Huayunca is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.115m (16,781ft) above the sea level, located in the Apurímac Region, Antabamba Province, Oropesa District, in Peru. Altitude and extreme weather are always a factor at any time of year. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.
Located in the Wansu mountain range in the Andes, the road to the summit, also known as Wayunka, is gravel and rocky. Do not take this drive if you have respiratory problems or any type of heart condition. Babies under 4 months of age should not make the ascent, either. 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. Extremely low oxygen for engine combustion. The high elevation with its risk of altitude sickness, weather concerns, steep road grade and overall inaccessibility make the travel dangerous and difficult. 4x4 vehicle recommended. It’s usually impassable in winters.
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