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Named for the silver and gold mines for which it was founded, Tegucigalpa (Teh-goo-see-GAHL-pah) means silver city in Nahuatl, the original indigenous language, and is a mouthful even in Spanish. Locals call it Tegus for short (Teh-GOOSE). Resting on the lower slopes of El Picacho and surrounded by peaks on three sides, this capital city is divided by the RĂ­o Choluteca.

Most travelers will want to stick to the eastern side, which holds Tegucigalpa’s Historic Center, most of the attractions and plazas and a wide selection of restaurants, cafes, bars and hotels. The other side of the river is Comayaguela, which is officially part of the capital, and is the home to a sprawling market, cheap eateries and hotels, and most of the long-distance bus terminals. This part of the city tends to be dirtier and more dangerous, especially at night, although it is significantly cheaper for those desperate for a deal.

Tegucigalpa is at an altitude of about 1,000 m (3,280 ft) and has a fairly predictable climate. From May to November, rainy season brings temperate weather. March and April are warm during the days and cool at night. From December to February the days are cool and dry with cooler nights.

The streets of Tegucigalpa are maze-like, so be patient and don’t be surprised if you are confused the first day or two. The Historic Center is charming and bursting with colonial history. The Plaza Morazán, or Plaza Central, is the heart of the city and can easily be a starting point for walking tours in all four directions. Here and along the Boulevard Morazán are a wide selection of restaurants and cafes.

Highlights in Tegucigalpa:

-Start at the Plaza Morazán, or Plaza Central, home to a lovely 18th Century baroque cathedral and the City Hall, Alcaldía. The plaza is a great place to relax and fills with birds, vendors and locals.

-The Parque La Merced, just a couple of blocks south of the Plaza Morazán, is home to the Honduran Congress in the modern Palacio Legislativo, set on stilt-like columns. Next door, the National Gallery of Art, the Galería Nacional de Arte is worth a visit for its modern and colonial Honduran artwork, along with some interesting pre-historic artifacts.

-Three blocks east of the Plaza Morazán is the Parque Valle, with Tegucigalpa’s first church and a military museum, the Museo Militar.

Neighborhoods in Tegucigalpa: Mall La Cascada, Miramontes, Avenida San Juan Bosco, Col. Palmira, San Juan Bosco,

Other places nearby Tegucigalpa: Choluteca and Valle De Angeles.

26 Sep 2006

Things to do in Tegucigalpa

Parque Central

122019Also known as Plaza Morazan, this is definitely the place to go if you feel like listening to crazy Hondurans rant about religion and/or politics. There\'s almost always someone screaming next to the ...
City Plaza
Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Parque Herrera and Teatro Bonilla

122020Apart from shade and seats, which are strangely difficult to sit on, there's very little that this park has to offer visitors. On the other hand, the theater across the road should definitely be on ...
City Park
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Parque la Concordia

122027Apparently the designers of this small, pleasant park couldn't decide between an ancient Mayan motif and a petting zoo, so they decided to combine the ideas. It's a rather surreal experience to see ...
City Park
Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Iglesia los Dolores

This baroque-style cathedral is not particularly impressive, but worth a look if you've got time and your Latin American travels haven't left you completely churched-out. The stained-glass images ...
Other Activity
Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Zoo and Cristo Picacho

Look to the north and you're bound to notice a massive statue of Jesus gazing benignly down at the city. This is Cristo Picacho, whose perch offers a fantastic view of Tegucigalpa. If you want to pay ...
City Park
Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Museo del Hombre

This museum is located in the former colonial house of Ramon Rosa. Apparently Ramon Rosa's only act of historical significance was to have built the house that carries his name. Regardless, the place ...
Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Galeria Nacional de Arte

This gallery houses everything from pre-Colombian to modern works, with a focus on Honduran artists such as Pablo Zelayo-Sierra. The museum is worth seeing if you're exploring Tegucigalpa, since it ...
Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Museo Para La Identidad Nacional

Probably Tegucigalpa's most impressive museum. This place combines paleontology and natural history, as well as detailing Honduras' pre-Columbian and modern development. Check out Copan Virtual: a ...
Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Parque la Merced

This place is a hotspot of political protest due to its proximity to the Presidential Palace, though all the demonstrations we saw were peaceful. Concerts and performances are sometimes held here as ...
City Plaza
Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Museo Villa Roy

Perhaps the best indication that this museum is in a sketchy area are the sleepy guards carrying kalashnikovs. The museum is small and charming, but visitors should give serious thought as to whether ...
Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Parque la Leona

Getting to this place requires either a taxi ride or a long, sweaty, uphill climb, but either are worth it to enjoy one Tegucigalpa's most charming parks. Green and well-shaded, this place offers a ...
City Park
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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