Honduras // The western highlands //

Parque Nacional Celaque

PARQUE NACIONAL CELAQUE protects one of the largest and most impressive expanses of virgin cloudforest in Honduras. Thousands of years of geographical isolation have resulted in several endemic species of flora. Locals also claim that the park is home to more quetzals than all of Guatemala, though you’ll still have to keep a sharp eye out to see one. The focus of the park is the nation’s highest peak, Cerro Las Minas (2849m).

Inside the park, there are rambles and hikes of all experience levels to choose from. The most exciting and scenic option is the 6km marked trail up to the summit of Cerro Las Minas. In the upper reaches of the park much of the main trail consists of 40-degree slopes, so this is not a hike for the unfit. If the peak is your aim, you’ll need to camp at one of the two designated spots along the way. The cloudforest proper doesn’t begin until after Campamento El Naranjo, so try to make it this far. Guides aren’t necessary for the main trail, but you’ll need one if planning to undertake the more difficult treks on the southern slopes.

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