• Dangerous Roads - Uspallata Pass - Paso de la Cumbre - Chile/Argentina

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    This extremely dangerous road is an old border crossing in the Andes, between Chile and Argentina at an altitude of up to 3800 meters above sea level, surrounded by mountains over 5,000 meters and close to Mount Aconcagua, with 6,962 meters. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. The road to the summit is extreme. It’s gravel on both sides and is only accessible in summer months, when there is no snow. Winter temperatures can reach -30°C. It’s the highest point of the old road between the Argentinian city of Mendoza and the Chilean city of Santiago. The road links the towns of Las Cuevas (in Argentina) and Parada Caracoles (in Chile). It’s called E-773 in the Chilean side and RN A006 in the Argentinian side. The road is now principally used as a tourist route to visit the statue "Cristo Redentor de los Andes". It’s 17,1km long, but expect more than 50 minutes driving, due its 65 hairpin turns. The road is really steep, with gradients over the 15%.

    This track can get very muddy and slippery after rain making it challenging to get through. During and after a storm the road may be impassable, even with a four-wheel-drive vehicle. The road was bypassed by an asphalted tunnel in 1980. It’s located near the scenic Paso Internacional de los Libertadores. The path can be closed anytime because of heavy snows blocking both ends and the threat of rockfall. Your wheels will be astounded at the wonderful views of the mountains spread out before you! They are terrible for drivers who are prone to vertigo. In many places the road is bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails.

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