How to Arrive to D&D, How to Depart, and Our Location

Arriving to D&D by Bus in Honduras:

From San Pedro Sula

1. Via Coach Bus (Hedman Alas)
Take the air-conditioned Hedman Alas coach from the bus terminal (called the Gran Central Metropolitana). You can book this ticket on the D&D website! There are 3 departure times per day: 7:00am, 10:15am, and 1:00pm and this bus takes approximately 1.5 hours to reach the lake. The cost per ticket is $12.50.

This bus will drop you off at the police post in La Guama. From there catch a bus (20 Lps.), which runs frequently, to Peña Blanca. From Peña Blanca, catch a moto-taxi (20 Lps. per person) or taxi (20 Lps. per person) directly to D&D. You can also take the El Mochito bus (8 Lps.) to the green D&D turnoff sign and then walk 300 meters down the road to our gate. Alternatively, you can take a mototaxi directly from La Guama to D&D for 150 Lps. (total cost, not per person).

2. Via Chicken Bus
Take the El Mochito bus from the bus terminal in San Pedro Sula. As of 2015 there is now a ticketing window for “Emp. Tima” (for a photo, click here!). Be sure to tell the driver or helper you want to get off at “D&D.” You’ll be dropped off at a green sign on the right-hand side that says “D&D Brewery.” We’re about 300 meters down that road, a pleasant walk through a section of the village of Los Naranjos.

These buses leave every 30 minutes or so. First bus leaves at 5:50am and the last bus departs at 5:30pm. The current cost is 50 Lps. per person. This bus should take around 2.5 hours or so.

Note: Don’t make the mistake of telling the people at the bus terminal “Lago de Yojoa.” They’ll end up putting you on a different bus that will likely drop you off far away from D&D on the south end of the lake.

From La Ceiba (Ferry Dock or Downtown)

1. Directly from the Utila/Roatan Ferry Dock
We’re proud to be able to offer this new, easy connection to Lake Yojoa as of 2018. Book a ticket with Hedman Alas via our website and catch a morning ferry from Utila or Roatan. Once you arrive, proceed to the Hedman Alas dispatch counter (in between the two ferry offices) to pick up your tickets and catch your shuttle to your awaiting bus. This service departs around 9:45am and arrives to Lake Yojoa around 4:30pm. The cost is $31 per ticket. Click here to book online.

This bus will drop you off at the police post in La Guama. From there catch a bus (20 Lps.), which runs frequently, to Peña Blanca. From Peña Blanca, catch a moto-taxi (20 Lps. per person) or taxi (20 Lps. per person) directly to D&D. You can also take the El Mochito bus (8 Lps.) to the green D&D turnoff sign and then walk 300 meters down the road to our gate. Alternatively, you can take a mototaxi directly from La Guama to D&D for 150 Lps. (total cost, not per person).

2. From La Ceiba Downtown
If you’re staying in Rio Cangrejal, downtown La Ceiba, or in the surrounding area take an air-conditioned coach bus to the Hedman Alas terminal in downtown La Ceiba. Buses depart at 5:15am (arriving to Lake Yojoa at 9:45am) and 10:30am (arriving to Lake Yojoa at 3:00pm).

This bus will drop you off at the police post in La Guama. From there catch a bus (20 Lps.), which runs frequently, to Peña Blanca. From Peña Blanca, catch a moto-taxi (20 Lps. per person) or taxi (20 Lps. per person) directly to D&D. You can also take the El Mochito bus (8 Lps.) to the green D&D turnoff sign and then walk 300 meters down the road to our gate. Alternatively, you can take a mototaxi directly from La Guama to D&D for 150 Lps. (total cost, not per person).

From Copan Ruinas

Option 1: Coach Bus (Hedman Alas)

Hedman Alas (tickets bookable online): an air-conditioned, reliable coach bus, departs at 11:00am from Copan and arrives at Lake Yojoa around 4:30pm.

Option 2: Chicken Bus (Casa Sola)

Casa Sola has more frequent departures but is slower, less reliable–however it’s cheaper. After arriving in San Pedro Sula, follow the arrival instructions for San Pedro Sula (above)

Frequently asked questions about this route:
1. “Isn’t there a faster way to get to D&D Brewery from Copan than going through San Pedro Sula?” There are numerous mountain ranges in between Copan and Lake Yojoa and you’ll save yourself a lot of time and hassle by traveling via San Pedro Sula. Look at a topographical map of Honduras to see what we mean.

