Tegucigalpa, also known as Tegus, is Honduras’ largest city and capital. The city is located in the central region of the country, in the Department of Francisco Morazán. Surrounded by mountains, Tegucigalpa has a pleasant weather throughout most of the year. Colonial towns, wildlife parks, restaurants, night life, museums and cultural centers are some of Tegucigalpa’s outstanding features.
In Tegucigalpa we have 3 universities that offer Medical career. Of those 3, 1 is public and the other 2 are private:
- Medical Sciences Faculty (FCM) of the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH)
- Catholic University of Honduras (UNICAH)
- Central American Technological University (UNITEC)
Only FCM participes in receiving incomings.
- Hospital Escuela Universitario (HEU): founded in 1978, HEU is not only Honduras’ main public hospital, but also one of the largest teaching hospitals in the country. It’s also the biggest hospital ruled by the Ministry of Health. Incomings do their clinical clerkships here, except for Pediatrics and Gynecology-Obstetrics.
- Hospital Materno-Infantil: the part of HEU where the specialties and clerkships of Pediatrics and Gynecology-Obstetrics take place.
HEU offers a unique opportunity for you to apply the knowledge you’ve acquired and gain more practice. Medical students here get very involved in the patients’ diagnosis, treatment, and even surgeries. As mentioned before, since HEU is Honduras’ main public hospital, it takes many referrals from smaller hospitals and health centers around the country. This implies that not only you will be able to treat diseases that affect Tegucigalpa’s population but also those that act on other regions of Honduras.
Maternal complications in the peripartum according to age groups with greater and/or lower obstetric risk in public hospitals of Honduras. Multicenter study.
None of the hospitals gives boarding but food is not expensive (less than $5). There are coffee shops, small restaurants and groceries store nearby the hospital. Host family will provide at least one meal per day.
A honduran medical student and his/her family will put their house at your disposition during your clerkship or research exchange in Tegucigalpa. There you’ll have a private room with a private or shared bathroom. It’ll be a great opportunity for you to learn more about our people and culture.
A driver assigned to you will provide transportation between the host’s house to the hospital and vice versa and for some social program activities (depending on disponibility). You can also use a private taxi service, your contact person can help you with the arrangments.
Located approximately 15 km northeast of Tegucigalpa, this national park is a source of fresh air and pure water, as well as a refuge for native and migratory species. La Tigra offers 8 trails for you to hike, each one with their particular characteristics and level of difficulty. Canopy is also available. If you’re a nature lover then La Tigra is definitely your place!
More information: http://latigra.hn/
2. Valle de Angeles
Valle de Angeles, whose name translates to “Valley of Angels”, is one of the most visited towns in Honduras due to its captivating colonial appeal. It’s part of a circuit near Tegucigalpa that includes Santa Lucia, San Juancito and Valle de Angeles, old Spanish colonial mining towns that have retained the charm of those days. Valle de Angeles is approximately 32 km (20 miles) away from Tegucigalpa (the drive takes about 45 minutes). A variety of restaurants, souvenir shops and wood carving shops will be avaliable. Strolling around town is pleasant and safe
More information: http://www.honduras.com/valle-de-angeles/
3. Tegucigalpa's Historical Center
Founded in 1536 in a former gold and silver mining center, Tegucigalpa’s center houses the historical remains of the Spanish colonies. From the Central Park’s San Miguel Archangel Church, to the Liquidambar Walk, to Los Dolores Square and the Manuel Bonilla National Theater, you’ll find yourself surrounded by colonial architecture mingled with modern buildings, all impregnated with our history and culture. You’ll need plenty of time if you want to see all the museums, colonial date churches, theaters, squares, parks and many other picturesque spots this place has to offer.
More information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJWctUO7LRk
4. Cristo del Picacho
On the northern side of Tegucigalpa, at the most outstanding point of El Picacho Hill, one of Tegucigalpa’s most emblematic monuments imposes; Cristo del Picacho, a 32 m tall statue of Jesus Christ, contemplates the capital city. The statue has at its feet a lookout with the most breath-taking view of the city. The Rosy Walther Zoo, which holds refugee for over 400 animals, can be found nearby. On top of that, El Picacho offers a 2.5 km adrenaline infused zip line for those who love extreme sports, amazing views and unforgettable experiences.
More information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIB2S21b3rk
Since Honduras is located in a tropical climate zone, the weather can turn from sunny to rainy in no time. The average annual temperature in Tegucigalpa is 22.3°C (72.1° F), being January and December the coldest months and May the hottest. We recommend you bring a sweater just in case.
Tegucigalpa is a marvelous city with a mix of various cultures and an active nightlife. People here like to party and drink beer, especially during special occasions or when our national soccer team plays (soccer’s a big thing for us).
We guarantee you will have an awesome time in our country!