Photographer's Note

Returning in car from Santiago (Chile) to Buenos Aires (Argentina) by the Paso Internacional Cristo Redentor, a denominated passage is due to cross "The Snails of Portillo" that in only 16 km it rises 1000 meters and it counts on 32 curves of 180º.

Depending the time on the year, the vehicles of heavy transport, they can cross them in several hours.

Being the main commercial and turistico step between both paises, the Directions of Road of Argentina like of Chile, works allowing the users of the different countries, to have this expeditious step the greater possible part of the winter season. The necessity to maintain this runner opened to the commerce, is opposed with the difficult characteristics which the route presents/displays to be a layout in mountainous zone, with a Maxima altitude on the level of the sea of 3,200 meters, difficulties, to which the rigorous climatic conditions that appear during the winter, with abundant precipitations of snow, landslides by accumulation of, stone ice and fall must be added on the road, among other consequences.

(Translation of Babel Fish)

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