"You're going to Tegus? It's not worth it." "Going to Tegus? It's dangerous." Yada, Yada, Yada.
I'm sure you've heard that before, and if you haven't, expect it. As I mentioned before, no beaches or ruins in Tegus, but a nice package of things to do and see. From a messy historical downtown to nearby picturesque towns and amazing hiking trails in a rainforest. You probably wouldn't want to spend a week here, but if you get stuck here, make the most out of it.Two or three days gives you a good time frame to rest from all your traveling, plan the rest of your trip a bit, and other what-nots.
If you fly here, fasten your seatbelt and clap your sweaty hands when you land - to blend in and give thanks that you're alive. If you come by bus, get out of Comayaguela ASAP. Comayaguela is the part of town where most buses arrive at, and not a fun part to be at, at any time. Yes, we have developed a reputation of being a dangerous city. I'm not going to lie to you, it's no Sweden. Like all cities in the world, there are places you should just not go to, people you should not talk to, and situations you should look out for.
Just keep the basics in mind. Have your money in different places, not all your cash with you, don't walk around with flashy gadgets, have the number of a cab company with you, not too much walking at night, you know the drill. We are done with political demonstrations for the most part, everything closes at 2:00 am, most people do not speak English, public transportation is, well, difficult. Learn your basic spanish, we get a kick out of anyone trying to be nice enough to learn a couple of words. Be careful and enjoy the things Tegus has to offer (no, no drinkable tap water included).
My personal favorite is the way Tegus looks at night, that in itself, should make your pitt stop here worthwhile. Take a look for yourself:
Photo: Ashraf Hassanein