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Puna de Atacama

Range TypeMiscellaneous physical or political Feature
Highest PointOjos del Salado (6893 m/22,615 ft)
CountriesArgentina (73%), Chile (25%), Bolivia (2%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
States/ProvincesSalta (24%), Catamarca (22%), Antofagasta (17%), Jujuy (11%), Atacama (8%), Santiago del Estero (6%), Tucumán (6%), La Rioja (3%), Potosí (2%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area412,685 sq km / 159,338 sq mi
Area may include lowland areas
Extent842 km / 523 mi North-South
682 km / 424 mi East-West
Center Lat/Long25° 19' S; 66° 60' W
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Map of Puna de Atacama
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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 Puna de Atacama.
AndesLevel 2 (Parent)
         Cordillera de MeridaLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Colombian AndesLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Ecuador AndesLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Peruvian AndesLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Bolivian AndesLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Puna de AtacamaLevel 3
         Central Argentina-Chile AndesLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Patagonian AndesLevel 3 (Sibling)



Major Peaks of the Puna de Atacama

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NamemftRange4
1.Ojos del Salado689322,615 
2.Monte Pissis679322,287 
3.Cerro Bonete675922,175 
4.Tres Cruces674822,139 
5.Cerro Llullaillaco673922,110 
6.Cerro Cazadero665821,844 
7.Tres Cruces Central662921,749 
8.Cerro de Incahuasi662121,722 
9.El Muerto648821,286 
10.Volcán Antofalla644021,129 
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 Puna de Atacama

Ojos del Salado
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Ojos del Salado, the second highest peak in the Andes, is often entirely snow-free due to its location in the arid Atacama (2005-12-31). Photo by Ken Jones.
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Cerro de Incahuasi
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The huge form of Incahuasi, one of the giants of the Puna de Atacama (2006-01-01). Photo by Ken Jones.
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Nevado Del Acay
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Acay, a large dry massif in Argentina. Photo by Andres Espindola.
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