Twenty-four kilometers south on the Gracias–La Esperanza road, take a left and follow three kilometers to reach the tiny town of Belén. The pavement ends just when you reach the town, whose dirt roads can be severely rutted during the rainy season.
Although Belén has joined the Colosuca Tourist Circuit, it is only just beginning to develop any kind of amenities for visitors. There are two churches: 19th-century El Rosario on the main square, and the Ermita de Belén a block away.
Comedor Lourdes has the standards at cheap prices (US$2.50–3). There are six buses a day between Gracias and Belén.
© Chris Humphrey and Amy E. Robertson from Moon Honduras, 5th Edition