How to import your car into Honduras from Guatemala
We thought this may be straight forward because of the next 4 countries being a part of the CA-4. This is only true if you have Central American plates.
1) Cancel your temporary import for Guatemala. You will need 1 copy of your passport, licence and one copy of your vehicle title. You will receive 2 copies of the cancelled notice - keep these handy as you will need them soon. During this process they will have a poke around your car.
2) Give one copy of your cancelled import notice to the police officer on the border.
3) Clear immigration. They will try and ask for an exit fee, there isn't a fee, so do not pay! Cross to Honduras...
1) Clear immigration. You will have to fill out an entry form. There is a charge of $3USD (60 Lempiras per person here), but you can also pay in Guatemalan money.
2) Go into customs to get a temporary import for your car. Here you will need 2 copies of your passport, licence and vehicle title. If you need copies you can get some on the Guatemalan side. NB: It's a massive rip-off for photocopies at the border, so get them done before you get here.
3) They will give you a load of forms to go an pay your fees at the bank. The fee is L680 ( approx £23GBP) . This is only payable in Lempiras. Money exchange people are at the border but will give you a poor rate (1USD:19L instead of 1USD:22L at a bank).
4) The bank will give you half of your forms back and a receipt. Take these back to customs.
5) Customs will issue a temporary import certificate. Keep it safe you will need to surrender it on your exit. Keep this on you.
6) Show your temporary import certificate and passport to the border officials. They will check everything matches.
Driving in Honduras
The roads in Honduras are of varying quality ranging from pot-holed nightmare, which makes any straight road a slalom, to perfectly smooth and straight. The further south you go, the better the road conditions are. Apart from the short 10km stretch up to a Jungle Lodge near La Ceiba, there is no need to a 4WD vehicle.
The road connecting Copan ruinas to the south is pretty bad. Land slides have claimed large sections of the road and most of the time there are only a few branches laid across the road to warn you of the upcoming death traps. The roads in this region have some savage pot holes. We broke 2 suspension brackets along this route. Take it easy, slow down and enjoy the scenery. Once you have made it half way to La Ceiba things get a lot smoother. My top tip for this section of road, is to follow a truck. They slow in all the right places and swerve all over the place avoiding the big holes.
The dreaded topes (speed bumps) made a re-appearance. Totaly unmarked. Totaly invisible. Mainly only present in the north of the country though.
Fuel stations are frequent and prices range from L23-L28 (roughly £0.70GBP or $1.18USD) per litre. Prices at the pump state per gallon, but it is most certainly litres.
Once again we used Caarte Data GPS for this country. It worked without a glitch and the locations were very acurate.