Celaque National Park, Gracias

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Celaque National Park is a national park in Lempira Ocotepeque and Copán, western Honduras. It was established on 5 August 1987 and covers an area of 266.31 square kilometres. It includes Honduras’ tallest peak, called Cerro Las Minas or Pico Celaque, which reaches approximately 2870m above mean sea level. It has an elevation ranging from 975to. Celaque’s terrain is very rugged, two-thirds of the area has a slope greater than 60 degrees. The park is classified as a cloud forest with a mean precipitation of 1,600 mm at lower altitudes and a mean of 2,400 mm at higher altitudes. The word celaque is reputed to mean caja de aguas in the local, but now extinct, indigenous Lenca language. Celaque’s nine rivers supplies water to 120 villages nearby including the district capital of Gracias. Celaque is high in biodiversity and is home to pumas, ocelots and Bolitoglossa celaque, an endangered plethodontid salamander found only in the mountains of Celaque.EstablishmentBetween 1970-1980 The Honduran Forestry Development Corporation lead intense logging throughout Celaque’s peaks. The result was a loss in biodiversity and vital resources to the communities. However, logging was not the only cause of loss of forests. The communities inside the park’s perimeters have created open forest patches due to small-scale farming. The people of La Campa, a town close by, grew nervous and formed a grassroots organization to try to stop the logging. Their goal was met in 1987 when the National Congress of Honduras made Celaque a national park. By forming the park, some 266km2 were nationally protected from logging, agriculture, outside incursion and market-related forestry exploitation.
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  • Great hike, great workout! Great experience with friends and new friends we made on the hike. Would definitely recommend this experience to everyone. You do need to be in shape though in order to comp...  more »
  • The Park is very beautiful and well treated, well marked trails and you don't need a guide. I went up to the top in one day, to do this you will need to start early and to go fast, you can take camping gear and stay in the Park overnight, there are three parking lots where you can stay. The stunning views and the Summit is the highest point in Honduras,
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  • We went Sunday am. Excellent I loved the tour although we take a short one because we were not much time Rudy was very helpful in explaining the operation of the Park and the route of the trail sweetgum and window. Without a doubt I would
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  • Very gorgeous park. While you can summit to the top of the mountain, I wasn't able to. My friends have and it's a fun experience. Down near the entrance is a beautiful bird lookout. The river runs through the park as well. I will return next time I'm in the area.
  • Gracias is amazing! Celaque National Park is part of Honduran history.
  • A beautiful part of Honduras that shows the beautiful landscape of the country
  • Well maintained and marked trails with a nice and helpful visitor centre. Great views from Gallo trail, nice shelters and camping spots.
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