Gracias is a peaceful mountain town with cobblestone streets, colonial churches and a sense that time here moves at a slower pace. It is an important stop on the Ruta Lenca, a collection of western towns with strong Lenca indigenous communities and influence. Gracias itself has a new museum with some fine pieces, and is the gateway to smaller towns like La Campa and San Manuel Colohete, which are just beginning to appear on travelers’ radar.
But Gracias is perhaps best known for its proximity to Parque Nacional Montaña de Celaque, a rugged swath of dense forest that’s home to the country’s highest peak. A challenging ascent can be done in one long day or in a more leisurely fashion in two or three, camping beneath the towering canopy of one of Honduras’ best cloud forests.