A pleasant side excursion is to the predominantly Lenca village of Yamaranguila, just a few kilometers outside of La Esperanza. An antiquated Lenca form of traditional government, where the Vara Alta (sort of like a mayor) oversees the preparations and planning of guancascos ceremonies and general governance, is still in place. The colonial village has its charm, particularly around the small stone square that's encircled by whitewashed houses with tile roofs. If you are around in early December, be sure to come for their small festival, which gets particularly lively. La Chorrera, a small waterfall about 2km (1 1/4 miles) from town, is an easy hike from the center. Just ask anyone for "la cascada," to show you the way. Buses (L10; 20 min.) run every hour or so to/from La Esperanza.

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