Cerros de Escazú

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The Cerros de Escazú is a mountain range in San José Province, central Costa Rica.


The range borders the Costa Rican Central Valley to the south. It is considered the northernmost portion of the Cordillera de Talamanca.


The highest peak is Cerro Rabo de Mico with 2,428 m (7,966 ft), followed closely by Cerro Cedral with 2,420 m (7,940 ft). Other relevant mountains include Cerro Pico Alto with 2,353 m (7,720 ft), Cerro Pico Blanco 2,271 m (7,451 ft) and Cerro San Miguel with 2,035 m (6,677 ft).[1]


While in San José, the Cerros de Escazú can be seen to the south-west. The name is taken from the city of Escazú, which lies on its northern slopes. Other nearby cities are Santa Ana to the north, Ciudad Colón to the northwest, Tabarcia to the southwest, Palmichal to the southwest, Aserrí to the east and Alajuelita to the northeast. This mountain range lies in various counties: Escazú, Santa Ana, Mora, Acosta, Aserrí and Alajuelita.

Quitirrisí, also in the Cerros de Escazú, is the Native American reserve which lies closest to the capital, San José.


Due to its position, this mountain range has several climatic influences that are reflected in the habitat diversity and biodiversity. In an attempt to protect this biological richness but also the local watersheds, the Cerros de Escazú Protected Zone, the El Rodeo Protected Zone and the Quitirrisí Protected Zone were created.

It is a popular destination for mountain bikers and hikers although there are no clearly marked trails.


Coordinates: 9°51′N 84°09′W / 9.850°N 84.150°W / 9.850; -84.150