Cristo Redentor de los Andes

Cristo Redentor de los Andes: a road with 65 hairpin turns

Nestled in the Andes, on the border between Argentina and Chile, Christ the Redeemer of the Andes (Cristo Redentor de los Andes) is a 4 ton statue located at an elevation of 3.832m (12,572ft) above the sea level.

Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. The road to the summit is extreme. It’s unpaved on both sides and is only accessible in the summer months, when there is no snow. Winter temperatures can reach -30°C. It’s the highest point of the old road between the Argentinian city of Mendoza and the Chilean city of Santiago. The road links the towns of Las Cuevas (in Argentina) and Parada Caracoles (in Chile). It’s called E-773 in the Chilean side and RN A006 in the Argentinian side. The road is now principally used as a tourist route to visit the statue. It’s 17,1km long, but expect more than 50 minutes driving, due its 65 hairpin turns. The road is really steep, with gradients over the 15%. 

This track can get very muddy and slippery after rain making it challenging to get through. During and after a storm the road may be impassable, even with a four-wheel-drive vehicle. The road was bypassed by an asphalted tunnel in 1980. It’s located near the scenic Paso Internacional de los Libertadores. The path can be closed anytime because of heavy snows blocking both ends and the threat of rockfall. Your wheels will be astounded at the wonderful views of the mountains spread out before you! They are terrible for drivers who are prone to vertigo. In many places the road is bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails. The statue was placed in 1904, erected to celebrate the peaceful resolution of a border dispute between Argentina and Chile. It’s one of the highest located large monuments in the world. 


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