An Andean border road to Cardenal Antonio Samoré Pass

Paso Cardenal Antonio Samoré is an international mountain pass at an elevation of 1.306m (4,284ft) above the sea level, located on the border of Chile and Argentina. It is one of the main mountain passes through the southern Andes.

Paso Cardenal Antonio Samoré

Is Cardenal Antonio Samoré Pass paved?

Set high in the Andes mountain range, the road to the summit, formerly known as Paso Puyehue, is totally paved. It’s called Ruta 215 (in Chile) and Ruta Nacional 231 (in Argentina). It is open all year round from 9am to 8pm, depending on winter weather conditions.

How long is Cardenal Antonio Samoré Pass?

The pass is 102 km (63.37 miles) long running west-east from Entre Lagos (in Osorno Province of Los Lagos Region, Chile) to Villa La Angostura (a resort town on Nahuel Huapi Lake in Patagonia, Argentina). It’s one of the easiest of the Argentina-Chile passes, and one of the few with paved roads in the region. The pass is named after Cardinal Antonio Samorè, who mediated in the Beagle conflict between Chile and Argentina from 1978 to 1983.