A hot agricultural town on the south side of the Río Aguán where the La Ceiba highway meets the Olanchito–Tocoa–Trujillo road, Savá is a common transit point for bus travelers. The town holds a couple of nondescript comedores and a gas station.
Should you for some odd reason need or want to spend the night in Savá, rooms are available at Hospedaje Carmen, half a block from the main highway junction, among several other hotels. Buses to La Ceiba and Trujillo stop at the Contraipbal/Cotuc office, half a kilometer from the main junction on the road toward La Ceiba.
On the road to Olanchito, on the west side of the Río Mamé 28 kilometers from Savá, a dirt road turns off south, up toward the mountains. This road leads to La Unión in Olancho—86 kilometers away and the closest town to Parque Nacional La Muralla—and eventually on to Juticalpa and Tegucigalpa. This road has in the past had a rather grim reputation (known as “El Corridor de la Muerte,” or “The Corridor of Death”) because of repeated holdups, particularly between La Unión and Salamá.
The situation has improved considerably in recent years, but it’s always best to stop at the police post and ask about the current situation. As well, the road can be in very poor condition in the rain. It’s best to at least have high clearance, if not four-wheel-drive, to drive this road, even in the dry season.
© Chris Humphrey and Amy E. Robertson from Moon Honduras, 5th Edition