Headed out from Guate on what I thought would be a relatively easy border crossing. Indeed it was I just ended up in completely the wrong place. It's official my map reading skills are crap. After looking at the map again decided to head north towards the Bay Islands. This necessitated a stop in La Ceiba. Opted for the cheaper end accommodation lured by the thought of waking up to the smell of freshly baked bread as the rooms were above a bakery. Not a whiff! Mind you not that I would have noticed given I woke up then threw up. Great way to start my birthday.
Took a ferry across to the Bay Islands - Roatan. After sorting out somewhere to stay and booking my PADI course headed to the beach for a bit of sea and sun in the old caribbean sea. I certainly got some sun as well as a load of sandfly bites. Gave my birthday up as a bad job given the parasites where really making their presence known as well as wanting to scratch myself to death with the bites I got from the sandflies. Over the next few days managed to more or less pass the PADI course aided by my very kind and patient instructor Dawn Wonder. Great name! It was harder than I thought but well worth it especially seeing the turtles.
The weather started to close in so headed back to the mainland. Ventured south to Lago Yojoa. It was a beautiful lake just impossible to reach it easily. Eventually managed to get there and visit Los Naranjos an archealogical site once a Maya settlement. It was a stunning location but got beaten back off the trails by clouds of mozzies. Certainly not my idea of fun although they seemed to really enjoy eating me alive.
Next up was Copan. Bloody marvelous. Great setting, stunning, incredible structures and hardly anyone there. It was also a beautiful day so you could just wander around and emmerse yourself in the beauty of the place both here and further down the road at Las Sepultras although I did have an armed guard to protect me.
Headed east towards Gracias one of the oldest towns in Honduras. It was a sleepy little place overlooked by a small fort - Castillo San Cristobal. Had a good day horseback riding in the mountains so it was fun although my nag took a lot to get going.
That was pretty much all there was to Honduras. Having said that met one of the nicest taxi drivers in the world whilst crossing Tegucigalpa. Although he looked like a bit of a mafia don not only did he not rip me off but he sent me on my way with a kiss and a hug to remember Honduras by! Didn't quite make it to the border in one day so stayed overnight in Danli. Not the greatest of places but whilst asking for directions met a woman called Sandra who ran one of the market stalls. She ended up be-friending me and taking me under her wing making sure I got a good price on my room for the night then out for drinks that evening - mind you it was at the mall. What is it about malls?? Good times!