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Comayagua

Comayagua, which means “desert of abundant water”, was the capital of the province of Honduras during the colonial era. Its architecture, bursting with tiled roofs and Spanish churches, is a reflection of ancestry and tradition. The jewel of these structures is the Church of the Immaculate Conception (known as the “cathedral”), with its gold coated altars and one of the oldest clocks in America, dating from 1100 AD.

 

The city of Comayagua is located on the northeastern part of the Comayagua Valley. It is the largest flat region of central Honduras, with 390 Km2, and is equidistant between the north and the south coast. This territory of abundant resources was inhabited by pre-Columbian villages who settled many centuries before the Spanish arrived. One of these inhabitants were the Lenca, who built major cities that reached their greatest potential through trade, agriculture and a well structured social hierarchy.

 

Although history does not record the exact date that the first exploratory missions arrived, we know that it was founded in 1537 by the conquistador Alfonso de Cáceres, as Santa María de la Nueva Valladolid. Few cities have seen so many accidents throughout history as Comayagua, which was devastated by several earthquakes and was sacked and burned repeatedly. The Colony, the declaration of independence, annexation to the Mexican Empire, the Federation and the Republic are historical events that occurred while this city was the capital.

Reasons to go

Comayagua has established itself as one of the top colonial destinations for tourists. Its cuisine, museums, beautiful cobblestone streets and centuries-old churches, make Comayagua a sublime destination for relaxation. Come here in search of tranquility and serenity. You have to only traverse the historic center, which is well preserved, to fall in love with the ancient capital of Honduras. A growing and new cultural movement heightens value to the visit.

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Do not miss the tours of the Santa Maria de Valladolid Cathedral, a religious sanctuary filled with sacred history represented in its architecture, its wooden altarpieces cast in gold or sculptures and paintings that adorn the interior of the building; all representative of American Baroque art. Hire the services of the guides who wait outside the church for a better tour. Come to Comayagua in Easter to participate in the production of the sawdust carpets and mass processions; Holy Week turns this city into a place with plenty to see and do. And as far as sampling the local flavor goes, you must go to Finca El Carmen, one of the best roadside restaurants throughout Honduras. Famous for its pork rinds.

The spirit of Comayagua

This city is sacred art, mass religious events, the Martyrdom of St. Sebastian and impeccable churches. The duties of tourists include going to museums, learn about American baroque colonial art, visit the bell towers, eat deliciously or relax while touring the historic center. It is a quiet and unpretentious city, despite the evidence of the glory of Spain around every corner. It is the favorite destination for many tourists during weekends and holidays. Over the years Comayagua has reinvented itself to attract more tourists; for starters the historic center was renovated. During weekends and holidays cultural events and fairs are organized that are truly worth seeing. If you need help planning your trip the Tourist Information Office, which operates in the House of Culture, can help. Phone (504) 2772 2028

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