Puerto Barrios Travel Blog› entry 53 of 184 › view all entries
We left Utila on the 6:20 am ferry. Then Hedman Atlas first class bus to San Pedro Sula. From there a comfortable minibus (we asked for Citul but the taxi driver took us to another company) to Puerto Cortes. From there a bus to the border. That bus wasn't actually too bad except that whenever it had to drop people off it did a tour of whatever town we passed by which meant 10 minutes or more doing a loop on a dirt road.
The drop off at the border was quite intimidating - hardly any people and the border not even in sight; "Just walk 5 minutes that way" they said. We did and eventually we came to the Honduran "migracion" where we got our exit stamp. The Guatemalan migracion was nowhere to be seen and the told us that it's 20km further up the road but "just go to that red minibus". The minibus was basically like a SA minibus taxi. They said they could either take us directly to Puerto Barrios for 200 quetzales each as a private taxi and not let anyone else on or we could just pay something like 30 Q each (I don't remember what it was now) and they'll function like a collectivo which is basically like a South African taxi in that they cramm on as many people as possible, except that these guys even put the SA guys to shame. The doors remain open during the journey and people hang onto the sides. At some point it was so crowded that there would just be these misterious hands appearing trying to grab onto anything which initially really startled as a hand just came for Nicole's legs and waist.
In Puerto Barrios we stayed at Hotel Europe 2 which was just one and a half blocks walk from the harbour where we would catch the ferry to Livingston the next morning.