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Hwy 27 - Atacama

Chile

Highest paved pass in the Americas

Page Contributor(s): Ard Oostra, Switzerland.

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Climb Summary


Cycling Hwy 27, Atacama, Chile - cyclist riding on road

San Pedro de Atacama

Climbed by PJAMM September 21, 2017

 World Top 10 Epic Bike Climb

This is the highest paved pass in the Americas at 15,578’.  In contrast to Central and Northern South America (e.g. Colombia), this is a stark climb in the high Andes desert with minimal to no vegetation to be seen. Yet, this is a dramatically stark and beautiful climb which we are very glad we spent the time to get to.

 

    Start the climb at 8,300’.

  bike climb Hwy 27, Atacama, Chile - garmin showing elevation at top

         Finish 21 miles / 34 km.

Cycling Hwy 27, Atacama, Chile - Riding past Volcano Licancabur

We are in site of Volcan Licancabur most of the climb.

Stratovolcano on the border between Chile and Bolivia.

Hwy 27, Atacama, Chile Cyclist on road - volcano Licancabur in background

We are in site of Volcan Licancubur (on the Chile/Bolivia border) nearly the entire climb.

Bicycling climb Hwy 27, Atacama, Chile - steep grade sign, volcano, roadway

Hwy 27, Atacama, Chile

Miles 10-18 (km 6 to 29) are steep and can be quite cold.

Yep  snow!

Hwy 27, Atacama, Chile

Just about to the top.

Cycling Hwy 27, Atacama, Chile - PJAMM cycling Brad Butterfield at finish with bike

The finish.

This climb appears to have been “discovered” by cyclists in 2014 when the “Atacama Challenger” first shows up on Strava May 2, 2015, and then annually thereafter on May 1, 2015, April 29, 2016 and May 1, 2017.  

Cycling Hwy 27, Atacama, Chile - PJAMM cycling Brad Butterfield at finish with bike

Beware of weather - it can sweep in instantly!

Photo:  PJAMM friend and contributor Ard Oostra, Switzerland.