A principal town in the General River Valley and reputedly one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in Central America, San Isidro de El General is located 120 km southeast of the capital city San Jose, and 29 km northeast of Dominical in Puntarenas province. A prosperous agricultural town, San Isidro de El General is a key transportation and farming center in the valley, and is the largest town in this region. Lying just a few minutes away from the Pan-American Highway on the slopes of the Talamanca Mountains, this tiny town is a great stopping point for tourists on the way to Quepos, Dominical, the Chirripo National Park, the Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, or if you are traveling to Panama.
While traveling en route to San Isidro de El General on the Pan-American Highway, one has to pass the dangerous and treacherous Cerro de la Muerte or Mountain of Death. The highest point in Costa Rica at an altitude of over 3,300m (10,824-ft.), this mountain pass offers spectacular views of the surrounding areas and valley below.Do remember to carry a warm jacket for this trip as the weather here can get very chilly.
This pass is named 'Mountain of Death' because previously many travelers lost their lives trying to climb over the mountain with its dense fogs, heavy torrential rains and steep cliffs.
San Isidro provides major retail, shopping and services to the southern Pacific Coast of the country, just a short drive to the Costanera Highway and the vacation areas and beaches of Dominical, Uvita, Ojochal, Manuel Antonio and Drake Bay.