road sign - abra el acay - acay pass (argentina)

Abra El Acay - Acay Pass (Argentina)

The sign indicates an elevation of 4,895 meters - 16,059 feet (but according to Wikipedia, its altitude measured by GPS is 5,061 m).­ Located on Route 40, this is one of the highest motorable pass in South America (Peru might have some higher passes).­

Despite all the signs and local people telling me that it was a very difficult road, I had no problem at all with my rented Volkswagen Gol, but the season was exceptionally dry this year and the river level was lower than usual.­

You can attempt to cross this pass with a pasenger car only if the weather is very dry (no rain in the past several days) and if there is no chance of storm.­ If you get stuck or break down, it might take days to get you (and the car) back to civilization! So be prepared for the worst case.­

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Ruta Nacional 40, Salta, Argentina

Photos taken in Argentina in Februaty and March 2010.­

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