Cerro Las Minas

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Cerro Las Minas
Montana de Celaque

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The Cordillera de Celaque
Highest point
Elevation 2,870 m (9,420 ft)
Prominence 2,069 m (6,788 ft) [1]
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Coordinates 14°32′03″N88°40′48″W / 14.53417°N 88.68000°W / 14.53417; -88.68000 Coordinates: 14°32′03″N88°40′48″W / 14.53417°N 88.68000°W / 14.53417; -88.68000 [2]
Geography
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Cerro Las Minas
Location of Cerro Las Minas in Honduras
Location Lempira Department, Honduras
Parent range Cordillera de Celaque

Cerro Las Minas is the highest mountain in Honduras. Cerro Las Minas is located in the rugged and relatively isolated Lempira Department in the western part of the country. A Honduran national park, the Celaque National Park, was established in 1987 for the mountain and some 266 square kilometres (65,730 acres) of surrounding territory.

Honduras republic in Central America

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Lempira Department Departmento in Honduras

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National park park used for conservation purposes of animal life and plants

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It is part of the Cordillera de Celaque mountain range and is given the name "Pico Celaque, 2849m" on local 1:50,000 topographic mapping, but SRTM data suggests that 2870 m is more accurate. [3]

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