We have come to learn that when you have a road that crosses the Andes you’re in for something special. This was no exception.
Starting in Purmamarca, famed for it’s stunning rock formation, Siete Colores (Seven Colours), the Argentine Ruta 52 works its way up to 4,300m asl via a series of hairpin bends. The road then drops in similar fashion to vast salt flats before rising again to 4,800m asl through narrow, cactus festooned gorges.
After crossing the border, Ruta 52 gives way the Chilean Ruta 27, which weaves through epic snow capped volcanoes and stunning salt lakes. If that wasn’t enough we were treated to the sun setting over the Atacama desert as we dropped over 2,000m in height over 30kms.
Wow. Wow. Wow.