A remote 4*4 pass in north-west Argentina

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Why we enjoyed this experience:

  • Driving about 50km up a very remote and beautiful canyon on a 4*4 track while crossing the same river about 40 times.
  • Beautiful untouched landscapes and very high mountains.
  • Enjoying the experience of being in a remote area in a foreign country without knowing what lies around the next bend.
  • Wild camping in the canyon all by ourselves.
  • Reaching Las Papas, a small village in the mountains absolutely in the middle of nowhere.
  • Driving up a steep mountain pass in low range up to 4200m above sea level.
  • Experiencing the most beautiful and amazing desert landscapes when we reached the plateau at the top of the pass at 4200m.

Each and every town In Argentina has a square or plaza as it is called here, this forms the nucleus of the town. Here the locals get together for socializing, gossiping and to exchange information. You can almost always get free but slow wifi here. While parked next to the square in Fiambala, a small town in north western Argentina, locals were astounded at our expedition ready vehicles. They then advised us to take a remote route into the mountains north west of town.

On the way to the top of the pass

Therefore, on Sunday 28 May 2017 we headed north on a route that does not appear on the map, not realizing what an incredible trip awaited us over the next 2 days. We have in the past traveled to many remote destinations in Southern Africa, including the Kaokoveld in Namibia, but this was the remotest of all destinations that we have ever visited. We started in Fiambala at 1750m above sea level and ended at the dizzy height of 4200m in a spectacular moon-like landscape “so desolate you can almost hear the rocks whisper” (quote by JP Warrens).  Over 2 days we traveled 300km between 2 towns while ascending and again descending a total of 4875 meters.

Below are photos from this memorable and incredible trip – the most remote route that we have ever traveled, and an experience that will remain with us for a long time.

Wild camping in a beautiful location the night before heading into the unknown
Crossing the river in the canyon for the first time, not knowing that 40 more such crossings awaited us

               

 

 

All by ourselves – wild camping in the river bed
The small village of Las Papas in the middle of nowhere

  

The top of the pass – unreal landscapes

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Amazing views at 3200m
And more amazing landscapes

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