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Northern Argentina Biking: Vineyards & Andean Culture Off The Beaten Path

Argentina

from $4,598* per person 8 Days March, May, October, November
Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 6
Operator: Backroads 18 people max
  • Salta, argentina
  • Active & Adventure trips
Most destinations claim to be like nowhere else. Argentina is different. It's a true blend of everywhere else. The landscape - as dramatic as the great national parks of the Americah Southwest and as breathtaking as the Alps. Its wines like the intense malbec and fruity torrontés; its high altitude vineyards of Estancia Colomé; and traditional dances like the chacarera or malambo - feel like they've been handpicked from the finest in Europe. But Argentina is no copycat. It proudly displays its South American roots. And it enjoys the finer things. And so will you.
  • Ride through amazing high-altitude valleys, canyons, subtropical forests and a cactus national park
  • Experience gaucho culture, based on horse riding, farming, maté drinking, wine and folklore
  • Savor world-renowned wines from the Cafayate region
  • Connect to Andean indigenous culture and sample asado, a local specialty
  • Remote haciendas that appear like a mirage amid the rugged landscape

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Days 1-2 From Salta, bike through amazing high-altitude valleys, canyons and subtropical forests on dirt and paved roads Varied vegetation - from algarrobo (carob) trees to lush bromeliads and ferns - lines our route  Got on your dancing shoes? Let's chacarera!

Days 3-4 Experience gaucho culture and its horse riding, farming, maté drinking, wine and folklore  From an 11,000-foot summit, descend past giant cardón cacti through Los Cardones National Park Watch for llamas and guanacos The hilly ride to the quaint town of Payogasta offers views of the snowcapped Nevado de Cachí After taking in a treadle loom demonstration, it's time for live Andean music In the beautiful Cachí Valley, learn to make empanadas with a local family.

Days 5-6 Remote haciendas appear like a mirage amid the rugged landscape A challenging ride ends at Estancia Colomé, set amid some of the world’s highest-altitude vineyards Explore the 96,000-acre property on two wheels, then tour its impressive bodega and renowned James Turrell Museum.

Days 7-8 Savor acclaimed wines from the Cafayate region Ride along the famed Ruta 40, which stretches the length of Argentina Pedal amid multicolored canyons with otherworldly landforms like the Toad and Devil's Throat.

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