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

Arriving to D&D by Bus:

From San Pedro Sula

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 trip should take around 2 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 drop you off on the other side of the lake on the main highway which is 16km from D&D. The El Mochito bus drops you off 300m from our door.

From La Ceiba/Trujillo/Tela

Take a bus that goes directly to Tegucigalpa, not one that goes to San Pedro Sula. These buses will begin to head south in El Progreso, joining with the main highway in La Barca. About 30 minutes later, get off in La Guama and follow the instructions above for Tegucigalpa.

This will save you 45 minutes + having to change buses in San Pedro Sula! Note that these instructions only work 1-way (from the North), not in reverse. **as of Jan. 2015 a guest reported that the bus service “Kamaldy” cost 274 Lps. (roughly $12.50) one way, from La Ceiba to Siguatepeque (but you then get off in La Guama).

From Copan Ruinas

1. First, travel to San Pedro Sula using one of these two bus companies:

Hedman Alas (air-conditioned, reliable, but more expensive)
Casa Sola (more frequent departures, slower, less reliable, cheaper)

2. Follow the instructions for San Pedro Sula below.

Frequently asked questions:
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.

From Tegucigalpa

Option 1: take any bus to La Guama, and 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.

Option 2: take the Tegucigalpa –> Las Vegas, Santa Barbara bus (note–this is NOT a bus to Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara). 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 145 Lps.

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.

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 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.

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 South

There is a bus that passes 300 meters from our door anywhere from 6-6:45am and will 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.

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.

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 7am and arriving at 3pm. The cost is about $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 also work with a shuttle provider and we’re able to book you a seat departing around noon and arriving in Leon at 9pm for $55.

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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