Abra del Acay, La Poma

Categories: Mountains, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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5/5 based on 10+ reviews on the web
The Abra del Acay in La Poma Departament, Salta Province, Argentina is the highest point in Argentina's National Route 40. Located at, its altitude is 4972m, even though an old sign informs visitors it stands at 4895m.The Abra del Acay is approximately 25km geodesic distance southeast from San Antonio de los Cobres, although the direct route by road is about 45km.Inaugurated on 8 July 1960 after three years of construction, this unpaved part of the National Route 40 is only suitable for all-terrain vehicles, with the exception of some months in the year when meteorological and maintenance conditions allow normal vehicles to transit. The road inclination of 4.5% and oxygen deprivation due to altitude make the crossing difficult for both vehicles and people.
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  • We did the road during the day and in car. A real show immense landscapes! Only advisable in October since the road freezes in winter and in summer you can not cross in auto River. Highly recommended, not suitable for those who suffer vertigo!
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  • Walked this stretch of Route 40 of pure adrenaline. Before leaving the Cachi to ask police if I was passable and they told us that if then undertook travel. We went by car, we have speed bumps with ice easy to cross only that in a place we find ice on the road obviously the car not progressed, we had to try to break the ice with a stick found at the side of the road and wait a little while the Sun melt it until dps of various attempts to cross. More adrenalin when the vivi being almost in the most high, one-handed runner and I found with a car from the front, the other auto sr helped me so carefully move. To return to Cachi return route 51, not encourage me to do the tour again. Although I recommend it. Place worth knowing!
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  • Coming out of Cachi, La Poma road (Route 40, route 33 bypass-> going to Salta Capital; route 40-> La Poma) there are must-see landscapes that have their point Summit at Abra the Acay (the second highest pass of the world 4995 masl) which ends in San Antonio de los Cobres. The landscapes are beautiful, everything looks like something out of a tale. The road is good, must beware the curves and go at reduced speed. We went with a car with traction simple, without chains and us found with speed bumps with much ice. We carry a shovel to be able to break them. It should be very careful with physical effort because being much height, apunarse is very easy. While we spend not much cold (we were in June/16), when we got to the top he grabbed the wind sensor and we could not lower the car. Is important to make the road of day, with good light and visibility because there are curves very pronounced, steep and many cornices dangerous. We left Cachi at 9 h 45 and arrived at Abra del Acay at 14:05 hours. From there we went to San Antonio of the receive (very recommended). Adventure and travel which is magic is worthwhile.
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