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Where is San Pedro Sula Located in the north of Honduras on the edges of the fertile Sula Valley, San Pedro Sula is Honduras' second largest city with approximately 800,000 citizens. It is the business and commerce capital of the country and home to a modern airport, which is serviced by International Airlines. The city is also situated close to the Merendon Mountain Range, which creates an impressive backdrop when you are downtown looking north or when you are flying into the city's airport.


SOME HISTORY Nomadic people are believed to have traveled in the Sula Valley from before 1500 BC. Around 700 BC groups began to settle in the valley and agriculture began. Squash, corn, beans, wild chilies, herbs, bell peppers and cacao are believed to have been the first plants cultivated while turkeys, ducks and dogs were domesticated.  Objects of clay, stone, bone and shell from this period have survived until today. During 200 AD until 900Honduras Map AD numerous villages existed in the Sula Valley. During this period, the area's art reached its highest point technically and aesthetically. Pottery and ceramic vessels were taken to Copan and further afield into Central America. Also, during this time, the major architectural structures were built in the valley. During 900 AD and 1500 AD the local population began to decline. No one is certain why, but recent discoveries have pointed towards the possibility of a plague, severe erosion, soil degradation and/or a long drought as possible reasons.


Pedro de Alvarado founded the city of San Pedro Sula in 1536. The city was to serve as a warehouse for goods flowing to and from the Honduran North Coast Ports to Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador. It was also a collection point for cocoa, indigo, leather, sarsaparilla and canfistula (a plant used medicinally).  Due to continual attacks of the city by pirates, the local residents decided to move away from the city into the countryside where they lived a self sufficient life. The city was nearly deserted until the later colonial era when it became a base for cattle ranchers.


In the mid 19th century, San Pedro Sula's fortunes changed when commerce picked up at the port of Omoa and San Pedro Sula again became an important commerce spot in Honduras. But it was the growth of the Banana Industry and the reopening of Puerto Cortes that really set the city in motion to become Honduras commerce center.  Today San Pedro Sula is one of Central America's fastest growing cities. Business and commerce continue to grow to today as does the city's modern facilities and services.


The Museum of Anthropology and History is located a few blocks from Central Park on 3a Avenida between 3 and 4 Calles NO. The museum is a must see for anyone visiting San Pedro Sula. Its displays will take you through the Pre-Columbian to modern day history of the Sula Valley. The museum has a wide range of Mayan artifacts that have been found throughout the area and is open from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 4pm, is closed all day Tuesday, and Sunday it opens from 9am to 3pm. The entrance fee is $2 for foreign visitors and 20 lps (lempiras) for national visitors.


Guamilito Market is one the Honduras' best handicraft markets. The market is between 8 and 9 Avenida and 6 and 7 Calles NO. The market is open daily, usually until around 5pm. The market is a great place to pick up souvenirs and gifts. Items of note are Honduran cigars, mahogany carvings, Mayan replica pottery, woven baskets, hammocks and a range of colored T-Shirts. Spend some time browsing and do not be afraid to bargain on the prices.


The Central Park of San Pedro Sula and the main Cathedral are definitely worth a look. The Cathedral, which was built in 1949, has just been Futbol Hondurasremodeled and restored. The new Central Park (Parque Central) is open, fresh looking and at well lit at night. The park is always busy, with people coming and going and moneychangers and street vendors plying their trade. It's a great place to sit back and people watch or to strike up a conversation with some locals. If it is a little hot outside.  


The Coca Cola sign can be seen most days from the downtown area in its position on the Merendon Mountain Range, which is only a 10 minute taxi ride from downtown. At night, if running, the sign flashes Coke colors and fades in and out. Whether you are a coke fan or not, a hike up to the sign is a good way to escape downtown and to see some great views of the Sula Valley. The walk takes about 1 to 2 hours and goes through some nice rainforest where Toucans and Motmots are regularly seen. Motmots are a brilliantly colored bird and Honduras has more species than any other country.

