Carretera Santa María-Santa Teresa

Driving the hairy road from Santa María to Santa Teresa in Peru

Carretera Santa María-Santa Teresa is a very scary drive located in the Cusco Region of Peru.

The road is totally unpaved. It’s 22.6km (14.04 miles) long running north-south from Santa Maria to Santa Teresa, in the La Convención Province. It’s definitely not for anyone suffering from vertigo or a fear of landslides. In many places the road is bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails over the Urubamba River.

The road tops out at 1.748m (5,734ft) above the sea level. To drive the road without stopping will take most people between 60 and 75 minutes. There is little room for error on this road. It’s terrible for drivers who are prone to vertigo.
Pic&Video: Daniel Ruben Pratto
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson