A difficult 4x4 road to Acumulación Mariela Mine

Mina Acumulación Mariela is an open-pit mine at an elevation of 5.298m (17,381ft) above the sea level, located in the Mariscal Nieto Province, in the Moquegua Region of Peru. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of the country.

Mina Acumulación Mariela

The road to the summit is a mine trail climbing up to Mina Acumulación Mariela, a gold mine. The road is totally unpaved. Located in the Andes Mountains of Peru, the climb is simply terrible, with a notorius lack of oxygen that tests the organisms and a high degree of steepness. Most people feel altitude sickness at around 2,500-2,800 meters. Near the summit, oxygen is in short supply. Expect harsh weather, extreme solar radiation and very high winds all together mixed with low temperatures. It’s one of the world’s 10 highest mines.