Plaza Morazan, also known as Parque Morazan and Parque Central, is the heart of Tegucigalpa's colonial center. You could also call it the center of activity in the entire city. On any given day, you can expect to see locals and tourists milling about, and thanks to the presence of tourist police, it is a relatively safe place to be. One of the reason’s why tourists often congregate in the Plaza Morazan is because of the square’s proximity to any number of top Tegucigalpa attractions. You’ll find the Tegucigalpa Cathedral on the eastern edge of the park, for example, and the Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores is just a few blocks away to the northwest. The Cathedral was built between the years of 1765 and 1782 and honors the patron saint of Tegucigalpa – Saint Michael the Archangel. The Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores was also built in the 1700s and features a carved altar and religious art.
Other attractions of note that can be found in and around the Plaza Morazan include, but aren’t limited to, the Parroquia San Francisco, the Iglesia La Merced, and the Galeria Nacional de Arte. Other things that Plaza Morazan visitors can interest themselves in are the artisan stalls and food vendors that set up shop in the large plaza that fronts the church. Also worth noting is the pedestrian street that extends several blocks west of the Plaza Morazan. It is lined with restaurants and shops, as well as banks and money changers. The money changers that are found out on the street are generally honest, though tourists should have an idea of the current exchange rate just to make sure that they don’t get swindled. For those who are looking for good Tegucigalpa hotels, the commercial center of the city is arguably the place to go. This part of town can be found on the north side of Boulevard Morazan and is known as Colonia Palmira.