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Introducing Juticalpa

The only major town in northeastern Honduras is Juticalpa, the capital of the department of Olancho. There are two bus terminals, across the street from one another, at the entrance to town. From there it’s a congested kilometer to the city park, which is surprisingly pleasant, flanked by a huge modern church and filled with trees and benches. There’s nothing much to see here – it’s mostly a jumping-off point to Gualaco, Catacamas and the Sierra de Agalta – but with a couple of good hotels and restaurants, it’s a fine place to spend the night. The annual festival is held on December 8.