Located in the Santander Department in northeastern Colombia, Vetas is said to be the highest town in the country, at an elevation of 3.350m (10,990ft) above the sea level. It’s one of the highest towns accessible by car on Earth.
The road to the town is gravel. The climb is simply terrible, with a notorius lack of oxygen that tests the organisms and a high degree of steepness. The surface on this gravel road is often loose, especially along the sides of the road. Due its unique location and the climb in elevation over thousands of feet, and passing through remote areas, it is important when driving in these conditions to be prepared. The town lies in one of the most important mining areas.