Located one hour and half from San Pedro Sula in the same road that leads to Ceiba.
Tela is not very well know by foreigners or even by Hondurans. Some people tend to see it as a boring destination, this is due that most of the destinations are only promoted by local tour operators that offer only guided trips making it a little bit more commercial and expensive.
I am not saying that the tours are not good, but for independent travelers is not the preferred travel style. If you do decide to take a guided trip you can choose between, Garifuna tours, Eco Di Mare tours or us.
Easiest way: Bus
Choose between: Hedman Alas (good bus expensive), Mirna, Catisa, Tela express.
Unfortunately this bus companies change without any notice, so I will not post departure time. Come to La Hamaca Hostel and we´ll help you arrange your tickets. We´ll make sure you get to your destination and if we can´t I´ll personally leave you in my car.
You shouldn’t worry about getting to Tela, more than 5 companies and each leave at least 1 to 3 times a day.
Things to do:
Punta Sal Natioanal Park:
There are different ways of getting here.
1) The hardest and most beautiful way of doing is to go to ¨Miami Garifuna village¨ which is 20 minutes west of Tela. From here you can hire a local Garifuna to take you hiking through all the peninsula (proximate 5 hours). Once you get to ¨La Bolsa beach¨ which most people think is the entrance to the national park but is not. You can hike to different isolated beaches like ¨Puerto Escondido¨, ¨Puerto Caribe¨ and ¨Coca lito¨. My recommendation is to stay camping.
If you are looking to go to a lost world, isolated from modern society into a beautiful and exotic destination this is the trip for you.
2) The second option is to take a boat with the Garifuna at the village to ¨La Bolsa¨ and then do the hikes during the day to come back by 2 or 3pm before the tie goes high. They charge around 2500 or 2000 Lempiras for this. It is expensive BUT if you are travelling in a group is goes really cheap.
Advantage: travelling with the local garifuna is great, they really know the area.
3) In Tela go with the comercial tour companies.
Advantages: they have all the security that a company should have and the protocols that Americans like.
Lancetilla Botanical Garden:
One of the biggest botanical gardens in the world. An American company made it as an experimental site to check out which was the best crops to plant in Honduras and make a massive industry. With years it became a tourist attraction. Cool place to see different species of plants and birds that like this plants.
Make sure not to visit it at mid noon, you will burn and melt under the sun of Honduras.
More info coming soon….