Camino al Sol de la Mañana is a dirt track climbing up to Quetena chico, a small town located in Sur Lípez Province. Situated in the far southwestern region of Bolivia, Quetena chico is located at an elevation of 4.191m (13,750ft) above the sea level.
The road goes through the Eduardo Abaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve (Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Abaroa). This sandy track is pretty steep and climbs up the infamous Cerro Sanabria, at 4.844m (15,892ft) above the sea level. Do not take this drive if you have respiratory problems or any type of heart condition. Notorius lack of oxygen that tests the organisms and a high degree of steepness. Most people feel altitude sickness at around 2,500-2,800 meters. Extremely low oxygen for engine combustion. A major hazard of altitude is the sickness that can indiscriminately affect anyone regardless of age or fitness. The summit has about 40% less oxygen than at sea level, thus breathing is more difficult. Your pulse rate will increase and movement will be more laborious at the summit. The high elevation with its risk of altitude sickness, weather concerns, steep road grade, and overall inaccessibility make the pass dangerous and summit trips difficult.
The surface of the road is gravel, sand and stones, and the weather is harsh. Due its unique location and the climb in elevation over thousands of feet, and passing through remote areas, it is important when driving in these conditions to be prepared.
Pic: Mathew Tildesley