Introducing La Esperanza
Up in the highlands, slow-paced La Esperanza is known for its markets. Indigenous influence is strong here – you will see many women wearing the distinctive, colorful Lenca headdress. For these reasons – and not its muddy streets – it is a more interesting stopover than Marcala. The highest town in Honduras, it can get decidedly chilly here, too.
Two blocks west of the pretty Parque Central, the Casa de Cultura has a couple of rooms devoted to Lenca culture, including some excellent ceramics and weavings. Continuing up the hill from here you'll soon reach La Gruta, a small cave now converted into a chapel.