Rio Patuca: The Last Authentic Frontier

Travel information from Palestina Patuca to Wampusirpi




General info

Books on Honduras

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  • Historia de Honduras - Manuel Suazo Padilla,2000
  • Enciclopedia de Honduras - Oceano Grupo Editorial
  • Historia de Honduras - Angela Iveth Zuniga,2001
  • Historia de Honduras - Pedro Paz, German Fidel Bú, 2000
  • Historia de Honduras - Prof. Héctor F. Frejo
  • Geografía de Honduras - Noé Pinede Portillo, 1997
  • Evolución Historica de Honduras - Longino Becerra, 1988


Types of forest cover in the region

I. Coniferous

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  • Pino ocarpa /ocote/
    500-2400 m asl, subtropical forest covering most of the country

  • Pino pseudostrobus /pinebete/
    1200-3200 m asl

  • Pino caribea /costero/
    100-500 m asl, thick forests mainly in Olancho and Gracias a Dios

II. Deciduous

  • mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla)
  • cedar (Cedrela odorata)
  • granadillo (Dalbergia tucureusis)
  • nogal (Juglaus Olanchana)
  • guanacaste (Enterolobiub cyclocarpum)
  • cortés (Tabebuiaguayacan)
  • laurel (Cordia alliadora)
  • San Juan (Vochysia hondurensis)
  • Santa Maria (Calophyllum brasiliense)


Traditional medicine

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  • Limoncillo: boiled for vaginal infections
  • Culantro: stomach ailments
  • Pine seed milk: painkiller against toothache
  • Apazote: stomach ailments
  • Valeriana: tranquilizer
  • Cumin, garlic: boiled, stomach infections
  • Ginger tea: tonsil and throat sores
  • Cotton tea: against flu
  • Turtle blood: epilepsy
  • Danto oil: disinfectant for wounds
  • Calaica tea: red blood cell booster
  • shark blood: against coughs
  • Coconut oil: vitamin for hair, skin softener
  • Avocado leaf: red blood cell booster
  • Scorpion tail: fever
  • Bean leaf: stomach pain
  • Cen tea: general internal cleanser


Some facts on local culture

The Tawakha ethnical group originally consisted of 10 tribes: Tawahka, Panamaka, Ulwa, Bawinka, Kukra, Yusku, Prinzu, Boah, Silam, Kípatuca

Tawakha instruments: Barah Flauta, Sibayan maraca, Durum, Tambor, Kuáh (turtle eggshell), Lunki Arco

Tawakha traditional drinks: chicha de maiz, chichi de arroz, wasplu, warapo de supa, el wabul

Miskito dances: Zopilote, Ubanita, Tambaku

Miskito traditional drinks: wabul, ulang, misla de jukka, misla de mais, misla de cana

Traditional beliefs: The original main god was called Wan-Asia (“our father”), with minor gods: Yulapata el Sol, Alwani Trueno, Kati Luna