Continuing east from the Basílica de Suyapa, the road rises gently amid magnificent scenery, winding through forests of slender pine trees. Some 22km from the capital is VALLE DE ÁNGELES, a former mining town now reincarnated as a handicraft centre and scenic getaway for capitalanos. Surrounded by forested mountains, the small town slumbers during the week, then explodes with activity at weekends. The town is chiefly noted for its quality carved wooden goods, and it’s a nice place to while away a couple of hours.

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