The absolute highlight of this region is the privately owned Catarata de Pulhapanzak, a stunning, 43m-high cascade of churning white waters on the Río Lindo. Probably the prettiest waterfall in the country, the cascade is at its most dazzling in the early mornings, when rainbows form in the rising sun. It’s easy enough to explore on your own, but to really get the most out of your visit take advantage of the fantastic guided tours run by the staff (L200; wear sturdy shoes), which are not for the faint-hearted. They’ll take you jumping or diving in and out of pools, ducking behind the falls and climbing in and out of the caves behind the curtain of water. The canopy tour (L500) is also recommended: a network of five ziplines works its way down the river until you are flying through rainbows above the waterfall. Do not be tempted to swim in the area of water immediately above the falls as there have been fatalities.

The falls are an easy, partly uphill, fifteen-minute walk from the village of San Buenaventura, 8km north of Peña Blanca; buses between El Mochito and San Pedro Sula run hourly, passing through both Peña Blanca and San Buenaventura en route. A football field inside the waterfall site entrance fills with locals at the weekend and a restaurant offers cheap fish or fried chicken.

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