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    SaltaBiking

    Description

    Abiketripbydayandwinetastingbynight.Aclassicpoint-to-pointbiketripdesignedtoenjoythelandscapesof

    northwest Argentina, where a combination of desert landscapes and mountains draped in subtropical

    vegetation,mixeswithhighaltitudewines,richregionalhistoryandenduringtraditions.Therideissuchthat

    youstartandfinishinthelovelycolonialtownofSalta.Thischallengingtriptakesyoupastlocalfarmsatthe

    lowerpartoftheOrientalAndes,gauchos,smallhouses,givingyouinsighttoalifestylethathaschangedlittle

    overthelasthundredyears.Geographicallyspeakingyoumeanderinandoutofvalleys,pineforests,sugarcane

    fields,upanddownmountainpasses-finallyconqueringtheCuestadelObispouptoPiedradelMolinointothe

    highdrydesertregionoftheCalchaquiValley.Thefinalride,acenturyride(100km),takesusthroughsomeof

    themoststunninggeologyofthemysticQuebradadelasConchaspastvasttobaccoplantationsandintothe

    townsofPurmamarcaandSalta.

    Highlights

    Ridethroughamazinghigh-altitudevalleys,canyons,subtropicalforestsandcactus Experiencegauchoculture,basedonhorseriding,farming,matdrinking,wineandfolklore Savorworld-renownedwinesfromtheCafayateregion ConnecttoAndeanindigenouscultureandsampleasado,alocalspecialty LoseyourselfinSalta"LaLinda"("theBeautiful"),Argentina'smoststunningcolonialcity

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    BriefItinerary# Area Overview

    1 Salta ArriveSaltaairport.TransferandovernightKkalaHotel(BRIEFING)

    2 Cachi BikingtoCachi.OvernightHotelLaMerceddelAlto

    3 Cafayate BikingtoCafayate.OvernightViasdeCafayate

    4 Cafayate Biking.OvernightViasdeCafayate(PrivateWineTasting&Asado)

    5 Salta BikingtoSalta.OvernightKkalaHotel

    6 Purmamarca BikingtoPurmamarca.OvernightHotelManantialdelSilencio

    7 Salta BikingtoSalta.OvernightHouseofJasmines(FarewellDinneratLaTable)

    8 Depart TransfertoSaltaairport.Depart

    ENDOFSERVICES

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    DetailedItinerary

    Day1/SALTA

    ArriveatSaltaairportwhereyouwillbemetbyyourguideandtransferredtoyour

    hotelintown.Itisa25minutedrive.SetinthelovelyLermaValleyabout1,600km

    northwest of Buenos Aires (2 hour direct flight) Saltas beauty lies in her well-

    preserved Colonialarchitecture and rich Spanish history. The city ishome to true

    criollos (nativeArgentineansofSpanishheritage)with a culture thathas remained

    untransformedbygenerationsofimmigrants.Yourendezvousintheeveningforashortcitytourandcocktailwithyourguide.Youwillbe

    briefedontheupcomingdays.Afterwardsthenightisyourown,suggestionswillbeprovidedforatypicalSalteodinnerofcabrito(goat),

    locro(corn&beansoup),humitas(similartoMexicancorntamale)andempanadasof

    allsorts.OvernightKkalaHotel(Bed&Breakfast)

    Day2/CACHI

    Morningdepartureat800amforadrivesouthandthenwestovertheCalchaquiSub

    Andeanrange, heading towards the Calchaqui Valley and the smalltownof Cachi.

    DriveuptheCuestadelObispoandatthepass,3457m,youwillgetonyourbikesand

    bikedownintotheCalchaquiValley,alongaroadthatcrossestheNationalParkLos

    Cardones.YouwillbikeacrossthesmalltownofPayogastawhereyouwillhavelunchatanoldestancia,laSaladePayogasta.Fromthere

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    youhaveanextra12kmtoCachi,whereyouwillendyourrideatthemainsquare,infrontoftheSanJosechurch.Transfertoyourhotel

    3kmawayfromthemainsquareonagravelroad(oryouhavetheoptiontobiketothehotel).Eveningatthehotel,walkaroundthesmall

    roadsthatgoroundsmallvegetableplots,dinneratyourhotel.Youcanalsotakeadvantageofthespa!(Distancebiked:55/58km)