2. “Do I have to go through San Pedro Sula? Isn’t it dangerous?” Certain sections of San Pedro Sula aren’t ideal–but why on earth would you go there? Despite its “bad rap,” San Pedro Sula has the most modern and efficient bus terminal in Central America. It’s inside of a mall! No need for a taxi. So don’t worry and get on that bus to SPS! You’ll be just fine.

FYI–in 2017 the crime rate fell dramatically in San Pedro Sula, too.

From Tegucigalpa

Option 1: Hedman Alas Coach Bus.
Book a Hedman Alas bus ticket from Tegucigalpa to Lake Yojoa. There are departures at 7:00am, 12:30pm, and 2:30pm and the trip takes approximately 3 hours. The cost is $12.50 and you’ll travel on a comfortable air-conditioned bus. The bus will drop you off at La Guama and from there catch a microbus (20 Lps.), which runs frequently, to Peña Blanca. From Peña Blanca, catch a moto-taxi (20 Lps. per person) or taxi (20 Lps. per person) directly to D&D. You can also take the El Mochito bus (10 Lps.) to the green D&D turnoff sign and then walk 300 meters down the road to our gate. Alternatively you can take a mototaxi directly from La Guama to D&D for 150 Lps.

Option 2: Slow
Take the Tegucigalpa –> Las Vegas, Santa Barbara bus (note–this is NOT a bus to Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara). It’s a slow bus that stops frequently and it doesn’t have AC, but it works and it’s cheap. For a photo of this bus, click here! This bus leaves from Mercado Mama Chepa at 1:00pm (See Map) and is “direct” meaning it will stop frequently but will take you directly to the turnoff for D&D Brewery, where you’ll then walk 300 meters to our gate. Current cost is 150 Lps. (~$6.50)

From Gracias, Lempira or La Esperanza, Intibuca

When arriving to D&D via Gracias (Lempira Department) you have two options. Either one of these routes takes about the same amount of time, so roll the dice and pick one:

1. Via La Esperanza/Siguatepeque/La Guama

Very scenic & authentic, more bus changes.

First take a bus from Gracias to La Esperanza, Intibuca Department. At last report there are buses departing Gracias at 4:00 am, 5:00 am, 6:30 am, 7:00 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am, and 1:00 pm. Then, take a bus from La Esperanza heading towards San Pedro Sula and get off in La Guama. If you’re unable to find a bus to San Pedro Sula then you’ll need to take a bus to Siguatepeque and then to La Guama.

From La Guama catch a bus (20 Lps.), which runs frequently, to Peña Blanca. From Peña Blanca, catch a moto-taxi (20 Lps. per person) or taxi (20 Lps. per person) directly to D&D. You can also take the El Mochito bus (8 Lps.) to the green D&D turnoff sign and then walk 300 meters down the road to our gate.

2. Via San Pedro Sula

More reliable, only two buses.

A bus to San Pedro Sula and then an El Mochito bus to D&D.

Arriving to D&D by Bus from Other Countries:

From Nicaragua

1. Via Leon: book a ticket on the Ticabus (link) (at least one day in advance) from Leon to San Pedro Sula. This bus departs around 5am and will have you to D&D in about 12 hours or less. Although their website doesn’t mention it and the folks at the ticket window may say otherwise, the driver is happy to let you off in La Guama. If you arrive early enough, follow the above instructions for how to arrive via La Guama. Should you arrive after the last bus has left for Peña Blanca, you will need to take a “mototaxi” all the way to D&D for around 300 Lps.

2. Via Estelí/Las Manos Border Crossing: take transport north to the Las Manos crossing, then work your way to Tegucigalpa passing through Danlí. Once in Tegucigalpa you’ll need to catch a bus heading north to San Pedro Sula, getting off in La Guama. If you arrive early enough, follow the above instructions for how to arrive via La Guama. Should you arrive after the last bus has left for Peña Blanca, you will need to take a “mototaxi” all the way to D&D for around 300 Lps.

3. Flight from Managua to Tegucigalpa: this is generally a very expensive option, however some folks in a hurry have done this. La Costeña, the Nicaraguan Airline, has flights twice a week at 7am from Managua and will get you to Tegucigalpa in less than one hour. You then follow the above instructions for arriving via Tegucigalpa. Note that this cuts down a 12-14 hour travel day into a 5 hour travel day when your final destination is D&D.

