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Great Road Trips: Patagonia's Ruta 40

The open roads, epic vistas and remote estancias of Argentina's southern Andes, with you behind the wheel, and the full weight of our local support behind you.

Ruta 40 follows the Andes all the way down the western borders of Argentina. You will drive the southern stretch, from the forests and lakes near Bariloche to the expansive steppe of Patagonia National Park, all the way down to the iconic peaks of the Fitzroy range and glaciers of the Patagonian icefields.

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Day 1 - Arrive in Buenos Aires

Arrive in Buenos Aires and settle in the trendy Palermo neighbourhood. Head out to explore on foot with the help of our local information and advice.
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Day 2 - Explore with your guide and independently

Spend the morning with your own guide on a flexible route through the city, getting under the skin of one of the world’s most attractive cities. This afternoon you can explore at your own pace.
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Day 3 - Arrive to the Patagonian Andes

Fly to Bariloche and drive one hour to your beautiful estancia hotel in the foothills of the Andes. Settle in with a welcome meeting to plan your next days, before enjoying dinner with a view.
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Day 4 - Explore on foot.

You have two full days to enjoy guided hikes, kayak trips and horse-rides around the vast property which sits right on the edge of the Nahuel Huapi National Park, Argentina's oldest.
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Day 5 - Explore on horse or kayak

Another day to enjoy being active in your surroundings of glistening lakes, verdant forests and snow-capped peaks. Enjoy a final dinner in your beautifully comfortable lodge.
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Day 6 - Hit the Ruta 40 towards Esquel

Drive south through lakes and into the steppe to the bustling, rural town of Esquel. Stop off at the shores of the emerald-green Lago Pehoe or at the indigenous heritage museum in Leleque.
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Day 7 - Guided day exploring dry canyons

Spend today with your local guide exploring the dry lands to the east. Flamingo filled salt lakes, canyons, volcanoes & standing stones make a total contrast to the scenery you have seen so far.

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