As the city capital, Tegucigalpa began growing as an industrial center because of the incredibly successful silver mining camps set up in the late 1500s. More sophistication came in all accounts as the city grew in importance. The beautiful baroque architecture dating back to the 1700s is a good mark of this transition.

Spanish and English are the main languages here but locals are friendly and eager to understand other dialects and languages as well. Many Chinese and Arabs have immigrated to Tegucigalpa creating more language and diversity.

Honduras is, for the grand majority a nation of Roman Catholics and the rest branch off into other Christian groups. You will see beautiful churches in Tegucigalpa as well as giant statue of Christ atop an overlooking mountain. Many of the major religious traditions have died down over time in part with the influx of new cultures. A revival of the traditional heritage involving religion is underway however, such as restoring the festivities of Easter Week. 

For the most part, Tegucigalpa is a worker's city. The locals flee town on weekends to enjoy the beaches. To have the best chance of mingling with the locals, arriving on a weekday is best.