Argentina and Chile are crossed by two mythical routes: the "Carretera Austral" in Chilean Patagonia, and Route 40 in Argentina.
The Carretera Austral keeps fringing the Pacific coast for 800 miles, its width sometimes hardly exceeding two yards. This is really a dream itinerary for Nature lovers and adventurers.
On that road, you'll discover fjords, glaciers ans volcanoes you'll cross the tropical forest and the pampa, you'll discover furious rivers and steep cliffs. The Carretera Austral begins at Puerto Montt, and then keeps on winding its way all along the coast. You can reach the opposite shore ports by ferry, where the Carretera Austral leads to various pionneer towns. The route then carries on through national parks and meadows, rocky mountains eternally capped with snow, and charming valleys, to get lost in fine in a village named Villa O'Higgins on the Argentinean border...
The Route 40 is the major Argentinian trunk road that runs through the whole country from North to South, from the "Cabo Virgenes" (Cape of the Virgins) on the extreme South of Patagonia, to "La Quiaca", on the Bolivian border, in the Jujut province. It is a grat mythical route which runs parallel to the Andes Cordillera, linking together the most important national parks.
It is the longest road in the country (3,125 miles), as it covers in the process its longest North/South distance. It will enable you to discover and enjoy most of the touristic areas of the country. Starting in Patagonia at sea level, it goes through no less than, 20 national parks, 27 Andes passes,
The road runs through El Calafate, Perito Moreno glacier, Puelo Lake, the town of El Bolsón, San Carlos de Bariloche, Villa la Angostura. It is part of the "Ruta del vino" (wine circuit) to Mendoza. It leads to the paleontologic sites with fossils dinosaur fields which can be visited, in the San Juan province, as well as to the thermal springs of Catamarca, to Tafi del Valle, to the wonderful Calchaquies valleys, and to the Quebrada de Humahuaca (listed in the Unesco Inventory), and to La Puna...
As regards its symbolic status, the Argentinian Route 40 is quite similar to the Route 66 in the United States.
Patagonia in all seasons menu. For example, according to the climate, from Bariloche, in Patagonia Argentina, it is possible to go to Puerto Montt, in Chile, crossing successively three lakes by boat, as did the Jesuits and the first German settlers. I offer a tour that leads to the Pacific Ocean. It is quite long, but the beauty of the sites - forests, volcanoes and crystalline lakes - is such that it is worth to be carried. The Argentine side, cross the west arm of Nahuel Huapi and Lake Puerto Alegre and, the chilen side, Lake Todos los Santos. Moving from one lake to another by bus. This tour is feasible in all seasons, but in winter, it takes two days to reach Puerto Montt, stopping for one night at Peulla. We returned to Bariloche by air or by the same way, after a night in Puerto Montt. Borispatagonia is also responsible for visas to go to Chile and to book hotels. In Patagonia, winter and summer are tourist seasons. In summer, besides explore the surrounding, many activities are available: climbing, torrent fishing, sailing, horseback riding, hiking, rides, visits to Aciendas... In winter, the main activity is, of course, skiing, especially in July and August on the side of the Andes, but not only: snowshoe hikes, thematic tours, many walks to admire the beauty of Patagonia Argentina and Chile in this season, due a unique light, the warmth of the people of Patagonia... Just to talk about, I get goose bumps!