We will depart from your hotel at 8am and head for the National Route 68, travelling through small villages and tobacco plantations, one of Salta’s most important crops, until arriving at the Provincial Route 33. From here we will head west and drive through the local jungle known as ‘yungas’ that in only a few kilometres turns into a colourful mountain range leading to the Cuesta del Obispo. Upon arrival at the Piedra del Molino, the highest point (3345m m.a.s.l.) and entrance to the National Park, we will prepare our bikes and start the real adventure. We will cycle through the Cachi Pampa and La Recta de Tin Tin (old Incan trail), hoping for the opportunity to come across groups of guanacos (llama species), and condors soaring through the sky. We will continue our journey through a small village called Payogasta, also a 10km marking point form the tiny village of Cachi (2000m m.a.s.l.), famous for its colonial heritage, cobble streets and the cordiality of its people. There we will end our journey with a delicious lunch and end the biking for day 1.
After breakfast we will leave Cachi on bus taking the mystic route 40 to the colonial village Seclantas. There we will meet the local owner of a place full of …?? and of course the famous Cuevas de Acsibi (Acsibi Caves).
The Hiking Trip
We will start the trip by crossing a dry river-bed in a 4x4, before walking 2 hours through a magnificent red-earth gorge and splendid caves that once were part of the Hacienda de Urbina. Here it was that the native Malcachisco Indians washed gold for the spanish until 1603 when the natives started a rebellion that ended in disastrous consequences with not a man left standing. Since then and until now, a time lapse of more than 400 years later, it will surprise you to not see any signs of urbanisation. At most you can see the ruins of houses with thick adobe walls and doors made from cactus wood, from dates of which nobody knows. The high altitude and the sun are unforgiving, so please bring a hat, long-sleeved t-shirt and sunscreen!
Total hiking distance: 15 km
Food included: picnic lunch
Sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses, cycling clothes/gear, fleece, short wind-proof coat, warm jumper, gloves, polar-neck, sports bandana, cycling leggings (short and long), synthetic and warm socks, trainers, changes of clothes., lip balm, sunglasses, cycling clothes/gear, fleece, short wind-proof coat, warm jumper, gloves, polar-neck, sports bandana, cycling leggings (short and long), synthetic and warm socks, trainers, changes of clothes.