Chollay-Punta Colorada Road

Chollay-Punta Colorada Road

Chollay-Punta Colorada road is one of the most scenic drives in Chile. The road climbs several mountain passes through more than 30 hairpin turns.

The road is 209km long. It was asphalted in 2012, so the road surface is incredible.  It is not easy. This is is a mountainous area, climbing up a high mountain, with a notorius absence of oxygen. Altitude and extreme weather are always a factor.

Located near the Argentinian border, the road links Chollay (Atacama Region) and Punta Colorada (Coquimbo Region). The road is very steep and its highest point is at 3.573m (11,722ft) above the sea level. Most people feel altitude sickness at around 2,500-2,800 meters.

 

NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.