Trip Start Jan 29, 2010
38Trip End Sep 13, 2010
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After a 4am start, we arrive at Honduras immigration about 9am in the morning and the heat is already unbearable compared to the cool climes of the Guatemalan highlands. I thought I wasn't going to be allowed in the country with 20 questions from the immigration officer and him looking intently through the pages of stamps in my passport. Eventually we are on our way, but the unfriendly welcome from the Hondurans was going to follows us around.
First stop is Copan Ruinas, which is a quaint little town not far from the Guatemalan border. The heat is crazy, so after finding a hostel and some lunch, I visit a museum on the Mayan culture and then chill in a shady spot catching a breeze. I hit up the ruins the next day with Shannon, who I met on the bus, and get to them early in the morning to try to beat the heat
In the afternoon we jump on a bus headed for a city called San Pedro, which is halfway between Copan and the north coast. We drive through some ugly towns, lots of banana plantations, have to slow down for several cows wandering aimlessly on the road and arrive in the most characterless city you could imagine. San Pedro is ugly and unsavoury, with all the hotels seemingly in the area where you should not walk around at night. It is late in the afternoon, so other than grabbing dinner we don't plan on doing much here. We get a taxi from the bus station to the hotel with 2 other people who are staying at the same place. The taxi driver says he can fit 4 people in the car, but didn't think about the bags - so two of the packs are strapped precariously on to the back with some rope. I can't help but turn around to make sure my pack is still there as we drive along with some part of the car scraping along the ground. The hotel is basic and expensive, so we try to bargain for a cheaper price and get a room with a fan only