The ANDES are a UNESCO world heritage site, for their Huascaran National Park (Cordillera Blanca in Peru), the Sangay National Park (Cordillera Oriental, Ecuador) and Quebrada de Humahuaca (Argentina).
The Andes are the world’s longest mountain system. They are also the highest mountains outside of Asia, the Andean plateau Altiplano being the world’s second highest, after the Tibetan plateau. The Andes are also home to the highest volcanoes in the world.
Situated on the South American continent, this mountain system is around 7,500 km long, and it stretches on the western coast of the continent, spanning seven countries: Venezuela, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile. The highest mountain is Aconcagua, 6962 m, on Argentina’s border with Chile. The peak of Mt. Chimborazo in Ecuador is the planet’s farthest point from its centre.