Curvas de Huanchaca

Curvas de Huanchaca: 24 hairpin turns in a row

Curvas de Huanchaca is a collection of 24 hairpin turns in the graveled Route 3SF, in southeastern Peru, near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range. This stretch of road, with a length of 9.8km, starts at 2.261m (7,417ft) above the sea level, and climbs up to 2.900m (9,514ft). It’s one of the most hairpinned roads in the world.

Road to the Paramount logo

The road to the Paramount logo

The road to lake Paron is located in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range, a part of the Peruvian Andes. The drive offers dramatic mountain views of the Chacraraju, Pisco, Huandoy mountains and the iconic Artesonraju. It has been suggested that Artesonraju is the mountain depicted in the live-action Paramount Pictures logo.

Carretera Santa María-Santa Teresa

Santa María-Santa Teresa, a hairy road in Peru

Located in the Cusco Region of Peru, the road from Santa María towards Santa Teresa is one of the most dangerous drives in the country.

Ticlio Pass (Abra Anticona)

Ticlio Pass (Abra Anticona), a hairy drive through the Andes

Ticlio Pass (also called Abra Anticona) is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.818m (15,807ft) above the sea level, located in the Cordillera Central of the Peruvian Andes. The pass is said to be, incorrectly, the highest paved road in South America and it's traversed by paved Carretera Central Ruta 22, between Lima and La Oroya. 

Highest roads of Peru

Highest roads of Peru

Located in western South America, Peru extends for nearly 1,500 mi (2,414 km) along the Pacific Ocean. Ice-capped and imposing, the highest mountains in the country rise up from the Andes, reaching heights above 20,000 feet.

Abra Azuca

Abra Azuca, the road doesn’t drop below 4.900m for 25km

Abra Azuca is a high mountain pass located in Peru in Departamento de Apurimac, on the border of Cusco and Apurimac regions, at an elevation of 5.190m (17,027ft) above the sea level. The pass is located between Huacullo (31kms) and Abra Anabi (39kms). It's one of the highest mountain roads of Peru. 

Carretera al Machu Picchu

The road to Machu Picchu, pure adventure

Short mountain road between Aguas Calientes (Spanish for "hot water" or "hot springs"), sometimes referred to as Machupicchu Town, located in Peru on the Urubamba (Vilcanota) River and Machu Picchu, a 15th-century Incasite located at an elevation of 2.430m (7,970ft) above the sea level.

Abra Huayraccasa

The Wild Road to Abra Huayraccasa

Abra Huayraccasa is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.059m (16.597ft) above the sea level, located in Peru. It's one of the highest mountain roads of the country. The road over the pass is asphalted, pretty narrow and steep. It can be extremely dangerous after rains or snowfalls.

La Rinconada

The road to La Rinconada, one of the highest elevation human habitation

La Rinconada is a high mountain town at an elevation of 5.130m (16,830ft) above the sea level, located at the foot of a rapidly retreating glacier in the Peruvian Andes barely 20 km (13 mi) west of the Bolivian border. It’s one of the highest elevation human habitation in the world.

Carretera Chivay-Arequipa

Chivay to Arequipa, one of the world's top roads

Spectacular paved high mountain road, running from Chivay towards Arequipa, located in Caylloma province in the Arequipa region, Peru. The road climbs Abra Patapampa, a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.910m (16,110ft) above the sea level.

Mirador Cruz del Cóndor

A drive to the top of Cruz del Cóndor Lookout

Mirador Cruz del Cóndor is a stunning lookout at an elevation of 3.287m (10,784ft) located in the the Department of Arequipa, Caylloma province, in Peru.

Subida a Cajatambo (Carretera 106)

Subida a Cajatambo, a scary road in Peru

Scary high mountain unpaved road, surfing among precipices, blind curves, and dangerous hairpins, with a total length of 115km. Carretera 106 (the official name of this dirt track) starts from the city of Paramonga running towards the municipality of Cajatambo, Peru.

Serpentín Pasamayo

Serpentín Pasamayo, a dangerous coastal road in Peru

Serpentín Pasamayo is a very dangerous coastal road located in the Lima Province of Peru. The road has no safety fences. One mishap and you plunge off the cliff and into the sea.

Abra Malaga

Drive to the top of Malaga Pass

Abra Malaga is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.256m (10,682ft) above the sea level, located in southern Peru on the Continental Divide of South America.

Camino a Salinas

The road to Salinas is one of the toughest tracks in the world

Camino a Salinas is a scary high mountain road between Arequipa and Lake Salinas, a salt lake in Peru. The road, officially called Ruta 34C, has a length of 61km. Arequipa is the capital and largest city of the province of Arequipa and the second most populous city in Peru.

Cañon del Pato

Cañon del Pato Road is a path hewn out of sheer rock in Peru

Narrow high mountain dirt road with a total length of 45km, between the village of Yuracmarca and the Calipuy National Reservation, in Peru, going along a path hewn out of sheer rock, over a precipitous gorge and passes through 50 unlit tunnels, hand-cut through solid stone.

Abra Oquepuño

Oquepuño Pass, the second highest asphalted road in South America

Abra Oquepuño is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.873m (15,977ft) above the sea level, located in the province Carabaya in the region Puno, in southern Peru. It’s said to be the second highest asphalted road in South America.

Tunel de Kahuish

Kahuish Tunnel, one of the world's highest tunnels

Tunel de Kahuish is a high mountain tunnel at an elevation of 4.516m (14,816ft) above the sea level, located in Ancash, a region of northern Peru. It’s one of the world's highest tunnels.

Paso Portachuelo Llanganuco

Drive the hairy Paso Portachuelo Llanganuco

The Portachuelo Llanganuco Pass, at an elevation of 4.767m (15.639ft) above the sea level, is perhaps the most significant gateway of the Huascaran National Park, in Peru. It’s one of the famous hairpinned roads in the world.

Abra Patapampa

Patapampa Pass, said to be the highest paved pass in the Americas

Abra Patapampa (also known as Abra Pata Pampa) is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.910m (16,109ft) above the sea level, located in the Caylloma province in the Arequipa region, in southwestern Peru. It’s said to be the highest paved pass in the Americas.

Punta Callán

Punta Callán: one of the windiest roads ever made

Punta Callán is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.228m (13,871ft) above the sea level, located in the Cordillera Negra mountain range, in departamento de Ancash, Peru.

Punta Olimpica

Travel Guide to the Punta Olimpica Pass

Punta Olimpica is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.732m (15,525ft) above the sea level, located in the Cordillera Blanca in Peru. It's one of the highest mountain passes in Peru drivable by car.

Ruta 3NA

Ruta 3NA, a road with vertigo-inducing depths of up to 1.000m

Carretera 3-NA in Peru is one of the most dangerous roads in the world. There are vertigo-inducing depths of up to 1.000m. It’s located in Ancash, a region of northern Peru.

Abra Culipampa

The Wild Road to Abra Culipampa

Abra Culipampa is a high mountain pass located in Peru in Departamento de Arequipa, at an elevation of 4.834m (15,859ft) above the sea level. 

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.