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Ruta 40, also called National Route 40 or RN40, is a route in western Argentina, stretching over 5000km from Punta Loyola near Rio Gallegos in Santa Cruz Province in the south to La Quiaca in Jujuy Province in the north.
Ruta 40, also called National Route 40 or RN40, is a route in western Argentina, stretching from Punta Loyola near Rio Gallegos in Santa Cruz Province in the south to La Quiaca in Jujuy Province in the north. It runs parallel to the Andes mountains. The southern part of the route, a partly unpaved road through sparsely populated territory, has become a well-known adventure tourism journey, although it is planned to pave the whole road, which is already almost completed as of April 2016.
Route 40 is the longest route in Argentina and one of the longest in the world (along with the U.S. Route 66, Canada's Trans-Canada Highway and the Stuart Highway in Australia -without counting the unofficial Panamerican Highway-), more than 5,000 km (3,107 mi) long. At its traditional southern end near the city of Río Gallegos it starts at sea level, crosses 20 national parks, 18 major rivers, 27 passes on the Andes, and goes up to 5,000 m (16,404 ft) above sea level in Abra del Acay in Salta.
The road crosses the provinces of Santa Cruz, Chubut, Río Negro, Neuquen, Mendoza, San Juan, La Rioja, Catamarca, Tucumán, Salta and Jujuy.
- The official website of the Ruta 40 is http://www.ruta40.gov.ar/
- A good source of information for Patagonia is the website http://www.patagonia.com.ar/
Regions, Cities, Places of interestEdit
Places mentioned here are located either on or close to the Ruta 40.
Regions, from south to northEdit
- San Carlos de Bariloche (and Nahuel Huapi National Park
- El Chalten
- El Calafate (and Perito Moreno Glacier)
Other places of interestEdit
- Cueva de los manos
- Note that as of Apr 2016, about 70km of the road between Gobernador Gregores and Tres Lagos are still gravel and mainly in bad condition. It goes through some hills, is very windy and offers few/no spots protected from the wind. Especially due to rain and snow, a 2WD car was struggling to pass some sections of this road, and some cyclists were really miserable.
- The wind is very strong at any time of the year. Ensure you have a strong tent before camping along the Ruta 40, especially in the pampa. When camping, try to find a spot protected from the wind.
- Parts of the road, especially in the south, are very remote and sparsely populated. Get enough gas, food etc in towns.
In many places along the way you can easily enter into Chile
- You can also drive the Carretera Austral in Chile.
- Connect to Ushuaia, further south.
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