“Andean” beauty among the giants of the Andes
An invitation to discover a magical natural environment in the Andean heart, between the provinces of San Juan and Mendoza, centered on the El Leoncito National Park and a spectacular mountainous amphitheater of “giants”. With the presence of the Cordillera Ansilta, the famous Cerro Mercedario and Aconcagua, 6962m above sea level “the colossus of America” (highest peak on the continent). Even the silence of the desert will surprise you, as well as the animals that inhabit it and the clarity of the sky with millions of stars…
Note: This trip will see the participation of the prestigious mountain guide Heber Orona www.heberorona.com
Meeting in Mendoza at the hotel.
Uspallata (2040 masl)
1 hour transfer, from Mendoza to the Natural Reserve of Villavicencio (900 masl), where we will start pedaling along a dirt road making the ascent of “Caracoles de Villavicencio”. In Cruz de Paramillo (3000), we will have a spectacular panorama of Aconcagua (6962m) and we will begin the descent.
Pedaling: 57 km
Accommodation: cabañas in a particular agricultural environment.
Barreal (1650 masl)
We will cycle through the PN. Leoncito on a plateau, with stretches of asphalt and we will cross the desert of the Pampa del Leoncito, pedaling on the salt pan and on the earth. We will have the opportunity to go trekking to the hidden waterfalls, inside the Leoncito National Park.
Pedaling: 110 km
Accommodation: hotel in the small village of Barreal in a country inn with a family atmosphere.
Transfer to the Laguna Blanca (3400 meters), with the possibility of optional trekking, (5 hours), to the Arroyo Turquesa (3700 masl).
Descent by bike of 2000m on the outskirts of Barreal, with an almost lunar desert landscape, with occasional oases and views of towering mountains.
Pedaling: 80 km.
Hotel: Hotel in Barreal.
Transfer to Mendoza with the possibility of a balloon flight to Uspallata and lunch with a visit to a winery.
End of trip.
Mendoza, Uspallata, El Leoncito National Park (characterized by one of the clearest skies in the world), Barreal.
About 700 km with several transfers in support vehicles.
250 km of pedaling, mostly on dirt roads. The route takes place at high altitude, between 1000 and 3700 meters above sea level
250 km of pedaling, mostly on dirt roads. The route takes place at high altitude, between 1000 meters above sea level and 3700 meters above sea level. There is a climb of just over 20 km, but with a gentle slope and also a long descent. It is a journey in which participants can take advantage of the service and choose to cycle the entire route, trekking or even, using the means of support, to rest.
MTB, bicycle touring or gravel bike, with tires for dirt roads. after a mechanical check. Possibility of renting.
- 2 guides
- 4x4 assistance vehicle
- Accommodation (4 nights in hotel) and meals indicated in the program
- All transfers from Mendoza
- flight ticket
- Transfers to the starting point of the trip in Mendoza
- Alternative excursions
- Entrances to parks and archaeological sites
- Tips and extras