Culture and Gastronomy in Honduras
Historic Center of Tegucigalpa
Full of colonial history, and spiced with neoclassical architecture, you walk through “El Centro” in any direction from La Plaza Morazán or Parque Central. Its main attraction is the 18th century Cathedral of San Miguel Arcángel, with a beautifully worked Baroque interior.
Also noteworthy are the Old University Auditorium, today the National Art Gallery; the Church of San Francisco, the oldest in Tegucigalpa; the Legislative Palace hemicycle, built on stilts and the former Presidential House on the banks of the Choluteca River. You can do tours with different themes and interests: religious, civil, cultural and “strolling” through steep slopes, passages and alleys.
Museum for National Identity
The MIN has become one of the most active museums in the country, waiting for you from Tuesday to Sunday with temporary exhibitions of renowned national and foreign artists, a permanent exhibition on the formation and history of Honduras and a virtual tour of the Acropolis of Copán .
Its auditorium, inner courtyard and front plaza are also the scene of creative performances, concerts and interventions. You can visit the Museum for the National Identity (MIN), in the Old Palace of the Ministries of the Barrio Abajo de Tegucigalpa, from Tuesday to Sunday.
Many of the most popular dishes in southern Honduras come from its local agricultural products. The fruits (melon, watermelon, pineapple and mango) are consumed in their natural form, or others such as ‘jocotes’ (plums) seasoned with salt, also from the area. Livestock provides dairy, such as dry and semi-dry cheese, different types of cheese and curd, and also grilled beef and pork on skewers.
Artisanal fishing contributes to the famous seafood soup: crab, shrimp and fish, and to ceviches and cocktails: fish, shrimp, curiles and hulls. Another traditional soup is the homemade chicken soup. A very popular dish in the area is pupusas, made with corn dough and pork cheese or pork rinds. But the most longed-for product are donuts, made of corn dough, cheese, curd and cream butter, and the tustacas that also have panela candy. Very simple flavors that Hondurans always expect from anywhere in the world.
Tobacco Tour, Copán
Copán is one of the world’s best tobacco producers. This exclusive and interesting tour consists of a tour of the Flor de Copán cigar factory, where you will see the processing of tobacco, from the arrival of the leaves and the start of fermentation, destemming, curing, aging and making the cigar by hand until arrive at its delicate packaging and shipment of cigars made by copanecos artisans and distributed throughout the world
Coffee Tour, Copán
The West of the country is one of the main coffee producing regions, quality coffee, with awards of excellence worldwide. This tour allows you to know the process of washing, drying, classifying and packaging, and of course, taste a delicious cup of coffee in any of the gourmet coffee shops in Santa Rosa and its surroundings, served by professional baristas.
Coffee Tour through Finca Santa Isabel, Copán
30 minutes from Copán Ruinas, Finca Santa Isabel, home to some of the best high-altitude coffees in the country “Café Welchez”, opens its doors to show you how it grows roasted, ground grain under its shade, in a sustainable and organic environment. and mixed following traditions developed and perfected over decades. The tour takes you from one of the corners of the central park of Copán and after a guided tour -in Spanish or English- breakfast, lunch or snack, depending on the time of day, and returns you to Copán with the aroma of still fresh, the green sensation of the farm on the skin and the taste of a coffee awarded by experts and totally independent palates like yours.
Traditional Honduran cuisine is strongly dominated by corn, which is the food base of Mesoamerica since its pre-Hispanic peoples inhabited it. And Santa Rosa is famous nationally for a gastronomy that still preserves many elements and traditions.
The best places in the memory of flavors of those who have ever visited Santa Rosa: the baked “chanchita” (suckling pig), the atol chuco (fermented corn atol) and the totopostes (artisan, stuffed and toasted corn cookies). During the tour you will taste these and other typical sandwiches, drinks, traditional sweets and culinary innovations based on ancestral ingredients such as loroco, chipilín and a variety of herbs, vegetables, fruits and seeds.
In the building of the first Presidential House of Honduras, you travel through the Comayagua valley since prehistoric times with the fossils of a megaterium (a giant sloth bear), snails and obsidian spearheads; You continue through the archaic period with the cave paintings in rock stelae and you come to the polished ceramic utensils of the Formative period (plates, bowls and jugs).
An archaeological tour that passes through the Lenca village of El Chical, inhabited since 2,000 BC, the fortress of Tenampúa from the classical period (900) and sites such as Las Vegas, Lo de Baca, La Ciénega and the Iglesia Salitrón Viejo. The museum also shows you pieces related to the colonial, republican and contemporary periods, such as the machinery of the first printing press in Central America, brought by Francisco Morazán in 1828, in which the first book from Honduras was printed: Rudimentos de Artimética.
It is the building of the Royal Treasury and Foundry of Comayagua at the beginning of the 18th century. After two earthquakes and two centuries, it is restored with the support of Spanish cooperation, declared a national monument and today it welcomes you as a municipal convention center, in the El Centro neighborhood.