All the Mountains is a site built to show maps and photos of the highest ranges in
Peru to those people who dare
The Peruvian Andes
The Andes is the longest and one of the highest mountain ranges in the world. This range runs
along the Pacific coast of South America for more than 7000 kilometers. From the vicinity of the
Caribean Sea to the Cape Horn the Andes cross seven countries, even though the highest peaks
over 6000 meters can only be found in the Central Andes at the South Hemisphere.
From its origin at Nevado Champara to its end at Nevado Tuco the Cordillera Blanca
runs in a NW-SE direction grouping in a bit more than 180 kilometers 33 peaks over 6000
meters. Narrow valleys called "quebradas" flowing down from the range are served either by
unpaved roads or footpaths that allow hikers and climbers to get from the largest cities
to the foot of the mountains in a few hours.
Located only 50 kilometers South of the Cordillera Blanca and 200 kilometers North of Lima,
the Cordillera Huayhuash is perhaps the most spectacular in Peru. A dozen of towering peaks
concentrated in an area of 150 square kilometers make the scenery for the finest mountain
trail in Peru and one of the best in the world. The whole trail takes ten days to complete
it and crosses four passes over 4700 meters in a distance of 150 kilometers of walking.
Relatively far away from any major urban area the region remains almost wild.
The Central Andes of Peru display seven glaciated groups of mountains. Five of them (Raura, La
Viuda, Central, Pariacaca and Yauyos) on the West Andes, and the other two (Huaguruncho and
Huaytapallana) on the East Andes. Less impressive than the biggest cordilleras in the country
those groups of mountains are not considered in most tourist guides but are good for hiking
and climbing as well, the two ones on the East Andes are particularly wild and heavy
glaciated due to the humid amazon winds.
In the sixteenth century the Cordillera Vilcabamba area was the refuge of the last Incas, from
there they aimed to reconquer their lands from the Spanish Crown. Two of the most important ruins in
Peru, Machu Picchu and Choquequirao, were settled in the region. The transition between the tropical
forest and the snow mountains occurs in a few kilometers. The area is great for climbing, hiking and
visiting archaeological sites. The highest mountains are Salkantay (6271 m), Pumasillo (5991 m),
Lasunayoc (5960 m), Soray (5928 m), Padreyoc (5771 m), Panta (5605 m), Huayanay (5464 m),
Huamantay (5450 m), Palcay (5400 m), Moyoc (5209 m), Choquezafra (5152 m) and Ocobamba (5126 m).
The Southern Andes of Peru are made up of five glaciated mountain ranges. Lying in a volcanic belt along the
Pacific coast cordilleras Huanzo, Ampato, Chila, Volcánica and Barroso are located in the most arid region in the
country resulting in a higher snowline (situated at about 5400 meters). Most of the biggest volcanoes are
easy to climb and several of them have been climbed since the prehispanic times.
The following list of the highest mountains in Peru has been made according to the Carta Nacional 1:100000.
To be included in the list a summit has to be more than one hundred meters over the surrounding ground.
The location of the mountains is expressed in Geographic Coordinates and the DATUM is WGS84.