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Welcome To Tegucigalpa: Exploring The Honduran Capital

Travel Tips for Visiting Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Travel Tips for Visiting Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Tegucigalpa may not have the best reputation among travelers in Central America, the capital city of Honduras does have a bit of charm with old colonial buildings, cobbled streets and hidden parks.

When I began this little travel adventure of mine, I told myself I wanted to see everything. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Curiosity is part of my DNA. Happy places are only one part of the whole story.

I was enticed by the mountainous terrain and bustling city streets, but after hearing rumors that Tegucigalpa was a dangerous city, I wanted to learn more about it first-hand.

Welcome to Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Welcome to Tegucigalpa

Safety In Tegucigalpa

With a dark history of corruption and poverty, Tegucigalpa is known for being one of Central America’s most dangerous cities.

In my experience, most “dangerous” rumors are exaggerated quite a bit, but that doesn’t mean one should completely forgo basic common sense.

Many poor Hondurans living in the countryside migrate to Tegucigalpa searching for work. Often there is none available for them. This is a big reason why the crime is so bad.

Although you will find a lot of information about gun violence in the city online, most of the gun crime in Tegucigalpa generally happens in specific areas outside of the city center.

River of Trash

River of Trash

Not Exactly The Nicest City

Gang-related shootings are common in the sprawling suburbs, but much like Mexico, tourists are generally not targets for this type of crime.

Here are some travel safety tips and common travel scams to help minimize your chances of something bad happening to you or your belongings during your travels in Tegucigalpa.

Despite my preparations, I still stood out like a sore thumb in this city. Everyone was staring at the bald-headed gringo wandering around alone through the streets on foot!

Taxi cabs began pulling over even though I hadn’t flagged them down. The drivers couldn’t possibly understand why I’d want to walk when they had a perfectly good car ready to take me anywhere!

Razor Wire in Tegucigalpa

High Security Everywhere

Things To Do In Tegucigalpa

One of the main advantages of traveling in Tegucigalpa is that it is the cheapest city in the region, with tours and activities half the price of some of the surrounding areas.

1. La Tigra National Park

In the concrete jungle of Tegucigalpa, this expansive national park is a tropical paradise, filled with native wildlife. Established back in 1980, this was the first national park to open in Honduras, covering an area of 238.21 square kilometers.

2. Museum For National Identity

Located within a 19th-century building, this museum is a must-visit for anyone who wants to find out more about the history of Honduras & its people. Its exhibits include the “Virtual Copán” room, which illustrates the history of the region’s gods and kings, as well as rooms exhibiting busts of Honduran national heroes.

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Fruit Vendor in Tegucigalpa

Cheap & Delicious Fruit Stalls

3. Christ At El Picacho

Standing tall above the city at 4,353 feet above sea level, the Christ statue on the hill of El Picacho can be seen from all over the city, especially at night time. The hike to the top of the hill is worth it for the incredible views over the city.

4. Parque Central – City Plaza

This is definitely the place to go if you like to do some people watching. With benches scattered throughout the plaza, take a seat and listen to the locals, watch as the crowds gather for the street performances and feel the real hustle and bustle of one of the cities busiest streets.

5. Sabor Cubano

This popular Cuban restaurant turns into one of the cities top bars and dance venues when the sun goes down. Expect live music, salsa lessons and locals dancing the night away out on the back patio.

Cathedral of San Miguel

Cathedral of San Miguel

Where To Stay In Tegucigalpa

There isn’t a lot of infrastructure set up for budget travelers in Tegucigalpa, but it is possible to find a few cheap motels. In recent years a number of hotel chains have opened in the city center, with average prices ranging from $60 – $70 per night.

Here are some suggestions for good places to stay in Tegucigalpa:


Best Accommodation In Tegucigalpa

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Tegucigalpa Travel Tips & Advice

  • If you are visiting from another city in Central America, A bus trip from Managua, San Salvador, or Guatemala City will cost you between $20-40. One of the most popular and reliable bus companies is Ticabus, they offer very comfortable seats and you have the added bonus of being able to book online.
  • If you are arriving at night, make sure you have accommodation pre-booked and don’t wander the streets after dark.
  • If you are looking for the hot weather, the best time to visit Tegucigalpa is during the spring and summer months (April to August), however, the average temperature stays pretty consistent throughout the year.
  • There is plenty of public transportation available, but the safest way to travel is with a trusted taxi company. Ask your hotel receptionist about reliable taxi companies in the area and how much a typical journey should cost.
  • This is not a common tourist destination so most locals don’t speak a lot of English. Take some time to learn the basics of Spanish before your trip. It will also help to ensure you don’t stand out like a sore thumb!
  • Exploring the city on your own is possible, just be careful and be smart. Going as a group is probably safer. These safety tips will help you to avoid any trouble on your next trip to Tegucigalpa.

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Packing Guide

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Book Accommodation

Booking.com is my favorite hotel search engine. Or rent local apartments on Airbnb ($35 discount!). Read my post for tips on booking cheap hotels.

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I hope you enjoyed my guide to Tegucigalpa! Hopefully you found it useful. Here are a few more wanderlust-inducing articles that I recommend you read next:

Any questions about things to do in Tegucigalpa? Do you have other suggestions? Drop me a message in the comments below!

Eddie Garcia

Saturday 20th of February 2021

Me and My Family visited Tegucigalpa on February of 2018 and We enjoyed the Food, The City infraestructure, We stayed at Clarion Hotel, a very nice place to stay, We visited Valle de Angeles, a very nice little town and the food so delicius, Enchiladas, patelitos, carne asada.. We enjoyed our visit to Tegucigalps

Noah Hopkins

Monday 18th of September 2017

Another very dangerous place in Honduras is San Pedro Sula. If you are brave enough to try to go there, you won't want to stay long...

Robert

Monday 20th of February 2017

I have visited Tegus like 25 times, and I've never experience danger or harm. There is risks and danger everywhere. I have travel to many other cities in Europe and Middle East, and believe me, I have also found dirty cities, beggers, people with weapons and rude people. And that is one thing I did not find in Tegus...the people there have been always nice to me...as for some gringos, they just go with their first sight and what they read on articles and awful media.

Steve

Tuesday 16th of October 2018

Perhaps im just oblivious, but I dont think so. Ive been to Tegus multiple times, for weeks at a time, and stayed in Torocagua (dangerous neighborhood) with my fiance/wife's family. I have never felt in "danger." I have walked around downtown, and walked the streets at night (only time I felt uneasy). I was even there during the aftermath of the Manuel Zelaya coup. People who say you should never go there, are missing out.

Seth

Wednesday 21st of September 2016

As someone who has visited Comayagua (not Tegus) I can attest to the fact that it is much nicer than Tegucigalpa, with a much lower crime rate, due to the much lower population and low amount of population around the city.

Dave

Saturday 7th of May 2016

Interesting comments. Should be a very interesting trip to Honduras. Hope they like friendly Canadians. Will be there for 7 days as a solo traveler.

Carlos Ramirez

Saturday 7th of September 2019

Hello Dave, greetings from the Big Apple.

In Honduras there quite a few ex-patriots from Canada. If you visit the country drop by the region of Trujillo on the Atlantic coast, Department of Colon, and near the Port of Castilla. Here are some hyperlinks:

https://vivatropical.com/honduras/honduras-attracts-canadians/

https://www.centralamerica.com/investing/business/trujillo-honduras-development/ Thank you. And enjoy the trip!

Anna

Friday 27th of May 2016

Hey Dave, how's life going in this inconsistent city?? :)

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