There are plenty of shops and other businesses that normally cater to tourists, but on Christmas morning, they were mostly closed and still asleep inside the mixed use buildings. We found a mural that was locally painted...
Most everything was closed Christmas morning, but we enjoyed the clear light and vacant streets of the pueblo nevertheless.
We found all the normal tourist places closed by the time we got to dinner, which was around 8pm on Christmas Eve. However, down the street there was a restaurant with a rotisserie of chicken outside that appeared very popular with the locals. We had no choice but to dine here in this dimly lit restaurant with lacquered Honduran mahogany tables. We were served bottle drinks, and a plate of Honduran tomales were brought for us to enjoy while we waited for the chicken to finish cooking. We watched the Spanish television version of Wheel of Fortune on a black and white TV. After an hour or so, the whole chickens were brought in, and locals started appearing for their take-out orders. We then, enjoyed some chicken. This was good place for us to appreciate Christmas the Honduran way.
Located almost at the entrance of the village, Restaurante Don Juan has a nice terrace, which displays the town's scenic views of the mountains as well as the town itself. It offers delicious grilled meats seasoned with a house BBQ sauce that is out of this world. The owner speaks English very well. Apparently the ambience as well as the flavorful dishes keep his customers coming back for more. Excellent dining place for a romantic getaway!
Favorite Dish: Parrillada is my favorite dish. It is the surf and turf plate served with beans, rice, salsa, avocado, and plenty of tortillas. The barbeque sauce gives the meats a distinctive sweet yet spicy flavor.
Though El Anafre serves typical Honduran food I chose pizza, which was enermous so I was able to eat only half of it and I asked the waitress if I could take the rest with me. At first she looked very surprised but did what I asked and I got the rest in a bag. The waitress was really nice so I tipped her and she seemed to be very happy to get my tip! I sat at the outdoor table and looked at local people going by.
Around the small village transportation can be made in three ways... Walking by yourself... taking a ride on a horse (the owner of the horse will accompain you taking care of his horses), or you can take a ride on a Cab pulled by a Horse.. isn´t that a different thing to do in your life ?.. well it will depend on how or where you actually live, but here will be fun to do it.
The fellow in this shop was educated and spoke excellent English, so we learned a lot from him about Honduras, Tegus, El Tigre National Park, and Valle de Angeles. He was proud that his shop was one of the few certified to get Mahogany and Cedar from sustainable forests in Honduras, since over logging of Honduran mahogany is endangering the ecosystems in many corners of the nation. He was also proud of the workmanship of his shop, which was mostly closed due to Christmas. He showed us the workshop upstairs where his workers were carving furniture legs as well as the usual boxes and wall hangings found everywhere in Honduras. His shop also had a nice collection of low fire ceramics.
What to buy: Honduran mahogany is a precious wood, and his shop had very nice boxes and other carved items. Some lower priced cedar wood pieces were also very nice. He also had the usual supply of T-shirts, hammocks, costume jewelry, and so on. The owner will burn in a signature comment on the bottom of the wood pieces, if you like. As with many owners, a good discount is applied where one purchases several items.