Honduras, fast and intense
Honduras, the capital of the insecurity. I can't deny, Honduras has been one of the things that worried me the most prior my arrival. Everyone was talking tons of things about the things they have heard, how dangerous it might get, or how complicated the stories turned out for someone they know and so one.
However it didn't take too much time to understand my reality across the country. Let's start.
Not gonna lie. I had heard tons of weird stories about how some people ended up in Honduras, people close to those I was talking with. Some friends in the us warned me as well, and some other just told me "Don't go.". This is the reason why decided to arrive there in one of those "pretty cool" and considered secure buses that the Costa Rician company Tica bus offers from Nicaragua to San pedro Sula.
Eveything was more under control than what I was expecting. Passport control since the very beggining, luggage was labeled..
Passed quite quickly thru Tegucigalpa after, just, eight hours traveling from Managua and passing the border control.
In average, wasn't a complicated thing to travel around there. Just don't play hero and go arund the streets on late night, specially in places like San Pedro Sula where I did my night stop before heading La Ceiba.
This one was a big quality difference compared with the TicaBus I mentioned before, but still, it just did its labour and brought me to La Ceiba. Once there another bunch of taxi drivers where arguing between themselves to bring us to our destination. Another french guy met on the bus from Managua came in my cab. He wanted to walk as someone told him the dock was just 1.5km away, but finally we arrived after 10 mins by car, which confirms he was absolutely wrong.
The transpor to Utila was passable as well, do not expect any premium feature, nor to be on time, but will get you to this island in an one hour trip and by the good price of 140 Lempiras (HNL).
The range of activities offered in Utila is limited, but intense enought to make you believe the time flew away so fast.
Tons of people go to Honduras to get their PADI certification. It is cheap, fun, far from home, and really beutiful underwater. The reef is plenty of life, and they also have a intentionally situated shipwreck quite close by boat.
In my case, I am alrady an Advanzed PADI Certified Diver (blablabla..) so just went for some fun dives, in the diving school a fella recommended me in Tegucigalpa, Parrots Dive Center. Nothing really special, appart from the company of one of the DiveMasters that cae with me. A Hondurian mermaid the was always keen to show her smile to the world.
The school provides and include accommodation during all the days you dive with them. A dorm with really good vibe people just in front of the diving center, thus the sea as well. Check the view from the shared balcony.
Utila is such a small island. Barely could see a car during all my stay. This makes easier to go around just walking. Davide, one italian dude I met during one lunch, guided us to Pumpkin Hill, a nice to hill where to enjoy the views of most of the island. If you go there, bring something to climb the sealight that is just next :D