Central American Ranges
Most of the major Central American mountains are volcanoes. The highest of these are located in Guatemala, where the landscape is rich with high volcanic peaks, complimented by similarly pyramidal Mayan ruins. Though volcanoes in the other Central American countries are lower in elevation than in Guatemala, they are nonetheless common. Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama all have volcanic landscapes, with several active cones.
Costa Rica has the proud distinction of having protected a larger percentage of its land in national parks than any other country in the world. Since its National Parks System was established in 1970, twelve percent of the country has been protected in national parks, and an additional sixteen percent as Indian reserves, biological reserves, wildlife refuges and wildlife corridors. The treasures within these areas include lush rainforests and active volcanoes.
Peaks of Central American Ranges
Check out any of the following peaks for additional information:
- Acatenango - 13044 ft./3976 m.
- Atitlan - 11604 ft./3537 m.
- Cerro Chirripo - 12533 ft./3820 m.
- Cerro Mogoton - 6913 ft./2107 m.
- Doyle's Delight - 3711 ft./1131 m.
- Government Peak - 1850 ft./564 m.
- Pakisis - 9285 ft./2830 m.
- Santa Ana Volcano - 7812 ft./2381 m.
- Santa Maria - 12375 ft./3772 m.
- Tajumulco - 13845 ft./4220 m.
- Telica - 3481 ft./1061 m.
- Tomastepeque - 7054 ft./2150 m.
- Volcan Baru - 11398 ft./3474 m.
- Volcan Cosigüina - 2861 ft./872 m.
- Volcan de Agua - 12336 ft./3760 m.
- Volcan Mombacho - 4413 ft./1345 m.
- Volcan Siete Orejas - 11056 ft./3370 m.
- Volcan Tecuamburro - 6398 ft./1950 m.
- Volcán San Pedro - 9902 ft./3018 m.