Like Route 66 in the US, Argentina’s Ruta 40 – the country’s longest highway, running from Patagonia to Bolivia – has a legendary status, inspiring songs, books and of course road trips. Count on six weeks for this road trip itinerary if you want to take in all 5224km.
La Cuarenta’s beginning by the Straits of Magellan, marked by a lighthouse, heralds the start of a zigzagging route through the windswept Patagonian steppe.
Estancia Lagos del Furioso
Consider splurging at this Santa Cruz estancia, where you’ll find glorious views, excellent fishing and every creature comfort.
Gateway to the Nahuel Huapi park, Argentina’s Lake District has pristine alpine-like scenery, dramatic mountain lakes and ancient trees.
A remote land of rosy lava, ebony gorges, deep karstic caves and flamingo-flecked lagoons in Mendoza Province.
Often inaccessible, this lagoon rewards the adventurous. Enjoy a picnic on the banks of a crystalline brook as you admire the silhouette of Volcán Maipo.
Cuesta de Miranda
The road in La Rioja Province winds through polychrome mountains that contrast with the verdant vegetation along the riverbanks below.
Stop off at this Catamarca highland village for a top-notch poncho – methods of weaving have been maintained since pre-Hispanic times.
Ringed by mountains, this area of snow-white salt flats is a good place to spot llamas and vicuñas.