TiclioPass (also called Abra Anticona) is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 15,807 ft (4,818 m) above the sea level, located in the Cordillera Central of the Peruvian Andes. The pass is said to be, incorrectly, the highest paved road in South America and it's traversed by paved Carretera Central Ruta 22, between Lima and La Oroya
The road still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. A quick glance at the map, at its sheer drops and serpentine twists and turns, confirms that this is no hype. The drive is definitely worth it. Potentially you’ll be dodging giant boulders falling from above, but the view at the end of the paved road is worth nearly dying for. Don’t forget your camera!
The road includes some steep sections, without market central lines, is very narrow, scarcely wide enough for two cars to pass at the same time and there are no protections or guard rails along some parts of the route. The pass lies at km 171 just on the Pacific side of the Andes watershed, in the Morococha District in the Yauli Province of Peru. The surface of the road is paved, and chains or snow tyres can be required throughout the year. This stretch of road should not be attempted by novice drivers.
This road is very exciting and sometimes very exposed and unsecured driveway in innumerable twists and turns. This infamous road is tightly hairpinned and bumped, an exquisite winding mountain drive with sharp and blind curves and hairpin switchbacks leading the traveler over the mountains. The road is difficult and it’s a nightmare in the wet or dark (or both).
This road is usually open all year, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. Avalanches and heavy snowfalls can sometimes block some sections of the road and can be extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. This hairy drive sweeps through the Andes and has prayer-inducing bends, suicidal wild lamas darting out of the scenery and mountains prone to landslides. Conditions can change quickly and be harsh. Road closures can be frequent, so check conditions before traveling to this area.
The weather on this zone is harsh and highly unpredictable and it does not take much time for the bright sun shine to change over to moderate to heavy snow fall. A sudden drop in the temperature, even in summer, can trigger winter-like conditions. It has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards, and driving under these conditions, can be extremely challenging.