Salta - Calchaqui Valleys
Motorbike trip through the traditional Calchaquí Valleys of Salta
Welcome to the great and colourful northwest of Argentina! This one week tour through the gorgeous landscapes of Salta and Catamarca is an unforgettable adventure for anyone who looks for fun, sun, good rides, interesting culture and loads of remote mountain scenery.
The rides take us through the most stunning areas of northwest Argentina, to the deep valleys with their bizarre and colourful rock formations, breathtakingly steep and curvaceous mountain passes and traditional villages.
You will be picked up at the airport in Salta and brought in the Hotel from where our motorbike tour starts next day.
We leave the City of Salta 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 thespectacular “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 ride along the Rio Santa Maria into Cafayate, the wine capital of Salta.
Then our motorcycle ride 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 again.
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 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, 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 3000m) intensifies the effects of the ever-present sun (don’t forget your sunscreen and sunglasses!).
7 days / 6 nights
about. 1400km, 30% gravel roads
4 – 10 riders
02.09.17 – 08.09.17
18.11.17 – 24.11.17
02.12.17 – 08.12.17
23.12.17 – 29.12.18
10.03.18 – 16.03.18
24.03.18 – 30.04.18
15.09.18 – 21.09.18
24.11.18 – 30.11.18
22.12.18 – 28.12.19
13.04.19 – 19.04.19
04.05.19 – 10.05.19
The trip is suitable for any experienced motor-biker with some basic off-road experience.
on BMW F 700 GS: 2.800 US$
on BMW F 800 GS: 2.900 US$
on BMW R 1200 GS: 3.100 US$
pillion/passenger: 1.400 US$
single room surcharge: 400 US$
Third party insurance
Fully comprehensive insurance (excess of 4000 US$)
Custom permissions for border crossings
4×4 support vehicle
Petrol for the whole trip
Road toll fees
All accommodation (double rooms) in locally typical high quality hotels
Snacks and water on the road
All dinners, mostly gourmet
Additional transport (taxi, bus, train)