From Antigua, Guatemala or Guatemala City

Hedman Alas (tickets bookable online) leaves Antigua on a shuttle around 3:00am, connecting to a bus in Guatemala City which departs at 4:30am. There is a brief bathroom and lunch stop in Copan followed by a brief transfer in San Pedro Sula to a final bus departing to Lake Yojoa. You should arrive around 4:30pm to Lake Yojoa.

From Flores, Guatemala (Peten/Tikal Region)

Fuente del Norte departs from Flores at 5:30am, arriving in San Pedro Sula around 1:30pm. The cost is $47. Then take a chicken bus per the instructions above for arriving via San Pedro Sula.

From El Salvador

Via San Salvador: book a ticket on the King Quality bus, part of the Platinum Centroamerica company. Click here to visit their website. At last check this bus departs from San Salvador at 7am and arrives to San Pedro Sula at 2:30pm, more or less. From there, follow the instructions above for how to arrive from San Pedro Sula.

From Belize

1. Via Ferry from Belize City

Every Friday the Starla Ferry leaves at 9am from the San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi Terminal to Puerto Cortes, arriving at 2:30pm. The cost is $80.

FYI–it also passes through Dandriga further south at 11am–it’s possible to board there for $55 (still arriving in Puerto Cortes for $80).

2. Via Bus from Belize City:

Every Saturday there’s a bus departing from Belize City at 6:00am (Transportes Manabre). This bus takes about 12 hours and costs $75. While it’s a long journey that’s the only overland bus link from Belize to Honduras, passing through Guatemala. Link: http://www.travelmundomaya.com/bus_schedules.html

3. Via Ferry from Placencia or Big Creek:

The “D-Express” departs on Fridays at 9:00am from the Municipal Pier by the Shell gas station in Placencia. The same boat stops at Big Creek, departing at 11:00am. Arrives at Puerto Cortes, Honduras around 2:00pm. The cost is $60 (US).

Arriving to D&D by Car or for those Overlanding:

We’re approximately 4km on the road from Peña Blanca, Cortés, to Las Vegas/El Mochito in the village of Los Naranjos.

The road is paved up to 300 meters from our door. Small cars can make it without any problem; you do not need high-clearance or 4×4.

Specific instructions depending on which direction you’re arriving from:

From San Pedro Sula

Head south on CA-5 towards Tegucigalpa. About 1 hour from San Pedro Sula, turn off at the exit on the right called La Guama (you’ll see a large green sign that says Peña Blanca). There is also a police post at this turnoff, for reference. Drive for approximately 13km until you reach the intersection in Peña Blanca, and turn left onto the road to Las Vegas, Santa Barbara (El Mochito mine). Please note that there is no signage and so you will want to ask for this turnoff; another helpful indicator is that it will be the first major paved road after crossing a bridge over a canal. Drive 4 km until you see the D&D Brewery sign on the right. We’re down that road!

Don’t be confused by the turnoff before reaching Peña Blanca for “Los Naranjos Eco-Archaeological Park” as this is not the correct entrance.

From Tegucigalpa

The main highway passes by the east side of the lake. At the north end of the lake there is a turnoff named “La Guama.” You’ll see a large green sign that says Peña Blanca.

There is also a police post at this turnoff, for reference. Drive for approximately 13km until you reach the intersection in Peña Blanca, and turn left onto the road to Las Vegas, Santa Barbara (El Mochito mine). Please note that there is no signage and so you will want to ask for this turnoff; another helpful indicator is that it will be the first major paved road after crossing a bridge over a canal. Drive 4 km until you see the D&D Brewery sign on the right. We’re down that road!

Don’t be confused by the turnoff before reaching Peña Blanca for “Los Naranjos Eco-Archaeological Park” as this is not the correct entrance.

GPS Coordinates for Overland Travelers:

14.94653, -88.03795

Note that you can now also search for us on Google Maps: D&D Brewery, Lodge, and Restaurant. Many folks choose to plug us into Google Maps and go. This is a very easy way to get to us.

Remember, though, that you can’t always trust Google Maps. There is no need to go down any dirt roads except for the last 300 meters, so make sure Google doesn’t take you on some wild off-road adventure (unless you’re into that kind of thing in which case, awesome).

 

From D&D to Onward Destinations:

Travel to Nicaragua

There is a bus that passes 300 meters from our door anywhere from 6-6:45am and will take you directly to the Mercado Mama Chepa in Tegucigalpa. From that area of Tegucigalpa you can find connections to other destinations in southern Honduras such as Amapala, La Tigra National Park, and Danli. You can also head further south to the Nicaraguan Border.

