In the far northwest corner of Neuquén is a provincial preserve
of lakes at the base of the Andes mountains. A long drive through the arid dusty roads from the town of Chos Malal
made this a very remote place to visit in the middle of summer.
For at least half the 200km drive south of Malargüe in Mendoza Province, Ruta 40
disintegrates into a mix of broken concrete, dirt and gravel. It is flat, though slow and desolate until crossing into Neuquén.