Abra del Acay, La Poma

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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 crossed this pass from SALC to Cafayate and the landscape as well as the altitude is estomaquants! The temperature difference quickly makes us aware of the 4960 m we reach. This passage is part of our best Argentine memories (like almost everyone we met...)
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  • The route offers the most varied landscapes as you Ascend towards the open, does not fail to amaze every kilometre that runs. It is the second highest route in the world; it reaches approximately to them 5000 masl. Get to the open is feeling that the task is accomplished, that is managed a goal. The finger "cramping" shoot photographs. Not to be missed for lovers of crossings of medium difficulty. For vans, preferably vehicles double traction and good experience in management of high mountain. It is convenient to cross before dusk and more than required consult with San Antonio de los Cobres gendarmerie or police station in La Poma before crossing. Have in account that not there services. Have a vehicle in perfect conditions. Take the precautions for a mountaineering trip to avoid altitude sickness altitude sickness: light intakes, plenty of water, slow movements. Should be coquear or make tea from coca.
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  • A magical place and a path in good condition contrary to what I had informed (remember that I was on a motorcycle), the best thing that I could see in the path of Route 40 in North Argentino, many curves, you get to the point of maximum height (nearly 5,000 meters above sea level), a unique view and a striking beauty.
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