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Getting There

By Air -- Aerolineas Sosa (tel. 504/2433-6432; www.aerolineasosa.com) flies to Brus Laguna three times per week from La Ceiba, leaving at 10am and returning at 11am. Sami Airlines (tel. 504/2433-8031) has several flights a week to Raista/Belén and La Ceiba, as well as on occasion to Puerto Lempira and Ahuas.

Brus Laguna's small airstrip sits a few kilometers from the town center. Just follow the main drag straight through the fields and ranches. You can buy tickets for either airline at the general store just up from the pier, on the right. The owner will also give you a lift to the airstrip for L50, and he has radio contact with the pilots -- who are never on time -- for when they will land, so you won't have to wait around in the field.

By Boat -- Brus Laguna is the central point for boats to anywhere in La Mosquitia, though times and prices can still be sporadic. Expreso boats can be hired to go to Raista/Belén (L1,500 for 1-4 people; 2 hr.) and Las Marías (L5,000; 5-6 hr.; includes a 3-day wait). There is also a colectivo boat (L250; 2 hr.) that leaves almost daily from Brus Laguna to Barra Plátano, a small town where the river meets the ocean, and where you can walk for 2 hours to Raista/Belén.

Thanks to an increase -- ever so slightly -- in passenger traffic, two new boat services to/from Brus Laguna started in 2008, though let's cross our fingers that they stick around for awhile. The first is between Palacios and Brus Laguna on the Miss Liseth (tel. 504/9762-5846; L400), owned and operated by Miguel Guzman. The boat departs from Brus Laguna at 2:30am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and arrives at 5am. It starts its return to Brus Laguna at 4pm and arrives at 7pm.

The second service was set to go to Ahuas -- where connections to Puerto Lempira can be made -- on a semi-regular basis at last visit, but prices and schedule were yet to be determined at press time. Ask at the General Store in Brus Laguna, or Dorkas or Macoy Wood (tel. 504/2433-8009) for more information.

Visitor Information

The small general store, at the corner just up from the pier, is your one-stop shop for almost anything. Basic supplies, airline tickets, hotel information, simple meds, snacks, fishing tackle, money exchange, and transportation information are all found here.

There is a Hondutel on the main street where you can make international phone calls. A small shop beside Hotel Ciudad Blanca is the best cybercafe in town, and they can do international phone calls, as well.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.