We will ride the Quebrada de Humahuaca, in Jujuy (UNESCO’s World Heritage site), with its colorful mountains and Pre-Columbian ruins.
We will go up the altiplano to visit the “Salinas Grandes”, an immense dry lake of salt. The inhabitants there work hard extracting salt from the lake. We will then go through some tropical vegetation (yungas forest), go up the famous Cuesta del Obispo. Suddenly we will find ourselves in a completely different scenery: cacti and colonial style villages with interesting architecture; craftsmen and farmers. Valles Calchaquies. Through dirt roads –with some sand stretches- we will go into narrow valleys with lunar landscapes that contrast with the farmed fields. We will be able to see the suggestive “Quebrada de las Flechas”. We will visit Calafate, with its famous vineyards, its pleasant weather and large square. The vast and green valley of Tafi del Valle, with its lake at the centre, from which we will start the long descent by the blindingly green Reserva Natural de los Sosa.
We will finish the trip in the lively Tucuman, partying with the famous empanadas tucumanas and a good glass of wine.
Photos of the last travel in Argentine Northwest
Contact us for the travel day plan
Jujuy, Quebrada de Humahuaca, Tilcara, Purmamarca, Salinas Grandes, Abra de Potrerillos (4200mosl), Tumbaya, Yala, Salta, Cuesta del Obispo (3350mosl), Parque Nacional los Cardones, Cachi, Seclantas, Molinos, Angastaco, “Quebrada de las Flechas”, San Carlos, Cafayate, Amaicha del Valle, Paso del Infiernillo (3100mosl), Tafi del Valle, Quebrada de los Sosa, Tucumán.
690 km (215 gravel and 475 asphalt) divided in 12 stages. Average distance: 57.5 km p/day. 400 km in minibus transfers.
the trip has quite a positive level difference: it starts at 2950mosl and ends at 450mosl. The stages are progressive, so that bikers have the possibility to get used to
the new environment and do not suffer from “apunamiento”. Daily average ride will be 57 km. We will be descending three important passes: Abra de Potrerillo (4170
m), with a level difference of 2000m over a distance of aprox. 45 km, La Cuesta del Obispo (3350mosl) to Cachi (2280) and the Abra del Infiernillo (3100) to Tafi del Valle (2000mosl). We will get to the passes in the support vehicles, but those who want to ride their bicycles will have the possibility to do it. It is 215 km on gravel road and 475 km on pavement.
generally dry. Minimum 10 C (at night on higher ground) and maximum 35 C. There could also be some summer showers in the lower altitudes.
In order to be properly organized and get better flights the registration should be confirmed 4 months in advance.
- constant assistance of two guides
- Support vehicles
- Every meal (4 a day plus snacks and drinks)
- Good level lodging
- Optional: personal accident insurance
- museums and archeological sites tickets
- bike renting
- alcoholic beverages and one dinner