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Paso de los Caracoles

Chile and Argentina share more than 5,000 miles of border, most of them drawn on the imposing peaks of the Andes. With over 40 border crossings between the two countries spread over the mountains, the most spectacular and important is Paso de los Libertadores, also known as the Paso del Cristo Redentor. It's one of the most scenic drives in the world.

Carretera Austral (Ruta CH-7)

Carretera Austral (also known as Ruta CH-7) is one of the most spectacular and challenging drives in the world. The road, which is unpaved for over 70% of its length, runs through northwest Chilean Patagonia. 

 

El Paso de Agua Negra (Black Water Pass) is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.780m (15,682ft) above the sea level, located in the border between Argentina and Chile, linking the IV Region of Coquimbo (Chile) with the Province of San Juan (Argentina). It's one of the highest mountain roads of Chile.

 

Paso Futaleufú is an international mountain pass at an elevation of 335m (1,099 ft) above the sea level, located in the Andes, on the border between Chile and Argentina. It’s one of the lowest passes of the southern Andes.

Ruta 5 in Chile runs from the Peruvian border, connecting with Ruta 1 19km north of Arica, down to Puerto Montt where it connects via ferry to Chiloé island. This major road is a bypass of the country’s capital, Santiago. This road is Chile's longest route, 3,364 kilometres (2,090 mi) and is part of the Panamerican Highway. A notoriously dangerous drive, it's filled with deep valleys, steep drops, and desert.

Volcan Aucanquilcha

Aucanquilcha is a massive stratovolcano at an elevation of 6,176 m (20,262 ft) above the sea level, located in Antofagasta Region of northern Chile. An old mine road used to run to the top, but now much of it above 5,500m has been wiped out by landslides. During several years, it was the highest driveable road in the world.

Ojos del Salado

Ojos del Salado is a massive stratovolcano in the Andes on the Argentina-Chile border and the highest volcano in the world at 6,891 metres (22,608 ft). This mountain has been the scenario of several records for attaining the highest altitude aboard a land vehicle. It’s probably the highest accessible point by car in the Earth.

 

Paso Cardenal Antonio Samoré  is an international mountain pass at an elevation of 1,314 m (4,311 ft) above the sea level, located in the Andes, on the border between Chile and Argentina. It is one of the main mountain passes through the southern Andes.

Pehuenche Pass is an international high mountain pass through the Andes, joining Chile and Argentina, at an elevation of 2,553m above the sea level. The pass conects San Clemente and Bardas Blancas. The road to the pass, in the Chilean side, called Ruta Internacional CH115 is paved, and starts in the city of Talca.

Embalse El Yeso

Located in the foothills of the Andes Mountain Range, in Chile, at an elevation of 9,843 feet (3,000 meters) above the sea level, Embalse El Yeso is a reservoir in the Santiago Metropolitan Region. It’s one of the scariest roads in the world. Your wheels will be astounded at the wonderful views of the lake spread out before you! The road is bordered by a drop of several meters, unprotected by guardrails, directly to the water.

Portezuelo del Cajón is an international high mountain pass on the border between Chile and Bolivia, at an elevation of 4,480 m (14,698 ft) above the sea level, located on the lower southeast flank of Juriques volcano, in the Andes.

Roballos Pass is an international mountain pass through the Andes, joining Chile and Argentina, at an elevation of 715m above the sea level. The pass links Cochrane and Bajo Caracoles.

 

The Sairécabur Receiver Lab Telescope lies at an elevation of 5,525 m (18,127 ft) above the sea level and is located approximately 38 km (24 mi) northeast of San Pedro de Atacama, and directly south of the Putana Volcano, on the border between Bolivia and Chile, on the Cerro Sairécabur. The surface of the road is gravel and sand and you can get there by 4x4. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Chile.

 

El Paso de Pircas Negras (Black Pircas Pass) is a high mountain international pass at an elevation of 4.110m above the sea level, located in the border between Argentina and Chile, linking the III Región de Atacama, (Chile) with the northwestern Province of La Rioja (Argentina).

 
The Paso de Jama is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 4,320m (about 14,120ft) above the sea level, located in the Andes between Chile and Argentina. It is the northernmost road border crossing between the two countries.

Ruta CH-265

Located in the Aysén Region of the Chilean Patagonia, the gravel road Ruta CH-265 is one of the world's most scenic drives. The road follows the shores of the General Carrera Lake. Unpredictable, grueling, unsafe and tough, but yet captivating, charming and strikingly beautiful!

 

Paso Carirriñe is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 1,223 m (4,012 ft) above the sea level, located in the Andes, on the border between Chile and Argentina.

High mountain sand and gravel road located in Chilean Patagonia with a total length of 67 km, going through the Torres del Paine National Park. The road starts in the junction of the Chilean Highway 9 and it has a dead end.

 

Paso internacional Pichachén is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.123m (6,965 ft) above the sea level, located on the border of Argentina and Chile.



The Paso de Sico is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4,092 m (13,425 ft) above the sea level, located in the Andes between Chile (II Región de Antofagasta) and Argentina (Provincia de Salta). The nearest towns to the pass are San Antonio de los Cobres in Argentina and San Pedro de Atacama, in Chile.

Y-620  (also called Camino a Reserva Laguna Parrillar) is a short mountain tarred road, with a length of 21,7km, located southern Chile's Magallanes and Antártica Chilena Region. The road starts in the junction with N-9, and finishes in the Laguna Parrillar National Reserve.

 

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