El Paso de Pircas Negras (Black Pircas Pass) is a high mountain international pass at an elevation of 4.110m (13,484ft) 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).
This is a maintained road where a high clearance 2WD vehicle is able to travel safely at low speeds on long dry straight-of-ways, without losing control due to wash boarding, ruts, or dips. All primitve dirt roads may be rocky with areas or soft gravel or sand that makes travel unsafe for sedans or RVs. In case of emergency, there are several shelters on the road. Some road sections may require a high clearance 4WD vehicle, in four-wheel-drive, driven by a driver experienced in 4WD drive techniques to drive the road without getting stuck.
This road is usually open only a few months, mainly in summer, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. The pass has an extreme weather and on winters, is usual more than 2m of snow on the pass. Conditions can change quickly and be harsh.
Pic: Fotografias DelAngel