Talk:Andean states

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There should be some kind of statement in this entry stating the difference between the geographical and political andean states, since the region is commonly referred to only when speaking of CAN members, and does not include all the states in this entry.

For reference:

Political Andean States:

  • Bolivia
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Peru
  • Venezuela

Geographical Andean States:

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Peru
  • Venezuela

I'd do it right now but I'd like some input as to the validity of expanding the entry in this way. Hdezela 13:28, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

As far as I know Chile is considered fare more "Andean" than Venezuela. Venezuelan culture is more linked to the Caribbean than to the Andes. Dentren | Talk 12:04, 21 December 2008 (UTC)


  • Andean States are defined as the nations of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Chile. These states are defined as such not only due to the "Andes Mountains" running through them, but mainly because these areas housed early South American civilizations which had common contact with each other.
  • Western South America is the common term used to define this region. This makes it more clear that Venezuela and Argentina are not a part of this sub-region.

Regards.--MarshalN20 | Talk 22:14, 1 April 2012 (UTC)

Venezuela was at least policially an Andean Comunity member until recently. Venezuela should be included only in the Andean states most loose sence just like Paraguay and S. Brazil are sometimes considered part of the Southern Cone.
On Argentina, I would say that the Argentine Northwest is culturally part of the Andean zone (more religious, less shaped by European immigration, more mestizo heritage, Quechua language and Andean indigenous groups). To totally exclude Argetina would be a mistake.
I agree with you classic Andean states Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Chile and Colombia. Now, lets find sources. Chiton magnificus (talk) 23:40, 1 April 2012 (UTC)
I have found sources, and the WP:COMMONNAME is "Western South America" (84,500 hits) over "Andean States" (9,260). They both encompass the same regions.
Northwestern Argentina would fall upon "Andean culture". The term "Andean States" is also quite stereotypical to use, especially since this region in South America is defined by more than just the Andean cultures. Regards.--MarshalN20 | Talk 00:32, 2 April 2012 (UTC)