Crossing into Honduras at El Amatillo

I had heard so many horror stories of the border crossing into Honduras that I was seriously considering traveling over a “blind border.” But I decided that might be more horrific if I was caught and fined a large sum of money. So to hopefully avoid some of craziness of the El Amatillo crossing, I wanted to get as close to the border the night before then cross very early the next morning.

I left San Salvador just before 4pm and knew I would have a little over an hour of sunlight to get to Santa Rosa de Lima, the closest border town. By the time I reached San Miguel I was only 30 minutes away but it was already getting too dark. I pulled over at the first motel as I entered San Miguel.

The Royal Crown had a nice lighted sign and a large wall and gate. So it has secure parking. 1 out of 3 criteria so far. I pulled up and asked how much for a room for the night. $20. Ok, that’s not so bad. So I checked out the room and realized I had pulled up to a love motel or a no tell motel. By now it was completely dark and I didn’t want to ride anymore. I paid the $20 and laughed. There were a few nice amenities to this no tell motel. First, my room had it’s own garage. Inside the room it had speakers in the ceiling and a volume control on the wall that controlled a built in soundtrack. I was loving the 80s power ballads, 90s R&B, and the smooth Spanish love songs. With fast wifi I was able to call my friends and my mom. All with that sweet soundtrack playing on the speakers.

To get to the border before the chaos began, I was on the road by 5:30am. It took about 1 hour to reach the El Salvador side of the border.

Sunrise ride to the border

Sunrise ride to the border

It’s easy to leave El Salvador. 15 minutes to exit. Most of that time was spent telling helpers I didn’t need their help. I crossed over the bridge and officially entered Honduras.

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First view of Honduras from the bridge at the border

This is where the fun begins. But by fun I mean insanity. I was there early enough that I was the only person in customs so I thought this would be easy. 22 photocopies, $38, and 75 minutes later, I was allowed to leave.

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Honduras makes you get photocopies of 7 documents. 6 of them need 3 copies each and 1 needs four copies! I forgot to add in the $2.50 for copies. I can easily see how if there was even 1 other person in line this process would turn into a 3 hour process. Since I was expecting the worst, I was happy to be through customs in an hour and a half.

IMG_1465 Thanks to LifeRemotely for their detailed blog post on crossing this border.

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