BORDER CROSSING: EL SALVADOR TO HONDURAS

Honduras is a country plagued with a bad reputation. Drug wars and poverty hounded this Central American country for decades, and it seems that there is no bright future on the horizon, as the country is still experiencing constant political protests. It didn’t help that two of the most dangerous cities in the world are located here – Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, the later considered as the murder capital of the world.  Because of this, many backpackers avoid this country, which is sad because it has a lot to offer.

Centro Historico de El Salvador
Centro Historico de El Salvador

In my case though, I still wanted to visit it to fulfill my quest of visiting as many countries as I can, and it is also inevitable to do so because I planned to travel all Central American countries by land, and there is no way to continue without passing by Honduras. So I mustered all the courage and finally decided to go there.

PREPARING FOR THE TRIP

It is possible to go to Honduras cheaply by taking at least 4 different local buses. However, I don’t want that kind of stress in my life just to save a bit, so I just bought direct transportation to Tegucigalpa from TICABUS for only $20. I already traveled using this bus company from Guatemala to El Salvador and I didn’t encounter any problem at all.

I also looked for a Couchsurfing host in the capital and the surrounding cities. Luckily, I found one in Zamora, a town located an hour away from Tegucigalpa. With everything already set, I just enjoyed my remaining time in El Salvador with new friends.

Chilling on my last day in Sal Salvador
Chilling on my last day in Sal Salvador

BORDER CROSSING EXPERIENCE FROM EL SALVADOR TO HONDURAS

Immigration office at El Amatillo

I woke up early the next day and went immediately to the Ticabus station near the city center. As usual, Filipinos need a visa to enter Honduras, but since I have a valid US visa, then I don’t need to apply for a separate Honduran visa. We boarded the bus at 11 am and traveled for 3 hours to the border town of El Amatillo. We didn’t go down the immigration at the Salvadorean side; it was the immigration officer who went up the bus. I was the only foreigner, hence, I was the only one who received a passport stamp. We then went to the Honduran side and we all went down to the immigration office. We needed to pay $3 or its equivalent in Honduran lempiras before they stamp our passport. Honduran immigration was chill, and they even had fingerprints checks and facial scans!

I am officially in Honduras!

After everything was done, we proceeded with our journey to the capital, which took another 3 hours. On the bus, I heard some low murmurs about some weird stuff happening in the city, and I didn’t know then that I will be in for something crazy on my arrival to Tegucigalpa.

TIPS

  • Border crossing from El Salvador to Honduras is easy and affordable. Be sure to bring the exact amount of $3 to avoid any hassle at the Honduran immigration.
  • You can exchange your remaining USD to Honduran Lempira at the border itself, but I suggest you don’t exchange all because their rate is not good.

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