WARNING! Robbery at Lago de Yojoa, Honduras

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#1 Wed, 04/18/2012 - 14:12

WARNING! Robbery at Lago de Yojoa, Honduras

We just want to inform other travellers, that the road to the PANACAM lodge/campground near Lago de Yojoa in Honduras is not safe and armed robbery can be expected. The gravel road to the lodge/campground has some steep, hairpin-curves and you have to drive very slowly. The bad guys know exactly where to jump on your car and stop you with firearms. We got hijacked on our way back to the main highway a week ago.

Safe travels!
Cheers

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 14:19

thanks for the warning

I hope from the fairly cheery tone of your post that everyone in your traveling party is safe and sound - sorry to hear of your experience.  How did you get out of the situation?  

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 14:52

All good here. Thanks for

All good here. Thanks for asking. We still can not belive what happened and the first few days we were in shock.

As we had a knife on the throat and guns in our face, we just waited till the bandits are finished searching us and our car for valuables. After they were done and found our camera and a little bit of money, they let us go and we drove away. We have most of our valuables well hidden in the car. They usually don't take the time to search everything. Just what they find right away.

From now on we also drive only with our windows almost closed as this would have maybe gave us time to drive away....but on the other hand do you want to do that when several guns are pointing in your direction?

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 07:15

oh crap man, glad to hear you

oh crap man, glad to hear you guys are OK!

 

james

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 12:30

Glad you're ok

 

Wow, sorry to hear about that!  Happy to hear everyone's safe and it sounds like everything was replaceable.  Hopefully they let you keep the memory card or there weren't many photos on your camera!

Think of it this way...now you have a story to tell all your friends who are stuck in their cubicles, plus you have a good excuse to upgrade your camera :)

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 16:08

Sorry to hear about this. We

Sorry to hear about this. We are glad you are taking it in stride.

BTW are you guys not writing about the trip on the blog? Where can I keep up with you guys and Dino?

 

 

Mon, 04/30/2012 - 15:24

No, no travelling blog from

No, no travelling blog from us. We try to keep it old-school and enjoy our time off the computer :)

BUT you found us on flickr, so that's where we keep our folks back home up-to-date

Hope you guys are still in Peru when we are down there. Would be great to meet up...

Thu, 05/03/2012 - 14:01 (Reply to #7)

We will be leaving Peru June

We will be leaving Peru June 1st, going to work in the ole US of A from June until December... so we will be in SA for another few months after that. Would definitely like to meet up. I am a big fan of Dino and the work you did on him (her?, it?)

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 14:46 (Reply to #8)

That's a shame.

Hmm. That's a shame. We probably going to travel through Peru exactly in this time frame. Well, keep in touch as we might go North again next year...
I think DinoEvo is a he, but still not sure about it :)

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 17:53

Sorry to hear this, Cerro Azul NP was Great

That's terrible new, sorry to hear it. We drove all around Honduras for 3 months with no problems. In fact we were up at Cerro Azul National Park (I presume that's what you are referring to when you say PANACAM this past October. It was a great campground and the park had some wonderful hiking trails. In fact here's the post we put up a week or two ago - http://trans-americas.com/blog/2012/05/lake-yojoa-cerro-azul-national-pa...

Sat, 05/26/2012 - 15:50

PANACAM Road is indeed unsafe, but NOT Lago de Yojoa in general

Hi all,

Bobby here at D&D Brewery...the most popular stopoff for overlanders passing through Honduras. A Canadian gentlemen here informed me of this post and I felt compelled to write back with some local information.

Unfortunately, it is indeed true that driving to PANACAM is now not recommended. Several private vehicles have been robbed. This always happens on the way down after you're tired from hiking, etc. For some reason, however, the local Santa Helena vans never have any problem. So, we are still saying it's OK to take a Santa Helena shuttle up.

The rest of the lake area is just fine and we continue to witness no crimes against tourists here. I have owned D&D for 11 months and we have had ZERO robberies of guests. I challenge any other destination in central america (Xela, Antigua, Leon, Granada, Roatan, etc.) to boast that record?

Hope to see you soon at D&D Brewery :)

 

Best,

Bobby

 

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 08:58

Glad you are ok

Toni and Felix! I've been out of the loop and was catching up on our forums now. Holy smokes you guys, I am glad to hear you are ok. Thank you for taking the time to let us and other drivers know about this, it really helps having roadtrippers looking out for each other.

Travel safe you guys!