Attractions along la Ruta 40
Ruta 40 an incredible Road Trip
Ruta 40 is not only an amazing Road Trip, it is a highway that links sites with amazing natural beauty with historic places, blending culture, ancient traditions Native American heritage with the work of pioneers and European settlers.
Here we detail all you can do, see and experience along the mythical Ruta 40.
Visit our Webpages that have all the details:
Our webpages with complete information on:
Or read on below to learn about the National Parks, Towns and cities and Unesco World Heritage Sites
Ruta 40's Top 10 Attractions
Top 10 Attractions on Ruta 40.
Choosing the top ten sights and attractions was very difficult, there are many more than ten wonderful places on Ruta 40! This was our pick, plus a few bonus sights too!
Read a summary of these Top 10 Attractions , or just click below for full details:
Listed from North to South:
- Cusi Cusi
- Salinas Grandes Salt flats
- Abra del Acay Pass
- Quebrada de las Flechas
- Shinkal Ruins
- Cuesta de Miranda
- Talampaya Ischigualasto
- El Payén - La Payunia
- Ruta de los Siete Lagos
- Perito Moreno Glacier
Bonus Track: Another Top Five Attractions
These are the five runners-up to our top ten list of Route 40 amazing landmarks:
Vineyards and the Andes. www.benvenutodelaserna.com
Mendoza, Andes & Wines
The "Valle de Uco", Tunuyán, Tupungato, Luján de Cuyo, Maipú are terroirs where the great Mendoza wine estates are located. This is the land of the Argentine Malbec. And Route 40 links them all.
Verde Lake and Arrayanes River (Sec. Turismo Esquel).
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Los Alerces National Park protects more than 15,000 acres of Alerce forests. This tree, the Fitzroya cupressoides is related to the North American redwood. Some trees are over 2,600 years old.
Cueva de las Manos
Rock art painted by paleoindians thousands of years ago.
Some of the painted hands are 9,300 years old. The "Cave of Hands" is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hands painted on the rocks at Cueva de las Manos. A. Whittall
Some Tourist Atractions and Destinations
From our Spanish language webpages, these are some other Ruta 40 attractions:
National Parks along Ruta 40
Natural Monuments and National Parks (north to south)
Laguna de los Pozuelos Nat. Mon
Los Cardones Nat. Park
Campo de los Alisos Nat. Park
Talampaya Nat. Park
Parque Nacional San Guillermo Nat. Park
El Leoncito Nat. Park
Laguna Blanca Nat. Park
Lanín Nat. Park
Nahuel Huapí Nat. Park
Los Arrayanes Nat. Park
Lago Puelo Nat. Park
Los Alerces Nat. Park
Patagonia Nat. Park
Perito Moreno Nat. Park
Los Glaciares Nat. Park
Monte León Nat. Park
Taruca Nat. Mon.
Huemul Nat. Mon.
Ballena Franca Austral Nat. Mon
Except Talampaya and Los Alerces National Parks, whose webpages are in English, the other webpages are in Spanish.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites on Ruta 40
The UNESCO designates certain places as World Heritage Sites. These places or "sites" can have a very particular natural beauty, or be constructions, monuments or even food and musical or dance expressions (such as the Tango, also a World Heritage asset).
There are six World Heritage sites located on, or very close to Ruta 40.
The map shows where they are located. And you can read more about them following the links below:
Some Great Itineraries along Ruta 40
What parts should I drive?
Ruta 40 is very long, over 3,220 miles or 5.100 km of highway, so which are "The best" short trips that I can drive to get a taste of Ruta 40 without having to drive it all?
You can take our suggestions and drive shorter legs to see the best of Ruta 40. Read about Some Great Itineraries along Ruta 40 to learn more.