Santa Barabra Honduras General Information
Just north of Lake Yojoa and west of San Pedro Sula, the department of Santa Barbara offers a series of picturesque views, including a variety of colonial towns with a rich cultural heritage. The capital of the department is the City of Santa Barbara an old colonial city.
Because of its geographic location, Santa Barbara offers climatic conditions for growing coffee, which is the main staple in the area.
The Santa Barbara National Park, is the second highest peak in Honduras. Access to Santa Barbara is easy. If you are coming from Tegucigalpa, take the detour at Pitosolo, the town just before Lake Yojoa on the main highway between Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula. From Pito Solo you are only about 45 kilometers south of Santa Barbara. If you are traveling from San Pedro Sula, take the Western highway, leading towards Santa Rosa de Copan, and when you get the detour at Ceibita, located 35 kilometers from San Pedro Sula, take the left detour, and you will find yourself in Santa Barbara after approximately 60 kilometers.
There are many different handicrafts produced in the surrounding. Of unique quality and artistic designs are the reed baskets. Other materials used in the elaboration of handicrafts are flat rush, corn husk, clay, palm leaf and wood.
Amongst the villages that produce the different handicrafts, the following are the most important: La Arada, which produces reed baskets, Gualjoco produces weaved purses, Nueva Celilac produces flowers and dolls from corn husks, Santa Rita and Ocotal produce baskets, Ceguaca and Los Bancos produce hats, and El Nispero and Nejapa produce petates.
You can take a very pleasant hike up into the mountain directly behind the town, up to an old colnonial building known locally as the Castillo Bogran. From this old ruin, you will enjoy spectacular view of Santa Barbara, many of the surrounding villages as well as parts of the mighty Ullua River that flows down this beautiful valley.
Visit Balneario La Torre, a local swimming spot that is extremely popular not only with the local population. People from around the country visit Santa Barbara to go the Balneario. On occasions, they have live bands playing music and having one big party. Food and drinks are all available on the premises.
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