Day 1 : Start the adventure !
Your guides will meet you in Salta and a transfer will take us into the semi-deserted Calchaquí Valley, from here, cycle into the Quebrada de las Conchas canyon on an amazing bike ride through surreal landscape. Climb up to la Yesera Pass, the most colorful spot in the area, and enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding gorge. Later we’ll continue to Cafayate and spend the evening at the hostel.
– Average Daily Distance: 40 miles / 65 km (pavement) .
– Average Daily Elevation: 1400 a 1600 meters.
– Difficulty Level: Intermediate
– Total distance to destination: 190 km
– Night: Cafayate.
– Lunch: including (picnic lunch on the route ).
Day 2: Legendary Route 40
Twe´ll coday ycle in the legendary and challenging national route 40 which stretches the length of Argentina from the northern border with Bolivia, to the end of the world: Ushuaia. In this part of the Calchaquí Valley, the road takes the name of Quebrada de las Flechas –Arrows Canyon – stunning ravine of powerfully wind carved and eroded sandstone that lays at the border of the Calchaquí River. We will stop for great picnic lunch into the canyon ,after we continue with a transfer to the beautiful town of Cachi .
– Average Daily Distance: 18 miles / 30 km (gravel).
– Average Daily Elevation: 2100 a 2300 meters.
– Difficulty Level: Intermediate.
– Total distance to the destination: 100 km.
– Night: Cachi
– Lunch : Picnic including.
Day 3: Return to Salta via Cuesta del Obispo
Today we’ll head back to Salta through Cuesta del Obispo. Touch the clouds as we reach the highest Andean pass of our trip – 3348 meters above sea level at Piedra del Molino. Travel downhill along a mountain road for 52 kilometers ,90 % going down ! and end into the jungle .after with a short transfer (20 min) we will celebrate the end of the biking with a delicious lunch in a local restaurant !!!.
After meal transfer to salta city for 1 hs .
– Average Daily Distance: 37 miles / 52 km (gravel and pavement).
– Average Daily Elevation: 3500 a 1300 meters.
– Difficulty Level: easy
– Total distance to destination: 160 km.
– Night: Salta City.
– Lunch: including (local restaurants).
Tips on what to wear in any season in NORTH OF ARGENTINA
On the Bike
– Cycling jerseys or athletic shirts
– Cycling shorts
– Cycling shoes (if you bring your own pedals)
– Sneakers (if you don’t bring your own pedals)
– Athletic socks
– Arm/leg warmers
– Lightweight, waterproof, wind-resistant jacket or vest
– Bike gloves
– Bike saddle/cover (if you prefer your own)
Do I Need to Bring Special Cycling Gear?
Cycling shorts are designed to provide extra padding when spending the whole day in the saddle. You’ll be glad to have them—don’t forget the chamois cream!
If you bring your own cycling shoes, you must bring your own pedals. If you’ve never used clip-in pedals before, we don’t recommend using them on tour.
Arm and leg warmers are essential for cooler weather. Wear them with your short-sleeve jersey and shorts for lightweight, easy-to-pack, and effective warmth.
Bike gloves are a preference, but are recommend for long tours. The padding in gloves can ease arm, shoulder, and joint fatigue.