A colina is a hill. However, a hill is one thing to a mountaineer and another to a plainsman. A colina is less than the imposing elevation of a montaña (mountain) but grander than an altozano (a rise). Cerro and colina are nearly synonymous, though colina’s topographic neutrality suggests an elevation that is neither particularly steep nor thickly forested. Unlike an otero, a colina does not lord over a lowland in solitude; it’s a neighborly, everyday hill.

D. J. Waldie