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September 26th, 2013 

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Tegucigalpa, Honduras



 There are many places to visit throughout the world, however, if culture and history are what you are looking for, Tegucigalpa should be on your list.

 It is not only the capital of Honduras, but also the country’s largest city, with over 1.25 million people residing there making it the 4th largest city in Central America. It is an older city, with roots back to 1578 when Spanish settlers founded the city. For years the city was a major mining center of gold and silver for Spain. This allows for many cultural advantages. Included in these is the national museum of the former Presidential Palace, a 20th century Legislative Palace, the headquarters of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, the campus of the National University of Honduras (which dates back to 1847), an 18th century cathedral, and the Basilica of the Virgin of Suyapa.

 Suyapa Basilica Tegucigalpa Honduras1
Besides the cultural places listed above, there are also many more things to do. Plan to visit the zoo, or La Tigra National Park. There are also a number of museums to explore as well. The areas east of the city, in the Colonial Palmira, are the best places to visit, as therein houses the best restaurants, foreign embassies, and popular hotels. There are also several shopping plazas in and around town, including a multi-level indoor shopping mall that includes a movie theater and more restaurants.

 Tegucigalpa lies at 3250 feet on a mountain ridge, with the beautiful Choluteca River running through the area. This separates this city from Comayagua, its sister city. With mountains and hills surronding the city it is not uncommon for days to be smoggy. Tegucigalpa did not become a large city until the 1970’s, when immigrants moved from the outlying rural areas to town. This caused a unique make up of the city, ranging from middle class neighborhoods to shanty town type areas.



 The climate here is the best in Central America, with temperatures averaging from 62 degrees for an average low, to 82 degrees for an average high. The months of December and January are the coolest, and the months of March and April are the hottest. Be careful traveling the months of May through October, as this tends to be the rainy season. Spanish is the predominant language.

 Tegucigalpa is home to Club Deportivo Olimpia and Club Deportivo Motagua, both members of the Honduran National Soccer League. There is also a venue to practice Olympic sports such as boxing, archery, tennis, and tae-kwon-do. Served by many airlines, the Toncontin International Airport is located right in Tegucigalpa, and offers breathtaking views upon arrival.

 There are many reasons to visit Tegucigalpa, ranging from cultural to historic. This is one place to make sure you see! Getting to Tegucigalpa is easy with Toncontin International Airport being a short 3 1/2 miles from the city center and offering several flights both domestically and internationally throughout Central American, Caribbean and United States. 

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