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Honduras and the Bay Islands (Anglais) Broché – 25 février 2010
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Whether you want to dive into the deep blue off the coast of the Bay Islands, explore the forests and cobblestoned coffee towns of La Ruta Lenca or tramp around the ancient Mayan temples of Copán
100% researched and updated
45 detailed and easy to use maps
Full-colour chapter showcases the best to see and do in Honduras
Detailed coverage of the Mayan archaeological ruins of Copán
Comprehensive chapter on diving and other outdoor activities
Unique Green Index makes eco-friendly travel easy
Coverage Includes: Tegucigalpa & Southern Honduras, Honduras, The Bay Islands, La Moskitia
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1. Bring US dollars with you! The book mentioned that prices are quoted in USD, and also that there is an ATM in West End. What it fails to mention is that every single vendor and business prefers USD as the form of payment and that the ATM - and most other ATM's don't work properly half the time - they're turned off, out of cash, or don't take MasterCard cards. When they do work, they charge exorbitant fees. I've never paid this much in fees anywhere in the world for taking out cash. Many businesses take credit cards, but they charge a whooping 15% extra for using them! The best thing to do is to bring a wad of US dollars in various denominations with you. It is the cheapest and least frustrating way to pay for everything on the island. Lempiras are worthless, and local residents seem to feel that way as well. Everyone offers a very favorable exchange rate when you use USD (unlike some other countries). I know this book is older, but I seriously doubt this problem has changed much over the years.
2. Airport departure tax is high and using a credit card cost a ton. You have to pay nearly 40 US dollars per person to leave the country. Bring cash for this - using a credit card will mean processing as a cash advance, which is super expensive.
3. Bring a flash light. Roatan has power outages. It also has imperfect roads. To walk home safely after dinner it's best to have a flashlight.
4. Bring a first aid kit with basic medicines. Finding them on the island is hard. We went to a pharmacy, and it was completely out of any topical antiseptic.
If I hear of a good place to stay by word of mouth, great. But if not I'd rather go with a cool hostel recommended in one of the Lonely Planet books. I've stayed in too many bad places to trust my luck without it.
Final note, I'd recommend Honduras over Guatemala. Honduras had less tourists so the locals are much nicer overall (in Guatemala we had to be on our guard) and Honduras has many of the same types of adventures. I'm not sure if there are volcanos in Honduras though.
Examples of contradictions:
First of all in the history section we are told "a military coup removed President Zelaya" and yet it is also written that the exile of the President was authorized by the Supreme Court! First, a "coup d'etat" as it was also written in LP, did not take place. Secondly free elections were held within a few months of the event, so it is undisputable that the constitution of Honduras was followed in order to prevent Zeleya from clinging to his position for ever.
About Copan Site: "is certainly overpriced" then a few words later "a day-trip is well worth the price of admission.
Writing phrases like "hillsides dating from the Postclassic" or "the longest inscription discovered in Mesoamerica." is unhelpful. Replace or explain it please. It looks as if history sections are cut and pasted into the guide when they read like this - clearley not the author's/reader's every-day language.
Overly cynical tone and attitude towards San Pedro Sula:
"Go figure most people leave Honduras' second city as soon as possible." This sort of attitude is not helpful if you ARE staying in San Pedro, since as you admit, "most people do" it's a shame more effort is made of slighting the city than informing the reader what he CAN do. You are supposed to be my guide for the city, to provoke enthusuasm for the traveller on his sometimes tough or lonley travels, not be a moaner.
"Sights & Activities" listed for this city: look at the cathedral and 3 museums.
"There are few museums or urban attractions to make it worth your while."
What about the two waterparks? The market? Going for a walk or jog up Coca-Cola Mountain? I don't know much about San Pedro but the fact I know more than this guide cared to research is very sad indeed.
On the positive note this guide is useful as opposed to having no information at all, but I really didn't like the tone or way of writing (full of rubbish like telling me I will catch up with friends I have met on my travels in Copan). Try another guide if you can find one!
PS Mr lonley Planet Author, did you know if you try to get to Honduras from Peru and several other countries you can't? They won't let you in or even board the plane without a yellow fever immunization certificate. This is a huge deal if you don't know about it, since you can't have it injected and covering you the same day, it has to be done in advance to cover you. If you know this then why is the part that mentions yellow fever vaccinations so so vauge as if you paste it into all your books you produce. It doesn't say it is neccecarry for Honduras. I expect specific information about the place I am visiting.