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Tegucigalpa is the capital and largest city in Honduras and has roughly 900,000 inhabitants living in the city, 1,4 million in the total urban area. The city is located in the south central part of the country at an elevation of nearly 1000 meters above sea level. It is the political, economic and cultural heart of the country, but compared to other sights and landmarks in the country, Tegucigalpa is not particularly interesting, nor attractive for travellers and some extra safety precautions are advised as well, especially after dawn. Both culturally as well as naturally though, there are many nearby villages and parks within short distance of the city, making daytrips when basing yourself in Tegucigalpa possible.
Tegucigalpa enjoys a pleasant tropical climate with warm and relatively humid weather but because of its elevation temperatures and humidity are more bearable than for example in the north. Temperatures average around 28 °C during the day and 18 °C at night. March to May is slightly warmer though. The dry season lasts from November until April, after which the rains start to fall, ending in October again.
Toncontín International Airport (TGU) near Tegucigalpa has several airlines with international connections including TACA to and from Miami, San Salvador and Guatemala City. Several airlines have flights to Belize and Nicaragua and other destinations include Panama City and Houston. Islena Airlines has some domestic connections to La Ceiba and San Pedro Sula. Some other small airlines serve a number of domestic flights, also to Roatan.
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No matter where you are in Honduras, you should find Internet access, either in a cafe, mall, or cybercafe. Most hotels, even hostels, have their own Internet service, and more and more are beginning to have Wi-Fi service. Roughly 90% of these hotels offer Wi-Fi for free, yet some international chain hotels in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, as well as a few resorts on Roatán, charge a fee that ranges between US$6 and US$15 per day. If the hotel does not have Internet service, the hotel staff can usually point out where to find it. Expect to pay approximately 20 lempira per hour.
See also International Telephone Calls
The emergency numbers are 199 (police), 195 (ambulance) and 198 (fire). The international area code in Honduras is 504. All local phone numbers are eight digits, including the area code. Numbers either start with a 2 (landline) or a 9 (cellular).
Kiosks and convenience stores throughout Honduras sell phone cards with individual instructions on long-distance dialing, and phone booths at telephone centers will provide instructions on dialing.
Honduras's largest phone companies, such as Telefonica, operate on a GSM 850 or 1900 MHZ frequency, which several large North American carriers also use, though these frequencies are rare in other parts of the world. Any dual or multiband GSM cellphone will work in Honduras, but you might pay expensive roaming rates; it's better to buy a local SIM card and install it in your own cell phone for cheaper rates.
You can also rent a phone at kiosks located on the arrival level at the San Pedro Sula or Tegucigalpa airport; they are open daily from 6:00am to 9:00pm. Depending on your service, you may be able to insert your own SIM card, though you'll likely still pay regular roaming rates. Some cellphone companies in Honduras will rent phones with prepaid calling cards.
Honducor is the country's national postal service. Post offices are open from Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm (though generally with a long lunch break) and on Saturday from 8:00am to noon. Sendings standard letters or postcards internationally start at around US$1 and take 10-14 days at least. You can get stamps at a post office and at some gift shops in large hotels. The Honduran postal service is renowned for being considerably more reliable than in other Central American nations, though if you are sending anything of value, it is still recommended to use an international courier service like DHL, UPS, TNT or FedEx, which have offices in larger cities.
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