Abra Huactapa – 4,181m

Departamento de Arequipa, Peru

The sting in the tail on the tough Abancay-Cotahuasi route. Coming from the north the road descends below 4,500m for the first time in more than 140kms before coming to the village of Huactapa, located in a spectacular canyon whose river feeds the Cotahuasi. From here the whole 600m climb to the pass can be seen up ahead. The gradients are gentle and the surface is fine so this is an enjoyable pass to potter up to. A while after the pass there is a magnificent switchback descent to the Rio Cotahuasi. Pure magic.

Name of Pass Abra Huactapa
Where Between Huactapa (9kms) and Maghuancca (6kms)
GPS Co-ords 15.0063 S, 72.7058 W
Altitude 4,181m
Amount climbed (on ripio) 570m (570m) from Huactapa in 1 ½ hours

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