Cordillera Vilcabamba: Peruvian Andes (Peru)

Cordillera Vilcabamba: Peruvian Andes (Peru)

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The Cordillera de Vilcabamba is a small mountain range located within the Cordillera Central of the Peruvian Andes, in the Cusco region of Peru. Part of the Andes Mountain system, the range extends northwestward from the city of Cusco.

Cordillera de Vilcabamba

The Cordillera de Vilcabamba is a small mountain range located within the Cordillera Central of the Peruvian Andes, in the Cusco region of Peru. Part of the Andes Mountain system, the range extends approximately 260 km (160 mi) northwestward from the city of Cusco.

The Cordillera Vilcabamba is located between the Rio Urubamba on its northern side and the Rio Apurimac on its southern side. The mountain range contains Machu Pichu.

The range, marked by the erosive action of rivers that have cut deep canyons, rises to its highest at 6,271 m (20,574 ft) at Mount Salcantay. Drainage is to the Atlantic Ocean via the Río Apurimac and Río Urubamba.

The Cordillera Vilcabamba contains alluvial, hilly and montane landscapes with the characteristic forests of the eastern slope of the Andes and its puna grassland.

It is suspected that the Vilcabamba range is home to numerous unnamed animal species. Biologists have long suspected that its range of elevations and a wide variety of habitat types harbor a tremendous diversity of animals and plants.

Mountain Peaks

  • Salcantay, 6,271 m (20,574 ft)
  • Pumasillo, 5,991 m (19,656 ft)
  • Tucarhuay, 5,928 m (19,449 ft)
  • Padreyoc, 5,771 m (18,934 ft)
  • Panta, 5,667 m (18,593 ft)
  • Choquetacarpo, 5,520 m (18,110 ft)
  • Humantay 5,473 m (17,956 ft)
  • Huayanay 5,464 m (17,927 ft)
  • Pucapuca, 5,450 m (17,880 ft)
  • Soray, 5,428 m (17,808 ft)
  • Paljay, 5,422 m (17,789 ft)
  • Amparay, 5,418 m (17,776 ft)
  • Corihuayrachina, 5,404 m (17,730 ft)
  • Yanama, 5,347 m (17,543 ft)
  • Jatunjasa, 5,338 m (17,513 ft)
  • Soirococha, 5,297 m (17,379 ft)
  • Azulcocha, 5,269 m (17,287 ft)
  • Kaiko, 5,265 m (17,274 ft)
  • Chaupimayo, 5,239 m (17,188 ft)
  • Paccha, 5,210 m (17,090 ft)
  • Coisopacana, 5,176 m (16,982 ft)
  • Moyoc, 5,175 m (16,978 ft)
  • Choquesafra, 5,152 m (16,903 ft)
  • Ocobamba, 5,126 m (16,818 ft)
  • Cayco, 5,108 m (16,759 ft)
  • Pumasillo, 5,100 m (16,700 ft)
  • Yanajaja, 5,093 m (16,709 ft)
  • Pitupaccha, 5,082 m (16,673 ft)
  • Nañuhuaico, 4,932 m (16,181 ft)
  • Yanacocha, 4,920 m (16,140 ft)
  • Quenuaorco, 4,900 m (16,100 ft)
  • Chuchaujasa, 4,800 m (15,700 ft)
  • Mandorcasa, 4,800 m (15,700 ft)