The wild road to the summit of Abra Quenco

Abra Quenco is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.020m (16,469ft) above the sea level, located in the Cotahuasi Subbasin Landscape Reserve, in the Arequipa Region, Peru. It's one of the highest roads of Peru.

Abra Quenco

The road over the pass is gravel. There are some sandy sections and the road includes some hairpin turns, pretty dangerous. It’s pretty steep. Watch out for sudden loose-gravel breaks. After rain, even a single rainfall, conditions of the road can be challenging. The unpaved sections of the road can be impassable when wet. The climb is simply terrible, with a notorius lack of oxygen that tests the organisms and a high degree of steepness. Some meters beyond the pass (-14.790099, -72.834958), the road climbs up to 5.101m (16,735ft). The pass is unnamed. It has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards, and driving under these conditions, can be extremely challenging. A few mine vehicles use this road. The road to the summit is called Carretera C-105