Ruta 40

This iconic highway stretches approximately 5000km along the border of Argentina. Known simply to the Argentinians as 'La Cuarenta' or 40, it has gathered a reputation as one of the world's wildest and least-travelled roads. 

Ernesto 'Che' Guevara travelled along much of it in his famous Motorcycle Diaries which engrained it even further into national legend. 

Ruta 40 winds its way through Patagonia past alpine lakes and glaciers, snowy mountain peaks and through native forest. Along the way, it's possible to veer off and visit some of Patagonia's most famous sites which we've outline below.

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Trips along the Ruta 40

Incredible destinations to stop at along the way

Mendoza

A bustling city famous for its vineyards with a lively nightlife and famous restaurants.

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Bariloche

The adventure hub of the Argentinian Lake District. Bariloche rests on the Nahuel Huapi Lake and serves as a great base to explore the National Park. It is a popular ski resort during the winter and certainly maintains that alpine atmosphere into the summer months.

El Chalten

A famous launchpad for mountaineering expeditions, this small mountain village also offers a wide selection of scenic day walks.

El Calafate

This is a popular stop off point for those visiting Perito Moreno glacier and Los Glaciares National Park. A modern museum details the history of the region’s many glaciers.

Perito Moreno Glacier

Often coined as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, this huge glacier is fed by the South Patagonian Ice field. There’s a popular viewpoint which is easy to walk to or you can opt to get even closer via boat.

Torres del Paine

Patagonia’s most well-know National Park attracts walkers, wildlife enthusiasts and adventurers, all eager to explore its stunning landscape. The W Trek can be done here which usually lasts between 3-4 days. 

Puerto Natales

This colourful fishing port serves as a base for those visiting Torres del Paine and is a useful resupply point.

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