La Ruta 40

La Ruta 40

Argentina’s Ruta 40 is one of the longest and most spectacular highways in the world.  Running over 3000 miles along the Andes mountains, from the border of Bolivia to the tip of Patagonia this is the perfect road trip.

The Northern half of Ruta 40 covers a vast array of landscapes,  from the dry high altitude deserts and mountains of the Andes near the Bolivian border to the lush vinyards of Mendoza, every corner of this journey presents a jaw droppingly beautiful vista.  It is also home to some of the oldest cultures in Argentina and many pre Columbian ruins such as Quilmes and the Pucara di Tilcara can be explored.

But the countryside itself is without a doubt the main attraction.  The Nature Parks of Talampaya and Ischigualasto offer some of the world’s most unusual geological and palaeontological treasures and the multi coloured hillsides around Purmamarca have got to be seen to be believed.

Starting just 100 miles south of the Bolivian border, Globe Trekker’s  Zay Harding travels the northern half of Ruta 40 and takes some detours to visit some of the country’s most spectacular scenery.

Beginning in the northern province of Jujuy, high in the Andes Mountains, Zay travels to the town of Tilcara to visit the ruins of one of the oldest known settlements in the country.  He then heads south to the bustling city of Salta before travelling through the spectacular Valles Chalchaquies to the Nature Parks of Talampaya and Ischigualsto.

For his final leg he heads West again into the highest section of the Andes to try his hand at land surfing in Leoncito before heading into Mendoza province to taste some of Argentina’s finest wines. He finishes his journey beneath awe inspiring, Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere

 

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