There aren’t many places on earth to gain 10,000 feet in altitude without flying. I would guess there are even fewer where you can do it with a relatively easy drive over about 90 minutes. The road takes you from a lush, tropical paradise to a barren, volcanic peak that was about 25 degrees Fahrenheit during our visit. But it’s not without its challenges.
Driving 0 to 10,000 feet for a mountaintop sunset and world-class stargazing in an open-topped Jeep.