Abra Anticona

Abra Anticona, a hairy paved road in the Andes

Abra Anticona is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.824m (15,826ft) above the sea level, located on the border between Lima and Junin regions of Peru. The pass is said to be, incorrectly, the highest paved road in South America.

Can you drive to Abra Anticona?

Set high in the Cordillera Central of the Peruvian Andes, the road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called Carretera Central (Ruta 22). At the summit there’s a small bar and a parking lot. This hairy drive sweeps through the Andes and has prayer-inducing bends, suicidal wild lamas darting out of the scenery and mountains prone to landslides.

How long is the Abra Anticona?

The pass is 37.4 km (23 miles) long, running west-east from Casapalca to JU-102 road. The drive is steep and features countless turns. The road is absolutely rammed with trucks and coaches. It’s a deathtrap for cyclists – avoid at all costs.

How long does it take to drive over the Abra Anticona?

Plan about 1 hour to complete the drive. The summit is also known as Ticlio Pass and Nevado de Ticlio and marks the Continental Divide of South America, between the Pacific and Atlantic drainage basins.

 

 

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