Northern Argentina Bikepacking
Have you ever imagined pedaling over 3,500 m. in a massive salt desert? Now imagine 4 days in a land full of myths, legends, and ancient customs. On this tour, you will travel to the Puna to share with local families their way of life and the impressive landscapes that surround the towns of this region. This trip takes you to visit the towns of Santa Ana, Barrancas and its petroglyphs, Alfarcito with its typical architecture, Rinconadillas and Salinas Grandes.
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Welcome to Tilcara!
Arrival to San Salvador de Jujuy airport, where your private transfer will be waiting for you to drive you to Tilcara, a beautiful town in the Quebrada de Humahuaca. In the afternoon, we suggest you visit Tilcara at your own pace and acclimatize to the altitude.
First bike riding day at Juella
Meeting day, briefing and bike set up!
This first riding day we are going to have an acclimation to the altitude we will ride our bikes trough some dirtroads around town. We will go through local roads and then 9 km we will arrive at a family house for lunch.
After a delicious homemade meal, we will hike to Pucara de Juella (1.30 hrs).
The return will be through the local road from Villa Florida to the town of Tilcara.
Night in Tilcara.
Casabindo – Barrancas
The second day begins by car heading north through the Quebrada de Humahuaca, to the town of Abra Pampa, located in the Puna region.
From there, we will take route No. 11 passing through the town of Casabindo, until arriving at Santa Ana where we will have lunch. From there we will continue by bicycle to the south, along route N ° 75, to Barrancas.
We will visit cave paintings and petroglyphs before arriving at the town where we will spend the night.
Night in a family house in Barrancas.
Bike distance: 45 Km
All meals are included
Barrancas – Alfarcito
After a typical breakfast accompanied by rica-rica tea and grilled tortillas, we set off for the town of San Francisco de Alfarcito.
We start by vehicular road until we reach 4000 meters above sea level, at the top of the Alfar mountain, and then continue along a path passing through Liquinaste, before arriving at Alfarcito.
Night in a community refuge in Alfarcito.
Bike distance: 22 Km.
All meals are included
Alfarcito – Salinas Grandes
Our last day takes us from the town of Alfarcito by vehicular road to the neighboring town of Rinconadillas, parallel to the Guayatayoc lagoon.
From there, we head southeast along a track and after 22 km on a flat road we will arrive at Salinas Grandes, where we will travel the last 6 km on a firm salt soil.
Transfer by vehicle to Purmamarca / Tilcara and end of our trip.
Bike distance: 45 Km.
Night in a hotel in Tilcara.
Discovering the Quebrada de Humahuaca
Set off along the Quebrada de Humahuaca and its small villages, this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your driver and guide you will discover the curiosities and colorful markets of each small village, including the ones in Humahuaca. Later on, you will admire the famous Hornocal, 14-colored mountain.
In the afternoon, return to Salta.
Small-group tour with English speaking driver-guide.
End of the trip. Transfer to the airport in Salta
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Salta airport. End of our services
Travel dates: all year long (rainy season from December to February)
Blackout dates: none
Departures every day (subject to availability)
Minimum 2 passengers (Extra cost applies for solo travelers)
- 4 night accommodation in a double room.
- 2 night accommodation (homestay) in rural communities (private room with shared facilities) .
- Private transportation (4×4 vehicle)
- Bilingual guide (Spanish / English).
- Breakfasts included in all hotels.
- Meals indicated
- The guide carries a first aid kit and cell phone during the whole ride.
- Bike and helmet
- Meals (except when indicated included), and additional staff.
- Air transport (national and international), optional.
- Excursions indicated as optional.