Mirador de Carhuayno

Mirador de Carhuayno

Mirador de Carhuayno is a natural viewpoint at an elevation of 3.695m (1,2122ft) above the sea level, located in the Huancaya District, in the province of Yauyos in Peru.

The road to the lookout is called Ruta 120 (Camino a Vilca). It’s mostly gravel, very narrow (impassable for 2 cars at the same time) and steep. The route demands 100% concentration. This road has humbled many egos. The drive is not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. Drivers must remain cautious as the pass has been known to claim the lives of careless drivers.The road is in dreadful condition and requires strong nerves to negotiate it. It’s extremely narrow.

It’s certainly breathtaking and it has a fearsome reputation. It still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. Drive with care as this is a mountain road with hairpin curves and dangerous dropoffs (more than 200 meters). In many places the road is bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails. 

 

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