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Ruta 40

Ruta 40 Road Trip

La Quiaca - Coranzuli - La Poma - Cafayate - San Blas de los Sauces - Huaco - San Juan - Mendoza - Malargüe - Chos Malal - Zapala - San Martín de los Andes - Bariloche - Epuyen - Tecka - Facundo - Perito Moreno - Gobernador Gregores - La Leona - Estancia Tapi Aike - El Turbio - Río Gallegos

Expect on your Ruta 40 Road Trip Itinerary

Landscape Landscape
Benefit-stress ratio Benefit-stress ratio
Road conditions Road conditions
Security Security
Wildlife Wildlife
Urban life Urban life
Culture Culture
Historical sites Historical sites
ACTIVATE MAP Stages21 km4,914 h/stage4.4

Best months to drive Ruta 40 Road Trip

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Road Trip Costs

How much does it cost to go on a Ruta 40 Road Trip in Argentina?

Economy
Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 1,260EUR drive & more 550EUR sleep & more 660EUR eat & more 864EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 2,074EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 3,334EUR
Standard
Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 2,700EUR drive & more 738EUR sleep & more 1,980EUR eat & more 1,152EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 3,870EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 6,570EUR
Premium
High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 3,960EUR drive & more 925EUR sleep & more 3,960EUR eat & more 1,728EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 6,613EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 10,573EUR
Camper
On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self-catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 5,400EUR drive & more 1,100EUR sleep & more 660EUR eat & more 864EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 2,624EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 8,024EUR
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Ruta 40 Road Trip Itinerary

Avid road trips enthusiasts can expect a wide gamut of interesting things to see while on Ruta 40 Road Trip. This tour will be an answer to the needs of explorer. You will have the option to explore such places as La Quiaca, La Poma, and Cafayate while behind the wheel. The road plan presented in this article takes 24 days to complete, but drivers can surely complete it in 17. Of course, if you are tempted with the picturesqueness of what Argentina offers, you can always extend your road trip. If you are wondering about the time spent on the road, it will be approximately 4.4 hours daily, and you will cover 4,914km . If you are ready to begin your journey, jump behind the wheel and let’s set out
number of days 24 number of days
route length 4,914 km route length
budget fair budget
good for explorer good for
traffic direction on the right traffic direction
accident level fair accident level
During Ruta 40 Road Trip, drivers will spend plenty of time outside the urban areas where they will have the opportunity to contemplate picturesque natural jewels. The road trip is a great opportunity to see a number of interesting attractions relatively stress-free and for a reasonable price. Despite of the fact that the hotels on the way are not that luxurious, they still offer good value for money. In spite of the fact that the trip is characterised by a lower security level in comparison to other road trips, staying careful while on the road will increase the security of you and your passengers. The road environment is characterised by a fair number of accidents and moving on the right. The period of time recommended to take our itinerary is between October and April.

START La Quiaca

Distance 4,914 km Driving time 92.1 h Pace: modest Airports SLA
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1 La Quiaca - Coranzuli

Distance 258 km Driving time 10.5 h Pace: slow View map Itinerary
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2 Coranzuli - La Poma

Distance 281 km Driving time 9.2 h Pace: slow View map Itinerary
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3 La Poma - Cafayate

Distance 213 km Driving time 6.4 h Pace: slow View map Itinerary
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4 Cafayate - San Blas de los Sauces

Distance 347 km Driving time 7.1 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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5 San Blas de los Sauces - Huaco

Distance 336 km Driving time 6.4 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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6 Huaco - San Juan

Distance 184 km Driving time 2.7 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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7 San Juan - Mendoza

Distance 166 km Driving time 2.1 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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8 Mendoza - Malargüe

Distance 329 km Driving time 4.1 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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9 Malargüe - Chos Malal

Distance 218 km Driving time 3.4 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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10 Chos Malal - Zapala

Distance 217 km Driving time 3.1 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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11 Zapala - San Martín de los Andes

Distance 242 km Driving time 3.4 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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12 San Martín de los Andes - Bariloche

Distance 208 km Driving time 3.9 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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13 Bariloche - Epuyen

Distance 161 km Driving time 2.6 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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14 Epuyen - Tecka

Distance 194 km Driving time 2.5 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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15 Tecka - Facundo

Distance 246 km Driving time 3.0 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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16 Facundo - Perito Moreno

