Ruta 40, Argentina
Running parallel to the Andes Mountains, this stretch of highway is one of the longest in the world. It takes anyone brave enough to tackle it through an astonishing 20 national parks and the most incredible scenery. With gravelled sections, blind curves and strong winds, it’s definitely not a route for novice drivers and it’s recommended you rent a decent fourwheel drive. You’ll need around six weeks to do this epic drive comfortably, but it’s one you’ll remember forever. Starting south of the Bolivian border in La Quiaca, you’ll want to make sure you stop at the largest salt flat in the world, the Salinas
Grandes, for the most beautiful out-ofthis-world landscapes you can imagine. Other stand-out spots include Cueva de las Manos in the Santa Cruz province, a cave famous for its hand paintings dating back some 13,000 years, and
Los Glaciares National Park, which has some of the most accessible glaciers in the world.