Global Mark : 12.40
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Comments : It is difficult to believe from the peaceful atmosphere that this is the 4th largest city of Honduras with about 100,000 habitants. It makes a pleasant stopover to/from Nicaragua but do not expect too much from the colonial charm, especially if coming from Leon in Nicaragua...
What to do ? Admire the colonial center around the Parque central, one of the nicest in the country / Spot the lovely little garden of the municipal offices / Wander around the covered market / Enjoy the shade of the many trees / Get some US$ cash before your trip to Nicaragua (slightly better rate at the border however) / Buy pills & drugs : one pharmacia every 5 meters ! / Talk with the friendly locals / Watch a movie in one of the two cinemas (near the market, L10 or L15) / Possibly assist to a rodeo or a corrida (I spotted an arena on the way to Guasaule).
What you may not like ? Having actually little to do / The lack of good cheap hotel / The slightly more expensive fruits at the market / The heat and humidity / Not being able to buy or sell any cordoba (at the border only !)
How long ? Half an hour would be sufficient for the 'attractions' but it is pleasant enough for a day break.
Where to stay ? There are a few hospedaje by the market but they did not look like a safe bet. The other options are more expensive than usual. It does not harm therefore to ask for a discount...
Where to eat ? Quite a few comedores & restaurants in town. Comedore Central, by the plaza, is a safe bet, reasonably cheap (L30 'tipico' cenar) and good.
Internet ? A couple of places in town but unfortunately expensive at L1 per mn. Siga Computacion in Centro Commercial Rivera (near the market) is the best equipped.
Change ? There are plenty of banks but only a couple will change TC. One of them is Bancomer by the football field. For US$ cash, go to friendly Bank Capital, by the plaza.
The trip to Guasaule (Nicaragua border) : SSS / L&R / L12 / 1.5 hours
See also the trip from San Lorenzo