Olancho Aid Foundation

Olancho Aid Foundation | Educational Development in Olancho

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Where Is Olancho?

Honduras is often described as Central America's meeting place; a country where tropical jungle blends with high forest, local tradition mixes with current culture and the demands of a modern economy stretch the limits of local living standards.

A map of Juticalpa, Olancho, Honduras.

Ranked as one of the poorest countries in the Western hemisphere, Honduras suffers from a huge disparity between its rich and poor citizens. It is not deprivation that defines this country, however. The generosity of its people, a strong commitment to family and open hospitality are the true pillars of Honduras.

Honduras is the second largest country in Central America. It is slightly larger than the state of Virginia, encompassing 43,278 square miles. The climate varies from subtropical in the lowlands to temperate at higher altitudes. Locals refer to the rainy season as winter, which extends from May to November. March, April and May are the hottest months, with temperatures reaching highs of 105 °F.

A map of Juticalpa.

Olancho Aid is located in the city of Juticalpa, in the department of Olancho. Olancho is the largest of the eighteen departments which make up Honduras. Its topography reflects Honduras' environmental diversity, encompassing areas of pine forests, tropical wildlife and vegetation, and deep valleys used for agriculture and cattle ranching.

As the capital and agriculture hub of Olancho, Juticalpa boasts a population of 30,000 residents with an additional 60,000 people living in the greater municipality. The trip between Tegucigalpa, the capital, and Juticalpa takes about 2.5 hours on a paved highway.

The green mountains of Olancho.

Like most Central American cities the heart of Juticalpa is the Central Plaza, with views of the Catholic Cathedral, the Municipal building and many local shops. Commercial activity in Juticalpa is extensive and includes Internet cafes, banks, supermarkets, and specialty shops. The local markets are abundant with brightly colored fruits, vegetables, cheeses and meats. The city is situated in one of the largest valleys in Honduras and thus surrounded by vibrant green hills and expansive blue sky. Outside the city you'll find farms, cattle ranches and villages tucked into the hills.