Laguna Huascachoca

Laguna Huascachoca

Laguna Huascachoca is a high mountain lake at an elevation of 4.485m (14,714ft) above the sea level, located in the Lima Region, in western Peru.

The gravel road to the lake is called 20A. It’s one of the scariest roads in the world. This road tests the skill, and courage, of any driver. It’s definitely not for anyone suffering from vertigo or a fear of landslides. It’s a mind numbing vertical drop of hundreds of meters so you might want to give it a miss on a windy day.  Your wheels will be astounded at the wonderful views of the mountains spread out before you! They are terrible for drivers who are prone to vertigo. In many places the road is bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails. The road links Lima and Colquijirca. With such a high summit altitude the road can be closed anytime due to snowfalls. The zone is prone to heavy mist and can be dangerous in low visibility conditions.  Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. The climb is simply terrible, with a notorius lack of oxygen that tests the organisms and a high degree of steepness. Most people feel altitude sickness at around 2,500-2,800 meters. 

 

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