Coastal South America

Range TypeBogus mountain grouping for this site
Highest PointPico Cristóbal Colón (5730 m/18,799 ft)
CountriesChile (35%), Venezuela (34%), Colombia (17%), Ecuador (6%), Peru (5%), Argentina (2%), Panama (1%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area851,949 sq km / 328,938 sq mi
Area may include lowland areas
Extent7,606 km / 4,726 mi North-South
5,035 km / 3,129 mi East-West
Center Lat/Long10° 4' N; 68° 41' W
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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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Note: Range borders shown on map are an approximation and are not authoritative.
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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 AmericaLevel 1 (Parent)
         Coastal South AmericaLevel 2
                 Coastal VenezuelaLevel 3 (Child)
                 North Colombia CoastLevel 3 (Child)
                 Coastal Northwest South AmericaLevel 3 (Child)
                 Chilean Coastal RangeLevel 3 (Child)
                 Chilean Coastal IslandsLevel 3 (Child)
                 Tierra del FuegoLevel 3 (Child)
                 Galapagos IslandsLevel 3 (Child)
                 Southeastern Pacific IslandsLevel 3 (Child)
         AndesLevel 2 (Sibling)
         Guiana HighlandsLevel 2 (Sibling)
         Brazilian HighlandsLevel 2 (Sibling)
         Southeast South AmericaLevel 2 (Sibling)

Major Peaks of the Coastal South America

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NamemftRange3
1.Pico Cristóbal Colón573018,799North Colombia Coast
2.Pico Bolívar572518,783North Colombia Coast
3.La Reina545017,881North Colombia Coast
4.Pico Ojeda529017,356North Colombia Coast
5.Pico Guardían528617,343North Colombia Coast
6.Pico Tulio Ospino525017,224North Colombia Coast
7.Cerro Pintado361011,844North Colombia Coast
8.Cerro de Las Tetas351011,516North Colombia Coast
9.Cuchilla San Lorenzo28669403North Colombia Coast
10.Pico Naiguatá27539032Coastal Venezuela
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 NamemftRange3
1.Pico Cristóbal Colón573018,799North Colombia Coast
2.Pico Naiguatá27539032Coastal Venezuela
3.Cerro Paranal26408661Chilean Coastal Range
4.Cerro Darwin25808465Tierra del Fuego
5.Alturas de Nique17305676Coastal Northwest South America
6.Volcán Wolf17075600Galapagos Islands
7.Wellington Island High Point15204987Chilean Coastal Islands
8.Cerro de Los Inocentes13504429Southeastern Pacific Islands

Photos of Peaks in the Coastal South America

Pico Cristóbal Colón
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Pico Cristobal Colon as seen from the col directly north of the mountain (2015-12-12). Photo by Petter Bjørstad.
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Cerro Chacras
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Cerro Chacras (Crocker) from Tortuga Bay. We biked to the trailhead and climbed later that morning (2018-10-25). Photo by Alex Lennon.
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Bartolomé Island High Point
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Overview of Bartholemew Island Photo by David Parratt.
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