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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  • 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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  • I can say this marvel... we start from Cachi to San Antonio de los Cobres, RN 40, passed by the Poma, Devil's bridge and then the abra del Acay, all a wonderful route with spectacular views. In the open, there is a road sign indicating the altitude above but measurements with GPS can give higher values. In addition, there have been signs that indicate a height of 4,959 m. Google Earth gives a height of 4.952 m. It is the highest road pass around the world in a "national path" and the tallest outside of Asia. The road passage of greater height in the world is the Semo the in the center of Tibet with 5.565 m. The route is not advisable gravel for many rainy... say this from experience.
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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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