The town of Río Hondo  is an oasis of fun, featuring excellent restaurants, refreshing swimming pools, and even a water park. Many travelers heading between Guatemala City  and Puerto Barrios  like to break up their journey here.
Heading south from the Río Hondo Junction, the road passes through the hot lowland towns of Zacapa  and Chiquimula  before climbing into the mountains and into a bowl-shaped valley dominated by Esquipulas .
There’s really not much here for international travelers, so the towns along this corridor won’t be covered in depth, aside from a few hotel and restaurant listings should you need to stop while passing through en route to other attractions.
A worthy side trip is the Ipala Volcano and Crater Lake .