Comayagua was the first capital of Honduras and an important religious and political center for over three centuries, until power shifted to Tegucigalpa in 1880. The town’s rich 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. Once the new, nearby Palmerola International Airport opens to become Honduras's main point of entry, the town will become a great alternative place to overnight instead of grittier San Pedro Sula or Tegucigalpa.
Right next to Palmerola Airport is a huge air base used by the US military. It formed a base for US forces in the 1980s when the Contra war was raging in Nicaragua. Today about a thousand soldiers are stationed here, and you'll often see off-duty soldiers relaxing in town.