There are several tours from Guatemala to Copan, Honduras. The cheapest price I found were 15 USD from antigua to copan, only one way transport fee, and 60 USD including a night in a hotel and free entrance to the ruins.
i did it by local buses, only 3 USD From G. City to Chiquimula, then 1 USD to the border town of El florido, and then 1 USD to copan, a total of 5 USD! and 3 hours and 30 min lentgh.
From Guatemala city to Chiquimula the scenearywasnt big deal. When in chiquimula change bus and take a small one or a pick up that will take you to el florido. it must be full of locals, after many stops on the way youlll be at town of amotan, the car must be empty here, wait for 10 minutes and headed to el florido.
I saw in the route betwen El Florido and Copan the drivers were asking 20L to the foreigners, but that is ilegal, i told the driver people in the hotel told me just 15L and he agree, but after all, it was only 5L, about .30 cents USD.
Take the right side for a better view.
Luxury Non-Stop Service - Viana Clase Oro
Tegucigalpa, Boulevard Fuerzas Armadas, Tel. 239-8288. San Pedro Sula, Ave. Circunvalación 200 Mts Wendy's, Tel.556-9261. * Buses are at 06:30, 13:30 15:30, 18:15 Sunday to Friday and at 06:30, 09:30, 13:30, 15:30 on Saturdays.
Direct Service - Hedman Alas
Comayaguela, 11 Ave. 13 y 14 Calle, Tel. Teg. 237-7143. San Pedro Sula, Bo. Guamilito 7 y 8 Ave., 3 Calle N.O., Tel 553-1361. * Departures are every hour between 06.30 and 17.30 from both Teg. and SPS.
Multiple Stops Service - Norteños
San Pedro Sula, Bo. El Centro, 6 Calle, 6 y 7 Ave., Tel. 552-2145. Tegucigalpa, 3 blocks up from Mercado Mam?EChepa, Tel. 237-0706. * Buses depart from 06:00 to 14:30 daily.
I am a New Zealander and both times I came to Honduras from there. I flew to LA first and then took an American Airlines flight to Miami. From there you can fly into either Tegucigalpa or San Pedro Sula.
It is possible to travel overland into Honduras but I haven't tried it. I have heard that there is a good border between Guatemala and Honduras near Copan.
Getting around Honduras is fine by bus. The distances are long and the buses aren't supersonic but it gets you from A to B cheaply (and I believe) safely. I have never had any trouble with pickpockets or bag slashers etc on any bus in Honduras.
You'd think that a taxi driver of all people would know the names of at least the main streets in a town. not so in tegucigalpa. really, i didnt get in one cab with a driver to whom i could give the address and have him go, oh, ok, no problem. however, many are happy to let you get into the cab knowing full well they dont have a flippin clue where you want to go and hope that it will somehow become clear as they drive around the city aimlessly. you really need to know landmarks (accross from the embassy...a block from the park...) and use directions like "two blocks up from the cathedral and 5 blocks to the left..." to explain where you want to go.
In La Ceiba you cut your cab fare (into town) to $2.00 US by walking out a couple hundred meters to the main road (I believe $8.00 US is the cost from within the airport parking lot).
This general rule of thumb can be applied to pretty much any airport in Central or South America. You may want to ask a 'badged' airport official about safety outside the airport before making this decision though.
Ticabus is thé way to travel true Central America in a luxury, but cheap way. The modern busses are aquiped with tv, video, Air conditioning, big confortable seats, a fridge, ...
Route 1; Panamá city (Panamá) - San José (Costa Rica) - Managua (Nicaragua) - San Salvador (El Salvador) - Guatemala city (Guatemala) - Tapachula (Mexico)
Route 2; Managua ( Nicaragua) - Tegucigalpa (Honduras) - San Pedro sula (Honduras)
You get an interactive map at the website (www.ticabus.com) with all the destinations (also the smaller).
Prices from Costa Rica:
Costa Rica Panama $25
Costa Rica Nicaragua $11
Costa Rica El Salvador $36
Costa Rica Guatemala $44
Costa Rica Tapachula $59
Costa Rica Tegucigalpa $31
Costa Rica San Pedro Sula $39
PRICES ONE WAY (round trip is just the double)
Transportation here is very expensive and the logistics are more complex than you might think. Typical transport is via dugout like the one pictured here.
