Farther up into the hills, 42 kilometers from Tegucigalpa , is Sabanagrande, a town of 4,000. In precolonial times, the town was known as Apacunca, meaning “place with washing water” in Lenca. The Spaniards first settled the town in the late 18th century, as an extension of the mining boomtown Ojojona .
The Iglesia de Rosario on the square has an elegant wooden roof and balcony. You’ll notice lots of places advertising rosquillas in town and along the highway—this is a crunchy bread snack eaten with coffee, for which the town is known. Buses to Tegucigalpa cost US$0.75 and pass frequently on the highway.