Tegucigalpa, the city with a tongue twister of a name, the capital and largest city of Honduras and home to a population that speaks a different brand of Spanish
Founded in 1578 by Spanish colonizers, Tegucigalpa became a city in 1880. Its official name is Tegucigalpa, Municipality of the Central District. With its unique long name that is difficult to pronounce, residents of the city and the country often refer to the capital city simply as Tegus. The Constitution of Honduras names the city, together with its twin, Comayagüela, as the permanent capital of the country. The two cities have been combined and called the Central District since 1982.
The city’s name is popularly believed to have originated from the Nahuatl word, Taguz-galpa that translates to silver mountain. Tegucigalpa, after all was once a valuable silver and gold mining town, not only for Honduras but also for the rest of Central America. In fact, some mining areas in the city have been completely restored to their 16th century appearance, and visiting these places, like Valle de Ángeles, would give you a fairly good idea of how life during the heyday of mining evolved.
Just like its capital city, Honduras is populated by people coming from various ancestries like the Girafuna, Lenca, Tolupan, Tawahka, Pech and Miskito Indians mixed with the Spanish. Palestinians, Africans, Caribbeans, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Filipinos and Vietnamese all have thriving communities in the country.
Honduras, known worldwide for its tropical fruits, coffee, sugar cane and minerals (gold, zinc, lead and silver) is a great lure for tourists and investors. It is a biodiversity hot spot, with its rainforests, cloud forests, savannas, mountain ranges, mangroves, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System and its more than 6,000 plant species, some 630 of which (so far) are orchids. It has one of the most detailed and artistically advanced Mayan art found in the Copán Ruins.
Catrachos, the nickname of people from Honduras, speak the country’s official language, Spanish. It is very useful to know that you need to speak and understand Spanish when you are in Tegucigalpa and other parts of Honduras. English is spoken mainly by those of Afro-Caribbean descent who live in the northern coast of the country, but rarely spoken in the cities. Keep this in mind, as you definitely would need the services of a translation and interpretation company when you get to Honduras.
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