Intibucá Department

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Location of Intibuca in Honduras
Location of Intibuca in Honduras
Country Honduras
Seat La Esperanza
 • Gobernador Juan José Rivas Velásquez (2010-2014) (PNH)
 • Total 3,072 km2 (1,186 sq mi)
Area rank 14th
Population (2007)
 • Total 232,509
 • Rank 13th
 • Density 76/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zone CDT (UTC+6)
ISO 3166 code HN-IN
Department number 10
Municipalities 17

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.[1][2][3]


The department of Intibucá was created on April 16, 1883. This department was created following the recommendation submitted in 1869 by the Governor of the department of Gracias, Jose Maria Cacho. He advised that the vast size of Gracias made it difficult to govern and that it would therefore 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 in April of that year. The decree specified that the department would be named Intibucá. The town of La Esperanza was designated to be the capital of the new department. Territory was taken from both the departments of Gracias and La Paz to create the new department.


Borders of the department of Intibucá

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.[3]


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 mountain range that creates the border with the departament of Comayagua, and contains the mountains Opatoro, Concepción, El Picacho, Goascotoro, El Granadino among others.


River 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. Black River, known by the name of Guarajambala, 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 a population of about 232,509 people. This population is divided among 104 villages (aldeas) and 910 hamlets (caseríos).

Forest resources[edit]

The mountains and slopes are well supplied with pine and Oak forests, and the valleys thrive with fertile, well-watered soil, covered with vegetation characteristic of the temperate rather than tropical zone.[4][5]


  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[edit]


  1. ^ Asociación de Municipios de Honduras. "Alcaldes y Alcaldesas". Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  2. ^ BVS Nacionales. "Alcades de Honduras" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  3. ^ a b Alfred Keane Moe and John Hampden Porter (1904). Honduras: Geographical sketch, natural resources, laws, economic conditions, actual development, prospects of future growth. Internal Bureau of the American Republics, US Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. pp. 44–46. 
  4. ^ Harcourt, C., and J. Sayer (1996). The Conservation Atlas of Tropical Forests: The Americas. Simon & Schuster, New York. ISBN 978-0133408867. 
  5. ^ George Powell, Sue Palminteri, Claudia Locklin, and Jan Schipper (WWF). "Tropical and Subtropical Coniferous Forests. Central America: Southern Mexico, Southern Guatemala, into Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua". Retrieved 2013-10-15. 

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Coordinates: 14°19′N 88°09′W / 14.317°N 88.150°W / 14.317; -88.150