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Trip Report Honduras Trip Report

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Finally getting around to my trip report from a little over a month ago. Overall I found Honduras to be a wonderful country to see and do a lot of things in a very small time frame. On the mainland, people were overly accomodating and unbelievably helpful. In only a week, we visited Mayan Ruins, relaxed and hiked in a rain forest, and took in the Carribean. All for generally reasonable prices.

Here are the details:

Flew into San Pedro Sula and hired a driver through MC Tours to drive us to Copan Ruinas. Three hours. Driver was crazy (used to crazy drivers in other countries including India, but this was too much). We were sick by the time we arrived. Stayed at Y'at Balam - a very small inn in a fantastic location in Copan Ruinas. The staff there were wonderful, immediately bringing us free ginger ale to help us cope with our car sickness. The room was cozy, but comfortable, clean and relaxing. Breakfast on the first floor was perfect and reasonable. We ate dinner at Nia Lolas - authentic and inexpensive. Not good with English (a little Spanish helped) but would recommend. Watching the waitress bring a glass of wine on her head was well worth it. We sat upstairs - despite the heat and mosquitoes, they didn't turn on the ceiling fans. Second night ate at Twisted Tanyas. All Americans there., Good food and drinks but expensive.

We hired a guide at the ruins. I have mixed feelings - we learned so much information, but it was almost too much. We spent a lot of time on the replica's of statues but less time on the actual buildings. I suppose we could have spoken up and asked him if we could focus on other things instead. Definitely bring more water than you will think you will need.

We then used MC Tours to drive us 5 hours to Pico Bonito Lodge. This driver was sane and we did not get sick! Loved staying at the lodge. There were only 2 other people there so it did feel lonely but the staff was friendly. Free guided hikes are a must and the in room massages were great. Food was excellent. Rooms were great though we did have hundreds of ants enter our room after a rainstorm. That's understandable since we are in a rainforest and staff immediately came out to get rid of the ants.

Took the ferry to Roatan for a final few nights at Infinity Bay. Eh. Staff was not friendly or helpful. The room was dark and tiny, with 2 twin beds and not a single place to sit. We could hear every word and bathroom sound from our neighboring room. I would not stay there again. The plus - perfect location, amazing pool, convenient bar. Food was ok on the island - decent enough. Our better meal was over at the West End at Argentina.

I am amazed at how many people just go to Roatan and don't venture to the mainland. I would definitely visit Roatan again, but urge people to also venture across the sea and visit the real Honduras.