Pico Cristobal Colon
|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)|
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.