We are in Honduras.

After spending a very relaxing couple of days at Suchitoto (we camped right by the water's edge at N 13.946247 W 89.016698) we (K-Nine and Mog) headed north to Honduras.

The border crossing was our longest to date. We arrived at the border at 11:45 and finally left at 15:25! Leaving El Salvador was straight forward, as was entering Honduras. Remarkably, immigration control for both countries shared a single building. The problem was getting a road permit for Honduras. We must assume that very very few foreign vehicles cross into Honduras at El Poy. It took five different people to decide what to type on our A5 form, three more to stamp it and one to sign it. We were also charged $50.00 USA for each vehicle.

Our first night in Honduras was spent by the roadside in the Reserva Biologica El Guisayote at 2000 metres (N 14.465898 W 89.071977). Pleasantly cool after several very hot days in El Salvador.

The highlight of today has been a visit to a cigar factory in Santa Rosa de Copan (N 14.774734 W 88.777667). The factory employs over 1000 workers, mostly women, and produces over 100 types of cigar sold under many brand names, including Don Melo and Santa Rosa. Every stage of the process, from sorting the tobacco leaves to putting the boxes together, was done by hand. We also learned that you get the tobacco stains off your hands with Apple Cider Vinegar. Unfortunately no photographs were permitted inside the factory.

We are currently parked by the road en-route to Copan Ruinas, the most famous Mayan site in Honduras.

Stephen Stewart.

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