    OvernightHotelLaMerceddelAlto(Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

    Day3/CAFAYATE

    MorningtransfernorthonNationalRoute40,thelongestinArgentinaasitstretches

    from the Magallen strait tothe Argentine-Bolivian border. Todayyou drivebythe

    townofMolinosandthroughtheQuebradadeLasFlechas,whereashorthikeisa

    must.Afterapicniclunch youareonyourway towardsSanCarlos,where you get

    onto yourbikeswhere the pavedroadstarts again. Before you realize you will be

    surroundedbyvineyards.ThebikeridewillendafteryourtouraroundtheCafayate

    mainsquarearrivinginthelateafternoonwhenitgetsbusyagain.Youcanbikethe

    remaining4kmonagravelroadtoyourhotelorhopinthevehicle.Explorethewine

    resort onyourown, enjoya swim inthepool,thewine cellar, and takedinner at

    leisure.(Distancebiked:30/35km)

    OvernightViasdeCafayate(Breakfast,Lunch)

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    Day4/CAFAYATE

    DriveuptoTafidelVallefromwhereweridedownonbikestothesummervillaof

    Tafi del Valle for an early lunch at Estancia Las Carreras, a Jesuit farm, where

    Manchegocheeses are stilldone following anold Spanish recipe. Afterlunch bike

    downfromtheInfiernilloPasstothesmalltownofAmaicha.TheQuilmesruinsare

    alsovisitedonthisday,fora shorthikethroughpre-Hispanichistory.In theevening

    youwillwalkthroughvineyardswithanagronomistandlearnwhyvinesgrowninthe

    highdeserts(thisValleyishometothehighestvineyardsItheworld)producethe

    grapestheydo,andwinesareso special.Altitude,waterstress,extremeUVradiationaffecttannins,sugarsandskinthicknessenhancing

    aromasandcolors.Afterunderstandinghowtogrowandmanagethevines,haveatastingtoappreciatetheresults.Dinnertonightisa

    traditionalasadowithanextremeArgentineflair!(Distancebiked:55/60km)

    OvernightViasdeCafayate(Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

    Day5/SALTA

    BikefromCafayatetoSalta,leavingfromthehotelorstarting10kmawayfromthe

    hotelsoyoucantakeadvantageofthebestpartoftheroad.LunchatLaPostadeLas

    Cabras where the bike ride ends.Arrive at your hotel in the early afternoon and

    indulgeintheirpool.TonightyouexploreSaltaagainanditsarrayofdiningoptions

    onyourownorhaveamealatthehotelatleisure.(Distancebiked:80/100km~the

    centuryrideisanoptiontoday)OvernightKkalaHotel(Breakfast,Lunch)

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    Day6/PURMAMARCA

    Leisurely morning transfer to the small town of LaCaldera, and bike from there,

    north,followingtheoldcolonialCaminoRealorRoyalRoad.Typicallunchofsalads

    and fish pejerrey atLa Cienaga.Transfer towards the Quebradade Humahuaca.

    ArriveatPurmamarcaafterlunchandhavea freeafternoontowalkaboutthesmall

    Andeantown.Dinnerisonyourown.(Distancebiked:50km)

    OvernightHotelManantialdelSilencio(Breakfast,Lunch)

    Day7/SALTA

    MorningdriveuptheCuestadeLipan,goingfrom2300mto4170m;atthepassyouwillgetontoyourbikesandbikedowntowardsSalinas

    Grandes,soinawayyouwillbegoingovertheAndesonyourbikes.YouwillhavelunchontheSaltFlats.ReturntoPurmamarcatochange

    andleaveforSalta.Arriveatyourhotelandindulgeintheirspa,poolorgarden.AfarewelldinnerishostedLaTableRestaurantoverlooking

    thegardens.(Distancebiked:47km)OvernightHouseofJasmines(Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

