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. The view has changed little in over 150 years.