Unbelievable variety is commonplace in Argentina’s northwest. See jaw-dropping mountain vistas and canyons that change color when the sunlight hits them as well as incredibly lush cloud forests Argentina comes complete with colorful colonial towns, miles of bike-friendly pavement, flavors and rhythms that have fed and moved generations of Altiplano people, and Salta, known locally as simply “The Beautiful.” Then there’s the wine: as good to rest in (via a wine-spa treatment) as it is to drink. Deliciousness all over.
Bike through the tropical cloud forest of ferns, moss and other verdant plant life.
Work up an appetite for a traditional Argentine barbecue as you cycle around 25 miles each day — though you can certainly add on some optional rides if you're wanting more!
Relax each night in a beautiful hotel and enjoy a local Malbec wine.
DAY 1: Ride to Los Cardones National Park for a taste of the distinctive flora and fauna that exists at these high elevations. Arrive in the sleepy village of Payogasta and enjoy lunch in a restored farmhouse before riding into the main square of Cachi.
DAY 2: Take a truly spectacular drive south on the much celebrated Route 40. Stop for an exploration on foot at the famous Quebrada de las Flechas (Canyon of the Arrows) before starting our ride in the village of San Carlos towards the colonial town of Cafayate.
DAY 3: Ride south past dramatic countryside towards lunch in the Bodega Rio de Arena prepared by a local friend and chef. Return to the hotel or explore the ruins and Quilmes before dining tonight in the newest and most exciting bodega in the region, the Bodega Piatelli.
DAY 4: Bike through the incredible landscapes of Route 68 and hit the pavement in Salta with a guided tour from a longtime friend.
DAY 5: Ride through a cloud forest and explore Purmamarca, the “Town of Seven Colors.” Trace part of the “Royal Road” used by Incans and later the Spanish, linking Peru to Argentina.
DAY 6: Soak up the incredible sights of the Salinas Grandes salt flat and the blood-red rocks of Los Colorados. Sit back and relax with a cocktail and a view over the Andes.
DAY 7: Enjoy a farewell breakfast at the hotel in Purmamarca and chau in Salta.
La Merced del Alto, Cachi
Patios de Cafayate, Cafayate
Hotel Legado Mitico, Salta
El Manantial del Silencio, Purmamarca
Pricing starts at $5,995 per person, double occupancy. Single supplement: $1,000. Price varies based on date of journey.
All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners including wine
Services of B&R guide(s) and support van
Use of a customized Cannondale bicycle and helmet
Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
All special events, private tours, guest experts and entrance fees
All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
All gratuities for baggage, porters, hotel service and local support