This quaint village is a colonial gem

Trip Start Feb 09, 2008
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Trip End Dec 26, 2008


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Posada Casa Calibre

Flag of Honduras  , El Paraíso,
Sunday, April 27, 2008

Yuscaran was a charming colonial village perched on the edge of a mountain at an altitude of 1000 metres. In its day this small picturesque town was an important mining centre. Its quaint cobble-stoned streets were a joy to walk around, while its welcoming elderly residents would be happy to share the history of this fabulous region with me. I got to meet many of the residents while relaxing in the square people watching. I spent much of my time wondering the towns narrow cobbled stoned streets admiring the rustic colonial architecture. Later in the day the mood had changed around town. It was the funeral of the schools head teacher who had taught here for many years. Scores of people came to show their respect as did all the pupils from here school. Many other people who the lady had taught in the years gone by also came to show their respect. There was a gathering in the Central Plaza before everybody - fronted by the kids in uniform, followed the coffin through the streets of the village to where the lady would finally lay to rest.

I spent the morning of my second day climbing the hills above Yuscaran, which offered spectacular views across the surrounding mountainous countryside and canyons.

Accommodation

Yuscaran had a couple of nice places to stay and both were side by side on the central plaza. The nicest of the two was Posada Casa Calibri. This charming colonial house offered spacious, well appointed en suite rooms - with high ceilings, a nice common area, kitchen and veranda. Their current rates were 375 - $20, 450 - $24, 525 - $28 and 600 Limperas - $32 for 1,2,3 or 4 persons. The staff here spoke excellent English and are a good source for information on treks in to the surrounding mountains. Its a lovely place but is overpriced in my opinion.

The cheaper of the two was Hotel Colonial, Tel. 33485385, which cost 200 and 300 Limperas per night for 1 or 2 persons and is fine if your on a lower budget.

At the entrance to Yuscaran was the much cheaper Hotel Carol, who's owners were the most welcoming of the bunch, but the en suite rooms were nothing special.

Transport

If you are travelling in either direction through Central America then try and make it to Yuscaran as you won't be disappointed. It makes an idyllic stop over between the capital, Tegucigalpa (68 km) and the border crossing at Las Manos with Nicaragua. The junction for Yuscaran is at the midway point between Tegucigalpa and Danli - 2 kilometers west of Ojo da Agua, on highway CA6. If you ask any bus driver they will drop you at this junction from where it is just as easy to hitch a ride the rest of the way.
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