Ringed by forested hills in a highland valley, sprawling Tegucigalpa enjoys a relatively fresh, mild climate and a spectacular setting.
Few travelers hang around long enough to savor the capital's delights and sights, but if you're passing through you will find the compact city center boasts some fine colonial architecture and a good museum or two.
Keep your ear to the ground and you'll discover a dynamic young urban scene led by emerging artists and musicians, DJs and designers. There are only a few key venues, so it's relatively easy to connect with this vibrant underground scene in the city's happening cafes and bars.
That's the good news. What's not so great includes the traffic-choked streets and resultant pollution, and, more worryingly, some world-class crime stats. During daylight hours there's little danger, but it certainly pays to keep your wits about you. After dark plan on taking taxis to get around.
The name Tegucigalpa (teh-goos-ee-gal-pa) is a bit of a mouthful; Hondurans often call the city Tegus (teh-goos) for short. Across the river from Tegucigalpa is Comayagüela, a poorer and dirtier sister city, which has a pretty dodgy reputation. Many buses have terminals here, otherwise there's no reason to visit.