The world’s longest continental mountain chain offers unbelievable variety, something that is commonplace in Argentina’s northwest: jaw-dropping mountain vistas; canyons that turn polychromatic in the sunlight; lush cloud forests; and Andean salt pans, like great mirrors, that reflect haunting and beautiful skyscapes. Humans have done their best to complement nature’s aesthetic touch with their colourful colonial towns, textiles and miles of lonely roads leading down mythic valleys. Both indigenous and colonial traditions remain strong in Argentina, and in its rural communities the rhythm of life has remained unchanged for generations.
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Welcome to Argentina! Arrive at the Salta airport where you will be greeted by your guide and taken to your hotel. Enjoy a relaxing evening, have dinner at the hotel restaurant, rest and prepare for your adventure to begin in the morning.
Take a short drive over the Calchaqui Sub Andean range of mountains and stop near the summit on the Cuesta del Obispo. Bike into the Los Cardones National Park before visiting the sleepy village of Payogasta.
Depart early this morning on a spectacular drive south along Route 40, one of the longest roads in the world. Pass stunning rock formations, colonial churches and gauchos working the land. Continue on to the reservoir settlement of San Carlos and ride into the colonial town of Cafayate.
Continue riding south past vines, cactus and dramatic country towards lunch in the Bodegas Rio de Arena. Afterwards, either bike to the hotel or explore the ruins and Quilmes, learning all about the region in pre-Hispanic times. Dinner tonight will be in the newest and most exciting bodega in the region, the Bodega Piatelli.
Journey north to the charming Parador de las Cabras where we will cool off with a dip in the pool and enjoy a light lunch before driving to Salta. After the last couple of days of quietude, the energy of Salta will prove a welcome contrast.
Take a short drive this morning to La Caldera where we’ll ride through an incredible cloud forest, following a route that both the Incan and Spanish empires once used. Lunch in Jujuy at a family run sugar plantation before ending the day in Purmamarca.
Drive up the Cuesta de Lipán and begin cycling at the highest point, descending to Salinas Grandes, an ocean of salt flats. Our trip culminates in a splendid final-night feast at a hidden gem of a venue that will remain, for the time being, our secret!
After breakfast this morning, we’ll drive to the airport in Salta in time to catch your flights to Buenos Aires and beyond.Show All Days VIEW MAP CLOSE Want to see a full
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