Ruta 41 – This track deserves its own post!
Another border crossing was in order. This time we were preparing to leave Argentina for a significant period of time, so we did the sensible thing and stocked up on things that would cost us more in Chile – mainly beer and wine! From Los Antiguos, you can simply pop across the border, entering Chile at the town of Chile Chico. This was the plan until Pete and Barb, who had taken a different route to Los Antiguos, told us about their trip on Ruta 41! They were so taken with the drive that they were happy to do it again with us in reverse the next day .
Ruta 41 is a little known ‘track’ that hugs the border with Chile, heading south between Los Antiguos and Paso Roballos. At this point, (which is a dusty intersection), the track splits with one track going into Chile at the very remote border crossing and the other winding its way back to Ruta 40. This hundred kilometres of the Ruta 41 has some of the most spectacular scenery and unusual geological features we have seen and in other parts of the world would certainly be a major tourist attraction. We hope the photos give you a bit of an idea of what it was like.