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Punta Olimpica is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.890m above the sea level, located in the Cordillera Blanca in Peru. It's one of the highest mountain passes in Peru driveable by car.

The road over the pass is asphalted. It's called Ruta departamental AN-107. The construction of the road started in 1910, finished in 1984 and in 2013 the road was asphalted. This road is one of the most spectacular in Peru taking you up to well above the snow border. During the rainy and snowy period the road may be closed.

With such a high summit altitude the road can be closed anytime due to snowfalls. The zone is prone to heavy mist and can be dangerous in low visibility conditions. Starting in Chacas (at 4.067m above sea level) you will pass the south face of Peru's highest mountain, the Huascaran (6,768 meters). The road curves endlessly down into a quiet valley and continues to Carhuaz, close to Huaraz in the Callejon de Huaylas. 

 

The construction of the Ruta departamental AN-107 started in 1910 and finished in 1984. 27 years later started the asphalt works and the new road was inaugurated in August’2013. Nowadays the whole road is asphalted, but at km. 10, there’s a short section of 2km, at an elevation of 3030m above the sea level, that remains unpaved. The road includes a section called "sector de las mil curvas" (1000 turns section) with a length of 26km and 46 hairpin turns. The pass is bypassed by a tunnel nowadays. Anyways, the old road to the pass is still drivable by 4x4.

 

 

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