Being a big city, San Pedro Sula has modern comforts and a range of activities such as sporting events, shopping centers, restaurants and nightlife. See the below sections for more information.


San Pedro Sula is a good place to stay to enjoy the facilities of a large city and to see another side of the Honduran experience, big city life. The city has good banking, business, and communication and hotel facilities. There is a wide range of restaurants and nightlife, places to shop. Sampedranos, what the San Pedro Sulans are called, are a friendly and helpful people.  The city is home to a few football teams from the national league and a game is quite an experience to see, not just for the high quality of football but also for the atmosphere of the crowd and for the local passion that is a part of true Latin American Football. North Americans will know this brand of football as soccer. Games are regularly held in the Olympic Stadium or the Francisco Morazán Stadium, which is located on 1 Calle between 13 and 14 avenida. Tickets start at US$3 depending on the seating and the game.


San Pedro Sula is a good place to base yourself during a visit to Honduras, especially if you like the comforts of a big city. Day trips can be organized to Tela, Lake Yojoa, Omoa and the Mayan Ruins of Copan, with local travel agents or tour operators. Many rental car companies have offices in San San Pedro Sula HondurasPedro Sula, which is another option for traveling around to explore the many nearby attractions.


Don Udos
is located on Boulevard Morazán a few blocks up from the Circumvallation. A favorite amongst foreigners it has a good variety of international dishes and a good variety of wine.  Meal prices: US$9 to US$18

Fred’s Kitchen is located in a new location on 7 Calle, 19 Ave SO in Barrio Rio de Pierdas. The Restaurant has an international menu, friendly staff and good service and is one of the best values for money restaurants in San Pedro Sula.  Meal Prices: US$8 to US$14

Chef Marianos
is located in Zona Viva and offers a range of Honduran and Garifuna dishes, seafood dishes being a specialty.  Meal Prices: US$8 to US$14

Las Carnitas is located in Zona Viva and is a local favorite, for its open-air atmosphere, occasional live music and Honduran style beef and chicken dishes.  Meal Prices: US$7 to US$14

is located in Central Park and is a local icon. The place gets very busy during lunch times and breakfasts. It offers a range of national and international dishes at very good prices, such as chicken soup for only $2.00. The restaurant is AC and offers a nice place to escape with a cool drink and coffee from the downtown heat.  Meal Prices: US$3 to US$9

Antojitos Mexicanos
has 2 popular locations, one downtown in Central Park the other on the Circumvallation near Zona Viva. Antojitos is one of the cheapest places to eat in the city, with Mexican style tacos, enchiladas, tortas and so on. The Circumvallation branch has its own groups of Mariachis who strum and blow their stuff in the evenings for the patrons, nice place to eat cheap, drink a beer or two and to soak up some local atmosphere.
HondurasMeal Prices: US$4 to US$7

San Pedro Sula is home to a lot of additional eating options, which have a wide range of prices from budget to upper class. There is far too many to list here the above places are just some recommended places to start. Other notable Restaurants are Ruby Tuesdays, TGI Fridays and Applebee's. Also if you missing Pizza Hut, McDonalds, Burger King, Subway, Church's Chicken, Popeye's, and so forth, San Pedro Sula has no shortages of fast food places. Or better still try some of the local fast food places such as Pollo Campero, Bicos, Power Chicken (great name) or 2 x 1 Pizza.

Over the past year or two there has been an Internet café explosion in the downtown area of San Pedro Sula. Instead of listing places here I suggest you just walk a block or two from Central Park in any direction and you should find an Internet Cafe. Currently prices are around $.1 to $2 per hour and a few places have Internet phones for calling internationally.


San Pedro Sula has some of the country's best nightlife and is a great place to go out and to drink and dance the night away or to catch up on all the latest movies.

The Mall Multi Plaza, Mega Plaza and Metro Plaza all have cinema complexes. Closer to downtown you will find 2 or 3 cinemas, Multicines Plaza being the best. Movie releases are a few months behind the USA or Western Countries. Most movies are shown in English with Spanish subtitles. Ticket prices range from $2.00 to $4.00 depending on the cinema and to extent the quality of their facilities. All local papers have a daily cinema schedule.


