Abra Arcata is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.101m (16,735ft) above the sea level, located in the Arequipa region, in southwestern Peru. The road to reach the summit includes crossing a section inside a mine. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Peru.
The road to reach the pass goes between Arcata (19kms) and Pichirihuay (9kms). The surface is gravel, but in good condition the whole way. After arriving to the Arcata gold and silver mine, at 4,700m above the sea level, there is a very steep kilometre, but after this it is a more gentle and very beautiful climb up to the pass. The drive is definitely worth it. Views from the top are excellent and the descent into the valley beyond the pass is fantastic 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.