Category: South America

Aconcagua

Aconcagua Argentina’s Aconcagua is the highest peak outside of Asia, and is the highest in the Southern Hemisphere. The mountain sits in Aconcagua Provincial Park in the in the Mendoza Province of Argentina, just east of Chile. It is located in the Andes Mountain Range. The origin of its name comes from the Quechua word …

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Mount Roraima

Mount Roraima (Monte Roraima, Tepuy Roraima, Cerro Roraima) Mount Roraima is known to have an otherworldly ambiance, with rare plant species and often shrouded in a mysterious fog. It is a tabletop mountain in a group of flat-topped mountains which are also known as “tepui,” which translates to mean “house of the gods” in the …

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Nevado Ausangate

Nevado Ausangate | Nevado Auzangate | Ausangate | Auzangate [wp_ad_camp_1] Home of the Quyllur Rit’i Quechua “star snow” festival, Nevado Ausangate is beautiful, large, looming mountain in the Vilcanota range in Peru’s Andes. The mountain area is also an idyllic pastoral community of llama and alpaca herders. Similar to Vinicunca, or Rainbow Mountain, which sits …

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Huayna Picchu

Huayna Picchu (Quechua: Wayna Pikchu) [wp_ad_camp_1] Known as a sacred mountain where historically the high priest and local virgins resided, Huayna Picchu is home to several sacred temples, including the Temple of the Moon and the Great Cavern. In Quechua, the name for the mountain, “Wayna Pikchu,” loosely translates to “young” (or “young man”) (wayna) and …

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Chimborazo

Chimborazo [wp_ad_camp_1] Chimborazo is an inactive glacier-capped stratovolcano that last erupted around 550 A.D. It sits in Ecuador’s Cordillera Occidental Mountain Range of the Andes, southwest of the capital, Quito. Country: Ecuador Mountain Range: Cordillera Occidental Range, Andes Height: 20,549 feet / 6,263 meters Fun Fact: Chimborazo is the highest peak in Ecuador. It is also believed to be …

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Vinicunca, Rainbow Mountain

Vinicunca (Montaña de Siete Colores, Montaña de Colores, Rainbow Mountain) Vinicunca is a Peruvian wonder, standing as a rainbow of a mountain in the Ausangate mountain range in the Cusco region of the Andes. The word Vinicunca translates to “seven-colored mountain” in the local Peruvian language. Colored by the sediment and mineral deposits accumulated over …

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Nevado Sajama

Nevado Sajama Sajama is an extinct stratovolcano that was given the name “Nevado,” meaning “snowy” in Spanish, because it is always covered with snow and ice. It is a composite volcano, meaning it was made from many layers of volcanic material, including a stratovolcano covering several lava domes. Sajama is northwest of the Cholcani volcano and also …

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Acotango

Acotango Acotango is part of the Kimsa Chata group of three volcanic mountains consisting of Acotango, Umurata to the north, and Capurata to the south. Country: Chile, Bolivia It sits on the border between Bolivia and Chile, in Sajama National Park and Lauca National Park. Mountain Range: Kimsa Chata, Andes Height: 19,856 feet / 6,052 …

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Alpamayo

Alpamayo (Shuyturaju) It is thought that the name “Alpamayo” came from the Quechua words “allpa” and “mayu” which mean “earth” and “river,” respectively, translating to “Earth River.” But the mountain has also been called “Shuyturaju,” which translates to “Mountain with Snow,” where “shuytu” means “long” in the Ancash Quechua language and “rahu” means “snow” in …

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Licancabur

Licancabur This beautiful volcanic mountain is considered to be holy by the Atacameno people. Licancabur sits south of the Sairecabur volcano and west of the Juriques volcano. Licancabur Lake lies in a crater in Licancabur, making it one of the highest lakes in the world. Country: Chile, Bolivia Licancabur sits on the border between Chile …

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