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Municipality of Intibuca

The municipality of Intibucá belongs to the Intibucá Department.

In the report of 1582, made by the Governor of Honduras, Alonso de Contreras Guevara, it appears as Intibucá.

In the ecclesiastical census of 1791, it is listed as a curate of Gracias (now Lempira). The municipal category was granted in 1866, under the presidency of José María Medina. When the department that bears its name was created, it fell under its jurisdiction.

General Information about Intibucá

Origin of its name: Indigenous name.

  • Territorial area: 536.74 km2
  • Population: 57,926 inhabitants (2012)
  • Date of creation: 1866
  • Patronal festival: January 15, the day of the Lord of Esquipulas; and from March 25 to April 2, the potato festival.
  • Villages and hamlets: 64 villages and 7 hamlets
  • Elevation: 1720 meters above sea level
  • Climate: High-altitude with a very dry winter

Main Economic Activity

Cultivation of basic grains, potatoes, strawberries, blackberries, quinces, peaches, sugarcane, and vegetables; raising of cattle, horses, pigs, and sheep; poultry farming.


Located in the Puca Opalaca mountain range, surrounded by mountains.


  • North: Municipality of San Pedro Zacapa (Santa Bárbara)
  • South: Municipalities of La Esperanza and Marcala (La Paz)
  • East: Municipalities of Masaguara, Jesús de Otoro, and San Isidro
  • West: Municipalities of Yamaranguila and San Francisco de Opalaca

National Parks: Puca Opalaca mountain range