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Honduras in San Pedro Sula
Folks who speak Spanish or are comfortable with adventure will benefit the most from the first travel route. If it
seems too challenging, if you pressed for time, or you are on the timid
side, the second Honduras travel route (listed below) may be more
Read through each of them before deciding. Both routes offer a
wonderfully wide variety of experiences that will make superb use of your
time in Honduras. The suggestions are nothing more than that;
suggestions. Use them as a beginning point to build your own Honduras
First Route - 'Travel Honduras - See the Best of Honduras'
travel route begins in San Pedro Sula and offers a sampling of the best
Honduras has to offer. The variety of topography and flora in
this 13 day trip is fantastic. Spanish or "free spirit,
open for adventure" is required. Honduras is not Costa Rica. On
parts of this route, few if any, speak English.
The areas that you will travel to in Honduras are home to several of the indigenous groups -
- Lencas and Garifunas. The itinerary includes small
villages with a way of life and culture relatively undisturbed by time. You will
visit mountainous ranges and
tropical forest reserves. The busy urban life is in San Pedro
Sula and La Ceiba is active with its night life.
The trip ends on one of the Bay Islands - - beaches with unrivaled scuba
diving and snorkeling. This itinerary is well worth the time invested
and offers the best of Honduras travel.
● 1st Eve
- San Pedro Sula (650,000 est.)
Flight arrives late afternoon. Just taxi into San Pedro Sula and check into the hotel.
Ejecutivo Hotel. Clean, reasonably priced, around $45/night with a private
bath (con baño
neighborhood. Very helpful front desk. Highly recommended. Taxi to the
Zona Viva for a good
● 2nd Day – Visit the
Museum of Anthropology and History
while in San Pedro Sula - Arrive early (10 a.m.) so that you can
take the last Hedman-Alas bus (2:30 p.m.) to Copan Ruinas. (Just before leaving
print off Hedman’s departure/arrival schedule and toss it into your purse.)
● 2nd Eve – Arrive
Copan Ruinas at 5:30 p.m. Stay at
Casa de Café Bed ‘n Breakfast and
put the hammocks
to good use. There are other excellent
hotels in town.
There are few cheap accommodations in town but most are reasonably priced and
Walk the town
of Copan Ruinas.
Delightful town of 1,200; nicely gardened square. Begin to slow down and enjoy the culture. Visit with kids,
families, and the elderly in the park. Try several
Llama del Bosque (literally, 'flame of the forest,' a
gorgeous tall symmetrical tree, crowned with bright red flowers. We saw
many of them on the road between Tela and Ceiba).
Visit a coffee plantation. Notify them ahead of time, but the people at
Welchez Coffee at Finca Santa Isabel would welcome you.
● 4th Day – Visit the
ruins of Copan ($10 admission). Superb experience. These ruins
are small in comparison to Uxmal and other Mayan ruins but much more manageable.
Use the services of a bi-lingual guide to get the most out of the experience --
$20 extra for 3 hours.
– Crash around the pool for a day
in La Ceiba. Walk endlessly through a city full of spirit and
life. Bus/taxi to the sea (5 minutes). Have fresh fish for lunch. Evening -
dine at 'Ricardo’s' for superb beef. Taxi to a club on the sea for Caribbean
music and dancing. Yes. Do Ceiba.
● 5th Day – Use chicken bus from
Copan Ruinas to Santa Rosa de Copan (28,000). (You have to change buses in La
Entrada). In Santa Rosa de Copan, stay at the Hotel Elvir (best digs in town)
for about $35/night with a private bath (con
Buy cigars in Flor de Copan right next door to Hotel Elvir. Stroll the
eating and drinking coffee. Check email at DSL internet café ($1.20 per
hour -- front desk can direct you to the one with high-speed connection).
● 6th Day – Early in day, push on
east towards Gracias, Honduras (pop. 6,400). Gorgeous mountain scenery. Check into
Guancascos Hotel. Dutch owner Froney speaks English as well. Visit 3
colonial churches within town. Have dinner on terraced restaurant at
Guancascos Hotel, overlooking the city.
● 7th Day – Take first bus/mini-van
(or hop a pick-up) to La
Campa, a Lenca village (ask for times from Guancascos Hotel or Hotel Patricia),
about 20 kilometers. Before
getting off in La Campa, find out return times to Gracias! Visit pottery cooperative, San
Matias Church where corn is dried on the terrace, and take in village life. Catch last bus back to Gracias.
● 8th Day – Take first bus/mini-van to La
Esperanza. No alarm clock needed anywhere in Gracias -- 817 roosters’ voices
will greet you at 4:00 a.m. Even the score. Eat chicken for the
remainder of the trip.
At La Esperanza (coolest spot in Honduras due to elevation; take a jacket), visit the open-air market for a
true experience of a Honduran market. Catch bus to Siguatepeque or better yet,
press on to the Lake Yojoa area, staying at
Honduyate Marina. It is at Km 161 on the Tegus-San Pedro Sula highway.
(You will have to tell the bus driver where you want off).
● 9th Day – Grab an early bus to
San Pedro Sula. Back to Hedman-Alas and take next bus (2 p.m. or 6 p.m.) to
La Ceiba (150,000 pop.), riding through acres and acres of lush tropical
crops. Stay at
Gran Hotel Paris.
Being refurbished. About $40/night
with private bath.
● 11th Day
– Fly 15-seater with Sosa or Atlantic (avoid Isleña Airlines) from the airport at La Ceiba to Roatan.
(There is a
available but not wise for those prone to motion sickness). The view of Roatan Island,
its barrier reef, and the indescribably gorgeous blue sea from the air will take
your breath away. For quiet and the best beaches, stay anywhere on
West Bay. For a funky Key West experience (right out of the early ‘60’s)
and a more vibrant nightlife, stay in
Oh yes, I like funky.
● 12th Day through conclusion –
Scuba dive, snorkel, lie in surf, eat fish, take water taxis from West Bay to West
End, walk. Dine at 'Lighthouse Inn' with Miss Mavis at lunch (almuerzo),
ordering a catch-of-the-day platter. Try a smoothie at Rudy’s. Soak in the
serenity on a quiet stretch of West Bay’s beach. Take a collectivo
to Coxen’s Hole, seeing another side of Roatan. Note: There are
several flights off Roatan between 7:00 – 9:30 a.m. If you schedule your return
flight to North America appropriately, you will have this extra night in Roatan. Do it.
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Second Route -
'But I Don't Speak Spanish' Route, 7-10 Day
This itinerary is suggested to offer you the best of Honduras travel when:
1) you are
pressed for time or,
2) if don’t speak Spanish. While knowing some Spanish would enhance
the experience, the trip listed below can be done without knowledge of Spanish.
My wife (without Spanish) agrees but keep in mind Honduras is not Costa Rica,
for those who have traveled there.
For this route, follow the 'See the Best of Honduras
travel' route detailed above, but
return to San Pedro Sula from Copan Ruinas. Hedman-Alas can ticket you all
the way from Copan Ruinas to Tela
or La Ceiba (same price - ~$13). The driver just needs to know if you
plan on exiting at Tela.
Tela offers a choice of
three wonderful forest/national parks within the
immediate area. Many recommend the
Maya Vista for a night’s lodging.
the North Coast, push on to the island of your choice.
Utila is home to the backpacking crowds (okay, admittedly that is an
Roatan is more upscale and offers a very wide array of accommodations.
Guanaja is for those who enjoy quiet, peace and more solitude.
On To Roatan?
No trip to Honduras is complete without a stop in one of
the Bay Islands. See if Roatan might be for you.
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