Abra la Raya

A sensational road to La Raya Pass in the Andes

Abra la Raya is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.352m (14,278ft) above the sea level located on the boundary of Puno and Cusco regions in Peru.

Set high in the Andes mountain range, the road to the summit, also known as Apu Chimboya, is totally paved. It’s called Carretera 3S. Nicknamed as "Ruta del Sol" (Route of the Sun), the pass is 107km (66 miles) long running from Sicuani, the capital of Canchis Province in Cusco Region to Ayaviri or Ayawiri, the capital of the province Melgar in the region Puno.

Tucked away in the southern part of the country, the pass is typically open all year round, but winter weather may cause restrictions and closures due to dangerous weather conditions. The summit offers sweeping views and photo ops and hosts a mini bazar with Andean vendors selling local handicrafts and souvenirs.

 

 

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