|Cerro El Pital|
|Elevation||2,730 m (8,960 ft)|
|Prominence||1,530 m (5,020 ft)|
|Listing|| Country high point |
|Language of name||Spanish|
|Location||Chalatenango, El Salvador|
|Parent range||Sierra Madre|
Cerro El Pital is a mountain in Central America, on the border of El Salvador . It is located 12 km (7 mi) from the town of La Palma at a height of 2,730 m (8,957 ft) above sea level, and is the highest point in Salvadoran territory. Cerro El Pital is in the middle of a cloud forest that has an average annual temperature of 10 °C (50 °F).
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La Palma is a municipality in the Chalatenango department of El Salvador. The municipality, located in a mountainous area of the country, covers an area of 131.89 km² and as of 2006 had an approximate population of 24,000.
It is one of the most popular tourist draws in El Salvador, with great biodiversity in a wide altitudinal range containing many endangered species of flora and fauna. The cloud forest has some of the rarest plants and animals in the country, including quetzals and other endangered species.
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From November to February the temperature ranges between −6 °C (21 °F) and 10 °C (50 °F) (lowest recorded, in January 1956) and in the rest of the year the temperature ranges between 5 °C (41 °F) and 17 °C (63 °F). It is the coldest place in El Salvador. On 13 April 2004, much of the mountain was blanketed by an accumulation of hail during a storm, an unusual event that caused a commotion among the local community.
|Climate data for Cerro El Pital, Chalatenango, El Salvador|
|Daily mean °C (°F)||8.5|
|Average low °C (°F)||−3.0|
|Record low °C (°F)||−6.2|
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||10.0|
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