    Day8/DEPART

    TransferfromyourhoteltoSaltaairporttoconnectwithyour

    departures.(Breakfast)ENDOFSERVICES

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    ACCOMMODATIONS

    KKALAHOTELislocatedintheheartoftresCerritos,inthemostpicturesqueandcalmplace,

    atthefootofthehill,ahousewhichcombinestraditionwithcraftsmanship,hasturnedintoa

    hotelfull of charm, furnishedwithnoble materials, antiqueobjects andhandcrafts of the

    region. The setting of the library and the fireplace invite the guest to relax on very

    comfortablesofas; enjoyingthe careful serviceof the staff. Askkalais placed five-minute

    drivedowntownitisanideallocationtodiscoverthecity.Therestaurantswithinthearea

    offerrefined typical dishes. Also,guests are able totastespecially preparedmealsat the

    hotel. Roomshaveviewsto the hillsor the city,with largebeds,ensuitebathrooms, andheatingandair-conditioning.Enjoyadrinkorreadyourbookonthelovelypooldeckandjumpintotherefreshingheatedpool.

    HOTELLAMERCEDDELALTOislocatedatthefootoftheNevadodeCachi,LaMerceddel

    Altodominatesoverthebreathtakingvalley.Surroundedbyhills,riversandstreams.Standing

    outfromthetop,itsviewsinvitetoexploretheVallesCalchaquiesorsimplyrelaxandenjoy

    the silence ofthe place. Enjoy the terrace, localart,poolarea,or living roommadewith

    adobe,wood,andcanefromthearea.Itstheperfectplacetoenjoyabookandaglassof

    winebythefireplace.Allroomshavecentralheatingandprivatebathrooms.Therestaurant

    providesAndeanstylegourmetcuisineandenjoyadrinkinthebarorwinecellar.Thespahas

    massagerooms,Jacuzzi,Scottishshowerandsolarium.

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    VIASDECAFAYATEisauniqueplacetoenjoyfinewinesandmagnificentlandscapes.The

    WineResortwasbuiltamidstavineyardplantationatthefootoftheimpressiveSanIsidro

    Hill. Facilities includeregionalgourmet restaurant,winecellar,especiallypreparedto enjoy

    customwinetasting,organicgardentosupplythekitchenwithfreshvegetables,loungewith

    fireplaceand library, interior courtyard,swimmingpool andspacious solariumwithscenic

    viewsofthevineyardsandCafayate.Theroomshavekingsizebeds,privatebathroomand

    bathtub, heating & air-conditioning and have access to a spacious covered balcony

    overlookingthevineyards,granitehills,andCafayate.

    HOUSEOFJASMINES,atthefootoftheAndesandjustminutesfromthecapitalcityofSalta,

    theFenestrazfamilymanagedtocreateauniqueandromanticatmospherethatcombines

    theNortherntraditionwiththecomfortofthebestboutiquehotels.Anavenueofmature

    eucalyptus set to the music of the Arenales River welcomes you to House of Jasmines

    EstanciadeCharme, a centuries-oldmansion fully recycledwithcarefulattentionto every

    detail.Thespaisatrueparadise.Theoutdoorswimmingpool,surroundedbyaparksprinkled

    withcolorfulflowersandcrossedbythewindingArenalesriverwithaviewtothemagnificent

    landscapeoftheAndes,isidealfortakingamomenttorelax.Inthegarden,theproduce,fruitsandvegetablesarecultivatedtoguarantee

    thefreshnessofdishesofLaTable,createdbythecheftoreflectthenativegastronomyondelicateplatesfullofhomemadeenchantment.

    Theroomshavekingsizebeds,beigelinens,bathrooms,centralheating&air-conditioning.

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    HOTELMANANTIALDELSILENCIOwasbuiltinastrictlyneo-colonialstyle.Itmaintainsthe

    localarchitectureinwhichindigenousmaterialswereusedsuchasadobewallsandhollow

    canes for the roofs. The hotel is tastefully decorated with objects belonging tohistorical

    families from the north of Argentina. It has 18 ample and luminous standard bedrooms

    overlookingthegardensandmountains.Theswimmingpoolispleasantallyear-roundwith

    very few cloudy days and receiving heat from the sun of La Quebrada. The hotels

    restaurant offers guests the unique possibility of enjoyingAndeanproductsat theirbest,

    combining taste, texture,and colors. There isalsoa wine cellar wherea variety of carefully selectedwinesfromMendoza,Saltaand

    Maimaraawaittoaccompanyyourdishes.

