Abra Oquepuño

Oquepuño Pass is said to be the second highest paved road in South America

Abra Oquepuño is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.883m (16,020ft) above the sea level, located in the province of Carabaya in the region Puno, in Peru. It’s said to be the second highest paved road in South America.

Tucked away in the southern part of the country, the road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called Ruta nacional PE-34B, also known as Carretera Interoceanica. Set high in the Andes mountain range, remember this is a mountainous area, climbing up a high mountain, with a notorius absence of oxygen. Altitude and extreme weather are always a factor. The summit hosts a small chapel, known as Santísima Cruz.

The pass is 44km (27.34 miles) long, running north-south from Macusani (capital of the province Carabaya) to Puerto Arturo. The road to the summit is very steep, hitting an 11% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps, and has 10 hairpin turns.

 

 

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