Everyone seems to skip Honduras, or just goes to one of the islands and then legs it to Leon. I was going to be one of these people until I realized you had to wake up at 5 to get the 6am ferry and then a shuttle that wouldn’t arrive in leon till 1 am, so decided to change my plans. The group (minus Daniel and Sarah who were on a romantic get away) decided to head to La Ceiba and spend 2 nights there. We had heard there was good white water rafting so thought we should give it ago, plus the hostel was so comfortable none of us wanted to leave (hot water and Air Con! Hostel 1877).
Rachael and Jules sat out on the rafting as they weren’t feeling too well (Jules had this horrible rash (we think chikungunya/ chickenjuliets but really could have been anything as she never got tested #ZIKA) plus was still recovering from her 2 day bender) but we still had Richard and James who we had met diving and Connor, this huge american guy that Mark new from San Juan del Sur making us a group of 8. We got picked up in the oldest beat up Landcruiser who’s door didn’t even shut properly! After a bumpy ride through the jungle we were at the starting point for the rafting. We were given some brief instructions and a quick little practice run (that we sucked at) and then we were off down the river. We had a girls boat (Katie, Niamh, Erin and Me) and a boys boat (James, Richard and Mark) with Conor in his own inflatable kayak thing.
It was so much fun! Niamh (I now know how to spell her name) in particular was so funny! She is so goofy and could never hear the instructions so was always a step or so behind. Katie decided she would be a better/louder captain so took over in the instruction department. We thankfully never fell out (except for when the boys pulled us out and then flipped our boat) and no one got hurt which is always a plus.
It was time for the group to disperse so after an amazing family dinner cooked by Rach we all made our seperate plans. James and Richard were getting a shuttle to Leon, Jules and Niamh were staying in la ceiba and the rest of us were off to this brewery their dive instructor had told them about. Through Rach’s expert skills we managed to get there using taxis and local buses for half the price of the shuttle. It actually wasn’t even hard and probably took the exact same amount of time. The brewery was in the middle of the jungle near a lake. We never actually saw the lake until we were leaving. D&D brewery was awesome! The beer was delicious and they even had cider plus the accomidation was really comfy (there were no bunk beds thank god!).
After a night of drinking we all piled into a taxi to go and explore a near by waterfall. This waterfall was huge, and apparently you could do tours behind it. Katie and Erin were trying to reign in their spending so decided to skip the tour. I kinda thought it was just going to be a casual stroll along a path into a cave behind the waterfall but it was so much more!! This was extreme waterfall climbing. We had to jump off rocks into pools of water and then climb up the other side. At one point you couldn’t see anything and just had to cling onto this rope and follow it blindly. It was so much fun!! We did loose some sunnies but it was well worth it! A must do if you are in Honduras.