Cofre de Perote

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Cofre de Perote
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Cofre de Perote
Highest point
Elevation 4,282 m (14,049 ft) [1]
Prominence 1,340 m (4,400 ft)
Coordinates 19°29.52′N97°9′W / 19.49200°N 97.150°W / 19.49200; -97.150 Coordinates: 19°29.52′N97°9′W / 19.49200°N 97.150°W / 19.49200; -97.150
Location Perote Municipality, Veracruz, Mexico
Mountain type Shield volcano
Volcanic belt Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt
Last eruption 1150 CE ± 100 years
Easiest route rock climb


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 inactive 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.

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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.

Shield volcano Low profile volcano usually formed almost entirely of fluid lava flows

A shield volcano is a type of volcano usually composed almost entirely of fluid lava flows. It is named for its low profile, resembling a warrior's shield lying on the ground. This is caused by the highly fluid lava erupted, which travels farther than lava erupted from a stratovolcano, and results in the steady accumulation of broad sheets of lava, building up the shield volcano's distinctive form.

Stratovolcano Tall, conical volcano built up by many layers of hardened lava and other ejecta

A stratovolcano, also known as a composite volcano, is a conical volcano built up by many layers (strata) of hardened lava, tephra, pumice and ash. Unlike shield volcanoes, stratovolcanoes are characterized by a steep profile with a summit crater and periodic intervals of explosive eruptions and effusive eruptions, although some have collapsed summit craters called calderas. The lava flowing from stratovolcanoes typically cools and hardens before spreading far, due to high viscosity. The magma forming this lava is often felsic, having high-to-intermediate levels of silica, with lesser amounts of less-viscous mafic magma. Extensive felsic lava flows are uncommon, but have travelled as far as 15 km (9.3 mi).

Pico de Orizaba mountain

Pico de Orizaba, also known as Citlaltépetl, is a stratovolcano, the highest mountain in Mexico and the third highest in North America, after Denali of Alaska in the United States and Mount Logan of Canada. It rises 5,636 metres (18,491 ft) above sea level in the eastern end of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, on the border between the states of Veracruz and Puebla. The volcano is currently dormant but not extinct, with the last eruption taking place during the 19th century. It is the second most prominent volcanic peak in the world after Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro.

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.

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Cofre de Perote from the northwest Cofre de Perote from the northwest.jpg
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 Cofre Perote&Orizaba.jpg
Aerial view of Cofre de Perote from the northwest, with Pico de Orizaba and Sierra Negra visible to the south


Cofre de Perote features a humid alpine climate (Köppen climate classification ET), without a dry season but having a rainier season in summer and autumn.

Alpine climate average weather (climate) for the regions above the tree line

Alpine climate is the typical weather (climate) for the regions above the tree line. This climate is also referred to as a mountain climate or highland climate.

Climate data for Cofre de Perote
Average high °C (°F)2.2
Daily mean °C (°F)−0.1
Average low °C (°F)−2.3
Average precipitation mm (inches)41.2
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)22.122.429.327.127.928.928.630.429.329.120.121.2316.4
Average snowy days19.
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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.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)