Cordillera Occidental (Ecuador)

Range TypeMountain range with well-recognized name
Highest PointVolcán Chimborazo (6267 m/20,561 ft)
CountriesEcuador (97%), Colombia (3%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
States/ProvincesPichincha (16%), Los Ríos (12%), Guayas (12%), Esmeraldas (9%), Cotopaxi (9%), Azuay (8%), Chimborazo (7%), Imbabura (6%), Bolívar (5%), Cañar (5%), Carchi (4%), Nariño (3%), Tungurahua (2%), Manabí (2%), El Oro (1%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area65,086 sq km / 25,130 sq mi
Area may include lowland areas
Extent527 km / 327 mi North-South
257 km / 160 mi East-West
Center Lat/Long0° 59' S; 78° 51' W
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Map of Cordillera Occidental (Ecuador)
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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 Cordillera Occidental (Ecuador).
Ecuador AndesLevel 3 (Parent)
         Cordillera Occidental (Ecuador)Level 4
         Cordillera Oriental (Ecuador)Level 4 (Sibling)
         South Ecuador AndesLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Cordillera de CondorLevel 4 (Sibling)

Major Peaks of the Cordillera Occidental (Ecuador)

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NamemftRange5
1.Volcán Chimborazo626720,561 
2.Volcán Iliniza524117,195 
3.Volcán Carihuairazo502016,470 
4.Volcán Cotacachi490016,076 
5.El Corazon478415,696 
6.Volcán Pichincha478415,696 
7.Nevado de Cumbal476415,630 
8.Volcán Chiles474815,577 
9.Volcán Pichincha-Rucu4680+15,354+ 
10.Cerro Patul463315,200 
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.

Photos of Peaks in the Cordillera Occidental (Ecuador)

Volcán Iliniza
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The snow-dusted pyramid of Illiniza Sur, Ecuador (2013-06-17). Photo by Paul Brossier.
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Volcán Iliniza-Pico Norte
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Illiniza Norte has a distinctive profile with two summit horns (2013-06-17). Photo by Paul Brossier.
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Volcán Pichincha
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Guagua Pichincha as seen from Rucu Pichincha (2013-06-16). Photo by Paul Brossier.
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Volcán Pichincha-Rucu
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Rucu Pichincha on a crystal-clear equatorial day. Photo by Paul Brossier.
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Atacazo's north ridge. You need to overcome raging bulls and a couple of barbed wire fences to get to this point. As you can see, the summit area is disgraced by shitloads of ugly telecommunications paraphernalia. Doesn't take anything away from the great views this place offers, though (2013-06-17). Photo by Habakuk Tibatong.
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