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Precodilleran mountains near Panguipulli, Chile

Precordillera is a Spanish geographical term for hills and mountains lying before a greater range. The term is derived from cordillera meaning mountain range and applied usually to the Andes.

Some places usually called Precordillera are:

  • Mountains between Sierras de Córdoba and the main chain of the Andes in Argentina.
  • Used all over Chile from north to south as a morphological unit lying just between the Andes and the Intermediate Depression.