Chinchilla rats are distributed throughout the Andes from southern Peru to west central Argentina, northern Chile, and into Bolivia. Depending on the species, they range from the foothills of the west coast of Peru and Chile, to the 12,000-15,000 ft (3,660-4,570 m) elevations of the Altiplano of western Bolivia and southeastern Peru.

Abrocoma cinerea dwells exclusively in the Altiplano, and is found from southeastern Peru to the north of Chile and Argentina. In contrast, A. bennettii prefers the coastal foothills of Chile. As implied by its name, A. boliviensis is found in Bolivia, specifically at higher elevations, up to 10,000 ft (3,050 m) in the country's central region.

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