Paso Carirriñe

Carirriñe Pass: a beautiful border road in the Andes

Paso Carirriñe is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.223m (4,012ft) above the sea level located on the border between Chile and Argentina. The road is less used but it is a beautiful route.

Nestled in the Andes mountain range, it is one of the many minor passes between Chile and Argentina. The road to the summit is 133km long and links Coñaripe, a town in Valdivia Province of Los Ríos Region of Chile and San Martín de los Andes, in northwest Patagonia, Argentina. It opens for the summer on 15th November from 08:00 to 20:00 hrs. The pass may be closed most of the year due to snowfalls, minor landslides and rehabilitation.

On the Chilean side, the road to the pass is called Ruta CH-201. It’s mostly paved and very narrow. The last 15km are on gravel but there are plans to asphalt it by 2021. On the Argentinian side the road is called Ruta Provincial 62. It is a forest road, unpaved and very bumpy. On this side is extremely narrow. You usually get a few rough patches but nothing really bad. The road has not had work on it in a while and is pretty rough in places. It’s difficult to do it in an ordinary car.


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