What $100 Buys in... Tegucigalpa


The Honduran capital's silver was mined long ago, but there are plenty of other treasures to be found.

$3 Rooster bank The rooster is a national mascot. This one does double duty as a piggy bank. Arte Honduras, Tercera Ave. República de Chile, 011-504/220-5077.

$8 Necklace The pendants sold at Angels Store Souvenirs are replicas of carvings found at Mayan ruins in Copán. The bat glyph represents the fourth month in the Mayan calendar. Segunda Calle and Segunda Ave., 011-504/221-3584.

$24 Vase Pottery made by the Lencan people in Honduras's highlands is dusted with 24K gold. Acta de Honduras, Calle Privada, 011-504/231-1242.

$22 Cigar case Top-notch cigars deserve to be taken out on the town in a high-quality case. Bahia stocks leather holders that can store enough stogies for a few friends. Blvd. Juan Pablo II, 011-504/235-6949.

$15 Pillow Mosquito Coast artisans are turning tuno, a rough bark cloth that's beaten soft, into upscale home decor. In Vitro, Ave. República de Panamá, 011-504/238-3452.

$20 Prints The city's former general hospital is now the National Identity Museum, which sells canisters of sepia-tone photos that tell the history of the city. Calle El Telégrafo and Ave. Miguel Paz Barahona, 011-504/238-7412.

$7 Cigar Connoisseurs consider Honduran cigars to be among the world's finest. The company that makes this smooth Cienfuego is run by Cuban expats. Casa de Puros, Blvd. Juan Pablo II, 011-504/239-2103.

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