Where Are the Highest and Lowest Points In South America and How Tall Is Mount Aconcagua In the Andes?

Both extremes, the highest and lowest points in South America, are in Argentina.

Mount Aconcagua in the Andes, the highest point in South America, is 22,834 feet (6,960 m) high.

Located in in the Argentine province of Mendoza, Mount Aconcagua is also the highest mountain outside Asia.

Many people believe that the name Aconcagua comes from the Arauca word “Aconca-Hue”, which refers to the Aconcagua River and means “comes from the other side”.

Salinas Chicas on the Valdes Peninsula in eastern Argentina is 131 feet (40 m) below sea level, and is the lowest point in South America.

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