Tegucigalpa and around

Genuinely chaotic, Tegucigalpa - or Tegus as it is called by locals - is cramped and crowded, but still somehow retains a degree of charm in what remains of the colonial centre. If you can bear to stay away from the Caribbean for a few days, it has much more history and charisma than its rival San Pedro Sula, to the north. Surrounded by sharp, high peaks on three sides, the city is built on the lower slopes of El Picacho. The commercial centre is around Boulevard Morazán, an area known as 'zona viva', full of cafés, restaurants and shops. For contrast to the modern functional city, you can visit some of the centuries-old mining settlements set in forested valleys among the nearby mountains that are ideal for hiking.

Getting there

Toncontín international airport is 6.5 km south of the centre. The airport is in a narrow valley creating difficult landing conditions: morning fog or bad weather can cause it to close. The Carretera del Sur (Southern Highway), which brings in travellers from the south and from Toncontín Airport, runs through Comayagüela into Tegucigalpa. There is no central bus station and bus companies have offices throughout Comayagüela. On arrival it is very much easier and recommended, to take a taxi to your hotel until you get to know the city.

Getting around

The winding of streets in the city means that moving around in the first few days is as much about instinct as following any map. There are cheap buses and taxis for city transport. The Tegucigalpa section of the city uses both names and numbers for streets, but names are used more commonly. In Comayagüela, streets designated by number are the norm. Addresses tend not to be very precise, especially in the colonias around Boulevard Morazán east and south of the centre of Tegucigalpa.

Best time to visit

The city's altitude gives it a reliable climate: temperate during the rainy season from May to November; warm, with cool nights in March and April; and cool and dry with very cool nights from December to February. The annual mean temperature is about 23°C (74°F).

Safety

Generally speaking, Tegucigalpa is cleaner and safer (especially at night) than Comayagüela.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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