The trip from La Ceiba to Las Marias took us 13 hours including our flight to Palacios and all boating. River trip activities included things like helping farmers and their horses across small channels, navigating the rio Platano at night and multiple stops in river-side villages.
I highly recommend a guide who knows the area and the network of people that can get you there, eventually :-)
Traveling by plane in Honduras is cheap which is great for those with time constraints. Most of the planes are old Russian carriers. They may be held together with duct tape and rarely do any of the accessories work (sometimes not even the seatbelts) but they get you there, and cheap!
The airlines are almost always on time unlike many 3rd world airlines. Most airline employees are very helpful and friendly. National carriers are 20+ seaters for more popular destinations while others are 10 seaters or so.
Unfortunately, they don't abort landings when poor doggies (like the ones pictured) get in the way. We witnessed a couple of very close calls :-)
Personally, I like to spent time exploring and not in transit. If you feel the same way (or simply have limited vacation/travel time) and want to get to Roatan or Utila , take the plane. I believe the ferry is 10.00 USD or so to Utila. If you shop around you can find a flight for 15.00 and it's only 15 minutes.
Why sweat a few dollars, unless you have heaps of time on your hands. Not to mention all airlines fly to the islands 4 or 5 times a day and you can take your pick! Enjoy your hangover in bed, not getting seasick on the ferry at 9:00 am. hahaha...
You can get around to the major cities and small towns via Direct Buses, Non-Direct, or Chicken Buses. The Direct Buses and Non-Direct have ^specific^ time schedules and don´t make any stops. If it is more than a 4 hour trip they will stop half way for the driver to take a 15-30 minute break and for you to get some refreshments and/or food. The prices are not bad at all and you usually can plan a timed trip by taking these buses. The chicken buses are usual school buses that take off whenever they are full and make MANY stops-usually on the side of roads or actually going into little towns and can take hours to get to your destinations. The good part is that you meet the locals and see how they get to and from places. Don´t be surprised if there are indeed actual chickens, goats, and pigs on the bus. These buses are VERY cheap and have no airconditioning. Prices vary from these buses, but really, all are cheaper than the United States. Ask the locals or other ^gringos^ for information.
Local buses are a great and inexpensive way to get around the island. There is really only one road on the island so if you need to catch a bus stand on the side of the road in the direction you need to head in and just flag down the bus. Buses run every 30 minutes or so and a 30 minute ride will cost less than a dollar. Taxi's aren't outrageously expensive either....but they double there price from resorts, the airports and the cruise ship terminals. If you arrive by plane a short walk past the airport gate will save you 50% to 70% on your Taxi Fare.
Fly, but beware of delays and cancellations at least until the area becomes more modernized.
In Honduras, the taxi is the way. In Roatan, there are plenty of car rental places, as well as places that rent motorbikes and scooters. The roads on Roatan are somewhat dangerous, and it is pretty hard driving at night especially because there are people on the street who aren't paying all that much attention to the road or cars on it.
Best way to get is by plane.. there are several airlines from Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Guatemala that can take you there...
You may also take buses or private tour to get to Copan Ruins.
Do not rent a car. It's actually unsafe to drive!!
I was amazed at the bus coverage in Honduras. For instance, there was a bus from Tela to La Ceiba every 25 minutes practically around the clock. They're also really easy to figure out; they're well marked, the driver's assistant calls out the destination repeatedly before the bus leaves. Out on the road, they honk whenever they come up on people that might want to get on. I took a 6-hour express night bus from Trujillo to San Pedro Sula, cost $6. Tip: when returning to San Pedro, save time and money by getting off at the airport road. Taxis cover the intersection, and charge a pitance to get to the airport. Much better than going into San Pedro. Next time I'll try the same thing going out.
Here's another friendly honduran getting the cattle out of the way of the Progresso-Tela bus.
Well, unless you are traveling overland you will have to fly. There are international flights from Tegusigalpa, San Pedro Sula, La Ceiba, and Roatan.
Buses are easily accessible. So are boats to the bay islands and flights between large cities.
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