10 reasons to visit us!
The Colosuca offers unique tourist diversity in its content, from a wide-ranging Natural Scenery, to a stunning Colonial Architecture, not to mention its cultural and traditional richness.
It gathers more than 9 churches which date back to the XVII and XVIII centuries, considered architectural jewels in the region, as well as in America.
The natural disasters that occurred in the Colosuca during this period made way for these churches to be considered in history as “The Baroque Earthquake”, a phrase which depicts the suffering of a region on one side, and the mixture of the baroque style of the period, with the Lenca and aborigine beliefs on the other.
The Real Audiencia de los Confines, located in Gracias, is considered as the first Court of Law in Central America. To this day its original façade is preserved; it also feeds the architectural patrimony of the Colosuca.
It’s one of the most distinctive destinations in terms of rugged geography; hills and mountains of high relief can be found, amongst them: Puca, Opalaca and Celaque. Located on Celaque is the highest point in the country: Cerro Las Minas.
From the Celaque Mountain, 11 rivers are born in vertical position which makes it appear as a “water volcano”; once there, over 230 plant species, 45 mammal species, and 269 bird species can be seen; several of them endangered species worldwide.
Also in Celaque, pre-historic animal remains have been found including mastodons, giant sloth bears, and a close relative of the present day hippopotamus; all apparently coming from migrations of what we know today as North America.
6 km from Gracias, hot springs can be found; pools of hot water which sprout from the depths with a natural overflow and bring about a delicious feeling of wellbeing and peace.
The Colosuca offers a unique pottery style recognized worldwide and is crafted to this day by the Lenca and their descendants, nurturing the region’s atmosphere and their culture’s ancestry.
Amongst the richness of the Colosuca, their customs and traditions stand out as well. Their myths and leyends such as the Bulero or the Siguanbana are amongst the most outstanding. Their old celebrations such as the famous Guancasco Party (Fiesta del Guanasco) and of course their exquisite and tasty food, where the delicious Ticucos, a refreshing passion fruit juice, or a warm atol de elote stand out.
These are only 10 reasons for you to visit us…the thousands you’ll have to come back are missing!