Blog about Route 40 (Argentina) Ruta 40

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March 03, 2010

Photographs taken along Route 40


Route 40 sign post
Route 40 highway signpost. These signs bear the name of each province the highway goes through. In this case, San Juan.
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This post shows some of the phothographs that I have taken over the years while driving along Route 40.


sign route 40
Another signpost, this time in the province of Catamarca, close to Londres.
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tunnel Route 40
Tunnel close to Route 40 near Jachal, in San Juan.
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Patagonian steppe
Route 40 - between Rio Mayo (Chubut) and Perito Moreno (Santa Cruz), a storm at dawn over the Patagonian steppe.
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miranda, saints
Route 40 - two small "chapels" by the side of the road at Cuesta de Miranda (Miranda's slope), La Rioja. The road here is narrow and has plenty of cliff-hanging curves. It reaches a maximum altitude of 2,020 m (6,622 ft.).
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kolla women La Quiaca
Route 40 - Two Kolla women - the one that is bending over is carrying a child on her back. La Quiaca right beside the Argentine-Bolivian border.
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goats route 40 Cachi
Route 40 - from Cafayate to Cachi in Salta. Goats and keeper block the road. Notice how narrow it is.
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Epuyen Chubut
Route 40 - in Chubut 42° South. Close to Epuyén, Patagonia, looking along the Epuyén River valley.
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altitude at La Quiaca
Route 40 - at la Quiaca. Altitude is 3,445 m (11,295 ft.).
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guanaco in Chubut
Route 40 - Guanaco by the side of the road close to Tecka, Chubut, Patagonia.
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Route 40 - Map

Ruta Nacional N° 40. Mapa de su recorrido
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Argentina's National Highway Ruta Nacional 40 or Route 40 is the longest and most spectacular road in the country.

Ir spans over 4,900 km (3,100 miles) from Cape Virgenes on the South Atlantic coast by the Strait of Magellan in the Patagonian province of Santa Cruz, to the lofty heights of the Puna, reaching the border town of La Quiaca, by Bolivia.

It has the World's highest mountain pass on a national highway (Acay pass) with nearly 5,000 metres altitude (16,000 ft.).
Cruza el paso carretero de montaña más alto del mundo en una ruta nacional (el paso Acay) a casi 5.000 metros de altura.

It runs parallel to the mighty Andeas and crosses eleven Argentine provices, 236 bridges and gives access to 27 international mountain passes across the Andes.

Its bridges span 18 important rivers.

It comes close to, or cuts through 13 National Parks and Monuments as well as three World Heritage sites of the UNESCO.

This is the magic Route 40.
e acerca a 13 Parques y Monumentos Naturales y a tres sitios Patrimonios de la Humanidad de la UNESCO.


I will post about the different sections of Route 40, and include maps and descriptions of each itinerary. Copyright © 2010 by A. Whittall