Abra la Raya

La Raya Pass, a sensational road in the Andes

Abra la Raya is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.350m (14,271ft) above the sea level located in southern Peru. The pass marks the divide between the Puno and Cusco regions.

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

Open to traffic throughout the year, may be closed for short periods in winter when the weather is bad. The summit offers sweeping views and photo ops. 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. At the summit is a mini bazar with Andean vendors selling local handicrafts and souvenirs.

 

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