Welcome to Honduras...

Trip Start Apr 26, 2006
Trip End Aug 01, 2006

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Sunday, May 28, 2006

We made it to the Nica/Honduras border after one of the most "interesting" bus trips yet. The ride from Chinandega to the border is a few hours but it feels like days when you're on a chicken bus busting at the seams with people. I'm sure at least a few people were on the roof with all the luggage, baskets, bikes etc, and we were standing, squashed in the isles straddling baskets of fruit and bags of avocados. It was hotter than Hades and the poor baby in front of us was sweating profusely and vocalising his discomfort. Once we got going it wasn't so bad...until a tire blew and had to be changed...then engine trouble stopped us again briefly. At the border we found our careful rationing of funds was in vain as our last $10 US was quickly confiscated (apparently it costs $3 per person to leave Nicaragua and $2 per person to enter Honduras - and this time no amount of arguing would make the immigration official see the light - I got a bit worried when he threw our passports back at us and walked away). So we entered Honduras with 50 cordobas which we were able to change for 54 Lempira and found a bus to take us to the next town for 22L each! That left us with 10Ls...less than a dollar! (We promised never to do this again...)
We stayed one night in Choluteca which is a lovely town with a great market and hardly any tourists (I don't think we even saw one). The hotel where we stayed was cheap enough, had large hammocks around a courtyard, cable TV with seats in the lobby, and large, clean rooms.
We stopped briefly in Tegucigalpa (Tegus to the local ex-pat population) to change buses for Sigualtapeque. Sigualtapeque is a wonderful town with a great Parque Central and we were lucky enough to arrive during their fiesta week so we unloaded off the bus to the sounds of "musica tipica". At night we found ourselves in the middle of an impromptu car parade when the Honduran soccer final ended and Olympia won (this is Tegus's team but Sigualtapeque cheers for them). We met some Peace Corps volunteers who invited us back to their place for a night cap.
From here it's on to La Ceiba and the Bay Islands!
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