DRIVING TIME: 4.27 hour
Upon reaching the border, you will be inundated by local people. 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 your documents to the Honduran border offices and help process the exit.
Eventually, the guide will return with a Honduran official, and he will ask the usual questions and take a look at your vehicle. The official will then give you the official OK to leave the country. Then the guide will take you into the Honduran Aduana building, where you must pay an exit fee. This procedure is somewhat confusing, but with the guide, all will go well. Lastly, hand your stamped papers to the gatekeeper, and you’re on your way to Nicaragua. Hopefully, you have had a good night’s rest because your head will spin—entering Nicaragua can be a bureaucratic nightmare.
Bargain with the guides and always offer half the asking price for their services or less if the fee seems exorbitantly high. Theoretically, you don’t need a guide, but they make the process much easier and hassle-free. Double-check your papers and passport for proper exit and entry stamps when the guide or official returns them to you.
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