The unpaved road to Vetas, the highest town in Colombia

Located in Soto Norte Province, in the north-east of Santander department of 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 totally unpaved 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. 

Starting from Berlin, on the Bucaramanga-Pamplona road (66), the road to the town is 21.8 km (13.54 miles) long. The town was founded on the bleak páramo between Bucaramanga and Pamplona back in 1551. The area is often covered in a shroud of mist.