Celaque (which means, oddly, ‘box of water’ in the local Lenca dialect) is one of Honduras’ most impressive national parks. It boasts El Cerro de las Minas (2849m), the country’s highest peak, which is covered in lush forest. The park contains the headwaters of several rivers, a majestic waterfall visible from the entire valley, and very steep slopes, including some vertical cliffs.
The park is rich in plant and animal life. Pumas, ocelots and quetzals live here, but they are rarely seen. More common are beautiful butterflies, monkeys, black squirrels and reptiles – but you have to be very quiet and up very early to see much wildlife.