List of Ultras of Central America

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The following is a sortable table of the 22 ultra-prominent mountain peaks of Central America. This article defines Central America as the seven nations of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.

Topographic elevation is the vertical distance above the reference geoid, a precise mathematical model of the Earth's sea level as an equipotential gravitational surface. Topographic prominence is the elevation difference between the summit and the highest or key col to a higher summit. Topographic isolation is the minimum great circle distance to a point of higher elevation.

This article defines a significant summit as a summit with at least 100 meters (328.1 feet) of topographic prominence, and a major summit as a summit with at least 500 meters (1640.4 feet) of topographic prominence. An ultra-prominent summit is a summit with at least 1500 meters (4921.3 feet) of topographic prominence.

Of these 22 ultra-prominent summits of Central America, 7 are located in Honduras, 6 in Guatemala, 4 in El Salvador, 3 in Costa Rica, 2 in Nicaragua, and 1 in Panama. Cerro El Pital straddles the border between Honduras and El Salvador.

Most prominent summits[edit]

The 22 ultra-prominent mountain peaks of Central America

Rank Mountain Peak Country Province Elevation Prominence Isolation
1 Volcán Tajumulco[1] PB  Guatemala San Marcos !B9916524095929 4220 m
13,845 ft
!B9917109629017 3980 m
13,058 ft
!B9865105797577 722 km
448 mi
2 Chirripó Grande[2] PB  Costa Rica Cartago
Limón
San José
!B9917522561127 3819 m
12,530 ft
!B9917769094488 3726 m
12,224 ft
!B9863308687308 864 km
537 mi
3 Montaña de Santa Bárbara PB  Honduras Santa Bárbara !B9920828280111 2744 m
9,003 ft
!B9923579555971 2084 m
6,837 ft
!B9887906150234 74 km
46 mi
4 Cerro las Minas[3] PB  Honduras Lempira !B9920452766655 2849 m
9,347 ft
!B9923651793222 2069 m
6,788 ft
!B9882256337737 130 km
81 mi
5 Volcán de Agua PB  Guatemala Escuintla
Sacatepéquez
!B9917675598415 3761 m
12,339 ft
!B9924086429533 1981 m
6,499 ft
!B9903398587060 16 km
10 mi
6 Alto Cuchumatanes PB  Guatemala Huehuetenango !B9917475539097 3837 m
12,589 ft
!B9924625699634 1877 m
6,158 ft
!B9889163201718 65 km
40 mi
7 Volcán Irazú PB  Costa Rica Cartago
San José
!B9918678812270 3402 m
11,161 ft
!B9924652373429 1872 m
6,142 ft
!B9892229204701 48 km
30 mi
8 Montañas Peña Blanca High Point PB  Guatemala Huehuetenango !B9918343520747 3518 m
11,542 ft
!B9924727440806 1858 m
6,096 ft
!B9893531475507 42 km
26 mi
9 Volcán Acatenango PB  Guatemala Chimaltenango
Sacatepéquez
!B9917122199729 3975 m
13,041 ft
!B9924852002395 1835 m
6,020 ft
!B9882574718886 126 km
78 mi
10 Volcán San Miguel PB  El Salvador San Miguel !B9923356533679 2131 m
6,991 ft
!B9924873824553 1831 m
6,007 ft
!B9889366482827 64 km
40 mi
11 Cerro Tacarcuna PB  Panama Darién !B9924636360615 1875 m
6,152 ft
!B9925212651744 1770 m
5,807 ft
!B9885008692460 99 km
61 mi
12 Volcán Atitlán PB  Guatemala Sololá !B9918289658107 3537 m
11,604 ft
!B9925303458270 1754 m
5,755 ft
!B9895495477770 35 km
21 mi
13 Pico Bonito PB  Honduras Atlántida !B9921961566964 2450 m
8,038 ft
!B9925557513505 1710 m
5,610 ft
!B9880672464040 152 km
95 mi
14 Montaña San Ildefonso PB  Honduras Cortés !B9922848763963 2242 m
7,356 ft
!B9925604406908 1702 m
5,584 ft
!B9888671643368 68 km
42 mi
15 Volcán San Cristóbal PB  Nicaragua Chinandega !B9925354901653 1745 m
5,725 ft
!B9925824195975 1665 m
5,463 ft
!B9881926154782 134 km
83 mi
16 Volcán de Santa Ana PB  El Salvador Santa Ana
Sonsonate
!B9922327360032 2362 m
7,749 ft
!B9926209918723 1602 m
5,256 ft
!B9888420366609 70 km
44 mi
17 Volcán Concepción PB  Nicaragua Rivas !B9926160105420 1610 m
5,282 ft
!B9926354529857 1579 m
5,180 ft
!B9888496238421 70 km
43 mi
18 Pico Pijol PB  Honduras Yoro !B9922506775353 2320 m
7,612 ft
!B9926360864985 1578 m
5,177 ft
!B9889033478418 66 km
41 mi
19 Volcán de San Vicente PB  El Salvador La Paz
San Vicente
!B9923120028336 2182 m
7,159 ft
!B9926462776696 1562 m
5,125 ft
!B9885872264169 90 km
56 mi
20 Volcán Miravalles PB  Costa Rica Alajuela
Guanacaste
!B9923851946352 2028 m
6,654 ft
!B9926650181211 1533 m
5,030 ft
!B9884609195775 103 km
64 mi
21 Cerro el Pital[4] PB  El Salvador
 Honduras
Chalatenango
Ocotepeque
!B9920879431118 2730 m
8,957 ft
!B9926669769856 1530 m
5,020 ft
!B9891992006821 49 km
30 mi
22 Montaña los Comayagua PB  Honduras Comayagua !B9922138635622 2407 m
7,897 ft
!B9926821238013 1507 m
4,944 ft
!B9886985365815 81 km
50 mi

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References[edit]

  1. ^ The summit of Volcán Tajumulco is the highest point of the Republic of Guatemala and all of Central America.
  2. ^ The summit of Chirripó Grande is the highest point of the Republic of Costa Rica.
  3. ^ The summit of Cerro las Minas is the highest point of the Republic of Honduras.
  4. ^ The summit of Cerro el Pital on the international border with Honduras is the highest point of the Republic of El Salvador.

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