Abra Viraco is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.940m (16,207ft) above the sea level, located in the Viraco District, one of fourteen districts of the province Castilla in Peru.
The road to the pass is gravel and isn’t in very good condition. There are plenty of switchbacks. From the north the gradients on the way to this remote pass are gentle. The descent to the town of Viraco has very bad surface, very rocky and bumpy. Don’t forget water, food, extra fuel, a warm jacket, a good GPS and maps. 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. After rain, even a single rainfall, conditions of the road can be challenging. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime and can sometimes block some sections of the road, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice.