Oct 28, 2006
Jan 09, 2007
I rise early on the 27th and aim to make it to Copan Ruinas a colonial town set right next to a set of specatular Mayan ruins which more importantly are only 3kms from the Guatemalan border. Considering my modes of transport and lack of spanish skills I do pretty damn well. First is a bus to the border. I get the first one and upon disermbarking discover that the crazy lookin guy sittin next to me on the bus is actually the immigration officer, in other words perfect timing! I then tag along with a couple of Patois speakin Nicaraguans from Puerto Barrios and they help me bus hop 2 or 3 times to make it to Tegucigalpa the capital. It looks like most other Central American capitals Ive seen dusty, lots of shanties, chaotic traffic, fried chicken, still Ive heard Tegus is a dangerous place and prone to gang warfare so I head straight to the bus stop and amazingly manage to score a bus straight to Copan. 8 Hours on the bus via San Pedro and various other towns and then the guy is yelling for me to get off the bus. Funny this doesnt look like a quaint colonial town.. Im on a busy main road with lots of big buildings and electric lights? turns out this is actually La Entrada stil 60 clicks from Copan! Still Ive done well for a days travel, Im tired, its late so I fork out 20 bucks for a hotel (apparently there arent any cheapies here but who knows!) and then thank the gods for dropping me here as I enjoy the best meal Ive had yet in Central America. El Pollo Asado is an open air restaurant set on a hillside overlooking the town full of cowboy hat wearin, gun toting Hondurans who find me something of a novelty. The place is packed and for a reason. All I eat is a bit of grilled chicken along with all the local condiments (bean mash, fried banana, guacamole, salad etc) but its just so god damn tasty that I decide the 20 dollar hotel and 60 clicks from my goal are worth it. The ruins can wait til tommorow...