Cordillera Occidental (Bolivia)


Nevado Sajama

The Cordillera Occidental in Bolivia is a subsection of the South American Andes mountain range and forms a natural border with Chile.

The Cordillera Occidental is characterized by volcanic activity, ranging from Jucuri in the north to Licancabur volcano in the south. The highest peak in the Cordillera is the Sajama at 6542 meters in the central section of the mountain range.

The climate of the region is a cold mountain climate and unsuitable for flora and fauna. Due to the geological history of the mountain chain of the subsoil is rich in metals like gold, silver, copper and other mineral resources.

The Cordillera Occidental is divided into three sections:

  • La Septentrional
  • La Central
  • La Meridional