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TEGUCIGALPA

Both photos: Picturesque Valle de Angeles (below);
and charming Tegucigalpa, Honduras' capital city
(bottom).

The Honduran capital, locally called "Tegus," sits snugly in a valley and comfortably at a 3,281ft. altitude. There are several excellent museums and churches within the colonial center,
as well as the largest cathedral in the country, and a big swath of cloud forest surrounding.
Presently under construction-and very welcoming-is the Palmerola International Airport in
nearby Comayagua, the country-capital until 1880; the new facility will replace Tagus' present
international airport.
SEE/DO: Essential sightseeing in TEGUCIGALPA starts with the beautiful domed 18th
century St. Michael the Archangle Cathedral with its baroque gold and silver altar in the
heart of the colonial district. Other musts include the historical exhibits of the Museum of
National Identity, displaying pieces by contemporary national artists, as well as the lovely
La Merced Church. Next door, the Galeria Nacional de Arte, which occupies a beautifully
restored convent, displays a fine collection of Honduran modern and colonial art, pre-historic
rock carvings and some pre-Columbian ceramic pieces.
From the capital, it's 14 miles to La Tigra National Park. Hikers following well-marked trails
will find the park embraces a cloud forest and dry pine forest, as well as lots of rivers
and waterfalls; the big draw here is birds, more than 350 species. Another visitor-friendly
excursion that puts the accent on craft shopping is to the restored, 16th century town of
Valle de Angeles.
SIGNATURE EVENT: An hour-and-a-half from Tegus, colonial Comayagua, former capital of
Honduras, stages the most passionate religious celebration in the country during Holy Week.
STAY: The Real InterContinental Tegucigalpa at Multiplaza Mall is an international chain
favorite with both business and leisure travelers, while the Hotel Portal del Angel is an
upscale, classy boutique pick.

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