Situated towards the southern end of the Valle de Catacamas, about 170km from Tegucigalpa, JUTICALPA is a pleasant little provincial city where the streets are busy night and day with bustle and commerce – it can be a refreshing place to spend a few days. The focal point is the leafy Parque Banderas, which includes a small pool of rather disgruntled-looking turtles. The majority of facilities are on the streets around here. The general market stretches for a few blocks to the west, along Calle Perulapan. When the town’s attractions have worn thin, try the cinema at Calle 1, Avenida 2–3.

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