Sierra del Merendón

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Sierra del Merendón
Sierra del Merendon en Honduras 1.jpg
Sierra del Merendón
Highest point
Elevation 2,400 m (7,900 ft)
Coordinates 14°39′57″N 88°58′54″W / 14.665761°N 88.981619°W / 14.665761; -88.981619Coordinates: 14°39′57″N 88°58′54″W / 14.665761°N 88.981619°W / 14.665761; -88.981619
Countries Guatemala and Honduras
States/Provinces Zacapa, Izabal and Cortés, Santa Barbara

Sierra del Merendón is a mountain range extending on the eastern border of Guatemala and Honduras. Its south-western border is marked by the Lempa River valley, its northern border by the Motagua River valley. The mountain range has several different biomes and habitats, including cloud forests.

The Cusuco National Park (Parque Nacional El Cusuco) is located on the Honduran side and protects an area 23,440 hectares of temperate forest in the Merendón mountain range. The core zone is located at an altitude of 1,800 - 2,242 m. (15° 29.8' − 15° 32.1' N, 88° 13.0' − 88° 16.3' W). Predominant forest habitats in the park are cloud forests (1,500 - 2,242 m), semi-arid pine forests on south-facing slopes (800 - 1,500 m), wet deciduous forests on north-facing slopes (500 - 1,500 m).[1]