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Introducing Comayagua

Comayagua, 84km northwest of Tegucigalpa, is the historic first capital of Honduras and was a religious and political center for over three centuries, until power shifted to Tegucigalpa in 1880. The town’s colonial past is evident in its fine old churches, an impressive cathedral and its colonial plazas. A very Catholic city, it’s the place in Honduras to witness Easter celebrations.

On the outskirts of the town is a huge air base used by the US military. Known as La Palmerola (or Soto Cano), it formed a base for US forces during the 1980s when the Contra war was raging in Nicaragua. Today about 1000 soldiers are stationed here.