Travel Guide in Tegucigalpa

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This Tegucigalpa travel guide highlights the city’s main features and attractions. Tegucigalpa, nicknamed Tegus, is the largest urban area and the capital city of one of the most beautiful countries in the Caribbean, Honduras. Like much of central Honduras, the city has a tropical climate, though it is cooler and less humid.

Getting In and Around

You can get into Tegus by bus from other Central American cities such as Managua, San Salvador, or Guatemala City. Each trip could cost from $20 to $40. There is an international airport at Toncontin, although few airlines–-such as American Airlines, Grupo TACA, Continental Airlines, Copa, and Delta–-attempt  to land in it because of its very short runway. You can easily get around the city by taxi or bus. Taxi fare is based on negotiation, so don’t jump at the driver’s first offer.

Accommodations

The leading hotels of the city are located in Colonia Palmira, a wealthy neighborhood. The popular 4-star hotels are Real Intercontinental and Marriott. Rooms in these hotels could range from $99 to $200 per night. Clarion is the most preferred 3-star hotel due to its impeccable service complete facilities. Standard rooms in this hotel cost about $80. For budget-conscious travelers, ideal accommodations are Granada 1, Hotel Nankin, or Hospedaje Cosmopolitan, located at Avenida Gutenberg.

Attractions

The city’s main attractions are Parque La Leona, Villa Roy Museum, the former Presidential Palace (now a museum), the Museum of National Identity, La Tigra National Park, and Picacho Hill Zoo. Religious pilgrims can also visit the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Basilica of the Virgin of Suyapa.

Shopping

Multiplaza offers the most comprehensive shopping line. It is a multi-level indoor shopping mall and houses a big grocery store, cinemas, restaurants, banking and various retail shops. Other malls are Las Cascadas and MetroMall, which boasts of a huge movie theater complex. Smaller shops include Los Castaños and Plaza Miraflores.

Eating Out

There are American fast food restaurants in the city such as McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, and Subway. Of the local dining joints, El Cumbre is said to be the best, as it offers a spectacular view of the city, and the food is great. Each person would spend about $20 for a meal here. Other eating places are La Milonga, La Terasa de Don Pepe, Duncan Maya and Casa Maria. Tipping in Honduras averages 10 percent.

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