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To explore the Los Andes Mountain Range and the Calchaquíes Valleys in depth, we created a unique route called Travesía. Today we invite you to check out why you can’t miss it!
In crossing the Andes Mountain Range we go through the Andean Altiplano, a huge plateau of broad and smooth plains formed by the erosion of mountains and volcanoes, which boasts lagoons, wetlands, salt fields and geysers that form extremely diverse and colorful landscapes. We explore from 4,000 m.a.s.l. (13, 123 f.a.s.l.) up to 5,000 m.a.s.l. (16,404 f.a.s.l.), experiencing the harshness of this unique place on earth.
The Andes Mountain Range is the natural border between Argentina and Chile. By traveling from one side to the other we get to meet two cultures that while being very close in the map, have noticeable differences in their traditions and ways of talking. During this journey, we go from the area of influence of the Atlantic Ocean to that of the Pacific Ocean.
During this journey you’ll see unique contrasting landscapes, witnessing five different ecosystems in 650 kilometers (404 miles). At the beginning, you are surrounded by forests and green, then cross valleys with farmlands and rivers; and as we go into the Altiplano, fauna becomes scarce and bushes are smaller. Finally, you get to the world’s driest desert and to landscapes that seem like taken from a different planet, including sand dunes and extraordinary rock formations.
Comparable with “US Highway 20”, which crosses the US from coast to coast, “Route 40” connects Argentina from north to south. Traveling this route means traveling through the country’s history, even to pre-Columbian times. During our journey, we cross through the highest highway border crossing: Abra de Acay, at almost 5,000 m.a.s.l. (16,404 f.a.s.l.).
At present, going to locations off the beaten track and discovering new routes is indeed a privilege. This is an everyday activity during our journey, taking us to remote places and rewarding us with wonderful landscapes and the feeling that the physical effort was worth the while. We go up from 2,400 m.a.s.l. (7,874 f.a.s.l.) to 4,900 m.a.s.l.(16,076 f.a.s.l.), through trekking routes spanning from 4 kilometers (2,5 miles) to 26 kilometers (16 miles), depending on the altitude. Everyone can achieve this with good acclimation.