The Opalaca mountain range spreads between the arid departments of Intibuca and Lempira. Thanks to the extensive agroforestry management in Opalaca, enough humidity is preserved to successfully grow coffee in this region.
The coffee trees give a bright color to otherwise pale slopes. With attitudes ranging from 1400 to 1800 meters above sea level, there are many impressive peaks and mountainsides dotted with villages comprised of a soccer field, a church, and several houses, usually surrounded by coffee farms.
Intibuca and Lempira are the most rural departments of Honduras and are known for a strong machismo culture. It is common to see men on horseback guide cattle up to the fields while women remain closer to the home.
Most farms have neatly planted rows of coffee with a mix of government promoted Lempira and IHCAFE 90 varieties as well as Catuaí.