Francisco Morazan

Francisco Morazán

(FMO) is one of the departments of Honduras
. It is located in the central part of the nation. The departmental capital is Tegucigalpa, which is also Honduras's national capital. Until 1943, it was known as Tegucigalpa department. It was named after national hero Francisco Morazán.

The department is very mountainous, with rugged ranges covered in pine forests, which are rocky and mostly clay. Valleys, like those of Guiamaca, Talanga, and Amarateca, are interspersed among the ranges. Many of the high mountain peaks house cloud forests, like La Tigra National park or Cerro Uyuca. The extreme southeastern portion of the department has a Pacific dry forest environment, while the northern portion contains the Montaña de la Flor, home to the Jicaque people.

Francisco Morazán department covers a total surface area of 7,946 km² and, in 2005, had an estimated population of 1,680,700 people.

Ojojona is a municipality in the Honduran department of Francisco Morazán, located 34km South of Tegucigalpa. It was founded in 1579 by Spanish miners who worked the silver and gold mines of the area. The municipality has borders at north with the Central District, at south with the municipality of Reitoca and Sabanagrande, at the east with the municipalities oFrancisco Morazan Hondurasf Santa Ana and Sabanagrande and at west with the municipalities of Reitoca and Lepaterique. It is situated in a small plateau in one of the hills of Cerro de Hule, at the base of the Payaguagre Mountain.

San Antonio de Oriente is a municipality in the Honduran department of Francisco Morazán. Population as of 2001 is 12,055. The first occupants came in 1660 in the village Mineral de San Antonio that is 4 km away from the present town. Nowadays it is called San Antonio Yusguare. A kilometer west of San Antonio de Oriente lays San Antonio Ocidente.

San Antonio de Oriente lies 28 km from Tegucigalpa, high in the mountains. The Santa Iné River crosses the municipality in a south to north direction. There is a school and a health centre. Many youngsters from the village have left to go to Tegucigalpa to study.

Florencio Xatruch (1811 - 1893) a General who led the Honduran expeditionary force against William Walker in Nicaragua in 1856 was born in the town.

San Juan de Flores is a municipality in the Honduran department of Francisco Morazán. It is also known as Cantaranas or "Singing Frogs" in English and is located approximately 55 minutes north of the capital, Tegucigalpa, and about 20 minutes away from Valle de Angeles.
Francisco Morazan Honduras

Annual Events: Festival de Alimentos tradicionales en vías de extinción. (Cantarranas, Francisco Morazán) - (Food festival - food near extinction). Includes all typical/traditional Honduran food. The Food Festival is organized on April of each year.

Talanga is a municipality in the Honduran department of Francisco Morazán. It lies on the highway connecting Tegucigalpa with the department of Olancho. Talanga is a medium-sized municipality relying heavily on agriculture. It is most important crops include corn, sugar cane, and livestock fodder.

Perhaps the most notable feature of Talanga is that the streets are all dirt. In most towns of its size in Honduras, the primary streets are paved. The town is just finishing installing a sewer system (as of 2006) and paving is an upcoming project.

For now, the town is the epitome of "wild, wild west”, with ox carts, cowboys on horseback, stray dogs, untended livestock, and minimal law enforcement. Talanga has a very good indoor market with produce, meat, pots and pans, and other household goods. There are about seven well-stocked hardware stores, as well as two internet cafes.

The town square was recently built with concrete fixtures and a basketball court. There is a hill with a cross near the town center with an excellent view of the town and surrounding area. The people of Talanga are very friendly and one would be hard-pressed to walk the main street without having people say "buenas" and starting conversations.

Valle de ÁFrancisco Morazan Hondurasngeles is a municipality in the Honduran department of Francisco Morazán

The town is bordered on the north by the municipality of Central District, on the south by the municipality of San Antonio de Oriente, east by the municipalities of Morocelí and Villa de San Francisco and west by the municipality of Santa Lucía. It is located about 22 km northwest of the capital city, Tegucigalpa in the valley of the same name, between the mountains of Los Lagos, El Carrizal, Palo Hueco, and Chinacla.

The region was an important mining town in the history of Honduras, with enclaves such as Las Animas and El Socorro, which produced gold, silver, copper, tin, lead, and zinc.

Tourist Attractions: Honduran cuisine, colonial architecture and farming, hiking trails, caving, ethnic crafts, contemporary art, ecMis Francisco Morazanotourism, Rainforest climate.

This town is visited by many tourists who enjoy the beautiful scenery and the road is completely paved from Tegucigalpa. A few kilometers there is an important forest reserve called Parque Nacional "La Tigra. La Tigra is a cloud forest rich in biodiversity, which supplies fresh water to 40% of people in the Honduran capital.

In Valle de Angeles you can enjoy the famous pupusas, "carne asada" (roasted meat) and delicious Honduran-style corn (corn with butter and cheese), but increasingly there are new restaurants to suit all tastes and palates.

Valle de Angeles is a fun excuse to enjoy a beautiful picnic day. The beautiful mountains that surround the town will leave any visitor delighted.

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