Abra del Acay – 4,966m

Provincia de Salta, Argentina

The Abra del Acay is the highest road pass in Argentina and is to be found on the country’s most famous road, the legendary, 5,000km-long Ruta 40. The signs at the top state the altitude as 4,895m, however Google Earth and GPS readings give an altitude some 70m higher.

Coming from the south it’s a long climb from Cachi and hard work as the last 15kms are at an average gradient of 7%. South of the pass, particularly the early part of the Valle Calchaquis from Cafayate to La Poma is a joy to cycle – along a charming valley with small settlements of centuries-old adobe houses.

Name of Pass Abra del Acay
Where Cafayate (266kms) to San Antonio de los Cobres (45kms)
GPS Co-ords 24.4366 S, 66.2391 W
Altitude 4,966m
Amount climbed 5,300m (5,100m on ripio) in 6 days from Cafayate

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