Traveling mainland Honduras by bus

Traveling mainland Honduras can be dangerous, especially San Pedro Sula and a few other cities. I've heard that San Pedro Sula is the most violent (i.e. highest murder rate) place in the world that is not actively at war. But it's war here too: Honduras is a bottleneck for cocaine trafficking. Gangs are everywhere, and if bus companies don't pay the war tax to gangs, their drivers and passengers run the risk of being killed. Diana Express doesn't have the best reputation. Despite being daytime, I still held my breath for the first hour or so until we were well outside of San Pedro Sula.

I took Diana Express from San Pedro Sula to La Ceiba. I've heard speculation that Diana Express drivers work alongside the gangs on highway robberies, signaling them, etc.

I took Diana Express from San Pedro Sula to La Ceiba. I've heard speculation that Diana Express drivers work alongside the gangs on highway robberies, signaling them, etc.

Coffee and a newspaper to practice my Spanish. This was before we reached San Pedro Sula, and before Diana Express.