According to Encyclopedia of the Nations, Honduras contains two separate sets of mountain ranges that divide the country into two halves; these mountain ranges are the Central American Cordillera and the Volcanic Highlands. Honduras is more than 80 percent mountainous, which limits the amount of habitable land.
The mountain regions in the northern part of Honduras are all extensions of the Central American Cordillera. This chain runs across Central America from Mexico to Nicaragua. In Honduras, the mountains run from the Guatemalan border to the Platano River. The mountain ranges in the southern part of Honduras are the Volcanic Highlands, and they extend from the El Salvador border to the Nicaraguan border in the east.