Gringos Guide To Driving Mexico, Central America & Costa Rica
  • Honduras Border Exit

    Honduras Border Exit

    Upon reaching the border, local people will inundate you. Several are money changers, and others are guides. The guides, which are non-official unemployed locals, will hold your hand and take you through the process at the border. I highly recommend hiring a guide, they are not expensive, and their help is well worth the money. Find a guide that looks trustworthy and negotiate his rate. The guide will take all of your documents to the Honduran border offices and help process the exit. Eventually, the guide will return with a Honduran official asking the usual questions and taking a look at your vehicle. The official will then give you the…

  • Choluteca, Honduras - Nicaragua Border

    Choluteca, Honduras – Nicaragua Border

    DRIVING TIME: 1 hourKILOMETERS: 58MILES: 36HWY: CA 1 From Choluteca, you may cross the border into Nicaragua via Guasaule or El Espino. If you want to visit the beaches in northern Nicaragua, head for the Frontera at Guasaule. For those traveling to Managua, Costa Rica, or the beaches in the south, head for the Frontera at El Espino. Further north, there’s also a border crossing at Los Manos. You can expect a headache when entering Nicaragua. After leaving Tegucigalpa, you will descend from the mountains into a hot, dry valley. There are several twists and turns in the road. Thus, after you leave Choluteca, head for the appropriate border city…

  • San Pedro Sula - Tegucigalpa - Choluteca

    San Pedro Sula – Tegucigalpa – Choluteca

    Driving Time: 6 hoursKILOMETERS: 330MILES: 204HWY: CA 1 The splendid drive between San Pedro Sula to Tegucigalpa takes about 4 hours. You will pass through miles of pineapple fields as you ascend into the mountains surrounding this beautiful area. At Tegus, head through town and follow the signs for Choluteca, CA 1. This is a 2-hour drive descending from the mountains. As you drive this route, there are many things to see that may pique your interest. There are small shops situated along the road which offer fruits, candy, and pottery particular to each distinctive region. The fruits are particularly delicious and shamefully inexpensive; pick some up for lunch. If…

  • Esquipulas - San Pedro Sula

    Esquipulas – San Pedro Sula

    DRIVING TIME: 4 hoursKILOMETERS: 235MILES: 146HWY: CA 1 From Esquipulas, head for Santa Rosa de Copan. At Santa Rosa de Copan, you can go onto San Pedro Sula via La Entrada. The first few hours will take you through breathtaking mountains; after passing Santa Rosa de Copan, follow the signs for La Entrada. An alternate route is to drive toward La Esperanza and then on to Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. Hotel & Eats Craving for a short adventure of some sort? Head onto Angeli Gardens nearby 25 Calle just after the fork at 33 Calle. This is a restaurant with excellent views, which you can enjoy after a short…

  • Copan - San Pedro Sula

    Copan – San Pedro Sula

    DRIVING TIME: 3 hoursKILOMETERS: 171MILES: 106HWY: CA 1 From Copan, head towards La Entrada, about a one-hour drive. At La Entrada, you can travel to San Pedro Sula or turn right towards Santa Rosa de Copan. Please note that SantaRosa de Copan is different from Copan, and the department (equivalent to a county or province) that you are in, called Copan. Therefore, when asking for directions, be specific Copan to San Pedro Sula will take you approximately three hours. There are many places to stay in San Pedro Sula. Make sure you park your car in a Parqueo for safety as car theft is notorious in San Pedro Sula. There…