The car was in perfect condition, very comfortable with proper seats, and a pop off roof and to crown it all, the driver, (Richie), was truly an experienced and big time professional, who stopped at nothing to make sure we got what we paid for. What I appreciate the most was his composure when it came to explaining certain details about the fauna and flora. He was extremely skilled at spotting animals.
To Cordova, a small fisherman town which was once connected to St. Elias reservoir by a steel railway, you can now only get by ferry from Valdez or Whittier. It seems as if Cordova is very much interested in staying isolated from the continent. We took the ferry from Valdez.
Before doing this trip we searched for relevant information across few forums, we found few very helpful and we decided to post our updated description, hopefully it will make your journey easier.
In order to make the trip in one day, one should arrive to La Ceiba (the port city where the boats leave to the islands) before the last ferry leaving (16:00 for Utila, 16:30 for Roatan). This cannot be done by public transportation. It can only be done with shuttles arranged by the hotels/travel agencies, leaving at 07:00 from Puerto Barrios. Prices are: 280 Q for the one arriving San Pedro Sula (the shuttle will drop you off in time to catch the bus to La ceiba), 400 Q for the one arriving direct at La Ceiba.
We’ve done the trip in 2 days, using public transportation and 2 taxis when we couldn’t find any.
All prices are current to May 2013.
First day - From Livingston
Take a speedboat to Puerto Barrios, 35 Q, 0.5 hour, you can also take the ferry at 06:00, 20 Q 1.5 hours.
Take a taxi to the market (where all the minibuses leaves from), 15 Q (for 2 persons), 5 minutes
Take a shuttle to the border, 20 Q, 1 hour
Entrance tax in Honduras is 3 USD $
Take the bus to Omoa, 60 L$ for the direct bus, 0.5 hour, 45 L$ for indirect bus, journey should be take a little bit more than1 hour
Spend the night in Omoa. You can also spend the night in other cities on the way but from our research this little village looked the nicest (we spent an extra night here).
On the Next day - from Omoa
From Omoa take an early the bus (we left at 6AM to have a lot of spare time) to Puerto Cortes, 19 L$ 1 hour
Take the direct bus to San Pedro Sula, we took Impala, 52 L$ 1.5 hours, we had to pay extra seat for our bags.
Take the bus to La Ceiba, we took Diana express at 10:30 to get on time for the ferry for 115 L$, 3.5 hours
Take a taxi to the ferry, 70 L$ (for 2 persons), 10 minutes
Ferry to Utila – leaves at 16:00, 25 US$
Ferry to Roatan – leaves at 16:30, 30 US$
Enjoy the journey!
The next day we made our way to Bic, a national park located on the south shore of Sainte Lawrence River, near the villages of Bic and Saint-Fabien. We took a ferry to the town of Rivière du Loup, and from there continued with the car to the park.
To get to Hexenlochmühle you drive north, in the direction of Triberg. The road is narrow and curvy, and you go by little streams and ponds. From road 500B you turn to road 5752K. After you pass the village of Glashutte you’ll see signs that will lead you to the Hexenlochmühle (www.hexenlochmuehle.de).
We arrived back at the Hippo and got a taxi (70 rand) to the central bus station. The ETA to Port Elizabeth was 16:45 (the day after). Luckily, the bus also stopped in Storm River, our second planned stop on the Garden Route, so we left it there.
The bus was in much better condition than I expected, and the drive (17 hours) was also less horrible than we expected; we managed to sleep most of the way.