Acantilados de Ocoña

Acantilados de Ocoña

Acantilados de Ocoña is a very scenic and dangerous cliff drive over the Pacific Ocean in the province of Camaná in Peru.

The road to the cliffs is called 1S (Carretera Panamericana Sur). It’s asphalted but extremely dangerous. Drivers must remain cautious as the pass has been known to claim the lives of careless drivers. This road tests the skill, and courage, of any driver. It’s definitely not for anyone suffering from vertigo or a fear of landslides. The road is carved into the hillside. It’s very steep. Stunning views of the ocean on the way down. Expect heavy traffic. It's normal for your palms to sweat looking at those photos, imagine what it must have been like before the barriers. But the tiny brick wall at the edge of the road is not going to stop your vehicle from going over. The road zigs and zags as it makes its way up and down the cliffs.It’s difficult and a nightmare in the wet or dark (or both).

Earthquakes and landslides are common on the area. It’s incredibly disorienting to look over the edge. It’s a mind numbing vertical drop of hundreds of meters so you might want to give it a miss on a windy day. In many places the road is bordered by a drop of 200 meters (656ft) unprotected by guardrails.

 

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