As the violent reputation of Honduras starts to die down, more and more people are slowly beginning to visit Honduras. However, those who do visit often bury their nose in guidebooks and fail to explore places off the beaten path. Yes, you can see Mayan ruins, ride horses, scuba dive for wicked cheap but what if I told you that there’s another part of Honduras that is waiting to be explored?
It’s the rural village called Zambrano, located in the countryside just 20 miles from Comayagua and about a 40 minute drive from the country’s capital, Tegucigalpa (or Tegus as the locals like to call it).
Zambrano is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, overly crowded tourist areas and a great opportunity to discover a place not found in your typical guidebook. It is also a safer alternative to staying in Tegucigalpa.
The town’s peaceful nature is something you don’t want to miss out on, there are plenty of things to do in the area such as hiking up mountains, visiting locals in near by villages, riding a horse, visiting beautiful waterfalls, or just plain out chilling and relaxing. You can also do day trips to the neighboring cities like Comayagua, and Tegucigalpa.
The cooler climate, and the mountainous and peaceful environment of Zambrano will have you forgetting you are even in Honduras. Backpackers coming from, or going to Nicaragua wouldn’t wanna skip this charming little village.
Please Note: There are no ATM or banks in the town. The nearest bank or ATM is 30 mins away.
Where To Stay:
Caserio Valuz, a beautiful inn, nestled in the hills of peaceful Zambrano is the perfect place to stay. The countryside inn was designed and build by the owner Jorge Valle-Aguiluz and has a number of rooms available, including a dormitory for backpackers. Each of the rooms has their own private bath and some even have a private balcony with a hammock waiting to be used.
There is a bar located on the premises as well as a restaurant where guests can order breakfast, lunch and dinner all made by the owner himself. Jorge also offers a variety of activities to his guests such as, horse-back riding, village tours, Spanish classes and so much more.
The inn is beautiful but the hospitality of the owner is what makes Caserio Valuz different from the rest and one of the best places we stayed in Honduras. I might even say in Central America.
Meet The Owner
Jorge has a huge heart and is amazingly friendly, knowledgeable and a well seasoned traveler. After closing his popular restaurant in Tegus, he followed his heart and built his dream hotel, Caserio Valuz in the country side of Honduras.
Jorge hospitality is like no other, he likes to share stories with his guests, take them around town to meet locals, explore the surrounding area and if your lucky, he might even take you on a hike to a nearby waterfall.
You will come as a guest but will leave as a friend, that’s a guarantee!
Prices for private rooms range from $60- $103 per night.
For budget travelers, there are bunk beds in a 10 person dormitory room available. There is a private bath in the room, as well as a small private kitchen.
Normally the prices are:
- From 1 to 3 people: US$20.50
- From 4 to 7 people: US$18.50
- From 8 to 10 people: US$16.50
However, if you mention Road Affair, Jorge will give you a discounted price of $15 per person no matter how many people you have in your group.
How To Get To Caserio Valuz
– Coming from San Pedro Sula take any bus heading to Tegus. You will want to get off by the 3rd pedestrian’s bridge, in the town of Zambrano or you can just ask the driver’s helper to let you know when you reach Zambrano. You will know that you are close when the bus passes through Comayagua.
– Coming from Tegus, get off at the first pedestrian bridge or simply ask the driver’s helper to let you know when you reach Zambrano.
No matter from what direction you come, the bus will drop you off at the village entrance. From there you can either walk or take a five minute mototaxi ride for 15.00 Lempiras (~$0.60 USD) to Caserio Valuz.
Address: 1 km 1.5 Camino a La Catarata Escondida. Zambrano, Francisco Morazan
So now you have no excuse not to visit Zambrano, you know it’s off the beaten path, you know what you can do there, where to stay and how to get there. The only thing left is YOU. What are you wanting for, go now before this hidden gem is no longer a secret and is polluted with tourist.
Disclosure: We did not get paid for this post nor did we receive any other kind of compensation. We simply enjoyed our stay in Zambrano with Jorge at Caserio Valuz and wanted to share this gem with our readers. Get off the beaten path and support local businesses.