Argentina Bike Tours
Unbelievable variety is commonplace in Argentina’s northwest. From jaw-dropping mountain vistas and canyons that change colour when the sunlight hits them to incredibly lush cloud forests, Argentina comes complete with colourful colonial towns, miles of bike-friendly pavement, flavours 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.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard how I like to do that.”
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Our friends on the ground are there to set you up with insider access and expert tips—then disappear when you’d prefer to be on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
7 Days / 6 Nights
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Day by Day
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.
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.
Ride south past dramatic countryside towards lunch in the Bodegas 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.
Bike through the incredible landscapes of Route 68 and hit the pavement in Salta with a guided tour from a long time friend.
Ride through a cloud forest and explore Purmamarca, the “Town of Seven Colours.” Trace part of the “Royal Road,” used by Incans and later the Spanish linking Peru to Argentina.
Soak up the incredible sights of the Salinas Grandes salt flats and the blood-red rocks of Los Colorados. Sit back and relax with a cocktail and a view over the Andes.
Enjoy a farewell breakfast at the hotel in Purmamarca and chau in Salta.
La Merced del Alto, Cachi
Stylishly built with local materials, following the design of indigenous traditional fincas (ranches), La Merced is a 15-room boutique hotel, decorated with local tapestries and antiques, and featuring gourmet Andean cuisine. View hotel website »
Patios de Cafayate, Cafayate
This charming 30-room boutique hotel is situated on the property of the El Esteco winery. Manicured grounds hug the hotel’s colonial architecture, while vineyards drape the surrounding hills. Rich in culture, wine and tradition, Patios de Cafayate Hotel embraces spectacular views of the Calchaquíes Valleys’ vineyards and offers guests extensive gardens and colonial patios. View hotel website »
Hotel Legado Mitico, Salta
Located in Salta’s historic centre, this former mansion has been painstakingly restored and meticulously renovated into a charming eleven-room inn. The property’s spacious, comfortable rooms and modern amenities are perfectly complemented by warm and welcoming common areas and artwork, furniture and décor carefully selected for its cultural significance of the region. View hotel website »
El Manantial Del Silencio, Purmamarca
The vibrant and stylish El Manantial Del Silencio, built with natural, local materials, is infused with the traditional colonial spirit of this lively area: antique tapestries, sofas buried under cushions and renowned gourmet Andean cuisine by a famed Argentinean chef. The outdoor pool is immersed in the relaxing oasis of lush greenery that surrounds the property. View hotel website »
The daily bike rides will average roughly 40 km (25 mi.). Your guides always have some extra optional rides if you want more. Some optional afternoon hiking is offered as a way to explore the coloured canyons.
You can't enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip you'll be riding customized Cannondales; there are three models to choose from to ensure you'll have the perfect bike. Click here for a detailed description. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.
- All accommodation
- All breakfasts, six lunches and five dinners, including wine
- Services of B&R guide(s) and support vehicle
- All special events, private tours, guest experts and entrance fees
- Use of a bicycle and helmet
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All gratuities for baggage, porters, hotel service and local support
At Your Service
We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.
“No brochure or trip description can prepare you for the awe inspiring descent in the Andes. We likely would not have experienced this beautiful scenery to the same extent had we not been riding.”
— Douglas Dorner,
Argentina Biking 2012
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