Whether you're making a quick stopover or taking a road trip over several weeks, Ruta (National Route) 40 is a must-see when you visit Argentina. With your road map in hand, you'll be able to travel from the northern part of the country to extreme south of Patagonia, a route that stretches over 3,000 miles. Follow the Andes mountain range along the western edge of Argentina in search of mountain scenery and traditional villages.
This legendary route connects many historic monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well as nature reserves. Connoisseurs of natural attractions won't want to miss the country's stunning valleys: the Calchaquíes, the Quebrada de Humahuaca, or the glacier valleys in Los Glaciares National Park. Meanwhile, history enthusiasts will prefer a stop at Talampaya National Park or Ischigualasto Provincial Park, where dinosaur fossils are in full view.
A Ruta 40 road trip also gives you the opportunity to explore the variety of cultures that make up Argentina, as well as the cuisine and beverages specific to each region you travel through. From the wines of Mendoza to the empanadas of Salta, your tastebuds will enjoy the journey.