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Apart from visiting the cigar factories, there is little to do in Danlí but soak in the small-town atmosphere of the shady square with a small fountain featuring sculptured stalks of corn growing out of it. There's a small Museo Municipal (L10 adults; Mon-Fri sporadically) in a colonial building, dating back to 1857, that adjoins the city building. It deserves only a quick look for the displays on tobacco and other regional industries, a small display of pre-Columbian artifacts, and colonial knick-knacks.

Festival Nacional del Maíz, or National Corn Festival, is held annually for an entire week at the end of August for a celebration of corn through pageants, parades, and feasting. Domingo Gastronómico, held the last Sunday of every month, showcases regional fare -- think mondongo (tripe soup), grilled corn, and tamales -- via tables set up around town by the city and sold at basement prices.

Cigar Factory Tours in Danlí

If cigars are what you had in mind when planning a trip to Honduras, look no further than Danlí. There are nearly a dozen factories scattered around town, several of which offer tours. Call ahead to arrange a tour. Most factories rarely see a visitor, though they do seem to enjoy showing visitors around when they pop up.

Camacho Cigars (tel. 305/592-0722; www.camachocigars.com), acquired in 2008 by Swiss firm the Oettinger Davidoff Group, was the official cigar sponsor of the 2009 Grammy awards and has a cigar bar at Comerica Park in Detroit. They hold very in-depth, 3-day "seed to store" seminars at Camp Camacho in the valley for consumers and retailers throughout the year that includes all meals and accommodations, though you must reserve well in advance to attend.

Plasencia Tobacco (tel. 504/2763-2828), on the road to the border, is one of the largest cigar factories in the world and employs more than 2,000 workers. It's owned by Cuban tobacco baron Don Nestor Plasencia, who also owns the nearby Paraíso Cigars.

Puros Aliados Cigar (tel. 504/2763-1486), 1km (1/2 mile) east of town, will let visitors peek at their rolling plant for free, where you can watch the 150 or so rollers manufacturing the Puro Indio, Cuba Aliados, and Roly Cigars labels.

Gran Tabacaleras Unidas (tel. 504/2763-6072), which makes the La Cubana label, has been operating in a small factory 5 minutes from town on the road to Las Manos since 1995. If you ask kindly, they will happily give you a brief, informal tour.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.