Health & safety
Crime is on everyone’s mind in Tegucigalpa, and to read the newspaper, browse the US State Department website, or even to talk to Peace Corps volunteers (who are normally pretty sanguine about traveling in potentially dangerous areas) you may never step out of your hotel, much less explore downtown or go out at night. Using common sense, however, you can enjoy Tegus while minimizing the risk of experiencing any crime, much less violent crime, during your stay.
Criminals aren’t stupid: they will watch a potential target to see if they’re carrying anything valuable. Cameras and jewelry (real or faux) are sure to be seen, and make easy targets – don’t walk around with them. Try doing without a daypack or purse; even if there’s nothing valuable in it, a potential thief won’t know that. Carry money and ID, of course, but avoid flashing it around. Dress modestly: shorts and sandals many seem fine to you but they stick out like a sore thumb in most Latin American cities, Tegus included. Try wearing pants and sneakers instead. And remember, the point isn’t to ‘fit in’ – you won’t, no matter how hard you try – but rather to avoid being the one person in a thousand who gets targeted for crime. If you do happen to be that one person, cooperate and do not resist.
The downtown area is fine during the day, as are Colonia Palmira and Blvd Morazán. Comayagüela can be dodgy, especially around San Isidro Market, and a trip to Parque La Paz is not recommended. Comayagüela and downtown should definitely be avoided at night – there’s not much to do, anyway. If you’re at a hotel in either, use cabs to come and go after dark. Same goes if you’re going to or from a bus terminal with bags. When waiting for a bus, go inside the terminal, or at least near the ticket booth, and keep a hand on your bags at all times.
And one last thing: relax. The chances of anything happening to any one person at any one time are exceedingly low, even in a ‘crime-ridden’ place like Tegucigalpa.
Farma City (232 4415; Blvd Morazán near Plaza Criolla; 9am-9pm Mon-Sat, 9am-7pm Sun)
Farmacia Divel (237 4064; Av Cristóbal Colón at Calle Los Dolores; 8am-6pm Mon-Fri, 9am-1pm Sun)
Honduras Medical Center (216 1201; Av Juan Lindo; 24hr) Considered one of the best hospitals in the country.
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