Driving high over Andes (pano #9)

Do you like high altitudes? Then take the route from Mendoza, Argentina to Santiago de Chile via Uspallata (also called Bermejo or La Cumbre) Pass. The road climbs up to 3,800 m (12,500 ft).

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Uspallata Pass, on the border of Argentina and Chile, 15 January 2007
(9 images, Canon 20D & Sigma 17-70@17mm)

The monument of Christ the Redeemer of the Andes.

The picture above has been taken close the monument of Christ the Redeemer of the Andes, or Cristo Redentor de los Andes (left). If you go there, remember that the monument is accessible only during (southern hemisphere) summer months. (To get to the monument is already quite a thrill.) Also the main road in the pass can be closed during the winter because of snow.


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6 Responses to Driving high over Andes (pano #9)

  1. rigbyte says:

    Not only difficult to breathe up there, I imagine, but difficult to comprehend the magnitude of the forces that thrust such vast chunks of rock so high. Impressive shot.Bet the UV is high, do you have to use filters? Were you driving or in a bus? I’d never trust a bus driver on dangerous routes. Amazing shot. I’ve saved it.

    • True Rigby, you got winded there very easily. The picture can not convey the amazing clarity and rough beauty of the mountains. – I guess I used UV filter during that trip, but can’t remember for sure anymore.

      We were just a few of us traveling with one small car, so we were not tied to any predefined routes or stops. I like that type of traveling.

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  3. cindy knoke says:

    We will be there in January! Great photos & Story!

    • Thanks Cindy. That is exactly the same month, only six year later, we were there. I wonder if the snow pack almost hanging the road (on the left side of the picture) is there every winter, or has the global warming done something to that already … But please do not do this http://bit.ly/RcBrZN.

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