tasted on our travels to date - Copan is a nice, relaxed town; a welcome change of pace to the frenzied atmosphere in most places we have been to lately. We booked onto a Horseback riding tour and dragged along Joppe, a Dutch lad we met in Juayua; he comes from ... read more
Stunning Copan
Sunset in Utilla


You cannot claim you have dived the world, if you have not dived the places that everybody has heard about. So here I am, diving four days in Roatan. Bear in mind, it is also my first visit to Honduras. Honduras has today the reputation of being one of the most dangerous place in the world when it comes to the crime rate. I have no intention to be the target of any gang or any kind of express kidnapping, so don't ask me to stop on the continent. Roatan is actually a very different place. This place is more Caribbean than Central America, and yes it is safe! I took my night plane on Avianca from Lima to San Salvador. There is a short connection before getting on the ATR72 daily flight to Roatan. On ... read more
Spider crab in a sponge...
These guys are pretty solid!
Sting ray...


Copan Ruinas is probably the second most popular destination for visitors in Honduras primarily because it is the base to see the best Mayan ruins in the country. I knew about the “Macaw Mountain” bird park but wasn’t expecting it to be anything special and it turns out to be just as good as the ruins. To have both of these in the same very scenic and visitor friendly (plenty of good hotels and restaurants) town make this a great place to stay for a couple of days. Macaws, the largest members of the parrot family, are native to this part of Central America and were considered sacred by the Mayans, so there is a link between these two quite different attractions, though this might not have been intentional as the move of the bird park ... read more




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