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|
|Amount climbed||5,300m (5,100m on ripio) in 6 days from Cafayate|
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