CATACAMAS, midway along the Valle de Catacamas beneath the southern flanks of the Sierra de Agalta, is a smaller version of Juticalpa. The fact that it’s at the end of one of the paved roads through the region contributes to the affable, small-town charm of the place. It certainly has a more spectacular setting than its larger neighbour: a short walk up to the Mirador de la Cruz, fifteen minutes from the centre on the northern side of town, gives superb views over the town and valley.

The main reason for coming out this far is to visit the local Cuevas de Talgua, one of the country’s foremost historical sites.

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