Tegucigalpa to San Pedro Sula

The main road connecting Tegucigalpa and the country's second largest city, San Pedro Sula, heads north through beautiful scenery along the shore of Lago Yojoa, skirting villages of the Lenca communities. Alhough the tendency is to head north for the warmth and beauty of the beaches, a slow journey along the road is very rewarding.

Támara and Zambrano

The Northern Highway between Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula leaves the capital and enters the vast valley of Támara, with the village of the same name. A turning leads to the
San Matías waterfall
, in a delightful area for walking in cool forested mountains.

The road climbs to the forested heights of
Parque Aventuras
, at Km 33, good food, swimming pools, horses, bikes, then to
Zambrano
(altitude: 1450 m) at Km 34 and, at Km 36, midway between Tegucigalpa and Comayagua,
Parque Aurora
. It has a small zoo, good swimming pools and a picnic area among pine-covered hills, a lake with rowing boats, a snack bar and lovely scenery. The birdwatching is good too.

Before descending to the Comayagua Valley, the Northern Highway reaches another forested mountainous escarpment. A track leads off to the right (ask for directions), with about 30 minutes' climb on foot to a tableland and the natural fortress of
Tenampua
, where the indigenous put up their last resistance to the conquistadores, even after the death of Lempira. It has an interesting wall and entrance portal.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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