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.
Flora and Fauna on Ruta 40
The flora of this area consists mainly of Patagonian steppe bunch grasses and low shrubs such as neneo, coirón, and mamuel choique. There are also lenga, cohiue, ñire, canelo, mañio forest as well as some introduced species.
Wildlife includes pumas, Patagonian maras, culpeo foxes, huemules, pudús and criollo cattle. Among the species of birds special mention must go to the condor while on the coast there are several species of penguins, sea lions, and elephant seals. The ocean is inhabited by toninas, orcas, and whales.