Note that this same bus passes through Siguatepeque and Comayagua. Siguatepeque is where the turnoff to head to La Esperanza and Gracias (via the scenic route). A traveler in April 2017 shared with us the following information about Comayagua: “Got to Comayagua and I’m staying at Hotel Honduras for 150Lps. per night. There’s two places called Hotel Honduras though, but they’re almost right next to each other. There’s no WiFi, but you can get that at the central Park.” Thanks, Magnus!

If you’re heading to Nicaragua (Leon or Managua), we are an official Ticabus ticketing agency and bus stop! We’ve worked hard to make things easy and now you can even book online–click here to buy your tickets now.

But you don’t have to skip more of Honduras: we can also book Ticabus tickets in advance for departures from Tegucigalpa at a future date. In other words, you take any other bus to Tegucigalpa and then explore the city and then take the Ticabus from the terminal in Tegucigalpa. In Tegucigalpa we highly recommend La Ronda Hostel. Guests coming from D&D with Ticabus tickets departing from Tegucigalpa receive a 10% discount on their stay at La Ronda. (PS – we receive no commission on this; we just think you should explore more of Honduras before heading on to Nicaragua).

Travel North

Buses begin departing Los Naranjos for San Pedro Sula as early as 4:45am. They’ll take you directly to the San Pedro Sula bus terminal in approximately 2 hours or so. From there you are able to find onward connections to Copan, Puerto Cortes, Omoa, the Guatemalan Border (Corinto), Tela, La Ceiba (ferry or Rio Cangrejal/Pico Bonito NP), and Trujillo.

Travel to El Salvador

Travel notes shared with us by Sam B. Updated July 2017:

Leave D&D at 5:30am to catch the El Mochito bus to San Pedro Sula, which was 50 Lempira. Arrived at 800am. Look for the company “Sultana” heading to Nueva Ocotepeque. The next bus was at 10:30am which they automatically booked me on although there was a colectivo that departed before this. The cost was 172 Lempira. It was late so didn’t leave until 11:00am and stopped frequently but briefly. Arrived in Ocotepeque at 4:15pm. Caught a colectivo to El Poy which took 10 mins and was 10 Lempira. It turns out buses in El Salvador stop very early in Honduras. I arrived on the El Salvadorean side at 5:00pm and there were no more buses or colectivos to the cities or nearby towns. Locals said the last were at 4:15pm; this was verified by two different people. In the end, spent $10 and stayed in a town nearby in La Palma, which was a great choice as it has amazing murals.

My tips to those attempting this journey:

1. Leave early to complete this in a day
2. If wanting to get to San Salvador, get the first available colectivo as these go more frequently than buses
3. I didn’t realise until leaving SPS terminal but there is another bus company called Congolon; they may have an earlier bus than 10:30pm
4. Be prepared to fork out for a taxi to next destination if arriving on El Salvador side after last bus at 4:15pm.
5. The bus to Ocotepeque made a short stop in Santa Rosa but I could not see any toilets about. Thankfully I didn’t need to go but if wanting to do this comfortably in a day, be sure to use bathrooms in SPS as likely last chance until reaching border

All in all, I wouldn’t have done anything differently. I would strongly recommend to travelers to stop over in La Palma. It’s a beautiful town and breaks up the journey to San Salvador, which is 3 hours by bus from the border.

Can I get to Leon, Nicaragua in one day from D&D?

The answer is yes. We are now an official ticketing agency of TicaBus and have achieved a bus stop at Lake Yojoa! You can take the TicaBus straight to Leon, departing at 7:00am and arriving at 3:00pm. The cost is $40. Click here to book your tickets online now. Please note that TicaBus tickets can sell out fast and advanced booking is recommended.

Don’t want to take the TicaBus? We also have very detailed instructions at D&D available on how to do this on your own for a cheaper price, although in all honesty it’s a bit tricky to pull off in one day.  

We can also book you in on a shuttle to Leon, Nicaragua for $50–do note that this service doesn’t arrive until midnight, though.

Arriving by Helicopter:

No one has ever done this before, but it’d be really cool if someone would try. The soccer field (or, as I’ve been asked to include, “football pitch”) in town would be a great place to land.

**update: in 2014 a guest brought a drone and launched it up above D&D. That’s super cool but doesn’t count. We’re still looking for our helicopter hero. Over and out.

Steam Engine #1, Railroad in Trujillo, Colón
A bus company from Santa Rosa de Copan
Ferry crossing the Chamelecón River in Trinidad, Santa Barbara department
Plane from the former Honduran airline that operated from 1947-1991

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