List of Ultras of Central America

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Volcán Tajumulco is the highest point of Guatemala and all of Central America.

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 4220 m
13,845 ft
3980 m
13,058 ft
722 km
448 mi
2 Chirripó Grande[2] PB  Costa Rica Cartago
Limón
San José
3819 m
12,530 ft
3726 m
12,224 ft
864 km
537 mi
3 Montaña de Santa Bárbara PB  Honduras Santa Bárbara 2744 m
9,003 ft
2084 m
6,837 ft
74 km
46 mi
4 Cerro las Minas[3] PB  Honduras Lempira 2849 m
9,347 ft
2069 m
6,788 ft
130 km
81 mi
5 Volcán de Agua PB  Guatemala Escuintla
Sacatepéquez
3761 m
12,339 ft
1981 m
6,499 ft
16 km
10 mi
6 Alto Cuchumatanes PB  Guatemala Huehuetenango 3837 m
12,589 ft
1877 m
6,158 ft
65 km
40 mi
7 Volcán Irazú PB  Costa Rica Cartago
San José
3402 m
11,161 ft
1872 m
6,142 ft
48 km
30 mi
8 Montañas Peña Blanca High Point PB  Guatemala Huehuetenango 3518 m
11,542 ft
1858 m
6,096 ft
42 km
26 mi
9 Volcán Acatenango PB  Guatemala Chimaltenango
Sacatepéquez
3975 m
13,041 ft
1835 m
6,020 ft
126 km
78 mi
10 Volcán San Miguel PB  El Salvador San Miguel 2131 m
6,991 ft
1831 m
6,007 ft
64 km
40 mi
11 Cerro Tacarcuna PB  Panama Darién 1875 m
6,152 ft
1770 m
5,807 ft
99 km
61 mi
12 Volcán Atitlán PB  Guatemala Sololá 3537 m
11,604 ft
1754 m
5,755 ft
35 km
21 mi
13 Pico Bonito PB  Honduras Atlántida 2450 m
8,038 ft
1710 m
5,610 ft
152 km
95 mi
14 Montaña San Ildefonso PB  Honduras Cortés 2242 m
7,356 ft
1702 m
5,584 ft
68 km
42 mi
15 Volcán San Cristóbal PB  Nicaragua Chinandega 1745 m
5,725 ft
1665 m
5,463 ft
134 km
83 mi
16 Volcán de Santa Ana PB  El Salvador Santa Ana
Sonsonate
2362 m
7,749 ft
1602 m
5,256 ft
70 km
44 mi
17 Volcán Concepción PB  Nicaragua Rivas 1610 m
5,282 ft
1579 m
5,180 ft
70 km
43 mi
18 Pico Pijol PB  Honduras Yoro 2320 m
7,612 ft
1578 m
5,177 ft
66 km
41 mi
19 Volcán de San Vicente PB  El Salvador La Paz
San Vicente
2182 m
7,159 ft
1562 m
5,125 ft
90 km
56 mi
20 Volcán Miravalles PB  Costa Rica Alajuela
Guanacaste
2028 m
6,654 ft
1533 m
5,030 ft
103 km
64 mi
21 Cerro el Pital[4] PB  El Salvador
 Honduras
Chalatenango
Ocotepeque
2730 m
8,957 ft
1530 m
5,020 ft
49 km
30 mi
22 Montaña los Comayagua PB  Honduras Comayagua 2407 m
7,897 ft
1507 m
4,944 ft
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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