Distance 198 km Driving time 2.6 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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17 Perito Moreno - Gobernador Gregores

Distance 356 km Driving time 3.9 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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18 Gobernador Gregores - La Leona

Distance 232 km Driving time 4.2 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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19 La Leona - Estancia Tapi Aike

Distance 199 km Driving time 4.0 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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20 Estancia Tapi Aike - El Turbio

Distance 95 km Driving time 2.5 h Pace: slow View map Itinerary
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21 El Turbio - Río Gallegos

Distance 234 km Driving time 4.4 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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  Río Gallegos

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Ruta 40 Road Trip Summary

No doubt our Ruta 40 Road Trip will become a great inspiration for your future travels.
The tour we’ve suggested can be used as a foundation that can be recreated in its entirety or only partially and that can be enriched with interesting attractions of your choice.
If car travel is a means of travel that you prefer, there are a number of vital traffic regulations to follow and a list of things to be mindful of to make your road trip smooth and safe. These tips will surely become useful for tourists who opt for renting a vehicle or renting a camper in Argentina.
Sightseeing around Argentina in a vehicle requires you to be mindful of the local traffic regulations. Avoiding spirits is the best way to ensure full safety of your passengers. Remember that the legal alcohol limit is extremely low and is only 0.5‰. Exceeding the maximum permissible speed, which is 70km/h, inside the cities may result in a speeding fine. When travelling in undeveloped areas, you should stick to the maximum allowed speed of 110km/h. On highways, the allowed speed is 130km/h. Driving with your headlights on at daytime and equipping your car with a fire extinguisher and first aid kit heavily increase your safety.
One of the decisive factors when scheduling an itinerary is costs. The amount of money that you have to pay during the whole itinerary are dependent on the budget option that you are interested in. Check out the available budget possibilities.
In the budget option, you have to spend the maximum of 550 EUR on fuel to cover the planned 4,914km while travelling around Argentina. Economy accommodation options may cost you more or less 660 EUR. Food and restaurants in this option can cost roughly 864 EUR. Travellers will have to pay about 1,260 EUR if they are interested in the budget rental car option as well. Thus, going for car rental will increase the expenses of the road trip from more or less 2,074 EUR to about 3,334 EUR.
When it comes to the standard offer, you should be prepared to pay the maximum of 738 EUR on the fuel needed to cover the itinerary. If you are into standard accommodation options, you should keep in mind that the costs can amount up to more or less 1,980 EUR. The general cost of food and restaurants within this range is approximately 1,152 EUR. Travellers who want to cover the tour in a standard hire car should expect a cost of about 2,700 EUR. Summing up the standard offer, the estimated cost of the road trip will total about 6,570 EUR for drivers who would like to try vehicle rental and 3,870 EUR for those who are not interested in renting.
The highest level of comfort of the premium option will live up to the expectations of the most demanding tourists. When it comes to this offer, the estimated cost of the road trip will total more or less 10,573 EUR for holidayers who are considering car rental and 3,870 EUR for those who do not want to rent. Travellers who want to cover the tour in a premium rental vehicle should expect a cost of approximately 3,960 EUR. In the top standard option of the trip, you will pay about 925 EUR for fuel. Drivers should expect to pay roughly 1,728 EUR for restaurants and food and around 3,960 EUR for accommodation options if they opt for the highest standard of services.
Camper fans will be equally happy with [trip_name. For those who are interested in this transport option, you should expect the costs of around 5,400 EUR. You will spend around 1,100 EUR on fuel allowing to cover all stages of the road trip. Holidayers who opt for camper rental should expect to pay around 660 EUR for accommodation and about 864 EUR for expenses connected with food.
The Road Trip Costs section presents all the presented details in a simple way.
The part of Argentina mentioned in our road trip idea is great to be visited between October and April. If you like Ruta 40 Road Trip, check out other intriguing road trips that we offer on our website. The great variety of road trips will surely measure up to the expectations of the most demanding tourists.

Facts for safer driving in Argentina

drink drive limit drink drive limit 0.5
max speed urban max speed urban 70 km/h
max speed rural max speed rural 110 km/h
max speed highway max speed highway 130 km/h
headlights at daytime headlights at daytime on
fire extinguisher fire extinguisher no
tolls tolls no
seat belts seat belts yes

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