Collective pickup trucks, or pailas, make stops in Batalla, but no buses or taxis make their way into La Mosquitía (save for local trucks that run along a dirt road in Laguna de Ibans to Raista and Belén). The six-hour ride is long and grueling, especially when the highway ends and trucks hit the beach, but at a negotiable rate of L500, the fare is far less costly than a plane ticket. Passengers can pay fewer lempiras to sit in the truck bed, although low-lying tree branches and erratic driving make this a riskier option.
Trucks head out at 7 am from the central market in Tocoa, a town two hours southeast of La Ceiba. Cotraipbal and Cotuc bus lines leave La Ceiba for Trujillo at 3 am and make stops along the way in Tocoa. Pickups return from Batalla the next day at 6 "am." During the rainy season, trips may be cancelled or severely delayed due to flooding on the beach route.
Cotraipbal Carretera La Ceiba-Tela, Bo. Buenos Aires, La Ceiba. 441-2182.
Cotuc Carretera La Ceiba-Tela, Bo. Buenos Aires, La Ceiba. 441-2182 in La Ceiba; 434-3777 in Tocoa).
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