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Intibucá Department

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Country  Honduras
Area rank  14th
Postal code  14101, 14201
Founded  1883
Population  241,568 (2015)
Seat  La Esperanza
Time zone  CDT (UTC+6)
ISO 3166 code  HN-IN
Area  3,123 km²
Municipalities  17
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Clubs and Teams  Atlético Esperanzano, Cobán Athletic
Points of interest  Central Park, Iglesia de Intibucá, La Gruta, Urbanizacion Llamls Del Rocio

Intibucá is one of the 18 departments in the Republic of Honduras. Intibucá covers a total surface area of 1,186.1 square miles (3,072 km2). Its capital is the city of La Esperanza, in the municipality of La Esperanza.


Map of Intibuc%C3%A1, Honduras


The department of Intibucá was created on April 16, 1883 upon recommendation of the Governor of the department of Gracias (now called Lempira), Jose Maria Cacho in 1869. He advised that the vast size of Gracias made it difficult to govern and that it would be desirable to divide it into more than one department.

On March 7, 1883 Decree No. 10 was issued, which called for the creation of a new department to be named Intibucá in April of that year. The town of La Esperanza was designated to be the capital of the new department. To create the new department, territory from both the departments of Gracias and La Paz wer sliced off/


The department of Intibucá is situated between latitudes 13°51'E and 14°42'N and longitudes 87°46'W and 88°42'W. It is bounded on the north by the departments of Comayagua, Lempira, and Santa Bárbara, on the east by the departments of Comayagua and La Paz, on the west by the department of Lempira, and on the south by the Republic of El Salvador. Intibucá is the most mountainous district of Honduras. The capital of La Esperanza lies at an elevation of 4,950 feet (1,510 m) above sea level. The table-land and valleys are higher than in any other part of the country, and the ranges of the Cordilleras rise to an altitude approaching 10,000 feet (3,000 m) feet above sea level.

The valley of Otoro is 30 km long by 8 km wide.

The Opalaca mountains have several ridges and crosses over into the department of La Paz. Sierra de Montecillos is a natural border with the departament of Comayagua, and contains the mountains Opatoro, Concepción, El Picacho, Goascotoro, El Granadino among others.


Rivers of La Esperanza include the San Juan River and the Intibucá River, which passes through La Esperanza. Otoro River is a tributary of the Ulua River, and carries water to the Otoro valley. The Black River, known by the name of Guarajambala River, serves as a dividing line with the department of Lempira. Torola River and Gualcarque River flow into the Lempa river.


According to the 1895 census, Intibucá had a population of 18,957 people at that time. In 2007, it had grown to about 232,509 people, living in 104 villages (aldeas) and 910 hamlets (caseríos).


Intibucá has the following municipalities of Honduras:

  1. Camasca
  2. Colomoncagua
  3. Concepción
  4. Dolores
  5. Intibucá
  6. Jesús de Otoro
  7. La Esperanza
  8. Magdalena
  9. Masaguara
  10. San Antonio
  11. San Francisco de Opalaca
  12. San Isidro
  13. San Juan
  14. San Marco de Sierra
  15. San Miguelito
  16. Santa Lucía
  17. Yamaranguila

Notable residents

  • General Vicente Tosta Carrasco, President of the country (1924-1925)
  • Doctor Vicente Mejía Colindres, Constitutional presidente of the Republic (1929-1933)
  • General Gregorio Ferrera, military officer, politician, and Honduran leader
  • Rafael Manzanares Aguilar, Professor, folklorist, author and musical composer. Director of Cuadro de Danzas de Honduras.
  • Rafael Pineda Ponce, politician and educator, born in San Miguelito.
  • Natanael del Cid Menedez, Politician, Rancher, Constitutionalist.
  • References

    Intibucá Department Wikipedia

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