Top Road Trip Routes in Argentina

Top Road Trip Routes in Argentina

Not sure where to start in Argentina? We have some tips.

When you think of classic road trip destinations, Argentina might not spring immediately to mind, but it really should. This immense nation boasts a wide variety of experiences for motorhome travellers to discover - no matter what kind of holiday you’re looking for, Argentina is bound to astound and delight you. If you’re hunting for inspiration for your upcoming Argentinian road trip, we’ve laid out a handful of potential routes for you to investigate, covering many of the country’s major attractions. These are just rough guides of course. With an Argentina motorhome rental, you’ll have the chance to follow your own star and create an itinerary that suits you down to a tee.


The sheer immensity of the Iguazu Falls will take your breath away.


Iguazu Falls

They say that the journey is more important than the destination, but in this case the destination is pretty darn mind blowing. Pick up a motorhome rental in Buenos Aires and head north to get an eyeful of one of the most awe-inspiring waterfalls on Earth. It is technically possible to make the trip in a single day but even if you have multiple drivers, this isn’t a great idea. If you’re not in a rush, you might spend a night in Federación before detouring to the bucolic Corrientes Province. Your final destination is the astounding Iguazu Falls on the border of Brazil and Argentina. This is the largest waterfall system in the world, and is incredibly scenic to boot - bring a decent camera if at all possible. Return your rental to Buenos Aires when once you’ve soaked up your fill of the grandiose scenery, or continue on for more Argentina adventures.


A motorhome trip down the legendary Route 40 will treat you to all kinds of spectacular sights.


Route 40

If you’re looking for the ultimate Argentine adventure road trip route, look no further. This trip will take you from northern Argentina right down into subantarctic climes, via the rugged wilds of Patagonia. Those who are keen for a truly epic road trip should opt for a Salta motorhome rental, then head for Route 40 and just keep on going. The soaring peaks and wide expanses of Patagonia are ahead of you, with the rugged Andes an ever present companion on your right. Your final destination is Ushuaia, the capital of the dramatically chilly Tierra del Fuego, where you can find adorable penguins, immense glaciers and massive swathes of untouched wilderness. It’s worth noting that you need to pass through Chile to reach Ushuaia, so make sure you’ve got any necessary visa work done before you set out.


Lake Nahuel Huapi is just one of the scenic highlights on the Seven Lakes circuit.


Seven Lakes

If you don’t have the time for a gargantuan road trip like Route 40, driving the Seven Lakes circuit with a Bariloche motorhome rental is an incredibly picturesque alternative. The round trip route is just under 250 km all up, but you’ll still want to take a whole day to fully experience the photogenic landscapes along the way. To start the adventure off on the right foot, brave souls might want to take a dip in the clear waters of Lake Nahuel Huapi (but be warned, it’s chilly all year round). Stop for a bite to eat in Villa la Angostura, a pretty little lakeside town that oozes with charm - if you have extra time available, consider hitting the beautiful hiking trails in the area. Don’t pass Lake Espejo without pulling over at one of the roadside viewpoints: it’s famous for its crystal clear mirror images of the surrounding mountains. From there it’s not too far back to your starting point, and a well deserved rest at the end of the day.


Explore gaucho culture with a Buenos Aires motorhome round trip.


Buenos Aires Province

You don’t have to stray far from Argentina’s characterful capital to enjoy a fun, varied road trip. Just an hour southeast of the Argentine capital is the university city of La Plata. Sightseeing highlights include the biggest neo-Gothic cathedral in Argentina, a top notch natural history museum and plenty of green space to relax in. From there, head to the seaside resort town of Pinamar to hit the beaches and admire the architecture, before driving down the coast to another, even more iconic coastal resort city: Mar del Plata. After you’ve had your fill of the beach, make your way inland to the laid back city of Tandil. Before you leave, you have to try the city’s most renowned specialty: picadas. Roughly equivalent to a cheese platter, these boards stacked with locally produced nibbles including cheeses, olives and cured meats make for the perfect light afternoon meal. Before wrapping up your round trip, shoot northward to San Antonio de Areco, the perfect spot to sample gaucho (cowboy) culture. The Museum of the Gaucho is a good place to start, but even wandering around the town center will showcase the longstanding traditions this city was built on. Before returning your Buenos Aires motorhome rental and wrapping up your trip, don’t forget to explore the capital itself.


These itineraries are really just a sampler for what you can discover when you touch down in Argentina and pick up a motorhome rental. With the unique freedom of having your accommodation and transport rolled into one, Argentina lies waiting to be explored in your own time, in your own way.

Written By: Kristof Haines

It’s funny how motorhome memories stick with you. I can still recall a motorhome vacation my family took when I was five years old and how awesome I thought I was, tucked away in a loft bed above the cab. From revealing unique destinations to providing tips and tricks, it’s my mission to help others build great motorhome memories too.