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