The Cordillera Central runs through several countries in Central America, including the western Dominican Republic. The highest parts of the range run from San Domingo, the country capital, to the Haitian border. The Cordillera Central is from 5,000 - 8,000 feet in altitude, and it includes several isolated mountains. The Pico Duarte is the tallest peak in the West Indies, and a prominent point of the Cordillera Central. The range's rugged texture makes it difficult to build highways through the mountains, so the Cordillera Central remains largely untouched by humans.