15 Stunning Peaks of The Andes

March 19, 2015

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The Andes span 4,300 miles down the western seaboard of South America, with ecosystems ranging from inhospitable deserts to verdant rainforests. These beautiful behemoths were born from a tectonic battle; millions of years ago the South American plate rose from a clash between the Nazca and Antarctic plates. Today, these mountains are some of the most iconic, tempting and stunning peaks in the world. 

Mount Fitz Roy

At only 11,020 feet, Mount Fitz Roy is far from the highest peak on this list, but it’s international infamy and iconic horizon line make it one of the most recognizable.

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Artesonraju

This 6,025-meter Cordillera Blanca peak soars high in the Peruvian Andes. While a favorite of climbers, easy routes are non-existent – it’s steep and continually cloaked with ice and snow.

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Huayna Potosi

The Huayna Potosi projects 3,640 meters out of the Cordillera Real. Potosi offers a glacier climb to the east and a grim 1,000-meter ice face to the west.

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Aconcagua

At almost 23,000 feet, Aconcagua gains accolades as the tallest mountain in both the Western and Southern Hemispheres. Though this Argentinian mountain is one of the infamous Seven Summits, in mountaineering circles Aconcagua is considered to rank in on the tranquil side given the less-than-technical northern route.

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Qullpa Ananta

Though pronouncing the name of this peak is tough, climbing it is tougher. It’s the second highest mountain of the precipitous Cuzco region, and its proximity to the town of Cuzco makes culture a sure part of your visit.

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Salcantay

Salcantay’s ice-covered slopes continuously beckon climbers, even though they’ve taken the lives of many.

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Siula Grande

In 1985, Simon Yates and Joe Simpson climbed this 20,814-ft peak, inspiring the 2003 movie Touching the Void.

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Chopicalqui

Another Cordillera Blanca summit, Chopicalqui stands at a whopping 20,846 ft. It’s one of the range’s highest, located between two renowned peaks: Huascarán and Yanarahu.

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Huandoy

After the ridiculous Nevado Huascarán, this snowcapped mountain is the highest in the Cordillera Blanca. A collective summit of four peaks makes for some spectacular views.

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Yerupaja

At 21,768 ft., the dangerous Yerupaja is the highest point of the Cordillera Huayhuash. In recent years, there have been several fatalities on this inauspicious peak.

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Huascaran

Huascaran holds the accolade of being the highest location in Peru, as well as being the fourth highest mountain in this Western Hemisphere we call home. It’s located in the Cordillera Blanca range and stands at 22,205 feet, a mammoth configuration of granite from the Cenozoic era.

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Nevado Tres Cruces

This volcanic massif is translated to “Three Crosses,” and it’s located in the Nevado Tres Cruces National Park in Chile. Three individual summits, each over 6,000 meters, form both a beautiful geologic marvel and a natural border between Argentina and Chile.

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Cerro Bonete

Cerro Bonete climbs to 6,759 meters in the Argentinian province of La Rioja. Adventurous and accomplished climbers only.

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Ojos Del Salado

Ojos del Salado rises over the beloved and Active Junky-explored Atacama Desert. The 22,615-foot peak is the highest active volcano on the globe, and it’s also the second highest peak after Western and Southern Hemisphere dominator Aconcagua.

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Alpamayo

Alpamayo is undoubtedly beautiful – and dangerous, too. It’s well traveled, as you can reach it in a 2-3 day trek (after acclimating to the altitude, of course).

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