San Pedro Sula is home to a lot of bars. A fun night can be had in Zona Viva going from bar to bar. A local favorite and fun place to hang out is La Cava in Barrio Los Andes 2 and 3 Calle, 16 Ave NO. Great Karaoke nights and occasional live music on the weekends packs the people in. Jerry the owner mixes a range or cocktails. Watch out for the Bacardi 121 or ask if he has some Guaro for a fire packed drink. There is a good selection of music and the patrons are always happy to have a chat.

Karaoke Club in Zona Viva is a popular place with the locals and even if you are not a Karaoke fan it can be a good place to catch some quality music. The quality of the singers is at times surprising and at other times not so surprising. Big Daddies, Caribbean and Gators Sports Bar is also all popular spots in Zona Viva. Bars do come and go regularly in San Pedro Sula, so just look for a place with some people and some music.

TGI Fridays, Applebee's, Ruby Tuesdays and Fogancito's are all popular places to eat and drink on the weekends. All places are well located near the Circunvalcion.

For a bit more local color and atmosphere, consider visiting a local disco. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights are the most popular. But most discos are open every night except Monday. Check the local papers for promotion nights such as ladies night, live music, beer promotions or open bar (cover charge, then all you care to drink). 
The pick of the discos is Kawamas Bay, which is located on the Circunvalcion. The disco plays a lot of Latin music Hondurasand has a friendly staff. It can get very busy on the weekends usually around 11.00 PM. The disco stays open to 5 AM or 6 PM and it is a place to dance. You will find more people on the dance floor than at the bar or tables and chairs for most of the night. So put on your dancing shoes and be ready for some Salsa, Merengue and Punta. No need to worry, since you will still get a bit of house, rock and techno music. Cover charges vary from $3.00 to $8, depending on the night.


Confetti's Disco is also popular and is only located a block on from Kawamas Bay. Confetti's also fills up on the weekends and stays open to around 5am or 6am. The disco plays a variety of music on the weekends and a bit more house and techno music than Kawamas Bay. Cover charges vary from $3 to $9.   Millennium Disco is located in the Social Club Arabe at the end of Barrio Rio Pierdas the disco is the classiest place in town. Friday and Saturday nights are busy and cover charges vary from $3.50 to $6.  The Sampedrano Cultural Center holds regularly events such as concerts, performances and art shows. Call (504) 553-3911 or 553-3768 for event schedules.  For safety reasons, be sure to take a taxi when traveling even just a few blocks after dark. Walking around Zona Viva is OK but only within a block or two radius of the area. Otherwise just get a taxi, most fares cost $3 to $4, but prices do go up the later the night gets.

San Pedro Sula can be visited at all times of year. Two special times to visit are during the Fair of June or Feria de Juliana. The month long celebrations range from Cultural Events, Live Music, Street Carnivals, and AGAS Agricultural Fair to the Expo Centro Fair, which includes live music and food.

San Pedro Sula HondurasThe Fair, though not as well known as Carnival in La Ceiba, offers a good chance to join the Sanpedranos in celebrating their city. Again at nights be sure to take a taxi other than that it is a great time to visit San Pedro Sula.

The other special time to visit is during the Folkloric Festival, which runs over 2 Saturday nights in September. The festival is a cultural event, which includes country food stands, music and national presentations of music and dance from different international cultural groups that have made their home in San Pedro Sula. To top this off a famous Latin American Group also plays. If you are visiting Honduras for a long period of time be sure to pencil this event in, as it is one of the country's best.



San Pedro Sula, like so many large and growing cities, does have its fair share of crime. Travel common sense should be used at all times, such as taking taxis at night or when you are not sure of where you are going. Fares should range between US$4 in the downtown area and should cost US$14 from the airport to the downtown area. Visiting poor areas (slumming, as some call it) is never a good idea. Also, do not wear fancy jewelry, watches or expensive sunglasses and don't carry large amounts of money or valuables with you. American Express Traveler’s Checks should be carried instead of cash.

