Welcome to Esquipulas
From Chiquimula, Hwy 10 goes south into the mountains, where it's a bit cooler. After an hour's ride through pretty country, the highway descends into a valley ringed by mountains, where Esquipulas sits. Halfway down the slope, about 1km from the center of town, there is a mirador (lookout) from which you get a good view. The reason for a trip to Esquipulas is evident as soon as you catch sight of the place, dominated as it is by the towering Basílica de Esquipulas, its whiteness shimmering in the sun.