Hwy 27 - Atacama  Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling






Hwy 27 - Atacama

Chile

Highest paved pass road in the Americas

Explore this Climb

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LOCAL WEATHER

Start
Finish

Currently

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65
°F
°C

Clear


wind:
3.6 mph SSW with gusts up to 6.9 mph

rain:
0% chance of light rainfall

3:22 PM (local)
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Temperature
Precipitation
Wind Speed

Fri

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65° 40°

Sat

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67° 41°

Sun

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67° 40°

Mon

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62° 37°

Tue

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64° 36°

Wed

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64° 38°

Thu

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65° 36°

Climb Summary


San Pedro de Atacama

Climbed by PJAMM 9-21-17

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 and climb.

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                    Start the climb at 8,300’                                                    Finish 21 miles / 34 km

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

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

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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.