Carretera Chivay-Arequipa

The road from Chivay to Arequipa is one of the world's top drives

Carretera Chivay-Arequipa is the name of a spectacular and curvy mountain road located in the Arequipa region of southwestern Peru.

Set high in the Colca valley, the drive is 149 km (93 miles) long, running from the traditional mountain village of Chivay to the area’s provincial capital city of Arequipa. The journey comprises the 34A and AR-109 roads. Its surface is asphalted, but watch out for sudden loose-gravel breaks, because the surface deteriorates at higher elevations. The surface is not bad, there is little traffic and the gradients are mostly gentle which means that despite its height it is a reasonably easy drive.

The road tops out at 4.879m (16,007ft) above the sea level, by Abra Patapampa. The views of fine landscapes with vicuña, llamas, alpacas and Andean duck are superb. 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.

 

 

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