The hostel owner dropped us to the correct bus station in the morning and we were advised to get a bus heading to San Salvador but stop at a town just outside to get a directo bus to El Tunco easy 2 buses. No not easy, we got the first bus okay and got dropped at the correct place, thanks to an English speaking bus driver. However, we soon found out that buses no longer go to El Tunco from here anymore. Good. But we managed to get a chicken bus to La Libertad and then change to an El Tunco bus. During this journey, Mel jumped off a moving bus, I was squashed next to a man holding a coconut tree and a guy with a surfboard. Eventually we arrived back at El Tunco, this time staying at a nicer hotel. We were delighted to stuff ourselves with Papusa's for lunch and went to the beach in the afternoon supping on cheap coconut drinks and I got battered by her strong waves. Evening sunset on the beach with beer and cheap burrito dinner.
The next day we set off at 8am for our 10 hour shuttle bus across the boarder into Leon Nicaragua. The driver of the shuttle did not understand a smooth ride and was constantly on and off with the accelerator. We dropped people off at El Cuco on route and then we went smoothly through the Honduras border.
Honduras appeared pretty poor and also very hot and dry with nothing really to look at. Apart from a guy on the back of a pickup truck sporting a pistol down the back of his jeans.
At the Nicaraguan border we were held up for an hour because a Chinese girl on the shuttle wasn't allowed entry unless she paid basically a bribe fee of $50. Completely unfair but she didn't have a choice He then drove a further few hours onto Leon arriving at 830pm. We stayed the night at a discounted hostel that we got as prat of the shuttle deal but it wasn't to our taste. Rubbish nights sleep due to uncomfortable bed and helicopter sounding fan.