A lot of people, as they say, get stuck in San Pedro Sula awaiting connecting flights. Hopefully this guide may give you with some ideas on how to fill your time. To squeeze as much in as possible in an overnight, I would visit the Museum of Anthropology and History, shop in Guamilito Handicrafts Market, visit Central Park, and admire the Coca Cola sign from a distance while pondering the influence of multinational companies worldwide. There is a good view of the sign from the Cathedral's front steps. And then treat yourself to a nice meal and a few drinks or go catch a movie.


LA TELEVISION EN HONDURAS La televisión, se inició en Honduras el 15 de septiembre de 1959 cuando se conmemoraba el centésimo trigésimo aniversario de la independencia nacional entrando en operación desde esa fecha en la capital de la República HRTG-TV Canal Cinco. El equipo de transmisión, cámaras, consolas y todo lo necesario para su funcionamiento fue adquirido en la RCA, firmando la compra venta el distribuidor en Honduras don Francisco J. Yones, el representante de dicha empresa el Ing.

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Guaragna y por la televisora hondureña el Lic. Fernando Lardizábal padre. Con el desfile cívico de ese entonces se inauguró el primer canal hondureño de televisión siguiendo el trayecto del mismo cuando colegios, unidades militares y carrozas se desplazaban frente al costado norte del Palacio de los Ministerios aprovechando que el edificio donde comenzó a operar Canal 5 se encontraba al lado sur de la avenida Colón en la proximidad del edificio gubernamental.

La televisión comenzó en blanco y negro y se instaló gracias a la inversión de una sociedad constituida por un capital mixto en el que eran accionistas originales la familia Lardizábal Guilbert, Miguel Brooks hijo, René Sempé y don Raúl Zelaya Smith que años después vendió su participación al Dr. Miguel Andonie Fernández.

Posteriormente entró como accionista la empresa norteamericana American Brodcasting Company (ABC). Su primer gerente director artístico fue Mario Rincón locutor, animador y publicista mexicano, actuando como gerente del área técnica el Ing. Antonio Lardizábal Guilbert y como gerente administrativo don Miguel Brooks h.

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La primera programación consistió en series norteamericanas dobladas al español en Puerto Rico y México, como “El Hombre del Rifle” protagonizada por Chuck Connors “Ciudad Desnuda”, “Batt Masterson” con Gene Barry Manis, “Bonanza” “Las Aventuras de Lassie”, “Patrulla de Caminos”, “Los Invasores”, “Daktari” con Clarence el león bizco y tiras cómicas como Los Tres Chiflados, programas de muñequitos y la serie continuada “La caldera del diablo”. Estos programas se transmitían en el sistema de Kinescopio es decir películas de 16 milímetros proyectadas desde islas.


A finales de 1959 se transmitió un noticiero patrocinado por la línea aérea SAHSA presentado por el abogado Gustavo Acosta Mejía el que se mantuvo muy poco tiempo en el aire.  A mediados de 1960 el periodista Vicente Machado Valle H. fundó el noticiero TELERAPIDAS que compartía en cámaras con la joven locutora Sandra Pascua y el que era alimentado por las noticias nacionales servidas y redactadas por periodistas como Rafael Guillén, Donaldo Castillo Romero y Milton Mateo y con los despachos internacionales de las agencias AP y UPI.

En 1961 el Canal 5 obtuvo y montó la primera unidad móvil y se realizaron transmisiones remotas como se observa desde el estadio Nacional donde aparecen con sus ayudantes y el también desaparecido periodista y locutor Gustavo Acosta Mejía.

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Programas vivos como LAS LETRAS PAGAN patrocinado por Café El Indio y producido por Luis Valentine fue animado por quien escribe y otras audiciones de concursos que estaban a cargo de animadores como Mario López Urquía, Omar de Jesús García, Pedro René Gonzales y posteriormente Rafael Zavala. En 1963 la COMPAÑIA TELEVISORA HONDUREÑA cambió de administración, se retiró la ABC, vendieron sus acciones la familia Lardizábal y Miguel Brooks y se convirtió en gerente de la empresa al Lic. José Rafael Ferrari Sagastume.

