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Northern Argentina & a Taste of Brazil Bike Tour
Northern Argentina & a Taste of Brazil Bike Tour

You can't do this in many other places. Biking in some of the planet's remotest locales, delving into pre-Inca history, and still enjoying world-class wines. It's a tall order. But it's one that Northern Argentina fills easily, from the arid Calchaquí Valley to wondrous Iguazú Falls. Maybe you've explored other parts of Argentina. Or perhaps you're a first-time visitor. Either way, we think you'll love nothing more than venturing off the beaten path and exploring this land that never runs out of wonderful surprises.

Days 1-2 Taste the local lifeblood of the Cafayate wine region  Ascend on road bikes through the subtropical forest of Las Yungas Biosphere Reserve Visit an artisanal cheese factory, in operation since the 1700s Overnight at a beautifully preserved 18th-century working estancia Ready for a challenge? Conquer a 10,000-foot pass as you pedal up to the arid Andean altiplano, studded with giant candelabra-like cacti Explore the archaeological site of Quilmes, once the largest pre-Columbian settlement in Argentina Enjoy the lively rhythms of Andean music and savor an exclusive dinner at a winery. 

Days 3-5 Quebrada de Cafayate, a brilliant red- and gold-colored canyon punctuated with otherworldly rock formations  Learn how to sip mate - the national drink - like an Argentine After biking through Yungas subtropical forest, refuel on asado (barbecue) from the grill Local performers provide an enthusiastic folkloric demonstration  With an expert guide, walk through the stunning colonial city of Salta "La Linda" (The Beautiful) Fly from Salta to the tropical region of Iguazú.

Days 6-8 Venture to Iguazú Falls, one of the world's largest waterfalls and most breathtaking natural wonders  Walk to the powerful Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Throat) falls, keeping an eye out for colorful birds, snake, turtles and caimans Bike through tropical Misiones Forest Arrive at the "Triple Frontier," where two rivers converge at the Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil borders   Two-wheel it to the village of the Mbaya indigenous tribe, who talk to us about their ancestral crafts, traditions and hopes for the future Pedal across the border for a look at the Brazilian side of Iguazú Falls, followed by a gourmet dinner at the hotel, perched just above the thundering cascade.

Trip Highlights
  • Bike and hike in extraordinary landscapes, from high desert to tropical rain forests
  • Be awed by thundering Iguazú Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world
  • Taste excellent vintages among renowned high-altitude vineyards
  • Lose yourself in the captivating colonial city of Salta
  • Uncover the rich legacy of Brazil's indigenous rain forest Mbaya tribe
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Premiere Inns

Estancia Las Carreras (1 night): Set at the base of rugged Andean foothills, this country estate dates back to 1718 and features a working cheese farm and superb regional cuisine.

Patios de Cafayate Wine Hotel (1 night): A former colonial mansion surrounded by vineyards and extensive gardens. (pool)

House of Jasmines (2 nights): This romantic "120-year-old house exudes understated charm," according to the Hideaway Report. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

Iguazú Grand Resort Spa & Casino (2 nights): A sophisticated contemporary resort located near Iguazú Falls amid lush gardens. (pool, spa, tennis)

Hotel das Cataratas (1 night): An elegant colonial-style hotel set in a national park near the edge of Iguazú Falls. (pool, spa, tennis)

Routes For All Abilities

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 17* 2000 27* 3100
2 19* 2000 25* 3900 30* 4000 44 4000
3 17* 600 30* 600 43* 900
4 26* 1300 44* 2400 54* 3200
5 13* 200
6 13* 500 23* 700 35* 1400
Walking & Hiking Options (5 Miles, minimal elevation gain; 7.4 Miles, 300' elevation gain)
7 25 1000
30 1300
Walking Option (4.3 Miles, 100' elevation gain)
8 Walking Option (3 Miles, 100' elevation gain)

* Includes a shuttle

2015 Dates & Pricing*

  • 6/21-28 Price: $5148 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1480 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $280
  • 7/5-12 Price: $4898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1480 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $380
  • 9/6-13 Price: $4898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1480 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $300
  • 9/13-20 Price: $4898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1480 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $300
  • 9/20-27 Price: $4898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1480 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $420
  • 9/27-10/4 Price: $4898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1480 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $380

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)


8 - 9 guests from $5,698 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $4,898 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $5,198 pp dbl. occ.
Internal flights from $280.

All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.

For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.

Guest Trip Reviews

We are so excited to bring you this active adventure in one of the most untouched regions of Argentina. We’ll explore the Yungas forest, the Andean pastures, and cycle between lunar landscapes in the Andes and the tropical regions of Iguazú. We’ll ride over a 10,000-foot pass to the highest-altitude vineyards in the world to sample some great Argentine wine. Then, the highlight of the trip: we'll explore Iguazú Falls - one of the seven wonders of nature and a UNESCO World Heritage Site - from both sides of the Argentina/Brazil border.
Michelle Muench- Regional Manager, Latin America