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The 7 Most Scenic Road Trip Routes In South America

If you’re counting down the days until your next adventure, consider one of these scenic road trips in South America. These winding roads will lead you into rural wilderness, lush greenery and the heart of Argentina, Bolivia and beyond.

Pack up the car (or your motorbike!) and start planning to hit those dusty and exciting roads…

Scenic Road Trip Routes In South America

1. Calchaqui Valleys – Argentina

Driving along the famous roundtrip around the Calchaquí Valleys is a must for all those who wish to see the best of Argentina. The route is well-known for its vineyards and wineries. When it comes to the most scenic road trips in South America, this is an essential route.

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2. Crossing The Carretera Austral – Chile

The Carretera Austral is an amazing road in Chilean Patagonia that starts in Puerto Montt, and crosses 1,247km of remote terrain to the northern shores of Lago O’Higgins. It takes about three-four weeks to drive it all.

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3. Paso De Los Caracoles – Chile/Argentina

Snaking over 5,000 miles between Chile and Argentina, Paso De Los Caracoles is the drive of a lifetime. This route will immerse you in the magical beauty of the Andes and the absolute wonder that is the Los Caracoles region. Admire the ever-changing landscape as you head down the dramatic winding roads.

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4. The North Yungas Road – Bolivia

Currently taking the cake for the world’s most dangerous road, North Yungas Road is also one of the most scenic drives. If you’re bold enough to take on the treacherous route, the surrounding beauty is a great reward. Never-ending cascades, lush Amazon landscape, mountainside cliffs and unforgiving switchbacks are just a few of the reasons it’s one fo the world’s most scenic roads.

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5. Ruta 40 – Argentina

Legendary Ruta 40 is the ultimate Argentine road trip, made famous by its role in Che Guevara’s ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’. It runs along 5,000km crossing 18 important rivers, 20 National Parks and Natural Reserves. On this spectacular highway, you’ll pass through everything from wetlands to breathtaking glaciers.

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6. Road To El Chalten – Argentina

The Road To El Chalten in Argentina is one of the world’s most scenic drives for its striking mountain landscape and iconic views of Patagonia’s El Chalten. This route takes you through some of the world’s most rugged and pristine landscapes. Plus, the route is easy to cruise, which means more time to enjoy the surrounding beauty.

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7. Route 10 – Uruguay

This 8-hour ocean drive takes you from Montevideo to the surf town of Punto del Diablo, with plenty of beachside towns to take in along the way. Cruising along here in the summer is a pure joy.

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Sarah Clayton-Lea
Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder and global head of content of Big 7 Travel, 26-year-old Sarah created the company through her passion for discovering the world's best food and travel experiences. Formerly based in Dublin, Ireland, she now travels the world sharing her finds with our readers - a community that loves travel just as much as we do.

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