Volcan Tacora

Tacora Volcano, one of the highest roads of South America

Volcan Tacora is a stratovolcano located in the Arica y Parinacota Region of Chile near the Peruvian border. A mine road tops out at 5.590m (18,339ft) above the sea level. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Chile.

Tacora Volcano is the northernmost volcano of the country. In 2009, a bulldozer built a road to allow the ascent to a sulphur mine, topping out at 5.590m (18,339ft) above the sea level, on the way to the summit. If you're afraid of heights, it's probably best to keep your eyes forward. There are many sulfur mines in the saddle between Tacora and Chupiquiña, and hot springs are located on the eastern side of Tacora.

Nestled in the Andes mountain range, the mine road is totally unpaved. A conventional 4x4 vehicle is required. Along the way you’ll have to deal with some dangerous dropoffs. It’s one of the highest roads of South America. Be careful: this road is not for the sissies. One mistake can have consequences.
Pic: Carlos Javier Silva Currieco

 

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