The upscale Colonia Palmira neighbourhood is home to most of the capital’s foreign embassies, luxury hotels, top restaurants and swanky residences. A particular landmark, the modern Hotel Honduras Maya, is on the Avenida República de Chile, in Colonia Palmira, fifteen minutes’ walk east from the centre. A kilometre beyond the hotel, an overpass gives access to eastward-bound Boulevard Morazán, Tegucigalpa’s major commercial and entertainment artery. No city buses run along here, so you’ll have to walk or take a taxi. On Calle 1, the Centro Cultural de España Tegucigalpa (CCET), housed in an attractive modern building, puts on a stimulating programme of music, art exhibitions and talks.

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