09-Mar-2002 -- After looking at this point in the topographic map, we estimated a day hike following a trail marked in the map and then a least a kilometer off the trail. The area looked like a traditional Costa Rican forest. However, when we drove there, we found that the area has been completely developed. What is more, there is a new town around four kilometers from this point, over what was a trail in the map. There is even an automatic teller machine in the town.
The point is at the end of a cattle farm, where the terrain goes down into a deep river canyon. We got to the border of the descendent to the river, where the GPS showed around 35 meters (115 feet) to our destination. We attempted to descend into the canyon, but the descend is very steep, the GPS is unable to see enough satellites because of the heavy vegetation, and we did not carried ropes. Therefore, we decided to take the pictures around 35 meters from the point.
In the background of the main picture you can see the Cerro Pittier (Pittier Mountain) with 2869 meters, in the Pittier range. This is relevant, because Dr Henri Pittier (1857-1950), a Swiss national that arrived in Costa Rica in 1887, founded the Costa Rican Geographical Service (today called the Costa Rican National Geographic Institute) as part of his “Instituto Fisico-Geografico”, which included the Meteorological Observatory, the Geographical Service, the National Museum, and the National Herbarium.
Coordinator's Note: The GPS photo was taken at a distance of 86 m from the Confluence.