Discover Northern Argentina

Discover Northern Argentina

Here's an exciting opportunity to get a little further off the beaten path in Latin America. This tour presents irrefutable proof that there is a lot more to see and do in Argentina than visit Patagonia! Once home to a thriving Incan population, Northern Argentina enjoyed the prosperity that came with being located in the spectacular Rio Grande Valley. The area is part of the famous Camino Inca (Inca Trail) and a major trade and cultural route between Buenos Aires, Bolivia and Peru. We start with three days of glorious downhill riding as we come down from our 10,000 foot perch in Salta. We'll pedal through lush valleys, stopping to explore Incan ruins, deserts, cloudforest, and wine country. The grand finale is a ride through the twisted and dazzling geological formations of Quebrada de las Conchas.

***Extend this bicycle tour by 4 days. Click here to review our Discover Northern Argentina Plus! the Ruins of Quilmes.***

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Trip At-A-Glance

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 8 Days
  • Total Distance / 383 - 463 km (236 - 286 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / Average for 6 riding days 64 - 77 km (40 - 48 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level & Tour Style / 1.0
  • Countries / Argentina
  • Begin/End / Salta / Shuttle back to Salta
  • Price / From USD$2675
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Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • Highlights
    • Salta la Linda (the Beautiful)
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    • Geological formations at Quebrada de las Conchas
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    • Colorful deserts
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    • goat cheese tasting
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    • UNESCO World Heritage Site Quebrada de Humahuaca
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    • Incan ruins
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    • Rides through lush green valleys, quiet villages, and wine country

    Keep in Mind: We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

    Highest point nearly 10,000 feet with a day trip to the salt flats which are 13,000. Great downhill rides for the first 3 days. Our bikes in South America are aluminum frames and the road bikes come with a carbon fork. The hybrids have front shocks, and 26 inch wheels.
  • Includes
    Shuttle to and from Salta airport; 8 days, 7 nights accommodation; 7 breakfasts, 2 packed lunches, 5 dinners with wine including a special "finca" visit

  • Arrive / Depart
    Salta Int'l Airport (SLA). There is a reciprocity entry fee for entering Argentina through an international airport; USA, Canada and Australia passport holders are required to register and pay the fee online prior to arrival.
  • Overall Tour Level
    1.0 difficulty level 1.0

    Some climbing on Day 5 and 7; shuttles available. Spectacular scenery along the rides. Extra mileage available all days.

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Rolling hills Rolling hills

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DAY 1: Shuttle to Quebrada de Humahuaca

Highlights: Quebrada de Humahuaca, Tilcara, Pucara' de Tilcara

We'll offer a shuttle from the Salta International Airport at 2:30 pm or from the center of Salta at 2 pm and drive north to the Quebrada de Humahuaca, a UNESCO World Heritage site and our home for the next few nights. We stay in colorful and delightful Tilcara, one of the most famous towns in the province of Jujuy which merges indigenous cultures with modern times. We'll plan to fit bikes and suggest a ride north up the canyon, toward Humahuaca and Bolivia (about 240 km away). We'll enjoy a welcome dinner together tonight.

Distance: Test Ride. Meals: D

Lodging: Hotel Viento Norte

  • Meals: Dinner

DAY 2: Ride to Purmamarca

Highlights: Ruins of Tilcara, Cerro de Siete Colores, small indigenous towns, Purmamarca

After a safety talk this morning, we encourage you to either visit the Pucará de Tilcara if you have not already done so, or ride north in the canyon to see its colorful walls. The Pucará de Tilcara is a restored Incan fortress that overlooks the modern town of Tilcara; you can see the strategic position the Incas chose to build their fortress! When ready, glide down the canyon; none of the tourists traveling by bus have the opportunity to stop at the small villages along the way, so be sure to take time to explore places like Posta de los Hornillos or Maimará on your way. Delight in the vibrant walls of the Quebrada, made up of a variety of mineral deposits that merge to create a rainbow of rocks. We'll see this very well in Purmamarca, which is famous for the Cerro de Siete Colores, the mountain of seven colors.

Distance: 27 km (17 miles) to Purmamarca; as much additional mileage as you want north. Meals: B, D

Lodging: Hosteria Posta de Purmamarca

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3: Purmamarca

Highlights: Rest day, bike up to 13,000 feet, Cerro de Siete Colores, walk or bike the surrounding hills, salt flats at 12,000 feet.

We have a rest day today in the town famous for its "Cerro de Siete Colores." Walk the 4 km gravel path around the colorful mountain, or head off for some other hiking in these sedimentary rock hills. Anybody wanting a challenge can bike up the 25+ hairpin turns to reach 4170 meters (13,681 feet). Or, we'll help arrange a visit to the salt flats high above to see the incredible expanse of white, bordered by dominating mountains. Or, relax and wander the village, visiting the church and shopping in the main square where street vendors sell traditional crafts as well as woolen goods from nearby Bolivia.

