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Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, got its tongue twisting name from the ancient Nahuatl language, and translated means "silver mountain" In effect, Tegucigalpa came to being during colonial times as a mining center. "Tegus" as its inhabitants affectionately call it, is a mix of an old colonial city that has turned into the modern capital of Honduras. As a matter of fact, Tegucigalpa became the most important mining center in Central America during colonial times. Tegucigalpa's entry to the list of country capitals came to be by chance. It is said that the society of Comayagua, the long time colonial capital of Honduras, publicly disliked the wife of President Marco Aurelio Soto, who took revenge by moving the capital of the republic to Tegucigalpa.

Going beyond the public saying, it is most likely that the change of the seat of the capital took place due to the fact that President Marco Aurelio Soto was an important partner of the Rosario Mining Company, whose operations where based in San Juancito, located about 40 km. outside of Tegucigalpa, and his need to be closer to his personal interests.

 Tegucigalpa is definitely worth a visit on your way into or out of Honduras - by plane or bus. While you are in the capital, make sure you visit the quaint mountain towns nearby like Santa Lucia, Valle de Angeles, and Yuscaran (where they make the famous local alcohol) or Danli (where the export-quality puros or cubano cigars are produced).

Tegucigalpa is just on the doorsteep of the beautiful "La Tigra" National Park.. (great for day and overnight hikes).

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