Carretera Cocachacra-Santiago de Tuna

Carretera Cocachacra-Santiago de Tuna

Located in the province Huarochirí in Peru, the Carretera Cocachacra-Santiago de Tuna road is one of the most demanding roads of the country. Drivers must remain cautious as the road has been known to claim the lives of careless drivers. Drive with care as this is a mountain road with hairpin curves and dangerous dropoffs.

The road links the villages of Cocachacra and Santiago de Tuna. It’s gravel and impassable for 2 cars at the same time. Bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails, the route demands 100% concentration. It’s 19.9 km long. It still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. Words can’t describe the road and pictures don’t do it justice. 

Located in the Andes mountain range, the drive is certainly breathtaking and it has a fearsome reputation, with several hairpin turns (more than 20). It’s definitely not for anyone suffering from vertigo or a fear of landslides. You might want to take this into consideration if you have passengers that don't like heights. One mistake and it's a free fall to your death. The drive is pretty steep. Starting from Cocachacra (at 1.426masl), the elevation gain is 1.477 meters. The average gradient is 7.42%.

 

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