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Cofre de Perote, also known by its Nahuatl names Naupa-Tecutépetl (from Nāuhpa-Tēuctēpetl) and Nauhcampatépetl, both meaning something like "Place of Four Mountain" or "Mountain of the Lord of Four Places", is an extinct volcano 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. With an elevation of 4,282 metres (14,049 ft) above sea level, Cofre de Perote is Mexico's eighth highest mountain summit.

Cofre de Perote is a shield volcano, shaped very differently from the stratovolcanic Pico de Orizaba, which lies about 50 km (31 mi) to the southeast. A cofre is a coffer, and the name alludes to a volcanic outcropping on the shield which constitutes the peak of the mountain. To the north is the town of Perote, Veracruz, after which the mountain is named.

The area surrounding the volcano was protected by the Mexican government as a national park, known as Cofre de Perote National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Cofre de Perote), in 1937.

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