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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  • All a family adventure! They are short paths, connect with nature! Have a viewpoint, the river imposing!
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  • Really nice hike. Good trail and nice views. The trail is pretty well marked. I did it with a guide but you could do it without as well. 
  • The information you get from the people working there is not great, but if you have time to get lost through the park it's definitely worth the visit. You have to be in shape to go on the steep hike b...  more »
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  • 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
  • Nice place
  • That place more beautiful is the beauty of our country that offers tranguilidad and assurance its people are friendly.
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  • A natural paradise, fauna and animal life... different trails, make the adventure to family. Short trails from 25 Min. Up to 2 days long.
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