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    DESTINATIONS

    Argentina,SouthAmerica

    TheArgentineRepublicisacountryinSouthAmerica,borderedbyChiletothewestandsouth,BoliviaandParaguaytothenorth,andBrazil

    andUruguaytothenortheast.ArgentinaclaimssovereigntyoverpartofAntarctica,theFalklandIslands.Itisthelargestcountryinthe

    worldamong Spanish-speakingnations.Argentinawassparselypopulateduntil theperiod of European colonization. Settlements were

    establishedbytheViceroyaltyofPeru.ViceroyaltyofPeruwasestablishedbySpainencompassingallofitsholdingsinSouthAmerica.The

    SpanishestablishedViceroyaltyof theRiodelaPlataandBuenosAiresbecameaflourishingport.TheoverthrowoftheSpanishkingand

    criticismofmonarchicauthoritieswasthecatalysttotheSpanishAmericanwarsofindependenceacrossthecontinent,arevolutionof

    independencebetweenpatriotsandroyalists.JosedeSanMartinmadetheCrossingoftheAndes,securingtheindependenceofChile.The

    fightwenttotheroyaliststrongholdofLima.SanMartinsmilitarycampaignscomplementedthoseofSimonBolivarinGranColombiaand

    ledtotheindependencevictory.Sincecolonialtimes,hugeterritorieswereunderthecontrolofindigenouspeoples.Allgovernmentssince

    thenattemptedinsomewaytostayingoodterms,killthem,orpushthemtofartherfrontiers.JuanPeronbecamehighlypopularamong

    workerswithimprovedwagesandworkingconditions.HiswifeEvaPeronwashighlypopularandplayedacentralroleinsocialassistance

    tothemostvulnerablesectorsofsociety.Guerillawarfarebeganafteramilitarycoup.PeronwhowasexiledinSpaincamebacktobe

    president. Militarycoupsbrought powerback to the Juntaand killed thousands ofguerillas, free elections happened in1983.Nestor

    KirchnerhelpedendeconomiccrisisinmodernArgentinaandlateradvocatedhiswifeCristinaFernandezdeKirchnertobecomepresident.

    Argentina has six main regions; The Pampas, fertile lowlands, The Mesopotamia, lowland enclosed by rivers, Gran Chaco, between

    MesopotamiaandtheAndes,Cuyo,theeastsideof theAndes(optimalareaforlargescalegrowthofgrapevines),ArgentineNorthwest,

    and The Patagonia,a largeplateauto the south(with speciesofpenguins and orcawhales).Thehighestpointabove sea levelin isin

    MendozaatCerroAconcagua6959m(22,831ft),thehighestpointintheSouthernandWesternHemisphere.

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    EntryRequirementsArgentinaVisasareissuedonarrivalforstayofupto90days.USCitizenspay$160perpersonwhenarrivingatanyofthemajorairportsin

    BuenosAires.A passportvalidforsixmonthsafterdateofentryisrequired.Visitorsmustholdreturn/onwardticketsandalldocuments

    requiredfortheirnextdestination.

    Vaccinations

    HepatitisAandB,Tetanus,andTyphoidimmunizationsarerecommendedforalltravelers.Informationonvaccinationsandotherhealth

    precautions, such as safe food and water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the CDCs Internet site at

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    Weather

    Salta,Argentina

    Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

    AvgHighF 81 79 77 73 70 66 68 72 74 80 81 82

    AvgLowF 61 60 59 53 46 39 37 40 45 52 57 60

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    Communication

    Argentinacountrycode+54.MostareaswillhavemobileaccessandInternetavailable.Someareaswhiletrekkingmaynothavemobile

    access.

    Electricity

    Argentina-Electricalcurrentis220volts,50Hz(TypeC;electricalplughastwocircularpins)

    GearList

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    TravelAdvisories

    Maketwophotocopiesofvaluablessuchasyourpassport,tickets,visasandtravelers'cheques.Keeponecopywithyouinaseparateplace

    totheoriginalandleaveanothercopywithsomeoneathome.

    BesuretoinformyourcreditcardcompanyaswellasyourbankyouwilltravelinternationallyintoSouthAmerica.Thiswilleliminateany

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    Currency

    Carryingcash,anATMortravelerscheckcardandalsoacreditcardthatcanbeusedforcashadvancesincaseofemergencyisadvisable.

