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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  • Celaque is a beautiful park located just outside of Gracias. The trailhead location is poorly marked on Google maps if you’re driving by car. Ask anyone in Gracias or type in Plus.codes H974+4X Gracia...  more »
  • Beautiful natural park or peaks the highest peak of the Honduras to enrkon 300 meters. Possibilities of more affordable courses physically as the trek "las cascada". We're going through a pine forest which the elevation increases gradually to let place to landscapes large dioses and a pure moment of harmony with nature. The Park is well maintained with a good segnelatique and possibility to book the services of a local guide for the rise of the "cerro Las Minas" with a night in a shelter.
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  • A beautiful park, only did the short tour. But one can do the full 3 day trek and camping with a guide. I hear its amazing. Will try it next time.
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