"Former Capitol of Honduras" Comayagua by atufft

Comayagua Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 19 photos

Colonial Heritage older than Tegucigalpa

Comayagua is located on the principal highway that ties San Pedro Sula in the northwest to Tegucigalpa and the south coast region. Founded in 1537, establishment of the regional capitol during colonial times verified Spanish control over central Honduras, leaving only the Lenca mountain region around Gracias unsettled militarily. Thus, from 1540 to 1880, Comayagua was the capitol of Honduras both before independence and afterwards until Tegucigalpa emerged as the larger economic and more cosmopolitan city. Comayagua is now a pleasant city of about 60,000, and has a well restored colonial center. There are two plazas of interest that we visited. Unfortunately, our stop during Christmas Day found the city rather asleep. The colonial museum was closed, and most businesses were closed.

The city is actually a mile or so off a newer section of the main highway, so when visiting be sure to watch for signs and take the exit. We had to stop for directions to find our way into the city center, after traveling along the old highway which is lined with fueling stations and convenience stores.

In the colonial area, there are two main plaza areas of interest that can be walked and appreciated within an hour or two. One is around the Parque Central, and the other is around Parque La Merced. See the tips for these for more details and images.

  • Last visit to Comayagua: Dec 2011
  • Intro Written Jan 10, 2012
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