Distance Optional: Approx 58 km (36 miles) up to Cuesta Lipan at 4170 meters and continue to salt flats. Shuttle back to Purmamarca.

Lodging: Hosteria Posta de Purmamarca

  • Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4: San Salvador de Jujuy

Highlights: A 3000 foot descent, optional ride to thermal spas, Capital of the Jujuy Province

We fly downhill today to the capital of Jujuy province, San Salvador de Jujuy. Stop along the way at the villages of Tumbaya and Volcan or bike an extra ride up to thermal pools. Our landscape changes as we lose the sandy, rocky colors of the desert and enter a more urban area. San Salvador de Jujuy is a well-preserved colonial town and is home to a lovely cathedral, built in 1750, surrounding Plaza Belgrano. If the Indian market is open be sure to visit; most vendors dress in traditional costumes selling food, indigenous crafts and textiles.

Distance: About 66 km (41 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Hotel Altos de la Viña

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5: Salta

Highlights: Cloudforest, Salta, our first climb

Today is our first day with some physical effort as we climb out of the Jujuy valley to enter the Salta basin through a cloudforest. We spend tonight in the city of Salta, the capital of the Salta province, known to Argentineans as "Salta la linda," or "Salta the beautiful." Take time to visit the famous archaeological museums and the important sites of the city.

Distance: 94 km (58 miles). Meals: B, L

Lodging: Hotel Patios de Lerma

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6: Coronel Moldes

Highlights: Lush green valleys and quiet countryside

We leave the city for the quiet countryside and green valleys south of Salta: as we ride we'll see many whitewashed colonial farm houses amid fields of one of the finest types of tobacco in Argentina. Our destination is the small village of Coronel Moldes; you can relax or take an extra ride into the verdant hills around the lake resort area of Dique Cabra Corral. In the late afternoon we'll visit a finca, a typical tobacco farm and we'll learn about the gauchos and their work in the field. We'll enjoy dinner together at the finca, where the owner will cook us a delicious asado.

Distance: 75 km (47 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Hotel del Dique

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7: Cafayate

Highlights: spectacular scenery, Quebrada de las Conchas, Cafayate

We'll start our day with a shuttle to a goat farm, where you can buy some cheese, or maybe some "dulce de leche" made with goat milk! Today's ride could easily be labeled "the most beautiful ride ever." We'll pedal through the Quebrada de las Conchas, riding by geological formations eroded into forms such as the "Devil's Throat," the "Frog," the "Amphitheater," the "Monk," and more. Take your time through the canyon as the late afternoon light creates an explosion of colors over the last 30 km. We arrive in the colonial town of Cafayate tonight, famous for its wines and a base for adventure travel in the area. Take a stroll through town before enjoying our final dinner together.

Distance: 90 - 139 km (56-86 miles). Meals: B, L, D

Lodging: Hotel Killa

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: Journey's end


We'll provide a shuttle back to Salta this morning. Buen viaje!

Meals: B

***Extend this bicycle tour by 4 days for just $1200 per person. Click here to review our Discover Northern Argentina Plus! the Ruins of Quilmes.***

  • Meals: Breakfast
Travel Information

Travel Information

Keep in Mind

We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

Highest point nearly 10,000 feet with a day trip to the salt flats which are 13,000. Great downhill rides for the first 3 days. Our bikes in South America are aluminum frames and the road bikes come with a carbon fork. The hybrids have front shocks, and 26 inch wheels.

Pre-Trip Planning Checklist

To Do Today!

  • Read through your Reservation Confirmation Email, it has important information to help you plan your trip!
  • Check the date on your passport. The expiration date should extend three months past your date of return to your home country
  • Complete the Customer Information Form online at
  • Apply for trip cancellation/interruption insurance within 15 days of booking. Find details at this page
  • Download the bicycle training program found on the Training Program Blog Page at

3–6 Months Prior to Departure

  • Reserve your flights after you know you have a confirmed tour departure. Please check with our office if you do not know if your trip is confirmed. As you make your plans refer to the Getting To and Away sent to you in your booking confirmation email it provides meeting times and the starting and ending hotels and shuttle information when applicable.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights. Please refer to the Getting To and Away sheet you received in your Reservation Confirmation Email.
  • 12 weeks before your tour begin your training program found on this page.
  • Final payment is due 90 days prior to the tour start. Please refer to your Deposit Payment Invoice and the Final Payment Reminder e-mail you have received for detailed instructions.

6 Weeks–2 Weeks Prior to Departure

Day of Your Flight

Get as much sleep on the plane as you can. Pack your Getting To and Away information and one day of cycling gear in your carry-on. See you soon!

What to Expect on Tour





  • Sailing the boat, every afternoon relaxing on the boat after biking and swimming, lovely dinners, hearty breakfasts, bee keepers, traditional dinner out, rides through the islands (up and down!), guides, fellow passengers, crew on the boat-- really it was ALL great.

    Cheryl A., Colchester, VT - June 2021

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