Thursday, 21 May 2015
Travelling to Honduras!
We left for Copan in Honduras at 7am. With 2 border crossings ahead of us, we thought it was going to be another long day of travel, but we arrived at our new hotel around half 12. En route we had a brekky stop, then it was the El Salvador to Guatemala border, which was easy, and we drove for an hour or so to the Guatemala to Honduras border, and that was also easy. I don't even think we filled in any paperwork; Rafa just disappeared with our passports to get them stamped on both occasions. Great! You can't drive El Salvador to Honduras because the roads aren't very good, but with border crossings like those, who cares!
Once we were settled into our hotel, we ventured into town for lunch and so I could buy my memento for Honduras. We stumbled on a great place to eat and stayed there for a while enjoying watching the world go by. 3 little village girls came by trying to sell us their handmade dolls. The small children walk from the village to the centre of Copan to sell these to the tourists (1 hour 30 mins round trip). They bring a laminated note from their parents explaining what they are selling and why (it's their livelihood). We didn't buy the dolls but Olivia and I gave them a dollar each to take back to their families. Hopefully it will help in some small way. If we see them on the streets after 5pm, the note says we have to usher them back home before it gets dark.
Our next two nights were staying at Hotel Las Brisas in Copan. Lovely hotel with different levels and trees and plants making it look very pretty. Normal sized rooms and bathrooms with fans. Lots of patio areas for sitting and chatting. WiFi only at Reception though. There wasn't a restaurant. It was a noisy hotel, but then we were getting used to that by now. Well located for the Mayan ruins and the main square - 10 minute tuk tuk ride either way. You can walk into town, it took us 15 to 20 minutes depending on the heat, and we walked to the ruins which took 25 to 30 minutes. A little bonus... because we were a G Adventures group, we got to use the rooftop pool in the hotel opposite - Acropolis Parqueo.