Road trip guide: Conquering Mina Centinela

Mina Centinela is a high mountain copper mine located in the Atacama Region of Chile. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.

Mina Centinela

Located to the south of Copiapó volcano, also known as Cerro Azufre, a mining road tops out at 5.430m (17,814ft) above the sea level. The road starts at C-347 road.

Set high in Nevado Tres Cruces National Park, the road is totally unpaved and provides sweeping views of Laguna del Negro Francisco. The mine produces copper concentrate (containing gold and silver).
Pic: Jorge Vallade