The Mala River Canyon is located in the central region of Peru. The route demands 100% concentration. This road has humbled many egos.
The road through the canyon is extreme. Words can’t describe the road and pictures don’t do it justice. It’s one of the most dangerous roads in the world. It’s called 1S. Most of the road is gravel. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. The canyon is 92.5 km long. 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). The road links Huarochirí District at 2,755 m above the sea level, and Mala District, at sea level. In many places the road is bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails.