Nevado del Quindío

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Nevado del Quindío
Manuel María Paz (watercolor 9050, 1853 CE).png
Nevado del Quindio, province of Cauca : waterpainting of Manuel María Paz (1853).
Highest point
Elevation 4,760 m (15,620 ft) [1]
Coordinates 4°42′56″N 75°23′18″W / 4.71556°N 75.38833°W / 4.71556; -75.38833Coordinates: 4°42′56″N 75°23′18″W / 4.71556°N 75.38833°W / 4.71556; -75.38833[1]
Nevado del Quindío is located in Colombia
Nevado del Quindío
Nevado del Quindío
Location of Nevado del Quindío, Colombia
Location Risaralda/Quindío/Tolima, Colombia
Parent range Cordillera Central, Andes
Easiest route Cocora valley, Quindío
View from the north peak of the Nevado del Quindío, Colombia

The Nevado del Quindío is an inactive volcano located in the Central Cordillera of the Andes in central Colombia. The summit marks the tripoint of the departments of Risaralda, Quindío and Tolima, and is also the highest point of the departments of Risaralda and Quindío. The mountain is one of the highest peaks in the Los Nevados National Natural Park, which is a wildlife sanctuary. There are no historical records of any eruption.

The snow fields and glaciers in the mountain are decreasing in a progressive way, about ten percent annually since the first scientific measures in the late 1980s, presumably because of the global warming (see greenhouse effect for details).

The mountain offers beautiful landscapes, attracting touristic visits all the year. The lower part is a cloud forest habitat, rich in endemic species.

Botanist Alexander von Humboldt visited the area in 1801, describing new species such as the frailejón.

In popular culture[edit]

The postal service of Colombia AdPostal released a postal stamp featuring the Nevado del Quindío and Alexander von Humboldt to celebrate the anniversary of his visit. It is a strato or composite volcano, this is shown on geological studios.

A watercolor painting of the volcano by Manuel María Paz (1820–1902) is held by the National Library of Colombia.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Nevado Quindio, Colombia". Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  2. ^ Paz, Manuel María. "Poncho Weaver in Cali, Province of Buenaventura". World Digital Library. Retrieved 2014-05-21. 

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