We found out about Paso Picavilque from Georges, who cycled the road in 2009 and kindly provided us with the information and pictures for this page. Please check out his blog: www.georges-bike-trips.blogspot.com.
This 5,000m pass is one of the highest in Chile and can be found near the Bolivian border, in Chile’s Region I (Tarapacá). It is on the main road (contrary to what is shown on Google Earth) between Cariquima and Lirima, and is quite new and large – enough for two trucks to pass. There is no water between the two towns, and the road is very quiet with only a few vehicles. Both towns have water and somewhere to eat, and Lirima even has internet (if the power is on).
|Name of Pass
|Between Cariquima (~43km)and Lirima (~25km)
|19.7445 S, 68.7754 W
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