To break up our trip from Utila to Nicaragua we decided to spend a few nights in a less touristed region which is located between Pena Blanca and El Mochito. Our travel day went swimmingly; after a ferry, taxi and two buses, we had arrived.
D & D Brewery, Lodge and Restaurant was founded in 2013 with the aim of helping travellers see the real Honduras. They pretty much do it all. They offer dorms or private rooms, serve up great food, micro-brew a number of tasty craft beers, contribute a lot to the local community, guide day tours in a number of fashions including kayaking etc. Above all the owner and employees of D & D want to show the true beauty Honduras has to offer and do a fantastic job!
We settled quickly into our spacious private room with private bath. After sleeping on a blow up mattress in NYC and two single beds in Utila, the double bed was pure luxury (plus the sheets were soooooo soft). I was quite spent after days filled with diving and partying so I showered and had a siesta. Tyler did a little tour of our new surroundings while I napped. After some down time we headed to the D & D restaurant for dinner. We each ordered a burrito and they were both delicious. Since the chocolate cake at D & D is apparently famous we decided to treat ourselves and had chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream for dessert. It was fudgey and chocolatey and the most perfect way we could have ended our travel day. For once we called it a night a little early and got some reading in before bed.
The following morning we actually slept in! After almost 10 hours of sleep we were feeling fresh and rejuvenated. D & D has plenty of information about hiking nearby and offers lots of day tours. We were able to borrow a reusable map to take with us as we explored the area around Lake Yojoa. The directions told us to follow the road until we came to a path along the river. We had no problem finding it, but shortly into the hike we were thinking it couldn’t be the right path. It was very overgrown and eventually seemed to end. We figured we must have missed another path and saw that there was an opening up higher on the hill rather than down by the river where we were. We found ourselves on yet another detour. Through the jungle we went – up the hill, batting away mosquitoes, through spider webs, and scratched by thorny plants – until we successfully reached a trail that would easy fit a vehicle. How we missed it we had no clue…
Once we were back on track it was very straightforward. We wandered down the trail spent some time watching all of the beautiful colourful birds fly from tree to tree and ended up back down by the river at a picturesque spot to pause and re-hydrate.
The map we had was fantastic. The path here was rocky but easy to navigate. We continued along a path that led to a boardwalk that took us through a marshy area that borders the lake. Everything was green and leafy. A spot like that sure makes the heart feel good. After the boardwalk we wanted to try get a better look at the lake past the marsh so we continued in a new direction. We came to a museum but unfortunately no paths or roads were leading to an opening to the lake so we headed back to town.
The trail that we had missed at the beginning of our excursion was gated off so now we can see why we didn’t realize it was the proper route. That sure made us feel a lot better. However, note to selves: wear pants on unfamiliar hikes.
Before going back to the lodge we stopped at a little local restaurant for some food. Both of our plates were loaded with goodness at only $1.50 and $2.75 they were a real steal.
Back at D & D we read a little and worked on the blog a little. We have to admit that we kept to ourselves quite a bit during our stay here. It was nice to have some quiet time. We enjoyed another fantastic meal at the D & D restaurant with a couple more pints of their beers brewed on site. The Raspberry Ale is our favourite. Then it was early to bed to hit the road bright and early (6am) the next morning.
Getting to D & D: From San Pedro Sula the Tima bus company has a bus to El Mochito that stops at D & D Brewery. They literally have a stop labelled as D & D Brewery on their sign at the bus station so they are obviously used to travellers heading there. The stop is a few kilometers after Pena Blanca.
Leaving D & D: There are so many signs around the brewery that help to guide you wherever you need to go. We were heading to Tegucigalpa so we had to be on the road at 6am to catch the correct bus.
Hiking on your own: The reusable map from D & D is quite accurate. After the restaurant on the corner take a right immediately. There is a small opening beside the gates the get you onto the correct path. Everything else is self explanatory, just follow the paths wherever you want to go. We saw no ticket booth on the way in and didn’t pay. At the other side of the museum, however, there is a booth and we were able to pay the $6USD for our tickets there.