Presentation of the destination
Tegucigalpa, also known as Tegus is a capital of Honduras and is also a seat of government of the Republic. The city is situated in the department of Francisco Morazan, southern-central region of the country. The Spaniards claimed the city in 1578 and founded Real de Minas de San Miguel de Tegucigalpa. Almost 2 centuries later, on 1762, the mining town of Tegucigalpa became Real Villa de San Miguel de Tegucigalpa y Heredia. The city eventually became the capital of Honduras on the 30th of October, 1880. Today, this 400 year-old mining center has flourished into a sophisticated area with a lot of fun and exciting things to see and do. Tegucigalpa City has an area of 201.5 km2 (77.8 sq mi) and a population of more than 1,126,534 inhabitants. It is the biggest and the most populous city in the country. Tegucigalpa has a very pleasant form of a tropical, wet and dry climate. Visitors will surely enjoy exploring this charming city.
Points of interests / things to see
La Tigra National Park, located 22 kilometers north of the city centre was founded in 1980. It is the first and one of the biggest park in the country. Sprawling an area of 238.21 km2 (91.97 sq mi), La Tigra is situated at an altitude of 2,270m/7,446ft. The area occupied by the park has been unspoiled and environmentally protected since 1950. The park's natural charm and beauty has been a major sight in the city. It has a couple of Visitors Centers and Eco Lodges, located in the community of Jutiapa and El Rosario. The park features two zones: nucleus and buffer. The nucleus zone (7.5 km2 (3 sq mi)) of the park has 8 hiking trails along stunning paths which you can explore. La Tigra National Park is a home to flora and fauna. It is a nestling place for more than 200 species of birds, many of which are endangered . The park is home to 31 species of mammals, 13 species of reptiles, and 3 species of amphibians. Rare and endangered animals such as ocelots, pumas, and monkeys roams freely in the park. La Tigra boast of its giant trees such as oaks, encino, pine, and ceibo, Mayan's holy tree. It is also adorned with varieties of flowers and plants like bromeliads, ferns, moss, and fungi. There are lots of avocado tress around the park which is a favorite food for a lovely bird called quetzal. La Tigra National Park is absolutely something visitors should not missed when in Tegucigalpa.
The National Identity Museum, housed in a former Palace of Ministries (Palacio de los Ministerios) was established in 2006. The Museum displays a collection that represents the history of Honduras from Pre-Columbian times to the modern era. It houses artifacts showcasing the history and life of the Pre-columbian people and the ancient Mayan civilization. The museum exhibits hundreds of works of the renowned Honduran artist and hosted international expositions. The most eye catching display is the charming works of Joan Miro, and the Honduran native mammals exhibited in the patio. There are various exhibits such as Omni-Globe, that will give you clear idea about the country's geological history. The entertaining animated film, Virtual copan is an outstanding exhibit that will take you on a virtual tour of the renowned ruins of Copan and the creation of the ancient Mayan city. The virtual Copan is shown to the public four times a day. The Museo Para La identidad Nacional is the best place to start your tour of the city as you will have a better understanding of its history and culture. The museum building itself is a must see and very interesting site in the city that has attracted thousands of visitors every year. Address: Barrio Abajo, Calle El Telegrafo Contact number: 504-22387412
The Park El Picacho is situated around 6km (3 3/4 miles) away from the city centre. The National park covering a huge area of the northern part of the city, was created to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the United Nations. It is home to the world-famous, massive statue of Jesus Christ, known as Cristo del Picacho, watching over the town of Tegucigalpa. This statue can be seen from every part of the town. A range of awe-inspiring sights can be enjoyed in the park such as the Confucian garden, the United Nations garden and the magnificent replicas of Mayan ruins. The top of the park provides an amazing view of the town and mountains that would simply take your breath away. A stone throw away from the National Park, lies the Zoológico Metropolitano El Picacho (Metropolitan zoo) which is also well worth a visit. The zoo features native animals such as spider monkeys, snakes, macaws, iguanas, sakis, pecaris, and white-tailed deer. The best feature of the zoo is the America's largest cat, the jaguars. The zoo also has a variety of birds such as the bright-colored parrots and various raptors. To acces the park and the zoo, you can take the 15-20 minutes rapidito bus ride bound to El Picacho.
The National Art Gallery is housed in an impressive 350-year-old building situated on the Plaza La Merced. The building has played a major role in the history of the country. Nuestra Señora de la Merced, commenced the construction of this building to be used as a convent in 1654. A single-storey building was designed in an old Spanish style with adobe walls, and clay shingles roofed. The building has four corridors facing into a rectangular yard. The convent was managed by friars until 1845, and later it was used as a university by former President Juan Lindo. In 1864, the building has undergone extensive restoration. A second level was added to the building and the facade was adorned with stone balconies. This old building was used by the National University and a high school for boys until 1968. It was then occupied by the National School of Art until 1980's. The second restoration of the building was made in 1985, and finally it houses the Museo Nacional (National Museum). The Gallery was opened to the public in July of 1996. It displays a stunning collections of art that represents the history of the country. The museum features the works of art by renowned Hoduran artist from paleolithic times to the modern era.
