Latin America Travel & Tour Information
Tegucigalpa Travel Information
Centuries ago, Spanish colonizers in search of gold and silver settled in an ancient aboriginal village located in the valley traversed by the Choluteca River. The make-shift camp began to grow in the course of time until it became Honduras capital in 1880, named Tegucigalpa, which supposedly means 'Silver Hill'. Moreover, Tegus, the way it is often informally called, absorbed another old neighboring village, Comayagüela, today its downtown.
While visiting the city, one of the first stories that comes into earshot, goes about the ex-President Marco Aurelio Soto, married to a woman from Tegucigalpa. Back in those days, the alternate capital was Comayagua, located 70 km away and whose elite refused to recognized Soto's wife. For love to his wife, he decided that Tegucigalpa was to be the only capital. But there are lots of other stories here: the baroque Cathedral on Park Central, the Old University Museum, Villa Roy Museum in Buenos Aires Neighborhood, the National Identity Museum and the great paintings in the Museum of Man.
Tegucigalpa is also full of culture, good cuisine and markets. Just one thing, always be careful not to get lost in its streets: having emerged as an untidy settlement, the city's layout never followed the Spanish patterns of neighborhoods around the main square, resulting in a rather chaotic growth. This detail will make itself visible from the lookouts in the United Nations or La Leona Park. The statue of Christ, finished in 1997, can be reached from El Picacho Hill.
The Municipal Market seems to have stolen all the colors around, as well as the amazing spectacle that is the elaboration of dyed sand or sawdust carpets, which takes place on the streets in downtown during the Easter Week. Some of the country?s endemic species are represented in the Metropolitan Zoo at El Picacho Hill: jaguars, white-tailed deers and spider monkeys.
Comayagua charmingly preserves its colonial past, reflected in old buildings that have stood the test of time, such as the Town Hall from the 16th century and the Cathedral from 1771, one of the most beautiful in the entire country.
If you are staying in Tegucigalpa, you may take short tours from here to the different sites in the outskirts or decide to stay longer.
The colonial town of Valle de Ángeles offers a fan of activities. It is a small world immersed amid pine forests, where you can find the country?s best quality and priced hand-made products. You may ask about for Lessandra Leather Works and confirm its popularity and prestige. One of the restaurants specialized in local and international cuisine will be the best place to take a break after the walk.
'La Tigra' National Park, 12 km away from the capital, invites visitors to walk the trails through the rain forest to watch the orchids, ferns and birds. In contrast, San Juancito lies close by as a ghost town, whose history relates to engineering and silver mining, buried in relics like the first hydroelectric power station in Central America.
Santa Lucía is a mountain town, criss-crossed by snaking cobblestone streets and dotted with churches that outgrow the surrounding white colonial tile-roofed houses. The main church keeps a Christ statue from 1574, donated by the Spanish Crown and which the villagers considered to be miraculous.
Other options are 'El Zamorano' Valley, the colonial sights in Yuscarán, the cigars of Danlí, rural tourism in Ojojona or visit Suyapa's Basilica to see the Virgin of Suyapa.