The last week of our trip to Honduras was spent in the capital, Tegucigalpa, or “Tegus” for short. This was a return visit to Tegus for us, and it seems to have improved with time. The airport is newly renovated and a much nicer experience. The streets seem cleaner and better organized, even with political campaigns in full swing. Truth be told, though, Tegus is probably not somewhere you’d seek out for a vacation as the culture and vibe is not quite the same as you might find in Antigua, Guatemala. But, if you find yourself with kids in Tegus at some point, here’s our experience.
First, it’s hard to find a decent hotel with enough comfortable space for kids. We’ve stayed at Leslie’s Place in the past before Grace, and it’s really nice but doesn’t have any suites available. Fortunately, Humuya Inn is the top ranked hotel on TripAdvisor and deservedly so. It’s in a quiet residential neighborhood, run by competent and attentive American expats, beautifully appointed and has huge 2 bedroom apartments for a reasonable price (and smaller hotel style rooms are available as well). The kitchen is decent and flexible too. Humuya staff also arranged a daily driver with van for us, which was a positive experience and well worth the moderate cost.
In Tegus itself, the highlights for us included El Mirador del Picacho, a park with huge Christ statue overlooking the city. The overlook is next to a somewhat-maintained park commemorating the United Nations and some playground equipment. There’s also a nearby zoo which apparently has seen better days (we gave it a miss).
Another worthwhile outing with kids is the Chiminike Children’s Museum, a fairly new site with a good variety of hands-on exhibits that appeal to a broad spectrum of ages. Vacuum tubes, water games, karaoke, and a walk through the human body kept Grace entertained for several hours.
One of the most popular day trips from the city is Valle de Angeles, a small town about 40 minutes drive from Tegucigalpa. While sometimes touristy, it’s still a pleasant colonial village with a profusion of leather shops, wood handicrafts, traditional pottery, a nice plaza and church, and cool breezes. The bustling groups of people on the weekend provided an entertaining distraction for Grace. We were pleasantly surprised to find a unique shop off the main street selling interesting ceramics, iron sculptures, and a plant nursery. Called Hierro Barro y Verde, we found some beautiful ceramic Christmas tree ornaments, tiles, a cross, and iron hanging card holder to take home. It’s a new shop, run by mother and daughter, is only open on weekends at this point, and is across the street from the Museo Santa Maria de los Angeles.
While in Valle, we made a return visit to a restaurant we discovered on a previous trip called El Turistico (not as bad as the name might suggest). It’s on a hill overlooking the town, has great anafre (melted cheese appetizer) and well priced steak. I would be remiss if I didn’t also put in a plug for the venerable chicken institution in Central America, Pollo Campero, which has several locations around Tegus.
Hopefully this brief overview of Tegus’ possibilities is helpful for your next visit there with kids! Have you found other good spots for kids in Honduras? Please share!