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Unmissable places on Route 40: Abra del Acay.


  • Those who are following my stories of Route 40 that I traveled by motorcycle in 2015 can access each of the stages through the references with links and images that they find at the end of this post.
  • But starting today, when we are averaging the middle of the journey, I have decided to intersperse between each stage some stories and impressions of sites and places that I have taken the opportunity to visit.
  • I have seen them as I pass by, I have crossed the signs indicating their location and, sometimes, I have had the time at my disposal to take a brief tour and learn a little more about them.
  • Today I am going to talk to you about the highest road pass in the world outside Asia, the Abra del Acay, located in the jurisdiction of the province of Santa (Argentina).
  • Route 40, also called Libertador General San Martín, is a legendary place to travel by car, motorcycle or hitchhiking.
  • It occupies a privileged place among the most famous roads in the world, due to its length (it has more than 5,000 km), its landscapes and the regions it crosses.
  • As a reference for those who lenn, I found this highway pass, in the second stage of my journey titled [The great journey of Route 40 in Argentina from north to south: the second stage, reaching Abra del Acay.] (Https: // hive. blog / ocd / @ patagonian-nomad / the-great-journey-of-route-40-in-argentina-from-north-to-south-the-second-stage-reaching-abra-del-acay).
  • And today I show you some photos that for reasons of time and space I did not show you at that time.

Abra del Acay.


The Abra del Acay mountain pass remains closed for most of the year due to weather conditions.

Beautiful sunny day without clouds.

Andean guanaco typical of the region.

 Closely guarded by his female harem.

The more hidden behind some bushes a llama observes them.

Panoramic view of the Abra del Acay pass.

Gravel, hollows and inaccessible roads for most of the year.

 At 4,800 meters of altitude, the first patches of snow begin to be seen.

The Andean fox discovered by Darwin and named after him.

The junction with the route that takes us to San Antonio de los Cobres.

The summit in the Abra del Acay at 4,968 meters above sea level.
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