Friday, April 3, 2009

RTA 40

The quitensential road trip through Patagonia is Route 40.

Route 40 remains largely unpaved as we made our way north along the western border of Argentina; from southern Patagonia to northern Patagonia, from El Chalten to El Bolson. We rarely saw any vegetation higher than our knees in this arid desert-like landscape. Occasionally we saw a hill on the horizon. Like the Praries in Canada it was often the sky that was changing as the bus floated along the gravel roads, swerving slightly with the looseness of the roads. Sometimes we would get a brief break from the gravel with a small section of paved road but those were infrequent and short-lived.

There is not much else to tell in words about sitting on a bus for two days, so we will let the pictures tell the rest of the story:

Argentina Fun Fact #5:

Argentine ice cream is delicious! It´s called ´helado´ and comes in dozens of flavours that they scoop out of large vats with a spatula. Our favourties are limon (lime) and frambuesa (raspberry) in waffle cones or waffle dishes.

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