En 1966 se captó y transmitió en Honduras la primera señal a colores al recibir en directo desde el Vaticano la misa del 24 de diciembre oficiada por su santidad el Papa Pablo VI. Aquellos que tenían aparatos a color pudieron apreciar coyunturalmente la transmisión porque no estaba formalizado el sistema en nuestro país.


 Programas vivos en blanco y negro comenzaron a surgir en el Canal 5 en la nueva administración de la Compañía Televisora entre ellos ESTE DOMINGO con Jacobo Goldstein, Gabriel García Ardón y Antonio Mazariegos Velasco. EL CONSULTORIO DEL AIRE programa semanal producido y dirigido por el periodista Rodolfo Brevé Martínez y el poeta Víctor Eugenio Castañeda (Jaime Fontana).

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El Lic. Moisés Ulloa Duarte mantuvo un espacio semanal que se denominaba VISTA y que año con año cambiaba al agregársele el que correspondía en el anuario respectivo. Otra audición que surgió como medio de información de las Fuerzas Armadas y para apoyar el arte nacional fue PROYECCIONES MILITARES que dominicalmente se transmitía por el Canal 5 bajo la responsabilidad de la Oficina de Relaciones Públicas del instituto armado y cuya producción y locución estuvo a cargo entre otros de los oficiales Roberto Acosta, Efraín Lisandro Gonzales, Rigoberto Regalado Lara, Julio Armando Pavón y entre figuras civiles Roberto Gonzales y Neida Sandoval hoy en la televisión latina en los Estados Unidos.


De gran éxito lo fue en 1967 el programa X-O DA DINERO que los miércoles por la noche presentaba el Canal 5 con el patrocinio de Cementos CESSA de El Salvador y que animaron, primero el publicista salvadoreño Antonio Lemus Simun y en su etapa final Nahúm Valladares con la asistencia de Irma Mendoza Tercero.

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En 1966 salió al aire el Canal 3 en Tegucigalpa manejado por la empresa TELESISTEMA HONDUREÑO, S.A. y un año después (1967) la misma empresa comenzó a operar el Canal 7 en San Pedro Sula bajo la gerencia del P.M. Mario Bellot. En 1968 la familia Lardizábal se asoció con la empresa española “Movie Record” y fundaron el Canal 11 en Tegucigalpa transmitiendo material elaborado por la televisión española, algunas series americanas y un programa de noticias encomendado al periodista Jonathan Rousell.


En 1970 el Canal 11 fue obtenido por el Dr. Miguel Andonie Fernández y continuó operándolo ya sin la asistencia española afrontando problemas en la programación. Estas situaciones provocaron la decisión de vender el canal a la COMPAÑIA TELEVISORA de la cual el Dr. Andonie mantenía acciones originales. En 1973 el Canal 5 inauguró la televisión a color en Honduras con la telenovela mexicana “MUÑECA” producida por la televisión Mexicana.


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El primer capítulo de este programa se transmitió el día lunes 11 de junio en horas de la noche. Posteriormente el empresario de la radiodifusión Jorge Sikafie instaló un nuevo canal en Tegucigalpa y San Pedro Sula bajo la razón social “Voz e Imagen de Centroamérica” (VICA) operando los canales 2 en San Pedro Sula y 9 en Tegucigalpa, empresa que ha continuado con sus programaciones regulares desde su fundación. En el espectro VHF desde el Canal 2 hasta el 13, funcionan actualmente en la capital las siguientes: Canal 3, Canal 5, Canal 6 que se origina en San Pedro Sula, Canal 7, Canal 9 de VICA, Canal 11 de SOTEL y Canal 13 de HONDURED.

Otros canales que operan en UHF ocupan las frecuencias altas desde el canal 21 en adelante autorizados por la Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CONATEL). Los sistemas de cable han incrementado la teleaudiencia bajando señales vía satélite de aquellas compañías que venden sus servicios mediante contratos a los permisionarios los que por el cobro de cuotas facilitan programaciones a los tele hogares.


