Central America - San Pedro Sula, Honduras, in June?
Apr 29, 12, 10:15 pm
I just grabbed a $206 round-trip on DL from EWR. I've never been to Honduras and want to see new places. Any advice on what to do there for 3 days? I have also reserved a rental car. Am I completely nuts???
Apr 30, 12, 8:55 pm
There's very little to do in San Pedro Sula itself. Plus, the city has a reputation for being kind of dangerous. I'd get out of town and head for the Maya ruins at Copán. That and the adjoining town of Copán Ruinas have enough to see and do to keep you busy for a couple of days.
Are you married to the idea of renting a car? If you're going to Copán, the Honduran bus company Hedman Alas has very comfortable coach service, a/c, about three hours. Once you get to town, it's easy to walk or take a taxi. Copán Ruinas has these cute, fun, three-wheel taxis that they call tuk-tuks.
If you opt for a visit to Copán, specify that you want to go to Copán Ruinas and not Santa Rosa de Copán, a different place.
May 1, 12, 7:12 pm
I am with SJOGuy, many ways to avoid driving, not underestimating the OP but driving down here is a thing that has to be seen to be understood:)
I wouldnt rent a car in India for example.
May 1, 12, 7:37 pm
I've been having second (and third!) thoughts about doing that. I've rented cars in places like Thailand and Indonesia, but Honduras may be even riskier. India is out of the question, of course. Even the Indians shouldn't drive there! :D
The Copán Ruinas [Copan Ruins] are located 2 or 3 hours South West from San Pedro Sula. There's a small town 5 minutes from the ruins and three days is enough to visit it:
If you still haven't booked where to stay, this small hotel is great:
[I'm not related with the hotel management]
There you could visit:
- The ruins
- Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve
If you prefer beaches, you could drive northeast instead, towards La Ceiba (3 hours), from where you take the ferry to Roatan (you'll have to park the car at the harbor, parking available next to the ferry terminal).
And then enjoy the beaches of western part of the island, snorkel over the coral reef.
Jun 5, 12, 10:21 am
I pulled the same thing you did recently. A spontaneous san pedro sula flight and it was awesome. However, 1. dont rent a car 2. leave the city nothing to do there 3. copan ruins are great with very comfortable buses running through headman alas 4. if you are up to9 the mssion, you must take the ferry over to roatan island for the best and cheapest diving and eating
Jun 5, 12, 11:13 pm
I just returned a couple of hours ago from my 3-day trip to Honduras. I took a Hedman Alas bus to Copan Ruinas and basically spent all my time there, except for necessary travel within the country. The ruins and Macaw Mountain were terrific. So was the local food, and the people were extremely friendly. I stayed at the tiny Yat B'alam guesthouse and was very happy there.