    Thebestplacestoexchangemoneyarenormallybureaudechange,whicharefast,havelongerhoursandoftengiveslightlybetterrates

    thanbanks.LocalcurrencyisArgentinePeso(ARS),fornowmosttouristplacesacceptUSD,butalwaysbettertocarrypesos.Betterhotels,

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    Government

    Argentinafunctionsasframeworkofafederalsystem,apresidentialrepresentativedemocraticrepublic,wherebythepresidentisboth

    headofstateandheadofgovernment.

    Religion

    Officially90%ofArgentinesareRomanCatholic.AlthoughtheConstitutionstatesthatthefederalgovernmentisRomanCatholic,italso

    guaranteesfreedomofreligion.ArgentinahasmanyJewsandMuslims,aswellasmembersofRussion,Greek,SyrianOrthodoxchurches

    andPrtestantdenominations.SomeindigenouspeoplefollowtraditionalbeliefslikeinnorthwesternprovinceofSaltaandJujuy.

    EthnicGroups

    ArgentinaspopulationisoverwhelminglyEuropeaninorigin(principallyfromSpainandItaly);thereislittlemixtureofindigenouspeoples.

    Anestimated97% ofthepeople are ofEuropeanextraction, and 3%aremestizo,Amerindian,or ofother nonwhitegroups.The pure

    AmerindianpopulationhasbeenincreasingslightlythroughimmigrationfromBoliviaandParaguay.

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    Spanishisthenationallanguage,althoughinArgentinaitisspokeninseveralaccentsandhasabsorbedmanywordsfromotherlanguages,

    especiallyItalian.Dialectscan beheard fromBasque,Sicilian,Welsh andGaelic. Anunderworldlanguagecalled lunfardodeveloped in

    BuenosAirescomposedofwordsfrommanylanguagesItalian,Portuguese,Spanish,French,German,Africa.Lunfardoisnowoftenheard

    inlyricsoftangomusic.

    Economy

    TheeconomyofArgentinaisanuppermiddle-incomeeconomy,andLatinAmericasthird-largest.Thenationhasahighqualityoflifeand

    GDPpercapita,whichsince2011thehighestinlatinamerica.Thecountrybenefitsfromrichnaturalresources,ahighlyliteratepopulation,

    anexport-orientedagriculturalsectorandadiversifiedindustrialbase.Historically,however,Argentinaseconomicperformancehasbeen

    veryuneven,inwhichhigheconomicgrowthalternatedwithsevererecessions,particularlyduringthelatetwentiethcentury,andincome

    maldistributionandpovertyincreased.Earlyinthetwentiethcenturyitwasoneoftherichestcountriesintheworldandtherichestinthe

    Southernhemisphere,thoughitisnowupper-middleincomecountry.

    Climate

    Argentina is subject to a variety of climates. The north of the country, including latitudes in and below the Tropic of Capricorn, is

    characterizedveryhot,humidsummers(whichresultina lotofswamplands)withmilddrierwinters,andissubjecttoperiodicdroughts

    duringthewinterseason.CentralArgentinahashotsummerswithtornadoesandthunderstorms(inwesternArgentinaproducingsomeof

    theworldslargesthail),andcoolwinters.Thesouthernregionshavewarmsummersandcoldwinterswithheavysnowfall,especiallyin

    mountainouszones.Higherelevationsatalllatitudesexperiencecoolerconditions.Inwinter(JunetoAugust)majorwindsincludethecool

    PamperoblowingontheflatplainsofPatagoniaandthePampas.InNorthernregion,spring(SeptemberandNovember)isveryshort,but

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    hailstorms are frequent. In summer (DecemberandMarch) temperatures aremorediverse.Autumn (April andMay)is generallymild,

    windyandprogressively lastingmoresouthwards.Someforestsandvineyardscanbringalongautumn foliage,withits redand orange

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    Laundry(unlessstatedathotel) Beveragesinhotels(exceptthoseinyour

    personalvehicleorunlessstated)

    Hospitalbillsandinternationalevacuationintheeventofanemergency

    RoundtripairfareBuenosAires/Salta