Ringed by forested hills in a highland valley, sprawling Tegucigalpa enjoys a relatively fresh, mild climate and a spectacular setting.
The huge gothic Basílica de Suyapa, the most important church in Honduras, dominates the hillsides south of Tegucigalpa.
El Paraíso Department
San Marcos de Colón
Valle de Ángeles
Eight kilometers past Santa Lucía, Valle de Ángeles is another beautiful, historic Spanish mining town.
Choluteca, capital of the department of the same name, lies near Río Choluteca, the same river that runs through Tegucigalpa.
Isla El Tigre
Santa Lucía is a charming old Spanish mining town built on a hillside.
Parque Nacional La Tigra
Parque Nacional La Tigra (adult/child US$10/5; 8am-5pm Tue-Sun, no entry after 2pm) covers 238 sq km of rugged forest a short distance northeast of the capital.