San Marcos Caiquín
West of La Campa, the road to San Manuel Colohete deteriorates. Three kilometers from La Campa, a dirt road turns off, leading another five kilometers to San Marcos Caiquín. A recently restored colonial church stands in the center of the village, again open only for Sunday mass. Reportedly, the Caiquín church holds some well-preserved paintings on the plaster walls and a fine wooden altar.
The folks at Comedor Daniela by the church are very friendly, and they can usually help find a bed. Doris who works there can help you find guides nearby also. Grim accommodations are also available at Casa de Angela up the hill. Internet service is available at the municipal Sala de Computo next to the alcaldía (city hall).
From San Marcos Caiquín, well-beaten trails head east over spectacular mountain countryside, past one of Lenca warrior Lempira’s old fortress at Cerro Caraquín, near the village of Guanajulque. The hike is possible in one day or a more relaxed two days, and guides can be found in Caiquín by asking around. You can also make it to the reputedly fine village of Santa Cruz, passing through unusual colored-earth countryside, in about five hours from Caiquín.
Getting to San Marcos Caiquín
© Chris Humphrey and Amy E. Robertson from Moon Honduras, 5th Edition