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Paso de Jama

Coordinates: 23°14′15″S 67°04′35″W / 23.23750°S 67.07639°W / -23.23750; -67.07639
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Paso de Jama
Elevation4,200 m (13,780 ft)[1]
LocationArgentinaChile border
Coordinates23°14′15″S 67°04′35″W / 23.23750°S 67.07639°W / -23.23750; -67.07639[1]
Paso de Jama is located in Argentina
Paso de Jama

The Paso de Jama is a mountain pass through the Andes between Chile and Argentina, at an elevation of 4,200 m (13,800 ft) at the border.[2][3] It is the northernmost road border crossing between the two countries. The pass is reached via Chile Route 27 and via National Route 52 (Argentina). The Chile Route 27 reaches an altitude according to OpenStreetMap of 4,831 metres (15,850 ft) at 23°04′21″S 67°30′17″W / 23.07250°S 67.50472°W / -23.07250; -67.50472 [4] in a road distance of 57.6 kilometres (35.8 mi) west of the border, making it one of the highest highways in South America.

The pass links the city of Jujuy in Argentina with San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. The road was opened on 6 December 1991, and has been paved throughout 2005. It is open throughout the year, although occasionally closed by snow. It is used by truck traffic between northern Argentina and Paraguay and the ports of northern Chile.

The Argentine border station is five kilometers east of the border in the small settlement of Jama at 4,100 metres (13,500 ft), 23°14′14″S 67°01′22″W / 23.23722°S 67.02278°W / -23.23722; -67.02278 As of at least 2016 this site offers joint entry/exit processing by Chilean and Argentine authorities for customs, immigration, and other checks.

There is an additional Chilean border station at San Pedro de Atacama, 160 km from the pass.


  1. ^ a b "Región de Antofagasta" (in Spanish). Chilean Government - Difrol. Archived from the original on 26 February 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  2. ^ Google maps, terrain mode
  3. ^ South American Handbook 2009 ISBN 978-1-906098-36-0 p. 761. A map in a paper for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory puts the elevation at 4,825 m (15,830 ft).
  4. ^ OpenStreetMap Knoten 4230998758 [1] called 2019-09-18

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