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.
The most extreme section of the road is located at the end of Cañon del Pato. On this part, 21 km long, it’s a real challenging road and a true test of your vehicle and your stamina because the road abounds in twists and turns with wheels sometimes hanging above the precipice. The road is extremely narrow and there are much trucks on the way. Most of the road is at an elevation of 2.000m above the sea level. During the rainy and snowy period the road may be closed.
The typical dusty dirt road encompasses miles of stunning views through twisty hair pin corners, high elevations and steep grades. It’s really a bad dirt road, with some washboard and lots of rocks. Words can’t describe the road and pictures don’t do it justice.
The road still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. The road goes narrower every time, with a succession of turns and hairpins. These were handcut out of the mountain and some of them were very narrow, needing a steady hand on the wheel to negotiate. The road is winding, in some places only wide enough for one vehicle, and in many places bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails.