To Copan Ruinas through the magnificent Honduran countryside

Heading to Copan and the ruins from Nicaragua through El Salvador was always going to be a challenge; the borders notably frustrating, the roads long and winding but the unfolding landscape promised to offset those disadvantages in spades.

The reality is that the express buses do the trips between capitals in Central America very well indeed, though not cheaply. They afford a level of security and peace that the local services do not and they tend to ease the passage though immigration which is a big help if you have minimal Spanish.

international buses

I was more in the mood for adventure so my journey began at 6am in the bus station of Leon, Nicaragua crammed into a small minibus to Chinandega on the route to the border with the luggage piled on the roof so more passengers can be squeezed on for the hour long trip. Unfortunately my travel buddy and I had just missed a transfer and had to wait until the bus filled up before we could leave. This put us behind schedule somewhat in our attempt to make it to the Honduran border to the north of San Salvador by nightfall.
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Saona, island in the stream

When you want a perfect beach, local colour and grilled lobster sometimes you just get lucky!

After my round the island tour of the Dominican Republic I was hankering for a dip in the ocean however I still wanted to see some real DR. I was very fortunate to get a place on board Seavis Tours Eco adventure tour of Saona Island, set in a national park to the south east of the island as well as get in some wreck diving nearby.

Once again I found myself in Bayahibe, this time ensconced in the main hotel there. Being out of season (my favourite time to travel) I was able to get a deal for five nights at half the regular rate. If you travel as a couple here it can work out much cheaper as you often pay for the room and solo travellers feel the pinch a little more.

the telephone tree

With so many great things to do here and running out of time I opted for the dive first and booked once again with Ingrid at Scubafun Divers in the village. For those interested in great scuba diving or equally learning to dive I think that this part of the DR offers some great diving, little current, good corals and plenty of wildlife. I was keen to dive the St George wreck and was not disappointed, plenty of room for exploration and a little penetration, good depth and enough time on the wreck to have fun without worrying too much about air consumption. We finished the day off with a reef dive, plenty of light and colour with abundant fish, I was feeling hungry already!
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