Tour of the Calchaquies Valleys - Route 40 - Mountain Bike - Salta

Tour of the Calchaquies Valleys - Route 40 - Mountain Bike - Salta

Calchaquies Valleys, along the artisan´s route - the wine route - route 40.

Start Date :
End Date:
Initial time :
alarm9 am
End Time:
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Meeting Point:
Salta City
End Point:
Salta City
270 Kms
6 days + trip
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Salta - Cuesta del Obispo - Piedra del Molino - Los Cardones National Park - Recta del Tim Tim - Cachi - Route 40 - Paths of the Artisans + Seclantas - Molinos- Wine Route - Angastaco - Cafayate - Quebrada de las Conchas - Salta

  • ALTIMETRY: we will start from 3348 masl descending to 1600 masl.
  • DAYS OF PEDALING: 5 days.
  • KMS IN TOTAL: 270Km.



Meeting in Salta city. Bicycle technical check and pedaling to warm up (optional)

  • Overnight: Hostel
  • Distance: 20km. [100% asphalt]

Departure from Salta 10 am, we head towards El Carril (Valle de Lerma), we enter by the route, which goes to Quebrada del río Escoipe (1,940 meters) and Cuesta del Obispo to Piedra del Molino (3348 masl), highest altitude point of our trip. Snacks, mates and we assemble our bikes .Our  first day pedaling is almost all downhill through provincial route 33 till the beginning of Recta del Tin Tin (built by the Incas), qe go across Los Cardones National Park,  and keep going sownhill to Payogasto, where we are having lunch in its quiet main "plaza" (park) in front of the local church. A little further on we reach Cachi (2531masl) where we will spend the night. Dinner.

  • Overnight: Hotel
  • Distance: 55 km [100% asphalt]
  • Meters Downhill: 817 m

After breakfast we tak route 40, we turn aside to visit the CAMINO DE LOS ARTESANOS, keep going to Seclantas where we´ll visit the picturesque town. Lunch. Then we start cycling again til we reach Molinos, a mountain town founded in the 17th century, located in a privileged area of the valleys; In the tour we will  visit the village of La Paya, El Colte. (According to our arrival time we can visit the Colome Winery)

  • Overnight: Lodging.
  • Distance: 50 km. [100% gravel and dirt]

After breakfast, we cycle towards Angastaco through the mythical route 40, the road transits along  the Calchaquí river, under the attentive look of one of the Great Argentinian Summits, Nevado de Cachi, 6380 masl.

Angastaco is located in the heart of the mountains, in a valley, furrowed by the homonym river, which crosses next to the town after being born in Pucará, pouring its waters later into the Calchaquí River. The contrast between the intense green of the crops and the sandy soil of the valleys is striking. Since the mid XVIII century, the indigenous nations settled in Angastaco town depended on the Franciscan Mission of Rosario de Calchaquí, located in ??San Isidro area, near Cafayate. (Depending on our arrival time we can visit the Cese Winery).

  • Overnight: Hosteria/lodge
  • Distance: 35 km. [100% gravel and dirt]
  • Downhill: 200 m

We have breakfast in the gallery of the lodging, and after loading everything in the support vehicle, we start to pedal in one of the most impressive scenarios of national bicycle touring: La Quebrada de las Flechas, where the mountain formations create narrow gorges, with 20 mts high walls on the side of the road. Lunch, and we continue until we arrive at the town of San Carlos, where we´ll have the last18km of asphalt bordering vineyards, until we reach Cafayate 1695 masl. Farewell Dinner (although we still have one more pedaling day).

  • Overnight: Hosteria/lodge
  • Distance: 80 km. [85% dirt, 15% asphalt]
  • Downhill: 100 m

The last day will take us to visit one of the most representative landscapes of the Calchaquies Valleys, La Quebrada de las Conchas with its impressive formations. We´ll visit the Amphitheater and our tour will end with Lunch at the Devil's Throat. Transfer to Salta.

  • Overnight: Hostel
  • Distance: 50 km. [100% asphalt]
  • Uphill: 100 m

Breakfast. End of our servces.


Is a demanding journey that requires physical fitness of its members. You must have a bicycle in good conditions, with basic elements listed below.

Group: 8 participants minimum. Special dates on request for groups. 


This journey has an INTERMEDIATE level of difficulty: With a medium physical requirement (an average of 50 kilometers per day is pedaled), and the technical level is low. Pedaling along consolidated gravel roads in most of the route and asphalt with moderate slopes.

Program subject to climatic, geographical or political conditions.  Modifications may occur during the trip. Decisions will be in charge only by the local guides.

speaker_notesIncluded Services:

  • Permanent coordination (previously relieved way)
  • Rescue guide WFR (first aid medicine).
  • Support vehicle and mechanical assistance all over the trip.
  • Hostel accommodation, hostels and hotels according to place from day 1 to day 6.
  • Spare Bike
  • Crockery and all the elements for road meals.
  • All meals from lunch in Piedra del Molino, to the farewell dinner in cafayate.
  • Energetic snacks for the road (fruits, nougats, bars etc).
  • Equipment VHF and cell phone for emergencies.
  • Integral advice.
  • Free Verification of the mechanical condition of the Mountain Bike.
  • Personal Accidents Insurance.
  • Light mechanical assistance.
  • Mountain Bike Transfer - Salta - Piedra del Molino / Garganta del Diablo - Salta.
  • Participants Transfer - Salta - Piedra del Molino / Garganta del Diablo - Salta.

speaker_notes_offServices NOT included:

  • Round trip to Salta
  • MTB Transfer origin city / Salta
  • Spare parts. Extras needed.
  • MTB insurance.
  • Provision of bicycle.
  • Luggage or bicycles Insurance in regular transport.
  • Drinks
  • Lunches and Dinners in the city of Salta.
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