Zoological sights in Honduras
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Lady Slipper, Queen and Sunset Langwings, Helicopter, Common Owl and Orange Dog are just a few of the 30-plus species of moths and butterflies at the Roatán Butterfly Garden, a 900-sq-meter enclosure a few hundred meters from the West End turn-off. The best time to visit is noon or early afternoon, when the sun is hottest and the butterflies are most active. The garden also has a large collection of orchids and other tropical plants, as well as bird enclosures with keel billed toucans, collared aracari and several species of parrots.
Enchanted Wings has a terrific mariposario (butterfly enclosure), bursting with tropical plants and dozens of moths and butterflies flitting about. Come before 11am and you may see new butterflies breaking out of their cocoons (the adults are more active then, too). An attached orquidiario has 150 different species of orchids, all native to Honduras.
On the north side of Tegucigalpa is Parque Naciones Unidas El Picacho, established to commemorate the UN’s 40th anniversary. Besides excellent views of the city, there’s a soccer field where games are held on Sunday, and a somewhat decrepit zoo.