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Cordillera Occidental (Peru)

Range TypeMountain range with well-recognized name
Highest PointNevado Huascarán (6746 m/22,133 ft)
CountriesPeru (99%), Bolivia (1%), Chile (1%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
States/ProvincesArequipa (17%), Lima (10%), Ayacucho (9%), Ancash (9%), Cajamarca (8%), Apurímac (6%), Puno (5%), La Libertad (5%), Huancavelica (5%), Moquegua (4%), Piura (4%), Tacna (4%), Ica (4%), Cuzco (3%), Lambayeque (3%), Junín (2%), La Paz (1%), Tarapacá (1%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area369,494 sq km / 142,662 sq mi
Area may include lowland areas
Extent1,574 km / 978 mi North-South
1,287 km / 799 mi East-West
Center Lat/Long11° 22' S; 76° 49' W
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Map of Cordillera Occidental (Peru)
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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 (Peru).
Peruvian AndesLevel 3 (Parent)
         Cordillera Occidental (Peru)Level 4
                 Northern Cordillera OccidentalLevel 5 (Child)
                 La Libertad Cordillera OccidentalLevel 5 (Child)
                 Cordillera NegraLevel 5 (Child)
                 Cordillera BlancaLevel 5 (Child)
                 Central Cordillera OccidentalLevel 5 (Child)
                 South Central Cordillera OccidentalLevel 5 (Child)
                 Apurimac-Calpamayo AreaLevel 5 (Child)
                 Cordillera ChilaLevel 5 (Child)
                 Cordillera AmpatoLevel 5 (Child)
                 Cordillera VolcanicaLevel 5 (Child)
         Cordillera Central (Peru)Level 4 (Sibling)
         Cordillera Oriental (Peru)Level 4 (Sibling)



Major Peaks of the Cordillera Occidental (Peru)

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NamemftRange5
1.Nevado Huascarán674622,133Cordillera Blanca
2.Yerupajá661721,709Central Cordillera Occidental
3.Nevado Coropuna640521,014Cordillera Chila
4.Huantsan636920,896Cordillera Blanca
5.Huandoy636020,866Cordillera Blanca
6.Nevado Chopicalqui634520,817Cordillera Blanca
7.Siula Grande634420,814Central Cordillera Occidental
8.Chinchey630920,699Cordillera Blanca
9.Nevado Ampato628820,630Cordillera Ampato
10.Palcaraju627420,584Cordillera Blanca
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 NamemftRange5
1.Nevado Huascarán674622,133Cordillera Blanca
2.Yerupajá661721,709Central Cordillera Occidental
3.Nevado Coropuna640521,014Cordillera Chila
4.Nevado Ampato628820,630Cordillera Ampato
5.Nevado Chachani605719,872Cordillera Volcanica
6.Nevado Sara Sara550618,064Apurimac-Calpamayo Area
7.Nevado Citac532917,484South Central Cordillera Occidental
8.Rosco Grande518817,021La Libertad Cordillera Occidental
9.Cerro Mishahuanga411813,510Northern Cordillera Occidental



Photos of Peaks in the Cordillera Occidental (Peru)

Nevado Huascarán
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The icy majesty of Huascaran, highest peak in Peru (2010-11-06). Photo by Jeff Malik.
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Nevado Huascarán-Pico Norte
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The icy majesty of Huascaran, highest peak in Peru (2010-11-06). Photo by Jeff Malik.
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Nevado Coropuna
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Climbers passing round yareta plants enroute to the massive hulk of Coropuna, with the main summit on the left. Photo by Clark Edgeworth.
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Cerro Pisco
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Cerro Pisco is a popular and relativley easy destination in Peru's Cordillera Blanca (2013-08-03). Photo by Paul Brossier.
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