Celaque National Park, Gracias

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#17 of 36 in Parks in Honduras
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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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  • They should wear! Do not go alone! We started to climb at 6 am, we arrived at the area of camping at 5 pm. Bring soup and hot drinks, the place is cold. We slept until 3 am, then got on the site more height of Honduras were there 8 am. We went down and took us like 10 hours, be sure to wear good shoes and cut nails, because they bother to drop. This is the most intense that I made in my life!
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  • We arrive at the visitor center. We did not imagine that we were going to live. We had intended to reach the Mirador La Cascada. It is not an easy descent. Certain conditions are required because the climb is very steep. You have to climb with little weight, water and non-slip footwear. It is recommended to upload with the Guide. With someone who knows the Park, never alone. Depending on the physical condition, climb to the vantage point of the waterfall Santa Lucía (2000 meters above the sea level) can take 4 hours trip and return to a moderate pace, unhurried. There are two less inclined and not so difficult points that are the window trail and trail Liquidambar. It is a unique experience of life!
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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 »
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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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