Pico Cristobal Colon

Photo of Pico Cristobal Colon

Photo by Mulkuabi Flóres Montealegre

Details

Elevation (feet): 18,947
Elevation (meters): 5,775
Continent: South America
Country: Colombia
Range/Region: Colombian Andes
Latitude: 10.838575
Longitude: -73.686762
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
Year first climbed: 1939
First successful climber(s): W. Wood, A. Bakerwell, E. Praolini
Nearest major airport: Barranquilla, Colombia, Maracaibo, Venezuela
Convenient Center: Valledupar (25 miles southeast of the mountain)

Description

Pico Cristóbal Colón is commonly accepted as the highest peak in Colombia, though it actually shares this distinction with its near neighbor, Pico Simon Bolivar. The two high peaks stand side by side in a wild and remote area of extreme northern Colombia. Given their proximity to the northern coast, the humidity is high and precipitation is extremely heavy. In the higher elevations, this means permanent snow and ice.