Ruta 40: Salta - Ushuaia
Route 40! The most legendary adventure road of South America goes in Argentina from Salta via Bariloche to Ushuaia. The Carretera Austral in Chile takes us to southern Patagonia, Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Torres del Paine and the glacier Perito Moreno.
Route 40! The most legendary adventure road of
South America leads along the Andes from the very north to the very south of
Argentina, we will be crossing half the continent of South America. On a 3
weeks tour we’ll be riding our motorcycles from subtropical Salta in northern
Argentina through the dessert areas of Catamarca and San Juan, through the wine
region of Mendoza and the Mapuche-Indian areas of Neuquén to the paradisiacal
lake district of Bariloche, the door to Patagonia.
From Bariloche we’ll explore the adventurous part of the rough Ruta 40 and the Carretera Austral in Chile to reach southern Patagonia with its impressive mountains like Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre in Chile, the famous glacier Perito Moreno and finally the southernmost city of the world Ushuaia.
27 days / 26 nights
about. 7000km, 30% gravel roads
4 – 10 riders
02.02.19 - 28.02.19
04.01.20 - 30.01.20
01.02.20 - 27.02.20
29.12.20 - 25.01.21
06.02.21 - 04.03.21
This motorcycle tour is suitable for any motor-biker with some off-road experience who can bare long days on the bike and doesn´t fear the weather.
on BMW F 700 GS: 15.400 US$
on BMW F 800 GS: 16.300 US$
on BMW R 1200 GS: 17.200 US$
pillion/passenger: 7.900 US$
single room surcharge: 2.400 US$
- Motorbike rental
- Third party insurance
- Custom permissions for border crossings
- Multilingual guides
- 4×4 support vehicle
- Mechanical support
- Satellite phone
- Petrol for the whole trip
- Road toll fees
- All accommodation (double rooms) in locally typical high quality hotels
- Snacks and water on the road
- All dinners, mostly gourmet
- Luggage storage
- Airport transfers in Salta and Ushuaia
- Entry fees
- Travel/health insurances
- Accident insurances
You will be picked up at the airport in Salta and brought in the Hotel from where your motorbike tour starts next day.
We'll leave Salta southwards through the fertile Lerma Valley, which narrows into the canyon of the Quebrada de Cafayate. This beautiful canyon is striking for its red sandstone formations, weathered by wind and water to bizarre shapes. Through the sandy planes of the Calchaqui Valley we'll ride our motorcycles into the town of Cafayate, the wine capital of Salta.
We'll visit the impressive pre Inca ruins of Quilmes, and now on the legendary Ruta 40 we'll keep heading south on tarmac and gravel roads through the sparsely populated planes of Catamarca.
After crossing the rocky pass Cuesta de Miranda to stay in the village of Villa Union we’ll visit the National Park of Talampaya, impressing us with it’s spectacular canyon and diverse fauna and flora. We’ll carry on to reach the Nature Park Ischigualasto (Valley of the Moon) with it’s naturally carved bizarre rock formations which can be visited on the bikes.
On tarmac road through bush land and wine plantations we'll pass San Juan and ride into Mendoza City, the wine capital of Argentina.
On our way south on the Ruta 40 along the Andes we’ll pass fruit plantations, lakes and the volcano Diamante. By cossing the Diamond River we'll get into northern Patagonia and visit the first patagonian highlight, the Atuel Canyon. We’ll carry on through basaltic dessert areas into Neuquen and follow a valley high above the river to reach the volcanic landscapes of Copahue, Caviahue and Pehuenia, with their snow capped volcanoes, and shining lakes seamed by unearthly Araucaria forests.
On the Pehuenia Circle we´ll enjoy an endless amount of Araucaria trees and lakes and rivers on our way to San Martín de los Andes on the shores of Lake Lacar.
Today we’ll enter the lake district of Bariloche on the Road of the Seven Lakes by which we reach Bariloche, the beautiful situated capital of northern Patagonia.
Now the Ruta 40 leads us south to El Bolsón and through the National Park Los Alerces to the welsh settlement Trevelin.
Crossing over to Chile we’ll hit the legendary Carretera Austral with it´s very humid climate this fjord area has lush green vegetation and roaring rivers in a beautiful mountain setting.
We’ll ride our motorcycles on probably the nicest part of the Carretera Austral, going round the green shimmering Lake General Carrera having spectacular views of the northern inland ice-field.
Back in Argentina we’ll carry on with our adventure on the old Ruta 40 that goes along the main Andes mountains southwards and reach a traditional Estancia where we’ll enjoy a typically barbequed patagonian lamb.
Riding along the shores of shining Lake Argentina we’ll reach El Calafate where we visit of the famous Glacier Perito Moreno.
Carrying on through the steppes we’ll reach the famous granite towers of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre.
After crossing into Chile we’ll be visiting the stunning massive of theTorres del Paine National Park. We’ll enjoy the Paine Falls, see the Torres Peaks from close up, watch icebergs floating in glacier lakes, probably observe Guanacos, Ñandus, Foxes and Condors.
By the Ferry over the Strait of Magellan we’ll transport our motorcycles onto the island of Tierra del Fuego and after a windy ride over the island we’ll get to Rio Grande. Passing the Garribaldi Pass we'll finally reach our destination: Ushuaia, the southernmost city of the World.
Note: The tour operator reserves himself to make changes or adjustments to the itinerary at any time.
Climate & Season
This motorbike tour crosses half the south american continent. We’ll be going from the southern tropic circle down to 55° latitude. We’ll be crossing 4 climatic zones: subtropical, dessert, temperate zone and sub-polar region.
That implies we have to be prepared for anything from tropical heat with thunderstorms over dry and hot desserts over rainy and muddy forest to icy and windy glacier regions. Good raingear and warm clothes are as necessary as sun protection.