Punta Olimpica is the highest tunnel in the Americas

Located in the region of Ancash of Peru, Punta Olimpica Tunnel is one of the highest vehicular tunnels in the world, at an elevation of 4.735m (15,535ft) above the sea level.

Tunel Punta Olimpica

Where is Punta Olimpica Tunnel?

Set high in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range of the Andes, this tunnel is located on the road from Acochaca to Carhuaz in the east-central territory of the country. It links the Callejón de Huaylas and Conchucos valleys.

How long is Punta Olimpica Tunnel?

Fully paved and part of the Ruta departamental AN-107, the tunnel spans 1,384 meters (0.860 miles) in length, 7.20 meters in width, and stands 6.5 meters tall. While it remains accessible throughout the year, occasional snow closures can occur. Its name pays homage to the remarkable victory of the Peruvian Football Team over Austria at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, where they won 4–2.

When was Punta Olimpica Tunnel built?

The tunnel's construction, executed under challenging conditions, commenced on May 15, 2012, and concluded on February 24, 2013. Officially opened in August 2013, together with Route AN-107, this tunnel bypassed the infamous and dangerous Punta Olimpica Old Road. Since the inception of the tunnel, maintenance on the old route has diminished, leading to boulder obstructions and subsidence at certain stretches. The strategic placement of the tunnel has effectively reduced the travel time for the 80 km distance from a staggering 9 hours to approximately 2.5 hours.

Is Punta Olimpica Tunnel the highest tunnel in America?

At this elevation it is the highest tunnel in South America and in all America. Between 2013 and 2019, it held the record as the highest tunnel in the world.
Pic: Henry Wiley Luna Castillo