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Costa Rican Endless Wilderness

Cerro de la Muerte or “Summit of Death” is a birdwatching paradise of breathtaking views and scenery, rising 3,452m (11,322ft) along the Talamanca Mountain Range. It’s the highest point of the Inter-American Highway that travels from Nicaragua through Costa Rica all the way to Panamá. It received its nickname during historical times when many ill prepared travellers died because of the cold temperatures and exhausting hikes.

The Talamanca Mountain Range was originally a volcanic island that raised and separated from other mountain ranges giving way to many endemic and unique plants and animals that can only be found in this area.

My friend Alvaro Cubero, renowned Costa Rican nature photographer and I decided to go on a photo trip together. Paraíso Quetzal Lodge a privately owned establishment run by a local family, was our base for the trip. Certainly a birdwatchers’ paradise with great hikes and stunning views. I wanted to learn more about wildlife and birding photography and Alvaro wanted to learn more about landscape photography so we set out to explore this area and learn from each other.

A dangerous land of cold starry nights, otherworldly ancient scenery and countless wildlife and landscape photographic opportunities. These are some of the photos I captured during a weekend road tripping through Cerro de la Muerte. – Luis

“You taught me the courage of stars before you left. How light carries on endlessly, even after death. With shortness of breath, you explained the infinite. How rare and beautiful it is to even exist.” – Sleeping At Last

Let me take you on a journey through Cerro de la Muerte, Costa Rica

Gear Used:

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 PRO DX II Hoya ND400X MeFoto Roadtrip Travel Tripod
Canon 70-200mm F4L IS USM Hoya ND8
Canon 300mm F4L IS USM Lee NDG 4×6″ 0.9 Soft Edge
 Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM ART Lee NDG 4×6″ 0.6 Soft Edge






















Until next time!


This post is dedicated to my friend, the incredible wildlife and nature photographer, Alvaro Cubero. Thanks for a great photo road trip and for opening my eyes to the world of wildlife and the birding community in Costa Rica that I never knew existed. For future trips and joint projects!

Also a special thanks to Paraíso Quetzal Lodge for their wonderful hospitality. Be sure to visit this stunning location if you’re travelling through Cerro de la Muerte.

© Luis Solano Pochet and ToTheWonderBLOG, 2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Luis Solano Pochet and ToTheWonderBLOG with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


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