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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.Work out when and for how long to visit Celaque National Park and other Gracias attractions using our handy Gracias trip generator.
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We went with a guide on the 4 hour hike. It was beautiful! It was also a good work out! Would recommend taking a guide if you are not familiar with the hike. more »
The park is beautiful and features trails of varying lengths - anything from a few hours to a few days to summit. Taking a tuk-tuk from the center of town is fairly easy, but they will drop you off on... more »
Great park near to Gracias to come for a walk. There are a number of trails - ranging from an hour in length to an overnight one to the summit of the hill. We just did the middle walk up to the waterf... more »
Well maintained and marked trails with a nice and helpful visitor centre. Great views from Gallo trail, nice shelters and camping spots.
Es una belleza natural
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