Here’s some extra information for those traveling through Honduras:
Parts & Repairs:
The overlanding-friendly lodging businesses listed on this site are ready to help point you in the right direction when you’re looking for places to get a vehicle repaired, obtain parts from local suppliers, etc.
Need to import a part for your bike/motorbike/car/van/etc.? On each lodging listing page you will also see if that business is able to receive package shipments of spare parts from abroad. You will also notice that some businesses are even willing to help you with shipping and importing logistics — simply get in touch with them ahead of time and plan for 3-4 weeks of shipping time via sea cargo or 7-10 days air cargo. You will need to pay these businesses in advance for shipping fees.
The CA-5 road from Tegucigalpa to Puerto Cortes has been concessioned out to a private company, COVI. This consortium is widening the road to 4 lanes and will maintain the road for a number of years. COVI has placed three toll plazas along the road:
- Santa Cruz de Yojoa
The following are current toll rates:
2 axles L.71
3 axles L.105
4 axles L.140
5 axles L.174
6 axles L.209
There are also one-tolls municipal tolls when leaving San Pedro Sula. Here are current rates (“eje = axle”):
There is a new 4-lane road under construction from Comayagua to the border with El Salvador; it is not yet finished but will also have tolls.
Finally, the road from San Pedro Sula to Tela (part of CA-13) as well as from El Progreso to La Barca (near Lake Yojoa) has also been concessioned out and is being widened to four lanes. Tolls will soon be charged on the entire extension of this road with rates similar to those of CA-5.
Police Checkpoints and Traffic Fines:
The Honduran police frequently set up police checkpoints on major highways across Honduras. Should they wave you over, don’t worry: they just want to check your documents and ensure everything is going OK. They’ll ask for your driver’s license as well as a copy of the vehicle’s registration. Additionally, they may ask you for a your passport and your temporary vehicle permit. In Honduras you are required to have a emergency triangle and an automotive fire extinguisher; they may additionally ask you to show them you have these things with you.
Should you receive a traffic fine or citation, remember–under no circumstances is it OK to pay any money directly to a police officer for anything. Should you receive a traffic fine of any kind, the officer must give you a formal paper citation which you take to a bank branch to pay. You then take the copy of payment to the police station where the officer has your license (which he will then give back to you).
A final note — some Honduran police checkpoints are now equipped with breathalyzers. It would be extremely unwise to drive under the influence of alcohol.