Situated among tall mountains and lush valleys, Tegucigalpa is the capital of the Central American nation of Honduras. Despite the fact Tegucigalpa doesn’t have a beach like San Pedro Sula, the city offers a unique landscape and culture not found anywhere else. These are some attractions you should take the time to check out during your visit to Tegucigalpa:
1. El Picacho.
Situated on one of the many mountainsides surrounding the city, El Picacho is a giant statue of Jesus that watches over the city. The vistas from the statue are amazing, giving you almost an entire view of the sprawling city. A park has been constructed near El Picacho, complete with a replica Mayan pyramid and hiking paths. While you are visiting El Picacho, be sure to swing by the National Zoo, which is located in the same area. Even though it is small, it gives visitors the chance to see some tropical animals that might not be as common in other zoos.
2. El Parque Nacional La Tigra.
Located about 15 miles outside of the city, the park is a wilderness preserve that provides visitors a unique view of the flora and fauna of Honduras. Visitors can wander the many pathways, either guiding themselves or going along on a guided tour. Birds are especially plentiful in the park, with toucans, quetzals and trogons all easily observed in their natural habitat.
3. El Museo Para la Identidad Nacional.
Translated as The Museum for National Identity, this is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city. Inside, visitors can peruse displays about paintings, sculptures and even movies portraying the national identity of Honduras and the surrounding region. One of the most popular areas of the museum is a “virtual Copan” exhibit that reproduces some of the famous Mayan ruins situated near the northern border of Honduras. The museum features both permanent displays and exhibitions, rewarding visitors for returning during subsequent visits to Tegucigalpa.
4. El Parque La Leona.
Situated in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Tegucigalpa, the park is tucked into an area many tourists never venture. If you spend time in the downtown area, El Parque La Leona sits only a few blocks from Tegucigalpa’s central park. To reach the park, you do have to make your way through a system of old stone residential streets that resemble a rat maze. Once you reach the park you are rewarded with a peaceful atmosphere and great views of the central park area of the city.
Downtown Tegucigalpa features a number of stores tucked in old buildings, with unique items for sale. Visitors can purchase small stone replicas of old Mayan statues, traditional Honduran clothing or wood carvings that have made the country famous. Visitors looking for a more modern shopping experience can visit the very modern Mall-Multiplaza, which features a variety of department stores, specialty shops, fine dining options and even a multi-screen theater. More adventurous travelers can cross the river to the suburb of Comayaguela, where a large, open-air market is held every day. Comayaguela should be avoided at night, and travelers should go in larger groups to the market.
6. Old Churches.
Because Tegucigalpa was founded centuries ago by the Spanish, it is also home to several old churches and cathedrals. Most of these churches, such as Los Dolores Church, are clustered around the downtown area, meaning you can easily walk to them and other nearby attractions. The more modern Basilica de Suyapa is situated near the outskirts of the city, but it is well worth the visit due to its magnificent size and unique architecture.
7. Valle de Angeles.
Situated only 25 miles outside of Tegucigalpa, the town caters to tourists and is very safe. You can find many of the same souvenirs sold in Tegucigalpa, but at more bargain-friendly prices. The town also features clean restaurants that cater to foreigners, with wait staffs that will take the time to explain the different dishes on the menu. Perhaps the best part of Valle de Angeles is the breathtaking views surrounding the entire town, making you feel as that you are enveloped in the Honduran countryside.