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
Meeting in Salta City . We carry out a warm-up output of 20k to adjust the bikes (optional). Meeting time at the hostel approx 14 hrs. We go out pedaling 16 hrs.
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), we go across Los Cardones National Park, and keep going downhill 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.
After breakfast we take 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)
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).
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).
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.
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.
Day 1: Overnight at Hosteria in Salta.
Day 2: Overnight at Hosteria in Cachi
Day 3: Overnight at Hosteria in Molinos.
Day 4: Overnight at Hosteria in Angastaco.
Day 5: Overnight Hotel with pool in Cafayate.
Day 6: Overnight at a hostel in Salta.
We pedal an average of 50 km per day ,from 10am to 5pm. We will stop for hydration, to take pictures, lunch and to visit interesting places while we cross.
We ride without saddlebags. If possible, without a backpack. Your personal belongings will travel in the support vehicle.
Because of the terrain geography, we do not recommend it. The bicycle we recommend for the trip is a Mountain Bike, minimum 21 gears, with front cushioning, good quality and in good condition.
We do not recommend it, we request to bring your own bicycle, the same you work out with.
It is also important that you are comfortable and that you know your bike. In case of contacting us, tell us your experience and training. If you do not have a MTB bike or it is diffcult for you for travel reasons, we can evaluate the rent of a bicycle.
The entire journey is accompanied by a support vehicle. In case of getting tired or if injured, we can carry your bike and continue in the vehicle.
Our support vehicle is equipped with tools and materials to fix your bike. In case it can not be repaired, we have a spare bicycle to replace your damaged one.
20% 1 day / no unevenness in flat areas / asphalt and gravel.
40% 2 or 3 days / with little unevenness. Crossings in the province of bs as or missions / asphalt and gravel.
60% 4 or 5 days / uneven. Travesias en el norte, Patagonía / asphalt and gravel.
80% 5 or 6 days / uneven. Travesías Sierras, Camino de Santiago / Path, asphalt, gravel.
100% + than 5 days / with large slopes. Crossings in the Cordillera Central / Trail, asphalt, gravel.
20% 2 to 4 hours pedaling on the flat or with little unevenness (1 day)
40% 4 to 6 hours of pedaling on the flat or with little unevenness (1 or 2 days)
60% 3 to 5 hours pedaling up to 250mtrs of positive difference - 4 days.
80% 4 to 6 hours of pedaling up to 500mtrs of positive slope - 5 days.
100% 5 to 8 hours of pedaling, + 500mtrs of positive slope, + 6 days.
20% We travel flat terrain: asphalt and gravel.
40% Routes with moderate ascents and descents: asphalt and gravel.
60% Mixed terrain, with steeper ascents. We can walk on trails.
80% Mixed terrain, trails. Steep descents and ascents.
100% Very technical terrain. Very steep descents and climbs by sections.
20% We will not be much affected.
40% This is a normal level of attention.
60% We require more motivation, enthusiasm and concentration.
80% The activity will require us to be very connected and convinced.
100% Maximum control and emotional-psychological performance.
0% + sea level.
20% Up to 2000 masl.
40% + 2000 masl.
60% + 4000 masl.
80% + 5000 masl.
100% + 6000 masl.
Note: The repair equipment, such as tools, material for puncture repair, chain cutter, links spare part, and other materials will be in charge of our company.
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