Abra del Acay, La Poma

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The Abra del Acay in La Poma Department, 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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  • The road is striking. The stunning landscapes. It is a route of average difficulty high by altitude sickness. When we got up we had to go down to a family that is you had broken the casing of the car. We did it in the truck and it is recommended.
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  • It was a ride up and down on the same side, from San Antonio de los Cobres. In little more than 40 minutes it is up leaving from the village. At the time (August) the road is perfect for any type of car. I got it with a Renault Logan (in Europe sold as Dacia) and there was no problem in all the way, on that side ice accumulates in streams to the side of the road. The only thing that was impossible to get off the car up, since the wind threw me to the ground. It is a unique experience to be able to handle up to 5,000 meters above sea level that I recommend to who can do it.
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  • It is those breathtaking places for their landscapes. Recommend going to 4 x 4 and have the least fear possible to confront those narrow mountain slopes, without any protection and in some stretches of dirt road still. If it rained, don't even think about.
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  • Amazing road.
  • Excellent route and great scenery...! Highly recommended.
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  • Excellent for an off road motorcycle.
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  • I did it in a 4 x 4, I do not recommend it for a car by the State of the Fords and streams, in addition to being a wonderful promenade, surrounded by curious llamas that are put to the vehicle when one stops to take pictures, it is worth it but if it is in 2 or more vehicles best.
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