Coastal South America
|Range Type||Bogus mountain grouping for this site|
|Highest Point||Pico Cristóbal Colón (5730 m/18,799 ft)|
|Countries||Chile (35%), Venezuela (34%), Colombia (17%), Ecuador (6%), Peru (5%), Argentina (2%), Panama (1%)|
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
|Area||851,949 sq km / 328,938 sq mi|
Area may include lowland areas
|Extent||7,606 km / 4,726 mi North-South|
5,035 km / 3,129 mi East-West
|Center Lat/Long||10° 4' N; 68° 41' W|
|Map Link||Microsoft Bing Map|
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The Coastal South America Range is perhaps the most disjointed and bizarre of all the Range2s created for the Peakbagger Mountain Range Classification Scheme. It contains everything between the Andes and the nearby Pacific Ocean or Caribbean Sea, which, in most cases, is not much of anything. The Andes follow the coast of South America very closely, and the ranges of hills and occasional high peaks between the high mountains and the ocean are widely scattered. The one main thing they have in common is that they are generally not considered to be part of the main Cordillera de los Andes.
This grouping also includes offshore islands of the coast of South America, from the Galapagos to Tierra del Fuego. On the mainlaind, by far the most dominant range included is the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, rising to over 5500 meters directly from the Caribbean. The low coastal chains of Chile, between the central valley and the Pacific, are also non-Andean and therefore part of this area. The mountains of coastal Venzuela are another fairly extensive area that logically belongs in the Coastal South America range.
|Map of Coastal South America|
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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 Coastal South America.|
|South America||Level 1 (Parent)|
|         Coastal South America||Level 2|
|                 Coastal Venezuela||Level 3 (Child)|
|                 North Colombia Coast||Level 3 (Child)|
|                 Coastal Northwest South America||Level 3 (Child)|
|                 Chilean Coastal Range||Level 3 (Child)|
|                 Chilean Coastal Islands||Level 3 (Child)|
|                 Tierra del Fuego||Level 3 (Child)|
|                 Galapagos Islands||Level 3 (Child)|
|                 Southeastern Pacific Islands||Level 3 (Child)|
|         Andes||Level 2 (Sibling)|
|         Guiana Highlands||Level 2 (Sibling)|
|         Brazilian Highlands||Level 2 (Sibling)|
|         Southeast South America||Level 2 (Sibling)|
Major Peaks of the Coastal South America
Photos of Peaks in the Coastal South America
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