RUTA 40, ARGENTINA
Route 40 is an Argentinian highway running from Cabo Vírgenes, in Santa Cruz province, Patagonia, to the border with Bolivia in the city of La Quiaca, in Jujuy province. It runs parallel to the Cordillera de los Andes (Andes mountain range), with many sections running through or near national parks. It is Argentina’s longest highway and it runs in a north-south direction, passing through many of the country’s most interesting areas.
Activities on Ruta 40
· Go sightseeing around the city of Bariloche, where you can see its sights such as its stone and wooden architecture, the main plaza, the civic center, the salmon hatchery, and the Museo Patagonia e Ictícola (Patagonia and Fish Museum).
· Don’t miss the city of Río Gallegos, capital of the Santa Cruz province, located at the mouth of the Gallegos River. You can visit its museums, historic monuments, and take a sightseeing tour of the city. Nearby, you can visit the outstanding volcanic scenery of Laguna Azul as well as one of South America’s largest penguin rookeries, the Cabo Vírgenes Natural Reserve.
· Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, about 80 km from El Calafate, in southwest Argentina. Flowing down from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, its face is 5 km wide. Tourists can enjoy this natural spectacle.