Portezuelo Paranal (Paso Jama) – 4,836m

Region II, Chile


From San Pedro the road climbs more than 2,000m to the turn-off to Hito Cajon (4,665m). This part is hard work and boring as the road is straight and the scenery unchanging. After the turn-off the scenery improves and the climb is easier, continuing to the Portezuelo de Suco (4,825m) before descending to a low point (4,560m) by the Salar de Pulsa. From here it is a short climb up to the Portezuelo Paranal. The best views are on the descent from the pass.

Name of Pass Portezuelo Paranal
Where Between San Pedro de Atacama (100kms) and Paso Jama/Argentina-Chile border (60kms)
GPS Co-ords 23.0725 S, 67.5047 W
Altitude 4,836m
Amount climbed 2,870m (all on tarmac) from San Pedro de Atacama in 2 days


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