Pico Cristóbal Colón

Pico Cristóbal Colón is the highest mountain in Colombia, with an estimated height of 5,700 metres (18,700 ft). It is also the fifth most prominent in the world (see list of peaks by prominence). The nearest peak that is higher is Cayambe, some 1,288 kilometres (800 mi) away. There is a permanent snowcap on this peak and on the nearby mountains. It is part of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta range, along with Pico Simón Bolívar. The peak is named after Christopher Columbus.

Pico Cristóbal Colón
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Pico Cristóbal Colón in 2008
Highest point
Elevation5,700 m (18,700 ft) [1]
Prominence5,508 m (18,071 ft) 
Ranked 5th
Isolation1,287 kilometres (800 mi)
ListingCountry high point
Coordinates10°50′18″N 73°41′12″W / 10.83833°N 73.68667°W / 10.83833; -73.68667Coordinates: 10°50′18″N 73°41′12″W / 10.83833°N 73.68667°W / 10.83833; -73.68667
Pico Cristóbal Colón is located in Colombia
Pico Cristóbal Colón
Pico Cristóbal Colón
Location in Colombia
LocationMagdalena Department, Colombia
Parent rangeSierra Nevada de Santa Marta
First ascent1939 by Wood, Bakerwell and Praolini
Easiest routebasic snow/ice climb

Pico Cristóbal Colón and Pico Simón Bolívar are the two highest peaks in Colombia and are very nearly equal in elevation.[2]

Pico Cristóbal Colón was first climbed in 1939 by W. Wood, A. Bakerwell and E. Praolini.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The elevation given here is based on SRTM data. Colombian topographic maps show 5650m contours but no 5700m contours. A figure of 5775m is frequently quoted.
  2. ^ Andes site
  3. ^ https://www.peakware.com/peaks.php?pk=57