Northern Route 40


Northern Ruta 40 (Route 40) covers a vast array of landscapes, from the dry high altitude deserts and mountains of the Andes near the Bolivian border to the lush vineyards of Mendoza, every corner of this journey presents a jaw droppingly beautiful vista. It is also home to some of the oldest cultures in Argentina and many pre Columbian ruins such as Quilmes and the Pucara di Tilcara can be explored. But the countryside itself is without a doubt the main attraction. The National Parks of Talampaya and Ischigualasto offer some of the worlds most unusual geological and paleontological treasures and the multi coloured hillsides around Pumamarca have got to be seen to be believed.


This tour is also available in reverse from Mendoza 29/04/2019, 23/09/2019 please contact us for more details.

13-May-2019 , 07-Oct-2019
13 Days


Inclusions & Details

Accommodation Standard

12 nights accommodation in comfortable tourist class hotels and guesthouses
Transport in our custom built all-terrain expedition vehicles
Approximately 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 9 Dinners
Service of an experienced western tour leader as well as local guides
Experienced Driver/Mechanic
All National Park Entrance fees

Difficulty Rating 3 (Some fitness required)
Single Surcharge

Available upon request


Please note selected departure dates link with our Highlights of Argentina & Uruguay tour from Buenos Aires to Iguazu.  Excludes flight from Mendoza to Buenos Aires and vice versa.


Option available to add on our pre or post tour of Highlights of Argentina & Uruguay Tour (14 Days) on selected dates.  Please ask for details.  

Price Dependent upon

Season and availability


Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.

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Accommodation & Pricing

Standard ARTSSTM-STD AUD 4792 - 10% off!

The below hotels are our preferred options for the respective tour standards mentioned above. Hotels can easily be changed at the customers request. We also note that in some cases our preferred hotels may be unavailable and in those circumstances we may need to provide an alternative hotel of a similar standard.

 Amerian Executive Mendoza Hotel - Mendoza
Standard Room
Amerian Executive Mendoza Hotel of a four-star superior category is situated on the main downtown landmark of the City of Mendoza, opposite to the square called Plaza Italia, 5 minutes from the pedestrian area, and the business and financial area, where the main banks and the renowned gourmet area on Aristides Villanueva Road, a site known for its numerous pubs and restaurants are located. Amerian Executive Mendoza Hotel boasts an elegant double-height lobby, where marble finish and furniture details recreate the best of European design. It has 77 fully equipped rooms designed to offer an excellent service to business and pleasure travelers.
 Posada Paso de los Patos - San Juan
Standard Room
The posada receives it's name as a tribute to General San Martin. Paso de los Patos is the main path where the army of the Andes crossed the mountain chain to liberate Chile and later Peru. The Posada respects the architectural line of the Cuyo region in Argentina and it is set with a rustic and cozy style. The social area has WiFi internet connection and a direct view of the Andes to disconnect from everything. During summer time, the swimming pool is the ideal place to cool down and listen to the water running through the canals.
 Cañon de Talampaya - Villa Union
Standard Room
The rooms of the Hotel Canon de Talampaya were designed with a regional-country identity, traditional of La Rioja, combining modernity and rusticity to create a warm atmosphere in every room through the use of materials like reed, poplar and bulrush, and combined with the best modern amenities to ensure absolute comfort throughout your stay. Decoration has been carefully planned in harmonic colours for all bedrooms, including a special lighting system that helps guests relax and feel completely at home. We are the true haven of restoring pleasure. Each single, double or triple bedroom includes an en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, shower, telephone, cable TV, hot/cold air conditioning and central heating. The hotel serves the breakfast and the dinner at the restaurant. The guest have the access to a pool area to relax and a gift store devoted to handicraft and local products.
 Hotel Belen - Catamarca
Standard Room
The Hotel Belen is located in the town of Belen. It is the ideal choice if you want to have a base to see the magnificent scenery that Catamarca has to offer. The architecture of Hotel Belen has a unique design and exclusive decoration. Rocks and wood combined with exquisite indigenous designs give you warmth, peace and tranquility for an unforgettable stay. The Hotel Belen is spacious clean and comfortable and does have internet wifi for the customers.
 Killa Cafayate Hotel - Cafayate
Standard Room
Located in the heart of Cafayate, the Killa Cafayate Hotel has 15 rooms and suites, all of them with air-conditioning, heating, ceiling-fan, safe-box, shoe-cleaning kit, wireless Internet, sommier bedding, hair-dryer and fully-equipped bathroom with bath-tub. Rooms and suites have view to the hotel gardens, mountains and Cafayate main square. The hotel offers room-service, bar & cafeteria, swimming pool, solarium, car-parking, massage- service, baby-sitter service, doctor on-call service, bikes- renting, fax, wireless Internet and notebook for guests use at the front-office.
 Los Colorados Cabañas - Purmamarca
Standard Room
Fully furnished bungalows with regional decor can be enjoyed at the foot of the 7 colour Hill in Purmamarca. All bungalows have rustic style fireplaces, free Wi-Fi and views of the garden. Los Colorados Cabanas Boutique complex is only 5 blocks from Purmamarca's picturesque main square. Guests can rely on the tour desk for advice on visiting the area. Air-conditioned bungalows are styled in earth shades and feature charming cream coloured walls with an irregular finish, full kitchen facilities and private bathrooms with toiletries. Some bungalows have satellite TV and DVD players.
 Antiguo Convento - Salta
Standard Room
The Hotel del Antiguo Convento is located in the old historic part of Salta, a few minutes away from Plaza 9 de Julio and close to the San Francisco Church and the San Bernardo Convent. The hotel is an old restored house, which offers the combination of colonial style with modern comfortable facilities. The rooms are spacious, rustically decorated and well equipped including heating and air conditioning. Wi-Fi is also available. Other hotel facilities include a swimming pool, beautiful gardens and a colonial patio where a snack bar service can be enjoyed. In 2007, the hotel won the Golden Award for Quality and Business Prestige.

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