Driving La Cuarenta is the Argentines standard for adventurous driving and cycling thanks to its secluded Andean lakes and isolated, rugged terrain.

La Cuarenta: Argentina’s Most Adventurous Road

From the Bolivian border near La Quiaca to its southern terminus near Río Gallegos, Ruta Nacional 40 is Argentina’s great unfinished interior highway. For Argentines and foreigners alike, it’s become the standard for adventurous driving and cycling, thanks to its secluded Andean lakes, isolated estancias (guest ranches), plentiful wildlife, and rare sights like the pre-Columbian rock art of Cueva de las Manos (Cave of Hands).

Enjoy a walk through the trees in Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes.

Discover Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes

Ideal for hiking and mountain biking, Argentina’s Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes is best reached through the nearby town of La Villa. You can easily spend a half or full day exploring the park’s tails; non-hikers wishing to see the impressive forest can board a chartered boat to cross the lake.

Bariloche is a pleasant, busy ski resort town in the foothills of the Andes in northern Patagonia.

Volunteer with Spanish in Bariloche, Argentina

Spanish in Bariloche is a language school that works with several different organizations near the busy ski resort town, providing the opportunity to combine formal language lessons with volunteering. Learn about the volunteer work coordinated by the school, the benefits of its programs, along with the practical details and free time activities.

Stenciled hands in various shades of oranges and red paint on a cave wall.

Argentina’s Cueva de las Manos (the Cave of Hands)

The Cueva de las Manos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where stencils of hundreds of human hands, guanacos, and abstract forms cover the walls in orange, red, and yellow tones. The oldest date from around 7370 b.c. and represent hunter-gatherers from immediate postglacial times.

View across Lago Lacar to San Martin de los Andes, Argentina.

Visiting the Resort Town of San Martín de los Andes

San Martín de los Andes has become one of the lakes district’s most fashionable resorts. Nestled in the hills near Lago Lácar, it owes its appeal to its surrounding scenery, the trout that thrash in Parque Nacional Lanín’s lakes and streams, and the ski boom that began at nearby Chapelco in the 1940s.