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Gracias is - to an extent - the "end of the line." There must be some direct buses from San Pedro Sula, but you are more likely to need changing buses in Santa Rosa de Copán, a larger town.
In both directions (to Gracias and from Gracias), there was a bus for an immediate connection in Santa Rosa. And I mean quick, involving running through lanes of traffic.
Gracias will always be referred to by bus conductors as Gracias-Lempira, to distinguish it from the remote Gracias a Dios Department.
The buses to Santa Rosa are coaches, but between Santa Rosa and Gracias, your bus will be a school bus. Going farther than Gracias is more of an adventure, as you can see on my La Campa page.
Updated Aug 1, 2009
We came across this very unusual place when we were trying to find our restaurant. The owner stuck her head out the door and offered to help. Then, I peered inside and found a large and most unusual collection canned vegetables neatly arranged in clear jars on shelves as shown in the photo. It was obviously a great found photo because I questioned whether all this canned veggies could ever be sold. In California, canned veggies aren't too popular anymore, but his made for great photos. At then counter, there are a number of tropical fruit candies, some that appear homemade.
Later, I noticed that these sorts of canned veggies are a substitute for salads on the plate. They are very much like the pickled jars produced in Italy.
What to buy: In the back are some freezers filled with fruit popsicles and ice-creams. My favorite is guanabana, a tropical fruit most people in the mid-latitudes don't even know. They also had coconut, pineapple, papaya, and other tropic fruits frozen desserts.
What to pay: Cheap, very cheap by American standards. The hospitality of the ladies at this place was very good too.
Updated Jan 23, 2012
Take a walk further out of town, maybe a mile or so out, and you'll find Santa Lucia, an attractive recently painted church surrounded by traditional homes. The interior was simple and decorated for Christmas. Outside, chickens and children play.
Written Jan 23, 2012