Niu Countri!! - Honduras
Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
300Trip End Nov 04, 2008
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So with joy of leaving the land of Sandinismo, we arrived at Honduras...a brave new world for us. And guess what? The moment we crossed the border we noticed we were leaving an inefficient State and passing to one that is equally as poor but had got its act together.
Everything works better, looks better, is better organised. We were even impressed by the clean state of Tegucigalpa (the capital) which we expected to be a total dump. For a start there were ATM machines and banks all over the place, and loads of businesses with appearances of such
The only thing that seems to be equal in both countries is friendliness, although Nicaraguas have a friendlier face up to now!
Anyway, it was in any case a long travelling day which involved 4 buses even though it was only 200 kms from our base at Ocotal (Nicaragua) to Valle de Angeles (Honduras). We took a morning bus from Ocotal to Las Manos.
At the frontier we passed the passport control, and much to our dissapointment we didnīt get a stamp on our passport. Apparently there is an agreement between several Central American states (we believe it is Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala) by which the stamp of the first is sufficient, as long as you pay exit and entry taxes in each country. So for Honduras we have no stamp on the passport but we do have the $2 dollar tax with dat stamp.
From the frontier, a short bus ride to El Paraiso, another short bus ride to Danli, and finally a bus ride to Tegucigalpa where we got a taxi to another bus station and then a bus to Valle de Angeles.
All along the scenery has been of pinewood forrests and small farms. Delightful.
So after our long trip, we checked into the Hotel Posada del Angel which has a clean and relaxing atmosphere with a nice large swimming pool, and checked the TV for the Germany - Turkey football results
We had a nice little dinner at a small restaurant next to the main square (El Jalapeņo) where the waitress was more interested in her singing career than attending the tables (and we were the only clients!).
As you can see, internet works here also, and there is even an ATM box in this mountain town, so nearly back to normal world. Tomorrow we will take a long walk in the national park next to the town, but at 1pm we will be sitting to watch Spain beat Russian and reach the Eurocup Final.
Cheerio for the time being.
P.D. We include photographs which we couldnt upload for Ocotal. Our guide book said "Ocotal is worth a visit". Thats relative and depends if the only thing in life you have left is to be a writer for a Travel Guide. Then, and just probably then, its "worth a visit".