"Look, some people will try to..." Honduras Warnings Or Dangers Tip by John195123

Honduras Warnings and Dangers: 44 reviews and 25 photos

Look, some people will try to frighten you, telling you to travel in groups and not to look like a tourist. Well, as good as that advice can be at times, the fact is, if you are foreign, they will know, and most likely they will assume that also means you are rich. Now, that having been said, don't try to make yourself an easy target for pick pockets or robbers, but know that you are different, and no matter what combinations of black, white and khaki you wear, they will know.

Health warnings: Well, many say don't drink the water, don't eat the vegetables. I say that's good advice. You may sit there and think about how the runs could be overcome by medicines, and that the water can't really be that bad. The problem is, you don't know anything about the water, or what has been used to fertilize the vegetables. Human manure, dog poo, as well as cow poop could very easily be used. The cleasing process might get all the germs and bacteria off, it might only add more. And it may miss the tapeworm from the dog's poo... Better safe than sorry. If you get constipated, don't whip out the meds, don't drink the water. Drink hot sauce, and plenty of it. It is good for you.
Unreliable public transportation. This IS the third world. Reliable is hardly in their dictionary. Not to slight Hondurans and others, but the reality is, reliability is hard to come by. That having been said, taxis and busses do offer good transport.
Corruption. Gooooood stuff. I tell you what. Now corruption, bribes, fines are all commonplace in many third-world countries, Honduras included. I recall one trip where my family and another were traveling overland from Guatemala to Honduras. We passed through a big name bannana plantation in order to rendevous with a small dugout waiting for us in the nearby river. We would then take that boat to another location where we got out and walked to a second boat. After boating and pulling heavily laden said boat through shallow waters, we got out and walked again until we came upon the road where we hitchiked to Puerto Barrios. Now, this was only posibble by the good graces, and hefty bribe of some official. However, don't get cocky and try to bribe your way out of something. It may not work as you want it to.

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  • Written Sep 7, 2002
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