East of Tegucigalpa

A good paved road runs east from Tegucigalpa through the hills to Danlí, 92 km away in the Department of El Paraíso. There are no signs when leaving Tegucigalpa so ask the way. Some 40 km along, in the Zambrano Valley , is the Escuela Agrícola Panamericana, which is run for all students of the Americas with US help: it has a fine collection of tropical flowers (book visits in advance at the office in Tegucigalpa).

Yuscarán

At Km 47.5, a paved road branches south to Yuscarán, in rolling pineland country preserved by the
Reserva Biológica de Yuscarán
, which protects much of the land around Montserrat mountain. The climate here is semi-tropical. Yuscarán was an important mining centre in colonial days and is a picturesque village, with cobbled streets and houses on a steep hillside. Ask to see the museum near the town plaza; you have to ask around to find the person who has the key, antiques and photographs are displayed in a restored mansion which belonged to a mining family. There is a Casa de Cultura in the former Casa Fortín, open Monday-Saturday. The Yuscarán distilleries, one in the centre, the other on the outskirts, are considered by many to produce the best
aguardiente
in Honduras (tours possible). The Montserrat mountain that looms over Yuscarán is riddled with mines. The old Guavias mine is close to Yuscarán, some 4 km along the road to Agua Fría. About 10 km further along, a narrow, winding road climbs steeply through pine woods to the summit of
Pico Montserrat
(1891 m).

Danlí

Danlí, 102 km from Tegucigalpa, is noted for sugar and coffee production, a large meat-packing company (Orinsa), and is a centre of the tobacco industry. There are four cigar factories. The
Honduras-América SA factory
, produces export quality cigars at good prices. Also
Placencia Tabacos
, on the road to Tegucigalpa, where you can watch cigar-making. Better prices than at Santa Rosa. From Danlí to the north is
Cerro San Cristóbal
and the beautiful
Lago San Julián
.

El Paraíso

A paved road goes south 18 km to El Paraíso, and beyond to the Nicaraguan border at Las Manos/Ocotal. El Paraíso is a pretty town in an area producing coffee, bananas and rice.

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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