The Chiminiki, located in the heart of the city, is the Largest Childrens Museum in Central America and the first in Honduras. It is an interactive teaching centre designed to stimulate the children's curiosity and mind. In 1998, The Honduran Government decided to create an educational project for the benefit of young children. The world bank granted the proposal of the former first lady, Mrs. Mary Flowers and the PROFUTURO project was born. The PROFUTURO foundation is an organization managed by major employers in Honduras for the purpose of making the Chiminiki. The Chiminiki was built on the area donated by the Central Bank. Finally on the 29th of October 2003, the Chiminiki was inaugurated, thanks to the effort of the former first lady and the PROFUTURO Foundation. The Chiminiki features seven exhibits: The Maternity Room, Toddler´s Room, Our City, The Human Body, The Environment, Honduras and Its People, and The Energy. Children and adult will surely enjoy a range of interactive games and interesting exhibits such as the crooked house, a giant spider web (made of rope) where they can climb, and many more. The spectacular exhibits about science and history will surely satisfy the eyes and mind of young visitors. Address: Contiguo a Corte Suprema de Justicia, Tegucigalpa Contact Number: 504-2228-8484
La Leona park, located in the heart of Tegucigalpa, is one of the most visited spots in the city. Featuring an ancient neighborhood that once belonged to European settlers, the park provides a very nice and relaxing atmosphere. A few minutes walk on the steepy paths north of the city centre, will take you to the stunning La leona Park. The walk is really worth the effort and very rewarding. The Park offers an incredible view towards the city, the valleys, and the hills. At night, the stunning city lights look like a nativity display. The park is also a great spot for picture taking and for relaxing. Visit the Parque La Leona and enjoy the the city's spectacular beauty.
Plaza Morazan, also known as Parque Central, is the city's colonial center. Various activities of Tegucigalpa are usually held in Plaza Morazan. The park is a favorite spot, not only for the locals but also for the tourist and visitors of the city. A statue of the famous hero, Francisco Morazán can be seen in the heart of the park. Many of the city's major attractions are accessible from the park such as the Tegucigalpa Cathedral on the eastern part of the park, and the Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores in the northwest. The Cathedral, constructed between 1765 to 1782, was dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel. The Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores, built in the 1700s, features an impressive carved altar and ancient religious relics. The park is also close to Colonia Palmira, the city's commercial center.
National Anthropology and History Museum, also known as the Villa Roy Museum, is located in the heart of the town. It is housed in an old mansion, formerly owned by President Julio Lozano (1954–1956). The museum, established in 1976, displays a remarkable collection of vintage cars, ancient photographs, and many more. The Villa Roy Museum represents the past of the city of Tegucigalpa. It has interesting objects and documents that showcases the city's history before the arrival of Spanish settlers to the colonization era. The historic old villa itself is of high interest and is a must see in town. Address: Tegucigalpa, Honduras Phone:+504 2222-3470
The Suyapa Basilica is a church dedicated to the Lady of Suyapa, the Patron saint of Honduras. This old Basilica has been a favorite site for pilgrimages of the local people in the town. The incredible statue of the Virgin Suyapa in this well-known church is really interesting. You will surely admire the basilica's Gothic-style design and the stunning stained-glass window panes. The lady of Suyapa is believed to have performed thousands of miracle. Visitors will surely be astounded by the Basilica of the Virgin of Suyapa. The church is also the best spot to unwind and relax. The Basilica de Suyapa is truly worth your while.
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How to get there ?
The City has its owned airport, the Toncontín International Airport, also known as Teniente Coronel Hernán Acosta Mejía Airport. It is situated 4 kilometers north of the city centre and is served by major airlines such as American Airlines, Delta, United, Copa, and Avianca. For detailed information about the airport, please visit their website at http://www.interairports.hn/. From the airport, you can take the taxi with a reasonable price to get to the center of the city. A range of international bus lines such as Ticabus, Hedman Alas, Nicabus, and King Quality, are operating from Tegucigalpa to many Central American capitals. These reliable bus companies provides first class, and very comfortable service at a very low prices. You can take the bus to visit Tegucigalpa from many cities such as Manugua, San Salvador and Guatemala. The Collectivo line, similar to buses, is the cheapest way to get around the city. Collectivos run set routes from one point to another. Buses is also the best option to get to the cities top attractions. You will see the bus routes written on the front above the windshield. Tegucigalpa offers its visitors with many exciting things to see. You will also enjoy the city's delightful cuisines, and pleasant temperature.
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