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Cerro de la Muerte pass in Costa Rica.
Photo by Andrey Zheludev Dec 2005

Cerro de la Muerte
Perhaps the most dramatic stretch of the Inter-American Highway runs from Cartago, in the Central Valley, to San Isidro de El General, as it rises from about 5,000 feet through its highest point in Costa Rica at a spot called Cerro de la Muerte or Death Hill.

The drive along this stretch is incredible as the foliage changes from the lush greens of a tropical jungle to the stunted, barren growth of a sub-alpine forest. As the highway passes through the 8,000-foot elevations, the cool wet greenness harbors a forest resident much sought after by visiting tourists. The elusive Quetzal, in full attendance here, is readily viewable. (From: cocori.com)