JU105-Gruta Huagapo

JU105-Gruta Huagapo

JU105 is a high mountain road located on the eastern slopes of the Andes, in the middle Tarma Province in Peru.

Located amongst the walls of the Andes, the road is 41.5 km long. It’s gravel and can get very muddy and slippery after rain, making it challenging to get through. During and after a storm the road may be impassable, even with a four-wheel-drive vehicle. The road is very steep. It starts in Acobamba (or Aqupampa) a small town on the 22B road, at an elevation of 2.958m above the sea level, and ends in San Pedro de Cajas, on the Ruta 3N, at 4.213m above the sea level. The drive is definitely worth it. A drive not to be missed! There are many excellent photo opportunities. Don't forget your camera with lots of film/memory, fully charged batteries and an empty memory card! The road climbs up to Gruta Huagapo, at 3.553m above the sea level. It is considered the deepest cave of South America for it is 2.000 meters depth, approximately. Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. The surface on this gravel road is often loose, especially along the sides of the road. Due its unique location and the climb in elevation over thousands of feet, and passing through remote areas, it is important when driving in these conditions to be prepared. 

 

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