El Cocuy National Park
|El Cocuy National Park|
|Parque Nacional Natural El Cocuy|
|Location||Andes Mountains, Colombia|
|Nearest city||El Cocuy|
|Area||3,060 km2 (1,180 sq mi)|
Because of its high altitude, and although it is located close to the equator, El Cocuy is characterized by post-glacial geological morphology, including steep slopes, cirques, moraines, and glacier-gouged lakes La Pintada and La Cuadrada. The park's topography covers 4,500 meters (15,000 feet) from its lowest point to its highest point. The park is visited by climbers and rockclimbers of all skill levels.
The national park's glacial heritage has made climate change a key element in the park's future. As of 2009[update], the national park's historic icefield has shrunk to scattered snowcaps, and is expected to entirely disappear within a few decades.
- Parque Nacional Natural El Cocuy Spanish-language National Park website.