Cerro Las Campanas is a high mountain peka at an elevation of 2.380m (7,810ft) above the sea level, located in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, the driest and remotest desert on Earth.
The road to the summit is mostly asphalted. At the summit there are several observatories. There are 5 optical telescopes, 1 solar telescope, telephones, radio, Internet, running water, bathrooms and first aid. If there is snow on the ground or there is risk of a storm, be extra careful and avoid driving as much as possible. The climb is pretty steep. The wind is usually quite strong at mountain areas. High winds blow here all year long. Even in summer you can confront with snowy days. Temperatures here in the winter are brutally cold. With such a high summit altitude the road can be closed anytime due to snowfalls. The zone is prone to heavy mist and can be dangerous in low visibility conditions.
Pic: Ida Leter