Ruta Nacional 40, Argentina
Legendary Ruta 40 is the utimate Argentine
Road Trip. It spans 5.194 km = 3,227 miles along the Andes from the town of La Quiaca on the Bolivian border in the
Puna highlands (+12,000 feet altitude) all the way to Cabo Vírgenes on the Strait of Magellan in Patagonia.
What is Ruta 40?
Ruta 40 trivia
An amazing highway
- With a length of 5.194 km (3,227 miles) it is Argentina's longest highway, and one of the longest in the world.
- The highest point along Route 40: Acay Pass, Salta: 16.132 ft = 4.952 m
- South America's ultimate Road Trip
- It crosses 236 bridges and runs by 18 National Parks.
- Its southernmost point is its "mile zero", at the historic Cabo Virgenes lighthouse in Patagonia, it is also its lowest pont: barely 100 ft. above sea level.
- There is a wildlife sanctuary protecting penguins at Cabo Virgenes
- Its northernmost point is at the town of La Quiaca in Jujuy at 3.460 m or 11,352 ft.
- The famous Ruta de los Siete Lagos and the Perito Moreno Galacier are on its course.
- It crosses 11 provinces and 3 provincial capitals.
- It passes next to the Largest Volcano field in America, at El Payen
- It is the access to Ruta de los Seismiles (Six-thousands Road) with the highest volcanos in the world.
- It crosses three of Argentina's regions: North, Cuyo and Patagonia.
- Mina Pirquitas in Jujuy, on Route 40 is the highest town in Argentina: 4.271 m or 14,012 ft.
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