This is a fascinating bike trip through the best regions of northwest Argentina. The journey starts in Salta main city and gateway to the Northwest region which features the best-preserved colonial heritage in all of Argentina; you will spend three days in Jujuy to cycle the diverse landscapes of Humahuaca Gorge region - a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. You will marvel at the Great Salt flats, Seven Color hill, the charming town of Purmamarca, Incan archaeological sites and colonial Andean towns. The trip continues in Cafayate and into the most prestigious Calchaquíes valleys. You´ll cycle high-altitude vineyards, as you marvel at the red rock mountains and sky-high cacti that distinguish the landscape. After visiting Salta, the last days of the trip will be spent in Tucumán, where you will visit the Ruins of the Quilmes Indians, an aborigine settlement that left its footprint in the past, Tafi del Valle, the Yungas, the Andes mountain “jungle” and the capital city of Tucumán. You will be suspended in time and amazed by the surrounding mountains, while experiencing a unique cultural and historical journey, where music, rites, art and religious beliefs are kept alive among other Kolla and Incan traditions, never abandoned despite the passing of time.

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Itinerary at a glance

Day 1 – Salta – Welcome Tour
Day 2 – Jujuy - Bike Tour to San Salvador de Jujuy
Day 3 – Jujuy – Hike to “Seven Colored Hill” in Purmamarca
Day 4 – Jujuy – Bike Tour to Salinas Grandes (Salt Flats)
Day 5 – Salta – Culinary Tour & Argentine Peñas
Day 6 – Salta – Bike tour to “Quebrada de las Conchas”
Day 7 – Salta – Bike through beautiful wine country
Day 8 – Tucuman – Bike tour to Quilmes Ruins and Amaichá del Valle
Day 9 – Tucuman – Bike Tour to Tafi del Valle
Day 10 – Tucuman - Downhill ride to San Miguel de Tucuman
Day 11 – Tucuman – Highlights of San Miguel de Tucuman - Departure

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Full Itinerary

Welcome to Salta!
Upon arrival at the airport, meet your guide and be transferred to your hotel where you will check in and have time to relax. In the afternoon, start out with a 3-hour sightseeing bike tour and explore the best of this city tucked into the foothills of the Andes as you visit highlights such as the Church and Monastery of San Francisco, the “Cabildo”, San Bernardo Monastery and the top of San Bernardo hill for stunning views of the city. In the evening, immerse yourself in the culture and history of Salta on a food tour and visit our favorite Salta hangouts for delicious typical Andean dishes.

Meals: Dinner.
Accommodations: Kkala Boutique hotel

Today, you will cycle through the tropical rainforest to the outskirts of San Salvador de Jujuy, capital of the Jujuy Province. Today’s ride highlights the contrasts of the area as you pedal in and out of the Yungas forest with song birds, ferns and bromeliads before descending back into desert and cactus country. You will have a picnic lunch at the border between the Salta and Jujuy provinces. Arrive in Jujuy and check in at your hotel.

Meals: Dinner.
Accommodations: Altos de la Viña

Following breakfast, travel further north to Purmamarca, the town famous for its mountain of seven colors the “Cerro de Siete Colores.” Hike around the colorful mountain for 4 miles, or extend your hike further into the hills. Return to Purmamarca, a charmingly sleepy little village with a daily handicrafts fair in the square, which has a smattering of cafes and shops around it. The hotel is located in Purmamarca, which serves as our base for exploring some of the region’s extraordinary landscapes and historic gems of Argentina’s northwest.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
Accommodations: El Manantial del Silencio

Set off from Purmamarca and ride up to the great salt flats above Purmamarca. The ride starts gently and offers stunning views from the first pedal stroke. Our truck will support the climb so if you decide to take a lift over the pass you can shuttle to the salt flats, or get back on your bike at the top and ride. There is nothing quite like the surreal feeling of walking in this immense basin of salt so we encourage everyone to give it a go! This afternoon we shuttle back to your hotel in Purmamarca.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
Accommodations: El Manantial del Silencio

