Adventure Northwest Argentina

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This motorcycle tour in South America takes you to the gorgeous landscapes of Salta and Jujuy, the most stunning areas of northwest Argentina and South America.

Welcome to the great and colourful northwest of Argentina! This two week motorcycle tour through the gorgeous landscapes of Salta and Jujuy is an unforgettable South America adventure for anyone who looks for fun, sun, good rides, interesting culture and a lot of remote mountain scenery. This motorcycle tour takes us through the most stunning areas of northwest Argentina, on one side to the deep valleys with their bizarre and colourful rock formations, breathtakingly steep and curvaceous mountain passes and traditional villages, and on the other side to the high altitude desert planes of the argentine Atacama with it´s wide open planes, dazzling white salt lakes, remote lagoons and towering volcanoes.


You will be picked up at the airport in Salta and brought in the Hotel from where our motorbike tour starts next day.

We ride our motorcycles southwards through the fertile Lerma Valley, which soon narrows into the canyon of the Quebrada de Cafayate. This beautiful canyon is striking for its red sandstone formations, weathered by wind and water to bizarre shapes.

Through the sandy planes of the Calchaqui Valley we ride into the town of Cafayte, visit the ancient ruins of Quilmes and ride our motorbikes up the spectacular “Small Hell” Pass. and dive down into the lush and green valley of Tafí del Valle, a village beautifully built around a small lake.

We visit the Menhir Park before riding down through tropical cloud forests to the sugar cane fields of the lowlands of Tucuman. After lunch we have our motorcycles climb up the stunning gravel pass of Los Alisos to get to the wide open deserts of Catamarca. Then on the famous Ruta 40 road again we enjoy a pleasant motorbike ride along the Rio Santa Maria into Cafayate, the wine capital of Salta.

Then our motorcycle tour takes us along the Calchaquí River, through narrow gorges and broad valleys. We snake through the rough landscapes of the “Valley of Arrows” to get to the picturesque mountain town of Cachi, overshadowed by mountains over 6000m high. We´ll be riding our motorbikes through the National Park Los Cardones with it´s forest of thousands of Cactuses. Crossing the Cuesta del Obispo we´ll snake down from the Calchaquí Valley into the lush green Lerma Valley to reach Salta.

A twisting tarmac road through densely wooded hills takes us into the picturesque Quebrada de Humahuaca canyon. The road then winds over the 4000m high pass Abra del Condor to the remote mountain town of Iruya, lying in a narrow part of a deep valley, surrounded by colourful mountains and bizarrely eroded rock walls.

Hike into the mountains to a wonderful look-out point, from where we’ll have stunning views over the valley of Iruya. Heading north to the Bolivian border we visit the historic church of Yavi and nearby rock carvings.

On the motorcycles again, We set out to the most extreme north western corner of Argentina to admire the national monument, Laguna Los Pozuelos, a lagoon at 4000m altitude, home to unique flora and fauna. Then we carry on to the Quebrada de Humahuaca where we visit the Ruins of Tilcara.

Climbing the twisty tarmac road crossing the Cuesta de Lipan (4170m) we reach the dazzling white salt lake Salinas Grandes, and after a short stretch of tarmac road we hit a gravel track which takes us through a beautiful hidden valley to the viaduct La Polvorilla of the “Train to the Clouds”.

To end our tour, you’ve got a real motorbike adventure: we ride up the highest pass in Argentina, the 4895m high Abra El Acay! Snaking up the mountainside to the pass to enjoy the stunning views from 5 km above sea level! The last part will lead us on good tarmac road along the tracks of the legendary “Train to the Clouds” through the colourful valley Quebrada del Toro.

 

Note: The tour operator reserves himself to make changes or adjustments to the itinerary at any time.


Climate & Season

The climate of the Calchaquí valleys in Argentina is very pleasant: they receive little rain, because the rain clouds coming from the east are blocked by the first mountain ranges. Temperatures are moderate even in winter, although at night it can get quite cold. The Puna (argentine Atacama), on the other hand, are characterised by a harsh climate: temperatures regularly drop below zero at night (even in the summer), but in the daytime temperatures rise to 20-30°C. Dry winds are common, and even in the rainy season rainfalls are rare. The altitude (around 4000m) intensifies the effects of the ever-present sun (don’t forget your sunscreen and sunglasses!).

Adventure Northwest Argentina
Duration
13 days / 12 nights
Distance
about. 2800km, 40% gravel roads
Participants
4 – 10 riders
02.09.17 – 14.09.17

18.11.17 – 30.11.17

02.12.17 – 14.12.17

23.12.17 – 04.01.18

10.03.18 – 22.03.18

24.03.18 – 05.04.18

15.09.18 – 27.09.18

24.11.18 – 06.12.18

22.12.18 – 03.01.19

13.04.19 – 25.04.19

04.05.19 – 16.05.19

Route
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Difficulty
somehow difficult
Level of experience

This motorbike tour is suitable for any experienced motor-biker with some basic off-road experience.

Prices

On BMW F 700 GS: 5.900 US$

On BMW F 800 GS: 6.200 US$

On BMW R 1200 GS: 6.600 US$

pillion/passenger: 2.990 US$

single room surcharge: 800 US$

- Motorbike rental
- Third party insurance
- Fully comprehensive insurance (excess of 4000 US$)
- Custom permissions for border crossings
- Multilingual guides
- 4×4 support vehicle
- Mechanical support
- Satellite phone
- Petrol for the whole trip
- Road toll fees
- Ferries
- Maps
- All accommodation (double rooms) in locally typical high quality hotels
- Breakfasts
- Snacks and water on the road
- All dinners, mostly gourmet
- Luggage storage
- Airport transfers in Salta

- Flights
- Lunch
- Drinks
- Entry fees
- Additional transport (taxi, bus, train)
- Tips
- Travel/health insurances
- Accident insurances