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Route 40 / 4 days - 3 nights

Travel Style Adventure
Season: October thru April
Beginning Day: Wednesdays
Departure: Group
Minimum of pax No Minimum.
Difficulty: Low
Trip starts at: Comodoro Rivadavia Airport
Trip ends at: El Chalten
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The Program Route 40 is the ideal way of approaching southern Patagonia if you really wish to realize what the destination means. It starts at the airport of the main city of Comodoro Rivadavia, in the Gulf de San Jorge, in the Atlantic coast, crosses Patagonia from east to west, and follows the legendary route 40, which runs all from north to south of Argentina at the foot of the Andes, something like 5000 km of road. We’ll travel the southernmost section of this famous route, all gravel road across the Patagonian steppe, to arrive to Fitz Roy area from the north.

The highlights of the trip are visiting the Cuevas de las Manos (literally Cave of Hands - ancient paintings), lakes Buenos Aires, Pueyrredón and Posadas, we will have the chance in good weather conditions to see mounts San Lorenzo and San Valentín (the two giants of Southern Patagonia) and feel what the Patagonian plains and solitude means. The tour ends upon arrival to El Chaltén.

01 Comodoro Rivadavia airport -
Los Antiguos
02 Cueva de las Manos
03 River Oro Canyon,
Lake Pueyrredon
04 Lake Posadas – El Chalten
3 nights at Hostería

Day 1 Comodoro Rivadavia – Los Antiguos

Our trip begins 2 pm at the restaurant of Comodoro Rivadavia airport, which will be our meeting point. We travel southbound along the Atlantic coast skirting the Gulf San Jorge for 70 km to enter Caleta Olivia, main oil producing city in Patagonia. From here we turn west to leave the Atlantic behind and start our approach to the Andes. After 350 km (paved road) we reach Los Antiguos, on the shores of Lago Buenos Aires, the second largest lake in America after Titicaca. We are 2 km away from the Chilean border.
Lodging at Hosteria or Inn, double room with private bathroom.
Alternative: Single room with private bathroom.

Meals we provide: Dinner

Day 2 Los Antiguos – Lago Posadas

From Los Antiguos (famous for its cherry production) we travel south along route 40 to get to the Pinturas River Canyon and visit the “Cueva de las Manos” (Cave of the Hands, literally), ancient paintings 10,000 years old. We travel then west to Lago Posadas, small and picturesque town and gateway to Lakes Posadas and Pueyrredón on the argentinean side. We drive this day approximately 360 km, 60 of them paved.
Lodging at Hosteria or Inn, double room with private bathroom.
Alternative: Single room with private bathroom.

Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Day 3 Lago Posadas – Lake Pueyrredón

Lakes Posadas (blue) and Pueyrredón (green), separated by a narrow stripe of land, are probably two of the most beautiful lakes of southern Patagonia. They lay in a large glacier valley, separating the Highlands of Lake Buenos Aires from Cerro San Lorenzo massif. We use this day to visit this beautiful valley and the surroundings of both lakes. We’ll see strange and colourful rock formations, wetlands and birds.
Lodging at Hosteria or Inn, double room with private bathroom.
Alternative: Single room with private bathroom.

Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner.

Day 4 Lago Posadas – El Chalten

Alter breakfast we get on the bus for the final sprint to El Chalten, 550 km south. On our way, different birds and flowers will give life to the desert-type landscape. We have lunch in a Patagonian style stop-over place. The final 100 km westbound features lake and glacier Viedma and the spires of Fitz Roy massif and Cerro Torre group. Arrival to Chalten is scheduled around 7 pm. End of services.
Meals we provide: Breakfast.




  • Bilingual tour leader during all the activities
  • All transfers Comodoro Rivadavia airport– Los Antiguos – Cueva de las Manos -
    Lago Posadas - El Chaltén
  • Lodging as shown below.
  • 3 breakfasts, 2 box lunch y 3 dinners as detailed below.

We offer the MRC Route 40 in two different types of accommodations

Base Accommodation (MRC – 01 y MRC 02)

(MRC 01) Hosteria room with private bathroom x x x
(MRC 02) Single base option available x x x

Meals included in the trip are shown in the following chart.

Breakfast   x x x
Box Lunch   x x  
Dinner x x x  

Not included

  • Entrance fees to Cueva de las Manos.
  • Entrance fees to National Parks.
  • Medical and life insurance.
  • Tips.
  • Drinks and beverages (all foods are without alcoholic or non alcoholic drinks).
  • Flights or airport taxes.
  • Optional excursions.
  • Services not shown or detailed in the program.

The Operator holds the right of changing the itinerary or cancel any of the activities when any natural cause (or any other cause of any type) justifies it in order to look after the group safety.

Meeting Point
The Meeting Point for the Group on Day 1 is at 2 pm at the Restaurant of the Comodoro Rivadavia Airport. This Meeting Point can be modified and will be confirmed upon booking confirmation of the passenger.

List of suggested personal equipment:

  • Backpack, 50 lts or so
  • Thermal underwear
  • Trekking shoes or boots
  • Trekking pants
  • Fleece
  • Parka and overpants
  • Gaiters
  • Gloves
  • Termal socks
  • The necessary spare cloth
  • Wool hat
  • Sun hat
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun screen (UV is very strong during the southern spring, from september thru december)
  • Personal items
  • Lamp
  • Trekking poles (recommended, if you are use to them)
  • Personal medication
  • Personal documents to cross the border between Argentina and Chile.

Weather in Patagonia is unpredictable. Not very cold, but it is usually windy. To dress in layers is the best advice.