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Cofre de Perote, originally Naupa-Tecutépetl (from Nāuhpa-Tēuctēpetl in the Nahuatl language), is known also as Nauhcampatépetl. Both Nahuatl names mean something like 'Place of Four Mountain' or 'Mountain of the Lord of Four Places'. This extinct volcano is located in the Mexican state of Veracruz, at the point where the Trans-Mexican volcanic belt, home to all of Mexico's highest peaks, joins the Sierra Madre Oriental.

Cofre de Perote
Cofre de Perote2.jpg
The Cofre de Perote viewed from the north
Highest point
Elevation 4,282[1] m (14,049 ft)
Coordinates 19°29.52′N 97°9′W / 19.49200°N 97.150°W / 19.49200; -97.150Coordinates: 19°29.52′N 97°9′W / 19.49200°N 97.150°W / 19.49200; -97.150
Location Perote Municipality, Veracruz, Mexico
Mountain type Shield volcano
Volcanic belt Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt
Last eruption 1150 CE ± 100 years
Easiest route rock climb

This volcano is shaped very differently from the strato-volcanic Pico de Orizaba, which lies to the south of it, being broad and shield-shaped. A cofre is a 'coffer', and the name alludes to a volcanic outcropping on the shield, which constitutes the peak of the mountain. It is outlined against the clouds in the information-box picture, and is easily visible in the picture below.

To the north of the Cofre is the town of Perote, after which the mountain is named.

Cofre de Perote is also the name of a Mexican national park where the volcano is located.

Cofre de Perote from the northwest.
Aerial view of Cofre de Perote from the northwest, with Pico de Orizaba and Sierra Negra to the south.

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  1. ^ INEGI. Anuario Estadístico de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos 2010. Consultado el 16 de Septiembre de 2014. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2014-09-16. 

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