03 / mayo / 2005
Japanese funding will create “Posada Rural Lenca”
The Lenca Route is very Wide, spanning across the departments of Intibucá, Lempira, La Paz, Ocotepeque and Comayagua.
April 21st, 2005.
A grant from the Japanese government will be used by the Honduran Institute of Tourism (IHT) to create and equip the country’s first “rural Lenca posada.” The site for the project has yet to be chosen, however, as experts still haven’t defined with absolute precision the exact area of influence of the Lenca Indian culture.
To this end, the IHT has hired the services of a consultant to provide a technical and unbiased recommendation as to which municipality best meets the conditions necessary to build the posada. The Lenca Route is very Wide, spanning across the departments of Intibucá, Lempira, La Paz, Ocotepeque and Comayagua.
As a pilot project, experts say the first rural Lenca posada will have to be designed to be sustainably managed by a community. One of the criteria to be used in selecting the site is that there be land available to be donated by the municipality for the posada.
To date, seven municipalities have been pre-selected for the project, all located within the Lenca Route area and all eligible to serve as host for the posada in terms of market and demand. These municipalities include La Esperanza; San Juan, Intibucá; Gracias; La Campa; San Manuel de Colohete (Cueva del Alacrán) and Santa Rosa de Copan, among others.
According to IHT personnel, meetings have been held with mayors, local authorities and local tourism committees to familiarize them with the Project. A definitive site will be chosen in August and construction is scheduled to begin in September.
The Colosuca Tourism Circuit has been designed in large part to help reduce poverty in the Lenca communities of western Honduras, an area with excellent tourism potential.