Ruta 3 Tierra del Fuego

Ruta 3 Tierra del Fuego

Ruta 3, Tierra del Fuego is one of the most spectacular drives in the world. The road is 363 kilometres (226 mi) long and is said to be the southernmost paved road in the world. It’s located in Tierra del Fuego, Antártida e Islas del Atlántico Sur Province, in Argentina.

The drive is part of the National Route 3 (Argentina) on a very remote area. It starts on the border of Chile and ends in the city of Ushuaia. The road starts very narrow ad rough, but then it gets better. It turns into a gravel straight road and then is totally asphalted. There are zones quite difficult to drive because the road is not properly kept and there are wide trucks and sometimes heavy oil machinery which is transported on trucks. Tierra del Fuego has a subpolar oceanic climate approaching some definitions of a tundra climate. From March to September it may freeze or snow all along the route and the effect is not always visible. Don’t drive your car during that season, since besides your car will request special snow wheels. All this sort of thing may spoil your trip.

Due its unique location and passing through remote areas, it is important when driving in these conditions to be prepared. Do not miss the opportunity to fill your car gas tank. There are long tracts with no gas stations and some maps show stations that are not working or may not have fuel reserve. The road crosses several provinces and in general there is a police control at each provincial border. Keep your vehicle and your personal documents at hand. Plan several stops during your drive in order to rest properly. You may be surprised to get to a hotel you see as a reference on your map which is just some ruins. The most convenient decision is to overnight in cities where you have booked your accommodation in advance because in summer they are usually full. Conditions can change quickly and be harsh. Road closures can be frequent, so check conditions before traveling to this area. Watch the winds! The westerlies are certainly strong and when you cross another vehicle (mainly if it is a truck) it will protect you for a while and as a consequence when you are exposed to wind again, it will feel stronger. Ruta 3 is the only way to get to the island and bring in all kinds of goods, so it is kept free of snow all the time. The restrictions are on the kind of wheels, which should be snow-and-ice proof. We remind you it is not convenient to drive down south between April and September.

 

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