The Gem of Central America

By BobbyRica | April 19, 2012

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The Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, or oftentimes referred to as Tegus, is the largest city in Honduras. Its landscape features hills and varying heights from each part of the city. This unique Central American city mixes the urban, commercial lifestyle with touches of the old colonial life from many centuries before the present. At first sight, this city may seem like a jumbled mess of buildings without a proper city plan, but underneath it all is a city that has so much to offer to locals and tourists alike.

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You may be wondering how you can reach this hidden gem of Central America? Well the answer to that question is that there are a number of ways. Many international airports offer flights to Tegucigalpa, the main ones being Miami, Atlanta, and Houston international airports. You can also reach this wonderful city by high class buses from other Central American cities, but this is not advised since the drop off points are not the safest places to be in.

Once you arrive in Tegucigalpa, the first thing you will notice is the strong Spanish influence that was left behind, and that can mean one thing, huge, awesome churches everywhere. If you’re a fan of historic cathedrals, Tegucigalpa definitely offers these and not just one, but also a large number, which includes the San Sebastian Church and Church of San Francisco. Once done with sightseeing at these churches, you may also want to check out the National Identity Museum and Archaeological Museum if your hunger for the colonial days of this great city has yet to be fulfilled.

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Being the commercial and financial center of Honduras, Tegucigalpa also offers a myriad of urban and modern places to visit for those that aren’t into the whole colonial feel. This city boasts over 10 malls and is still awaiting construction of new malls this year. City Mall, which opens this year, will officially be the largest mall in Central America! So for locals and tourists alike, this place will be a hotspot to go to and have fun, relax, and enjoy via shopping, movies, and restaurants.

Talking about food in Tegucigalpa, you will see that they have all the major fast food chains like McDonald’s and Burger King all around town, but this isn’t where the best food can be found. Tegucigalpa is home to many classy Honduran restaurants with great views of the city and what could be better than eating some local delicacies during your stay at this wonderful city.

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