Honduras's fourth-largest city and birthplace of Central American independence hero Jose Cecilio del Valle is the largest town in the south and a major stopping point for travelers cutting across the country between El Salvador and Nicaragua. Thus, the town is full of hotels, banks with ATMs, restaurants, and general facilities that are rare elsewhere in this region.

While there may be few tourist sites here, you won't be disappointed in Choluteca's colonial atmosphere that dominates the center of town. City officials have been slowly restoring some of the older buildings, tile roofs, and iron rails, and sprucing up the square. While the town is no tourist magnet like Gracias and can get hellishly hot, it can be a pleasant place to spend a day.