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 hospitality. 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 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 with asado 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.
- 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 traditional asado and yerba mate, Argentina's national beverage
- Lose yourself in the captivating colonial city of Salta
- Uncover the rich legacy of Brazil's indigenous rain forest Mbaya tribe
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)
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.
Routes For All Abilities
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|Walking & Hiking Options (5 Miles, minimal elevation gain; 7.4 Miles, 300' elevation gain)|
|Walking Option (4.3 Miles, 100' elevation gain)|
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* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
*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.|
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're 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. 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.- Regional Manager, Latin America