Just down from the entrance to Paseo Liquidambar, on the opposite end from the Parque Central, is the Museo Nacional, which was closed when we visited on Christmas Eve, but appeared to promise much both architecturally, and in terms of exhibitions. Downtown within a block or so of the museo are other buildings of architectural and historic interest, such as the National Post Office building, and the Nacional Electrical Company.
Parque Herrera is a few blocks south of the pedestrian mall, and features Tropical plants, a number of statues, and the old Teatro Nacional and El Calvario Church. The crowd clinging to the small plaza appear somewhat less safe than in the Parque Central, but mostly because of a busy nearby chicken bus terminal.
Of course, the park has the finest equestrian statue of Francisco Morazon found anywhere in Honduras, which includes a bronze relief of a pivotal revolutionary battle scene. Parque Central, as the gathering place downtown, has a good perspective of the hills around the city.
A couple blocks west of the Paseo Liquidambar is the Iglesia Los Dolores - Church of the Sorrows-the mercado central, and a handful of souvenir shops. In the background, a large statue of Jesus Christ, located on a hill in El Picacho National Park, views the city. An inscription on a foundation block dates the church back to 1732, making it among the earliest in Honduras. Pigeons cling to the ornamentation of the church facade, and so I rewarded some boys in the plaza to toss pebbles to get a good photo of birds flying off the facade.
In downtown Tegucigalpa, there's a street closed down to auto traffic and opened for pedestrians. There are plenty of clothing and shoe stores there, and adjacent to this mall and on either end are various museums, churches, and plazas filled with memorial statues. The name of this street turned pedestrian mall is Paseo Liquidambar, which is posted in several places. It's a great place to people watch and is generally safe during the day. Near Parque Central end, there's a colonial building facade that's been saved in an interesting way. This is a developing nation though, so be aware of your surroundings, and don't wear jewelry and clothing that would attract the wrong kind of attention. But, we didn't have any trouble slinging the camera for shots of buildings and the like.
El Picaho is a mountain near Tegucigalpa the capital city of Honduras, there is a park (Parque Naciones Unidas) 15 minutes by car to the top. There you will have a complete view of the city, this picture is of a new developing area of Tegucigalpa with some fine houses and new big commercial buildings and malls, as seen from El Picacho and the Parque Naciones Unidas. The monument to the Cristo del Picacho is located at that park, is a huge statue of Jesus Crist, representing the faith of the Catholics of the city.
I really enjoyed my short stay in the capital of Honduras. I was running out of time and therefore I decided to leave all the Mayan ruins for another trip and just have a taste of Honduras. Though a big city Tegucigalpa wasn't that bad a place after all! I am sure that it would have had much more to offer if I had had more time.
I liked the narrow streets which went up and up and obviously down and down too and the view towards to the hill, where under other circumstances I would have loved to go and have a view all over the city.
This beautiful building used to be the supreme court of Honduras but today it houses the museum of the Honduran man. I didn't visit this museum because I only had one afternoon in Tegucigalpa and wanted to walk rather than spend my time indoors. When I was taking a photo of this building a man came to me saying "Isn't it beautiful?" and asked where I was from. When I answered him he said that he had been to Helsinki a few years back. He was looking for the Galeria Nacional de Arte, but then I wasn't able to help him though later I realised that it was very close. He said that he had been looking for it for hours. Incidentaly on the following morning when I was looking for a place to have breakfast I bumped in to him again as he came to the same caf? and asked if I could recommend him some places worth visiting in Honduras. Both times he disappeared as quickly as he arrived. I think he was American. There was something strange around him...
It is easy to miss details when you are in a new place to you. I always try to look for them and managed to see some in Tegucigalpa, though I have to say that I was not in mood for taking photos. I was feeling quite miserable with runny nose and nasty cough.
The area of Tegucigalpa I saw was between parks Parque Valle, Plaza Morazan and Parque de la Merced, I wasn't looking for parks but seemed to end up to them. It was nice to rest my feet and sit down under shade of trees on that hot September day. It was good way to watch people come and go too.
Honduras has colonial history and there are some beautiful colonial houses around Tegucigalpa as well. Though I spent only one afternoon and a few hours in the following morning there I managed to see quite a lot of the downtown area.
Like in any other city or town in Central America central plaza is the place where locals like to spend time and meet people, eat and chat. Tegucigalpa was no exception and I spent a while watching the colourful, everchanging play.
In the Parque Central there is a statue of General Francisco Morazan, who is a Honduran hero. He was elected president of the United Provinces in 1830, but this union didn't last long. Nine years later the union was history. His aim was to lessen the power of the church, the narrow the huge gap between Spanish upper class and the indigenous people and make known the importance of the region for the wolrd market.
The cathedral dominates downtown Tegucigalpa. It is in one side of the Parque Central so if you go where the locals are you cannot miss the cathedral. It was built in the 18th century and its altar is decorated with gold and silver and there is a lot of fine art in the church. I didn't take any photos inside because I didn't want disturb people who were praying (made complicated to take photos in any church in Central America!). I liked the setting of the cathedral next to palm trees!
The commercial heart of Tegucigalpa is located within the Boulevard Morazán, a modern bustling district also known as "la zona viva". In this area you will find many of the restaurants, shops and offices of the higher echelon of all Honduras.
Honduran food? Oh yeah! My favorite is El Patio Restaurant ! El Patio offers typical Honduran dishes in a pleasant local atmosphere. Open for lunch and dinner all week long. You can also enjoy the Karaoke here. It is a place that while visit Tegucigalpa you can not miss!