Mountain roads and a Cigar factory
Trip Start Sep 23, 2010
366Trip End Jul 13, 2012
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Hotel San Jorge
We reached the border around 12pm, exited El Salvador, changed some money then walked across to Honduras immigration where we paid our $3 entrance fee (with receipt) and caught a taxi to Nueva Ocotepeque. As soon as the taxi driver stopped, we were whisked to a waiting (ex tourist) bus and spent the next three hours climbing up and down mountain roads to Santa Rosa. With the steep hills and bad roads the bus didn't go that fast and seemed to take ages to get anywhere, but it was a bit more comfortable. The bus stopped for a while by a house at the top of a hill and a few young lads carried round a few 25 litre barrels of diesel and poured some into the bus. About five barrels later we had enough, the driver paid and we got on our way. Also on the way, we saw quite a few broken down vehicles including a gas tanker with the driver laying on a hammock hung up from the tanker, well if you gotta hang around waiting for a mechanic, why nothttp://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g789367-d1588279-Reviews-Hotel_San_Jorge-Santa_Rosa_de_Copan.html and for 600 Lempira ($32-33) we got an en-suite with 2 double beds, cable TV, hot (for tea) and cold drinking water and a buffet breakfast. Once we'd dumped our stuff in our room, we went out for something to eat and tried Pupusas. Pupusas is basically a tortilla with cheese and whatever else you want in the mixture and served with chillied carrots and red cabbage (well that's what came with ours). We didn't go much on it and headed back to the hotel to try out their burgers. Good choice as they were delicious and we had one each. After dinner, we went back to our room to watch some cable TV with a cup of tea and biscuits before hitting the sack. The biggest problem was choosing which double to sleep in.
Tues 10th Apr.
Got up at 8am and had a nice breakfast of fruit and scrambled eggs on toast. After breakfast we had our hair cut a few doors down and then had a wander round to find the lavanderia in the rain, we couldn't find it so went back to the hotel to wait it out
Weds 11th Apr.
Up at 8am and after some breakfast we walked down to the bus terminal and caught a bus to Graciashttp://gracias.hn/3/the-history-happiness-and-hopes-of-gracias/ We arrived around 11am and our first impressions were that we should get on another bus back. At the bus terminal someone was selling multi-coloured chicks, I don't know how, but there were blue ones, orange, yellow, pink and green and looked so cute for only a dollar each. If we were at home, we'd have the colours of the rainbow. Boosted by this, we walked to the center which was very nice and decided to have a bit more of a look around. First was the usual very nice church, followed by the also nice La Merced (If what I've read is correct, It is the first Latin American church, built by the order Mercedaria in 1552.), http://www.angelfire.com/ca5/mas/dpmapas/lem/gra/gra.html then we had a look at an arch carved in the side of a house called the audiencia de los confines, which was the superior court in the area of the new world empire of Spain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Audiencia_of_Guatemalaepire After that we looked at a more normal looking church called San Sebastian and then walked up the hill to the fort, Fuerte de San Cristobel. At the top we enjoyed some fantastic views of the city and surrounding park land Parque Nacional Celaque. Also by the impressive white fort were some rock sculptures that were pretty cool. We then walked back down and caught a bus back to Santa Rosa which was quicker as we caught a smaller faster bus. Once back in town we checked at the bus terminal the times for our bus to Copan and whilst we were there, there was a strange man playing with himself out on the street
Thurs 12th Apr.
Got up at 8am, had breakfast and then had a wander up to the main square as we could hear music playing. We found out that it was two men on a xylophone and one on drums playing next to some market stalls. We then headed back to the hotel to check out and caught a taxi down to the bus terminal to catch a bus to Copan Ruinas.