La televisión ha aumentado su cobertura y refleja un alto porcentaje de receptores a color, sin embargo el blanco y negro todavía es utilizado por el bajo costo de los aparatos que se venden en el mercado nacional. Transcurridos 52 años desde aquel 15 de septiembre de 1959, la televisión hondureña ha experimentado extraordinarios avances al incorporarse a sistemas satelitales, digitalizados y algunos canales ofrecen los adelantos tecnológicos de la época.


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BANDERA NACIONAL DE HONDURAS  Tres franjas horizontales iguales, una azul (arriba), blanco (centro) y azul (abajo) con cinco estrellas azules de Honduras Flag       Bandera nacional de Hondurascinco puntas dispuestas en un patrón X, centrado en la banda blanca. Las estrellas representan a los miembros de la antigua República Federal de Centro América: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras y Nicaragua.

PINO - ÁRBOL NACIONAL DE HONDURAS   El gobierno estableció el pino como símbolo nacional a través de acuerdo # 429 emitida en Tegucigalpa el 14 de mayo de 1926. Este acuerdo tiene por objeto establecer medidas de protección para conservar y mejorar los recursos existentes en todo el país.

El árbol de pino (Pinus oocarpa ocote o pino) es un ejemplo de la flora nacional, y es considerado como uno de los recursos conocidos por los hondureños en todo el país, ya que esArbol Nacional de Honduras          Honduras national tree abundante y sus productos se usan de muchas maneras. 


Por lo tanto, un acuerdo fue aprobado por el Decreto Legislativo N º 48 de fecha 04 de febrero 1927 para declarar el pino como el árbol nacional de Honduras.

ESCUDO NACIONAL DE HONDURAS  Honduras, como todos los otros países que fueron colonias españolas, utilizó los escudos (escudo de armas) de España, pero una vez que el país alcanzó la independencia, estos escudos ya no eran necesarios.  Dionisio de Herrera, como el Jefe del Estado de Honduras, decretó la Honduras National Seal         Escudo de Hondurascreación de un escudo nacional el 3 de octubre de 1825.

A través de su iniciativa, Honduras adquirió su propio escudo nacional, una que representa la historia de Honduras y la rica variedad de recursos nacionales que posee y que debe ser protegido y conservado. 

El Congreso Nacional lo declaró en su decreto # 16 y al artículo 142, designado el escudo como símbolo nacional para todos los usos, de manera clara y general. El Congreso Nacional aprobó esto en Tegucigalpa el 10 de enero de 1935.


La rosa fue la flor nacional durante 1946-1969, pero teniendo en cuenta que las rosas no eran nativos de HondurHonduras National Flower       Flor Nacional de Hondurasas, el Decreto Legislativo N º 17 de fecha 12 de enero 1946 fue sustituido por el Congreso Nacional en Tegucigalpa el 25 de noviembre de 1969.


Considerando que la Orquídea (Brassavola Digbiana) es una flor nativa de Honduras con una excepcional belleza, vigor y características distintivas, se decretó declarar la Flor Nacional de la República de Honduras como la orquídea.

VENADO COLA BLANCA - FAUNA NACIONAL DE HONDURAS   Como una medida destinada a proteger nuestra fauna nacional, y sobre todo para poner fin a la depravación incontrolada en curso, el Congreso Nacional de la República emitió el Decreto No. 36-93 de fecha 28 de junio Honduras Raindeer         Venado Nacional de Hondruras1993 instituyó el símbolo nacional de la fauna de Honduras como el venado cola blanca (Odocoileus virginianus).

Este hermoso símbolo de nuestra vida la fauna en las llanuras y colinas con vegetación rica. Se encuentra donde hay extensos bosques del pino, permaneciendo siempre fiel al área que primero eligió, y se pueden ver, preferentemente por la noche y casi siempre lleva una vida solitaria.


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