What are the most spectacular roads in Argentina?

Located in South America, Argentina is a country of contrasts, and so are the roads. It features more than 100 roads listed as the most spectacular in the world, including climbs to mountain peaks, mountain passes and coastal drives. A challenge for everybody.

For instance, the country hosts a never-ending list of mountain passes acting as borders with other countries. It’s worth to remember the country shares borders with Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil and Uruguay. If you travel to Argentina, you can’t miss the legendary Route 40.
Stretching from Santa Cruz Province in the south to Jujuy Province in the north, Ruta 40 is a real adventure in the western part of Argentina. It’s one of the longest and most spectacular drives in the world. Remember the climate ranges from subtropical in the north to subpolar in the south, so plan accordingly the drive.

If you prefer mountain roads, you can’t avoid Jama Pass, an Andean road from Chile to Argentina at an elevation of 4,283m (14,051ft) above sea level; Roballos Pass, an Andean pass from Chile to Argentina at an elevation of 651m (2,135ft) above sea level; or driving the international San Francisco Pass in the Andes, a mountain pass at 4,760m (15,616ft) above sea level, on the border with Chile. It's one of the highest roads of Argentina. Or the popular Sico Pass, a scenic border pass in the Andes, at an elevation of 4.092m (13,425ft) above sea level, on the border of Chile and Argentina.

Stretching from Santa Cruz Province in the south to Jujuy Province in the north, Ruta 40 is a real adventure in the western part of Argentina. It’s one of the longest and most spectacular drives in the world.

Paso de Jama is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.283m (14,051ft) above sea level, located on the border of Chile and Argentina.

Paso Rodolfo Roballos is an international mountain pass at an elevation of 651m (2,135ft) above sea level, on the border between Chile and Argentina.

Paso de San Francisco is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.760m (15,616ft) above sea level, located on the border of Argentina and Chile. It's one of the highest roads of the country.

Abra de Chorrillos is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.555m (14,944ft) above sea level, located in Argentina. It's one of the highest roads in Argentina.

Abra de Potrerillos is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.192m (13,753ft) above sea level, located in the department of Tumbaya, in Argentina.

Located in southeastern South America, Argentina in second in South America only to Brazil in size and population, There is no shortage of mountains in Argentina. The spine of the Andes follows the western border of the country for 4000 kilometers.

Iruya is a small town at an elevation of 2.790m (9,153ft) above sea level, located in the Iruya Department of Salta Province in Argentina.

Paso de Agua Negra (Black Water Pass) is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.774m (15,662ft) above sea level, located on the border of Argentina and Chile. It's one of the highest roads in the country.

Paso de Sico is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.092m (13,425ft) abovee sea level, located on the border of Chile and Argentina.

Located in the eastern part of the province of Santa Cruz in Argentina, Gran Bajo de San Julián holds the distinction of being the lowest elevation in the Americas, sitting at -105 meters (-345 feet).

Paso Futaleufú is an international mountain pass at an elevation of 335m (1,099ft) above sea level, located on the border of Chile and Argentina.

Paso Cardenal Antonio Samoré is an international mountain pass at an elevation of 1.306m (4,284ft) above sea level, located on the border of Chile and Argentina. It is one of the main mountain passes through the southern Andes.

Paso de Pircas Negras (Black Pircas Pass) is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.175m (13697ft) above sea level, located on the border of Argentina and Chile.

Aconcagua is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 6.961m (22,838ft) above sea level, located in the Mendoza Province, Argentina. It’s one of the highest roads of South America.

Paso del Planchón is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.515m (8,251ft) above sea level, located on the border of Argentina and Chile.

Abra del Acay is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.956m (16,259ft) above the sea level, located in La Poma Departament, in Salta Province, in Argentina. It’s said to be the highest road pass on a national highway in the whole of America.

Paso Internacional Pichachén is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.063m (6,768ft) above the sea level, located on the border of Argentina and Chile.

Paso Carirriñe is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.150m (3,772ft) above sea level, located on the border of Chile and Argentina. The road is less used but very beautiful.

Piedra del Molino is a lofty mountain point at an elevation of 3,367m (11,046ft) above sea level, situated in the central-western part of the province of Salta, in Argentina.

Ruta Provincial 52 is a challenging road located in the western part of Argentina near the Chilean border. It’s called Ruta del Año (Route of the Year) because it has 365 turns, most of them hairpins.

Abra Fundición is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.743m (15,561ft) above sea level, situated in the province of Salta, Argentina. The road through the pass is extremely challenging and not suitable for those afraid of heights. It's one of the highest roads of Argentina.

Located in the southernmost tip of South America, in Argentina, the bridge over the Moat River is 42m long. It’s one of the most spectacular bridges in the world.

Abra del Cóndor is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.942m (12,933ft) above the sea level located on the boundary of Jujuy and Salta provinces, in Argentina.

Abra del Infiernillo is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.056m (10,026ft) above the sea level, located in Tucumán province in northwest Argentina.

Lagunillas del Farallón is a high mountain town at an elevation of 4.182m (13,720ft) above the sea level, located located in the High Andes, in Jujuy, a province of Argentina, located in the extreme northwest of the country. 

Salar del Rincón is a salt pan at an elevation of 4.015m (13,172ft) above the sea level, located in Los Andes department in Salta Province, Argentina.

Ruta Provincial 70 is a high mountain dirt track located in the Jujuy province, Argentina, in the extreme northwest of the country, at the borders with Chile and Bolivia, with a length of 41km.

Cuesta del Farallón is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.625m (15,173ft) above the sea level located in Jujuy Province in Argentina.

Ojos del Salado is a massive stratovolcano on the Argentina-Chile border and the highest volcano in the world at 6,891m (22,608ft) above sea level. This mountain has been the scene of several records for attaining the highest altitude aboard a land vehicle. It’s one of the highest accessible points by car on Earth.

El Aguilar is a small town and a mine at an elevation of 4.895m (16,060ft) above the sea level, located in Jujuy Province in Argentina. It’s one of the highest towns accessible by car on Earth.

Paso Internacional Ciénaga de Paicone-Río Mojón is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.627m (11,889ft) above the sea level, located on the border of Argentina and Bolivia.

Puna Jujeña is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.438m (14,560ft) above the sea level, located in Jujuy Province in Argentina in the Rinconada Department.

Paso Pehuenche is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.557m (8,389ft) above sea level, on the border of Chile and Argentina.

Ruta Provincial 54 (Camino 6 de septiembre) is a curvy mountainous road which rarely permit speeds over 30km/h, located in the scenic Punilla Valley, Córdoba Province, Argentina, with a total length of 26.6km. The road climbs the Pan de Azucar mountain pass, at an elevation of 1.260m (4,133ft) above the sea level.

Abra del Gallo is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.630m (15,190ft) above the sea level, located in the Salta province, Argentina.