Cacique Lempira, Señor de las Montañas Biosphere Reserve (Honduras)

Cacique Lempira, Señor de las Montañas Biosphere Reserve (Honduras)

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The Cacique Lempira, Señor de las Montañas Biosphere Reserve is located in the western part of Honduras that includes the Montaña de Celaque National Park. The ecosystem is primarily cloud forest and mixed forest while part of the area has a highland landscape which includes the highest mountain in Honduras.

The Cacique Lempira, Señor de las Montañas Biosphere Reserve is located in the western part of Honduras that includes the Montaña de Celaque National Park and covers a total area of 168,634 ha (416,703 acres).

The ecosystem is primarily cloud forest and mixed forest (pine-oak), while part of the area has a highland landscape which includes the highest mountain in Honduras, Cerro las Minas, reaching an altitude of 2,849 m (9,347 ft).

The reserve hosts a large number of endangered and endemic species. The high rate of endemism among the wildlife has led Conservation International to designate the eco-region an Endemic Bird Area (EBA).

In total, there are 153,850 inhabitants mainly in the transition area, where most of the population is rural. The agricultural sector represents 87% of the economic activity with the main crops being corn, beans and, increasingly, coffee. The population living within the boundaries of the core and buffer zones is primarily originated from the Lenca ethnic group. This indigenous group has a strong influence on cultural traditions, social organization, subsistence agriculture and other forms of production.

Another potential sustainable economic activity is tourism, based on not only natural attraction of this proposed biosphere reserve, but also on cultural aspects, such as Catholic syncretic festivities, colonial architecture, and the Lenca route, which comprises sites and culture features important to this indigenous people. Tourism is promoted in the city of Lempira, which receives local and international tourists in growing numbers.