Colombian Andes

Range TypePolitically-defined sub-range
Highest PointRitacuba Blanco (5410 m/17,749 ft)
States/ProvincesAntioquia (17%), Santander (8%), Cauca (7%), Tolima (7%), Boyacá (6%), Norte de Santander (6%), Cundinamarca (6%), Nariño (6%), Huila (5%), Valle del Cauca (5%), Bolívar (5%), Chocó (5%), Caquetá (3%), Córdoba (3%), Meta (2%), Caldas (2%), Putumayo (2%), Cesar (2%), Risaralda (1%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area360,225 sq km / 139,083 sq mi
Area may include lowland areas
Extent1,023 km / 635 mi North-South
738 km / 458 mi East-West
Center Lat/Long4° 51' N; 75° 15' W
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Map of Colombian Andes
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Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Colombian Andes.
AndesLevel 2 (Parent)
         Cordillera de MeridaLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Colombian AndesLevel 3
                 Cordillera Occidental (Colombia)Level 4 (Child)
                 Cordillera Central (Colombia)Level 4 (Child)
                 Cordillera Oriental (Colombia)Level 4 (Child)
         Ecuador AndesLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Peruvian AndesLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Bolivian AndesLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Puna de AtacamaLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Central Argentina-Chile AndesLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Patagonian AndesLevel 3 (Sibling)

Major Peaks of the Colombian Andes

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NamemftRange4
1.Ritacuba Blanco541017,749Cordillera Oriental (Colombia)
2.Nevado del Huila539017,684Cordillera Central (Colombia)
3.Nevado del Ruiz531117,425Cordillera Central (Colombia)
4.Ritacuba Negro529017,356Cordillera Oriental (Colombia)
5.Nevado del Tolima521517,110Cordillera Central (Colombia)
6.Cerro Concavo517316,972Cordillera Oriental (Colombia)
7.Pan de Azúcar512016,797Cordillera Oriental (Colombia)
8.Púlpito del Diablo510016,732Cordillera Oriental (Colombia)
9.Nevado de Santa Isabel510016,732Cordillera Central (Colombia)
10.Nevado Quindio476015,617Cordillera Central (Colombia)
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.
Child Range High Points
RankPeak NamemftRange4
1.Ritacuba Blanco541017,749Cordillera Oriental (Colombia)
2.Nevado del Huila539017,684Cordillera Central (Colombia)
3.Cerro Tatamá410013,451Cordillera Occidental (Colombia)

Photos of Peaks in the Colombian Andes

Ritacuba Blanco
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Approaching the summit on Ritacuba Blanco, Colombia (2009-02-06). Photo by Ken Jones.
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