MTB Round to the Calchaquí Valley

Mountain Bike Valles Calchaquies

  • Total Trip Distance: 510 Km;
  • Distance on MTB: 200 km (50 km daily average)
  • Duration: 4 days, 3 nights;
  • Start in: Salta city  Ends in: Salta city
  • Departures: NO REGULAR (we need bookings at least a week in advance)
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate. 4 days of walking with ups and downs on mountain roads, steep in some cases.

Itinerary:

Day 1: After breakfast, we went in the truck to the south of the city. We arrived at the village producer of Virginia tobacco, El Carril, and from there, we enter in the Escoipe Gorge. After climbing the Cuesta del Obispo (Bishop Slope), we came to the Piedra Del Molino (3,348 mts.), where we prepare the bicycles to begin the first part on the bicycles, crossing the Cardones National Park . After about 52 km, crossing Payogasta, we arrived at the village of Cachi situated at 2280 meters, where we spent the night.

Day 2: After breakfast at the hotel, we went to make two circuits in the surroundings of Cachi. 1) The Pailas Inside: We go along in direction of the highest mountain in the area, the Nevado de Cachi (6380 mts). We arrive at “Cachi Adentro” and we cross to the archeological site of Las Pailas. 2) Airport and Cemetery Circuit.
When the tours end, we are ready to ride the 55 km that separate us from Molinos.
We transit the right side of the Calchaqui River, visiting places such as La Paya and El Colte, to the birthplace of the handcraft of Salta, The way of the Artisans.
In Seclantas, we make a stop to join forces and tackle the hill that separates us from Molinos, where we spent another night under the magical Calchaqui sky.

Day 3
: After breakfast we make a city tour in bikes knowing the town of Molinos, ideal for taking good pictures.
After that, we travel by truck 40 km to the village of Angastaco, along the legendary Route 40. On this journey will have the opportunity to capture the best images of agricultural production in the Calchaqui Valleys.
In Angastaco we start pedaling through the narrow Gorge of the Arrows (Quebrada de las flechas).
We arrived in San Carlos and continue with the truck to Cafayate.
In Cafayate we spent the last night of the trip.

Day 4
: In the last day of the trip, after breakfast, we go with by bike to know some wineries that produce mainly Torrontes wine.
After we left the village and began to cycle in the Quebrada de Las Conchas, we stop to know all its attractions like the amphitheater, and La Garganta del Diablo, where we have lunch and we finish the bike part. After lunch, we have a transfer to the city.


Included in this program:

  • Excellent quality bikes, helmets, reflective vests, bottle with constant mineral water, personal bag.
  • All transfers needed
  • Vehicle support
  • All lunches (Type Picnic: Sausages, salads, fruits, juices, etc.)
  • Snacks (granola bars, candies, fruits, cookies, etc...)
  • Mineral water
  • Bilingual guides
  • Mechanical assistance and  extra bikes,
  • Assistance with Handy and GPS
  • All the insurance required by the Adventure Tourism Reglamentation.

Not Included in this program:

  • Accommodation;
  • Dinner.

Suggested Clothing and Equipment:

  • Short-range wind
  • Pair of gloves,
  • Synthetic tights,
  • Trekking shoes;
  • Extra clothes,
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Cocoa butter (for your lips)