Today, return to Salta city and then mid-morning jump on our bikes and pedal through the hills and back into town. Just before the descent into Salta we’ll recommend a great place for lunch where you can relax and enjoy views of the city. In the afternoon, join us in our culinary tour and taste delicious authentic local specialties such as empanadas, humitas and locro. Discover the popular roots of the north with a guided tour through the main hot spots for Salta poets and musicians: the Peñas. A special activity to learn the basic steps of Argentinean Folk and dance with the locals.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
Accommodations: El Manantial del Silencio

We start our day with a shuttle before embarking on what some people consider their “most beautiful ride ever.” Pedal through the magical Quebrada de las Conchas, passing by geological formations eroded into forms such as the “Devil’s Throat,” the “Frog,” the “Amphitheater,” the “Monk,” and more. Take your time through the canyon as the late afternoon light creates an explosion of colors over the last 15 miles. Our destination is the colonial town of Cafayate, famous for its wines and a base for adventure travel in the area.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodations: Patios de Cafayate

This morning, you’ll cycle at your own pace on peaceful country lanes, through an endless panorama of high-altitude vineyards, olive groves and acclaimed wineries. Yes, there are a few hills but rest stops are frequent as you are guided to three top-ranking wineries for tastings, one of which will include a cellar tour. You’ll also enjoy a truly delectable light lunch featuring local products and wine pairings at one of the best wineries in the area. The view from your table is breathtaking. Dinner is on your own and opportunities abound to sample local wines and specialties.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodations: Patios de Cafayate

Our ride from Cafayate takes you by several of the vineyards that make this area’s wine famous. We are riding along the valley toward the most famous ruins in Argentina – Quilmes. The indigenous community here resisted the Inca invasion first and then the Spanish occupation for 130 years until 1667 when they were finally defeated; the Spaniards forced the population to evacuate the village and march toward Buenos Aires. Hundreds died along the way, and the town of Quilmes fell into ruin. The survivors settled south of Buenos Aires city and christened their new town, after the old and called it Quilmes. Wander through the partially restored ruins for a stunning view of the entire valley and visit the museum. Continue for another 17 km (10 miles) to arrive to the small town of Amaichá, famous for its museum complex dedicated to Mother Earth.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodations: Hotel Altos de Amaicha

We leave Cafayate to ride (or shuttle) up and over 1000 meters (3300 feet) to enter the valley of Tafi del Valle. Set in a fertile valley this famous town acts as the local resort for the people of the nearby city of San Miguel de Tucuman. The climb takes you through a desert environment with cactus covered mountains to the summit – Spanish conquerors used this pass to enter Argentina as they traveled East from Peru. You’ll notice a dramatic difference in the landscape as soon as you begin your descent to the valley; the vegetation suddenly becomes lush. Explore Tafi del Valle and enjoy lunch on your own before we rendezvous to our shuttle to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hosteria Luna Huana

Today ride downhill through a luscious tropical forest, the yungas, a stark contrast from the Alpine meadow valley area of Tafi and the desert like environment of the previous days. We finish our tour in the city of San Miguel de Tucuman, the largest city in northwestern Argentina. This provincial capital is where delegates declared the country’s independence from Spain on July 9, 1816.
In the evening, get acquainted with the traditional cuisine of Tucuman on a delicious food tour through some of the city’s best-loved eateries. You’ll sample the best authentic dishes cooked in a clay oven paired with great local wineries.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel

Today start out with a complete sightseeing tour of San Miguel de Tucumán, the cradle of Argentine independence. You will tour in a comfortable car through Tucuman’s different districts and famous gardens, stopping when you like to get a feel of each, to take photographs and to walk through a sampling of historic districts. You will also have the opportunity to buy last-minute souvenirs. Later, you will be transferred to the Airport to take your flight back home.

All tours to the North-East Region of Argentina have the option to continue to the Desert of Atacama and the Uyuni Salt Flat, producing a thorough itinerary through all valleys, plateaus and gorges.

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