[well]Pico Cristóbal Colón Quick Facts

  • Tallest mountain in Colombia
  • 5th most prominent mountain in the world
  • Reaches a summit of 18,700 feet (5,700 m)


Pico Cristóbal Colón

Pico Cristóbal Colón is the tallest mountain in Colombia and one of the leading peaks in South America. The mountain reaches a peak of 18,700 feet (5,700 m) which tops out over a the neighboring peak of Pico Simón Bolívar.

The mountain is part of the Sierra Nevada de santa Marta Range, and has the distinction of being the 5th most prominent mountain in the world. The mountain was named after Christopher Columbus. The mountain was first summited in 1939 by W. Wood, A. Bakerwell and E. Praolini.

Where is Pico Cristóbal Colón located

Pico Cristóbal Colón is located in Colombia as part of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta range. It is found in the far north central part of the country not far inland from the coastal waters of the Caribbean.

The coordinates for Pico Cristóbal Colón are 10°50’18″N and 73°41′12″W.

Best Ways to See and Experience Pico Cristóbal Colón

It is a challenge to experience this wonder of nature because the area us closed due to unrest and security challenges. If and when available, the majority of visitors will be looking to trek and climb in the Sierra range, and particularly on this wonder of nature. As the tallest mountain in Colombia, Pico Cristóbal Colón is a climbers destination – unfortunately, it is closed for access.

Seven Natural Wonders would love to see the tourism board take an active role in working with the government to secure the area and provide access to one of the country’s best nature attractions.

Best Times to Explore Pico Cristóbal Colón

The country of Colombia is located near the equator which means that temperatures remain fairly stable throughout the year. The majority of time visitors can expect temperatures around 75°F (24°C) near the coastal regions and between 45–63°F (7–17°C) as you ascend higher inland.

The drier months outside the two rainy seasons include the months of July, August, and December through March. From a tourist’s perspective the months of December through March are the high season bringing more crowds and higher accommodation costs. Anything close to Easter is particularly busier and higher.

Pico Cristóbal Colón Travel Tips

More travel tips coming for Valle de la Luna. If you are a travel expert familiar with Bolivia or the Valle de la Luna area, you are invited to contact Seven Natural Wonders with advice and tips.