This tour and trip was worth every penny. Kerim answered all of my pre-purchase and prearrival questions via WhatsApp; Boy did I have fifty million questions. Initially, I was extremely hesitant, because of information read, seen and heard in videos via the internet. However, it made no sense to travel solo to Honduras and stay at a hotel all day, because of fear.
My flight was delayed and I arrived after 1 AM to San Pedro Sula. Kerim was there waiting for me as I walked out of the terminal. I arrived safely to my hotel and Kerim suggested that we push the start time back by one hour to 6 AM. His tour traditionally starts with a 5AM, with a pick-up from your hotel. First, we stopped at for breakfast at Welchez Cafe in Santa Isabel. This location was picture perfect. I selected the Plato Tipico and Latte Carmel Macchiato for breakfast. The refried beans were delicious and the best I had while in Honduras. After breakfast we headed to Copan Ruinas for my Mayan Ruins tour. My private tour guide, Kerim arranged this, was Cesar, which was extra and he spoke perfect English. Cesar was very knowledgeable. We spent so much time in Copan Ruinas. I was able to shop and purchase souvenirs with local merchants. Make sure you are willing to negotiate prices. I traveled during COVID and was unwilling to negotiate, being aware that a lot of people have been negatively impacted by the lack of tourism throughout the world. We even stopped by San RaFael, where I met the Best Barista in Honduras for two years straight, 2019 and 2020. While at San Rafael I tasted a delicious tiramisu, coffee, and bottled water. The water was the best water I ever had in my entire life or I was very thirst. Even walked the streets of the local town center in Copan Ruinas where I purchased Lichas from a local vendor. If you have ever tasted Lichas they are the best and often called Rambutans in other countries. I spent so much time in Copan Ruinas we had to begin our journey back to San Pedro Sula slightly before night. We missed lunched and we both had dinner at a gas station. Where I had a Baleadas, Zambos Picositas con Chile , limon y sal with a del Valle Mango. This was one of the best meals I had my whole trip. Plus, I didn't even get sick. I told him I would eat at the hotel and he insisted that was not a good idea. I am thankful I followed his lead. It was an excellent choice. Disappointed that I did not eat at his lunch recommendation, I know I missed out on another delicious meal within Honduras.
Kerim is so knowledgeable about his beautiful country. He is a great asset to the hospitality and tourism industry within Honduras. Trip and tour was worth every penny I paid. I ate at the best places to dine while in Honduras without fear of getting sick. He also picked great places to stop so I could use the bathroom. This was truly a once in a lifetime experience that very few people have when they visit Honduras, because few stay on the mainland and are willing to drive in a car with a stranger for 3.5 hours. I am glad I paid for this experience. Kerim even assured me that he is one of the few tour guides recommended by the US Embassy in Tegucigalpa. If you have any fears contact them for additional recommendations. Thank you Kerim! You made my time in mainland Honduras unforgettable. I will definitely tell everyone how hospitable you were and how safe I felt.
COVID-19: Kerim and I both wore mask majority of the trip and/or traveled with the windows down for air to circulate through the vehicle. He had hand sanitizer available and I brought my own. I left my disinfectant wipes in America by accident. My COVID test to return to the United States was negative, which lets me know we both used the proper precautions.