Time for another up-to-date rundown on prices for travelers, this time for Honduras. I was only there for a week and spent a fair bit of that in swanky hotels on assignment and moving around with a driver, so no info here on the price for a chicken bus from Tegucigalpa to San Pedro Sula.
I’ve been preaching the benefits of traveling to Latin America ever since the dollar started dropping a few years ago and I felt so strongly about the wisdom of going to this region that I co-wrote Traveler’s Tool Kit: Mexico and Central America. If you’re still on the fence about heading to Central America, I’ve got three words for you: cheap, cheap, cheap.
That’s Honduras when it comes to prices for travelers. Exhibit A is the first photo here, which could easily be the prices in dollars at a café in Paris, London, or Oslo these days. Instead it shows pastry prices in lempiras at a gringo-owned traveler café in Copan Ruinas town. How many lempiras to the dollar? 19. Yes, 19, making these freshly baked goodies all of 53 cents.
Exhibit B was going to be from the same town, a photo of the room service menu at Hotel Marina Copan. But it wasn’t readable when I shrunk it down. So I’ll just tell you that at 19 to the dollar, the most expensive breakfast on the menu is the “Famous American” at less than six bucks. (I’m not sure what a “famous American” breakfast would be, but I assume it’s fattening.) A mixed omelette is a shade over $4. I had a comida corrida lunch at the local market. Fried chicken, vegetable soup, rice beans, potato salad, tortillas, and a soda-it was 44 lempiras, or $2.30. I gave the cook’s daughter 50 lempiras and told her to keep the change. Big spender I am.
Domestic beer in a bar – $1.25 to $2
Domestic beer in a store – 40 to 60 cents
Pina colada or rum punch – $1.50 to $3
Drink of 18-year Flor de Cana rum in a bar – $3 to $4
Mangoes the size of a grapefruit – 20 to 30 cents each
Fresh pineapple, chopped up for you – 35 cents
Standard double at most expensive hotel in Copan Ruinas – $90
Basic double with hot water in same – $3 to $20
Standard double at most expensive hotel in Gracias – $35
Basic double with A/C in Utila – $8 to $20
5-day open water PADI scuba course in Utila – $179
Fresh coconut with a straw stuck in it – 30 to 50 cents
5-gallon container of bottled water – $1.20
Cup of great coffee at the SPS airport – 90 cents
Mango licuado (mango, ice, and milk mixed in a blender) – 75 cents to $1.50
Shuttle from Copan to Antigua (Guatemala) – $12
One hour in an Internet café – 50 to 85 cents