Elsewhere near Yuscarán
Two sets of petroglyphs are located south of Yuscarán, one near the junction of the Río Oropolí and the Río Choluteca, past the town of Oropolí, and the other near the village of Orealí, closer to Yuscarán. Along the banks of the Río Choluteca near Orealí are a series of swimmable hot springs. As the Río Choluteca here is downstream of Tegucigalpa, it would seem advisable not to take a cooling-off dip in the river, but the springs themselves are clean.
The petroglyphs of Aguacates was recently discovered near town, a 25-minute walk or 10-minute in a mototaxi, but you’ll need a guide to find them as the trail is not yet marked and involves dodging through some barbed wire fences.
Off the Tegucigalpa–Danlí highway, near the Yuscarán turnoff, is Teupasenti, once a bustling market town for the many coffee growers in the area. Unfortunately, post-Mitch, the market never revived. Going farther up this road takes you to the village of El Chile and the southern side of the Reserva Biológica El Chile, a small patch of cloud forest. Buses to Teupasenti leave Tegucigalpa’s Mercado Jacaleapa twice a day, and truck jalones up to El Chile are not hard to find.
The town of Moroceli, also off the Tegucigalpa highway near Yuscarán, west of Teupasenti, has a large cigar factory right in the center of town, run by a Cuban expatriate who is reportedly happy to take visitors on a tour of his shop.
Two buses drive between Yuscarán and Oropolí daily, and hitchhiking is not difficult, especially early in the day.
© Chris Humphrey and Amy E. Robertson from Moon Honduras, 5th Edition