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Juticalpa

JutiJuticalpa Olancho Hondurascalpa is the capital of Olancho Department in Honduras.  Situated in a broad river valley alongside the Rio Juticalpa, the town is the commercial center for much of Olancho's ranching and agricultural economy.



The Juticalpa area encompasses the Guayape River Valley, bordered by the Sierra de Agalta mountain range.  Among the most notable of the small villages in the area are La Concepción and La Empalizada.  The nearest town is Catacamas 30 miles to the North East.

Climate

The climate is significantly warmer than Tegucigalpa or nearby Campamento because of the Valle de Juticalpa's elevation.  Several thunderstorms occur during the period of May through September wet season. 


October, November, and December are cooler and often cloudy with drizzle.  From January through April, the region receives very little rain Dry Season.
 

During the dry season, field fires are often observed; some are intentionally created due to an old unlawful practice for renewing crops, and others are the result of severe heat or arson; these fires create a thick blanket of smoke that settles over the Juticalpa Valley for almost a month.  


The air improves after the first rain.  During the rainy season, the incidence of Dengue Fever is quite high due to the many mud puddles that become breeding grounds for the voracious mosquitoes.

Layout

The town is divided into twelve major neighborhoods called BarriosJuticalpa Olancho Honduras or "Colonias": Barrio El Centro, Barrio de Jesús, Barrio Calona, Barrio La Hoya, Barrio Belén, Colonia San Miguel, Barrio El Portillo, Barrio El Campo, Colonia El Campo Uno, Colonia El Campo Dos, Barrio El Cementerio, Barrio El Chicle and Barrio de la Cruz.
 


The majority of town lies on a gradual slope on the southwestern side of the Juticalpa River.  There are many smaller communities in the surrounding area.  Juticalpa's sister city, Catacamas, is located at the easternmost terminus of the paved Olancho highway.


The Boulevard Los Poetas connects Barrio El Centro to the Olancho highway and receives Honduran intercity bus traffic.  The main bus station is located at the beginning of the "Boulevard Los Poetas" and several bus companies serve all of Olancho's 23 counties or "municipios".  


Two bus companies, Discovery and Aurora, send regular and executive service buses to Tegucigalpa and Catacamas.Juticalpa Olancho Honduras



Juticalpa also has two public parks, Parque Central located in Barrio El Centro with the cathedral dedicated to the Virgin of Concepción on one side, and the city hall (alcaldía) on the opposite side.  


The second smaller park Parque Infantil is located in Barrio Belén across the Santa Clara school.

Remnants of pre-Columbian civilizations can be found occasionally in Barrio Belén.



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Juticalpa Olancho HondurasEconomy

Juticalpa's economy is primarily agricultural and commercial.  Olancho’s wide, fertile river valleys support maize, cattle, and dairy farms. 



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a hard and salty cheese, and "Mantequilla Crema" white cream, are produced in great quantities at several dairies and exported throughout the country and the Central American Region.
 

Because of its proximity to successful farms and its position on the only paved highway in Olancho, Juticalpa's economy has led to relative prosperity.

Despite its strong agricultural base, unemployment in Juticalpa is high.  To support themselves, many citizens of Juticalpa run small stores called pulperías where they sell household items and food stores to neighbors.



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Juticalpa contains a number of small businesses, many restaurants (ranging from taco stands to dine-in establishments with air conditioning), a hospital donated by the Japanese government, medical clinics, a movie theater called Cine Maya, and a number of public and private schools.



The local economy has grown rapidly over the past fifteen years, laJuticalpa Olancho Hondurastely leading to a strong presence of banking representations.  Several ATMs can be found across town and bank branches open Monday through Saturday.



A new mall opened at the beginning of Boulevard Los Poetas, and four fully supplied supermarkets are well distributed across town.  Recent road paving projects were finished in Barrio El Centro and Barrio de Jesús, but most of the town peripheral streets remain unpaved.


The area serves as transit for the tourists headed to The Sierra de Agalta National Park, and for tourists visiting The Cuevas de Talgua, limestone caves containing the calcified phosphorescent remains of ancient inhabitants of the area.

In Honduras, Juticalpa is most famous for the production of an alcoholic palm Coyol tree wine known as coyol wine.  Residents knock down palm trees in the middle of the dry season (March and April) and enjoy the wine at the sites, or transport tJuticalpa Olancho Hondurashe effervescent beverage in plastic bottles. 
 


The easiest place to find the drink is in the village of La Concepción, a few kilometers west of Juticalpa on the highway to Tegucigalpa.


City Fair

Juticalpa's fair is celebrated on December 8–14 and is dedicated to "The Virgin of Concepción".  During this period, several activities take place across the city's main streets, at the Parque Central and at the AGAO "Asociación de Ganaderos y Agricultores de Olancho".