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Route 40 and its northern attractions

Route 40 shows you the magic of nature, teaches you to live regional culture and takes you to touch the sky with your hands.


Route 40 is one of the most important transit routes in our country. With its 5194 kilometers of extension, it travels the country from end to end accompanied most of its journey through the Andes mountain range and foothills. The route seems endless, so we're only going to focus on the northern route of Route 40.

Catamarca, Tucumán, Jump and Jujuy is the provinces crossed by Route 40. The geography and culture of each place give travelers a unique and unforgettable image. The main attractions are the Salinas Grandes, the Cerro de los Siete Colores, the Gorge of the Arrows. Wine has its presence on Route 40 in the so-called “Wine Trail”. At the height we find the Termas de Fiambalá: there are those who say that their waters have healing properties. The route of Adobe, the Ruins of the Quilmes and the famous Quebrada de Humahuaca, a place that combines traditions, culture, gastronomy and different festivals, such as carnival.

To keep in mind

Just as geography changes as we travel through Route 40, also changes its composition. There are sections of asphalt well marked, there are others that show a little damage or abandonment. And a sector where the surface is gravel with dirt roads, which makes the handling should be more careful.

There are no seasons to travel, especially in northern Argentina, but perhaps the best time is the period between March and November. Especially in autumn and spring, the transit of tourists is regular. There is no overwhelming heat, but there is no extreme cold, although in the evenings you have to warm up and there is little rain. The sun is always radiant and gives a unique color to the northern landscape of Route 40.

High Route the 40

The route along Route 40 in the northern section takes place at a considerable height. There are sectors where we will be traveling about 2500 meters above sea level. Especially at the beginning of the northern stretch of Route 40 if we are traveling from south to north. As we advance the height increases, and reaches almost 5000 meters above sea level in Abra del Acay, Salta. Height that then oscillates between 3500 and 4000 meters.

Tips & Tips

The stretches are long, it is good to plan consumption approximate fuel and know the location of gas stations. Do not drive with a consumption to the limit, there are places where the pumps do not have fuel and that can be a problem.

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Publication Date: 11/05/2020

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