I spent last week traveling around Honduras. Or rather, taking a mini-vacay within my grander summer vacation. Crossing the border was fun, as always. And we got new money! El Salvador was on the U.S. Dollar, and Honduras uses Lempiras, at aproximately 18.5 to the dollar.
The first stop was a night in Gracias, Honduras. It was once a capital city, and it’s full name was Gracias A Dios. There were a number of pretty churches, and it was a fun walking town, but nothing extraordinary. It also was my first experience with the Hondurans, who were unfortunately not as kind or sympathetic to foreigners as the Guatemalans or Salvadorans. It was nice to walk around the town, but after hitting 4 towns in 4 days we were getting kind of tired. Those chicken buses can be exhausting!
Our next stop was two nights in Copan Ruinas, Honduras. We lucked out, getting a hotel room with 3 double beds and internet! Great for our tired bodies. We pretty much pigged out on Baleadas and Pupusas, some of the best budget food out there. And I started my minimum of 2 ice cream sandwiches per day diet. We checked out the ruins, which I already wrote about, and that is pretty much all the town has to offer. There are some hot baths nearby, but it would have cost $40 (US) to get there. There was also horseback riding options, but that is not really a budget activity either. It also rained all afternoon, so I ended up watching ‘What About Bob’ on the computie.
After Copan we headed north to the Bay Islands. Utila is more often thought of as the ‘budget’ or ‘backpacker’ island, although all three are more expensive than mainland Honduras. We headed over to Roatan though, because it’s difference in higher prices was negligible, and it is supposed to be much prettier.The ferry ride was torture. If you are prone to motion sickness, you will likely puke. You get sea sickness pills when you buy your ferry ticket, and they handed out bags as we sat down. A number of people (luckily I held my lunch down) used them.
The cheapest diving certification in the world is off of these islands, so if you’re interested I would highly suggest it. We met a lot of divers, both first timers and those who just came to experience the second largest reef in the world. I’m not a diver, but the snorkeling we did was fantastic. We took a boat out to the reef. It was so diverse and beautiful. You can also go right of the beach if you want for just the price of a $5 all day snorkel rental. Amazing! I spent 4 nights on the island, risking Malaria and Dengue Fever at every mosquito bite, but it was worth it! Beautiful beaches, clear water, and although more expensive than the rest of Central America that I visited, still quite affordable.
On the 5th morning I got up bright and early (5:30) to depart from my traveling buddies of 2 weeks and make my way back to Guatemala. Looks like the trip is coming to a close and I have to get ready for real life again!