Planning a Trip
Getting There & Getting Around -- You'll need to have your own car to explore the more remote corners of the lake, as there aren't taxis in town. The country's major highway, CA 5, runs between San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa and passes right beside the eastern edge of the lake and the town of La Guama, from where you can easily take Hwy. 54 to the north and Peña Blanca. You can also get to/from San Pedro directly via the windy Hwy. 54, though this takes a bit longer at about 2 hours.
Any Tegucigalpa bound bus that's coming from San Pedro will let you off at La Guama and vice versa; the ride from San Pedro Sula takes 3 hours. Minibuses (L10/50¢/25p) regularly ply the route between here and La Guama and Peña Blanca, as do taxis, which cost around L20 ($1/50p).
Orientation -- CA 5 parallels the eastern edge of the lake, where most restaurants and hotels can be found, as well as the small town of La Guama and Parque Nacional Cerro Azul Meámbar. On the north side of the lake, you will find the town of Peña Blanca, which is a more secluded place to base yourself, as well as the Parque Eco-Archeological de Los Naranjos. On the western side of the lake is Parque Nacional Montaña de Santa Barbara.
Visitor Information -- Most of the parks in this area are self-guided, so you can easily hire locals to guide you at any of the entrances. The D&D Brewery (tel. 504/994-9719; www.dd-brewery.com) runs a variety of organized tours in the region, though.