The Andes: World’s Longest Mountain Range
The Andes is the longest mountain range in the world and boasts some of the highest peaks. The range is also known for its volcanoes, ruins of long-ago civilizations. the origin of the name Andes has not been definitively determined; most agree that it comes from the Quechua word anti, which translates to “high crest.”
Located along the entire western coast of South America, the Andes mountain range is about 4,500 miles (7,242 kilometers) long. The mountain range spans seven countries — Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina . The only mountains that are taller than the Andes are the Himalaya Mountains and their adjacent ranges, including the Hindu Kush. The average elevation in the Andes is about 13,000 feet (3,962 meters). The highest elevation in the Andes is Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, which is 22,841 feet (6,962 m) above sea level.
The Incas managed to establish themselves in the Peruvian Andes in the 15th century, only to be wiped out by civil wars and disease from European invaders to which they had not developed immunities.
Due to the immense experience gained since 1988, Sierra Nevada Expeditions is offering adventure trips along the Andes in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Argentine. A big portion of our regular clients are strongly motivated and booking new adventure destinations in these mentioned countries, so we invite you to be part of this community of adventure seekers, by join us in one or several of our expeditions.
Once again, be welcomed to discover with us, the World’s Largest range of mountains, give an step ahead with the experts in the Andes.
Director & Senior Guide