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

Yes, you’ll stand side by side with your family. Silently gazing upward at the sheer rust-colored walls of Quebrada de Cafayate. And you’ll be all together speechlessly witnessing the Iguazú falls. One of the Seven Wonders. The raging waters going down and down as the stepped cliffs go up and up. And you’ll spend dinners enjoying wines from the world’s highest-altitude vineyards and sharing authentic Argentine meals after incredible days of biking and hiking. You’ll experience so much of Argentina’s past and present and even a small piece of Brazil. If this trip leaves you speechless, don’t worry, this is an experience your family will be talking about for a lifetime.

Day 1 Learn about the lives of Argentine gauchos and their passion for horses, music, wine and storytelling at our family ranch hacienda Ascend from low countryside through the subtropical forest of Las Yungas Biosphere Reserve, thick with ancient trees and lush ferns Meet the challenge of a 10,000-foot pass as you pedal up to the arid Andean altiplano, studded with giant candelabra-like cacti Kids head to a ranch to explore the farm, feed calves and fuzzy llamas. 

Day 2 Taste excellent vintages in the Cafayate wine region, home to the world's highest-altitude vineyards An indigenous village and the pre-Inca settlement of Quilmes invite exploration Enjoy the lively rhythms of traditional Andean music Savor an exclusive dinner at a local family winery Enthusiastic local schoolchildren entertain you with a folklore performance  Kids go on a scavenger hunt through Cafayate.

Days 3-4 Indulge at the spa or relax at the pool at the welcoming Relais & Châteaux member - House of Jasmines Create and cook your own empanadas in an adobe oven Explore Salta "La Linda" (The Beautiful), Argentina's most stunning colonial city Sure to be a trip highlight is the long spin through Quebrada de Cafayate, a brilliant canyon of undulating reds and golds punctuated with dramatically eroded rock formations Get to know our friends at their working farm and cheese workshop, which has been in the same family for more than 200 years Indulge in famous Argentine beef prepared asado on the grill Keep an eye (and ear) out for native birdlife, including four species of the falcon-like caracara, as you bike through the Yungas and tackle a big climb followed by a glorious descent to the pristine waters of Ciénaga Lake  Kids can learn to dance the samba from a professional.

Days 5-8 Explore the magnificent Iguazú Falls As you walk to the powerful Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Throat) falls, keep an eye out for colorful birds, snakes, turtles and caimans Bike through tropical Misiones Forest Arrive at the "Triple Frontier," where two rivers converge at the junction of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil 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 while kids learn their traditional technique for basket making  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
  • Ride through amazing high-altitude valleys, canyons, subtropical forests and cacti
  • Experience gaucho culture, based on horse riding, farming, yerba mate drinking, wine and folklore
  • Connect to Andean indigenous culture and sample asado, a local specialty
  • Explore Salta "La Linda" (The Beautiful), Argentina's most stunning colonial city
  • Experience Iguazú Falls in an up-close and personal way - by bike and on foot
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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
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
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 27* 600 43* 900
4 26* 1300 44* 2400 54 3200
5 13* 200
6 13* 500 23 700 35 1400
7 25* 1000 30* 1300
 
note:

* Includes a shuttle


2015 Dates & Pricing*

FAMILY TRIPS
  • 6/28-7/5 Price: $4898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1480 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $280
  • 7/26-8/2 Price: $4898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1480 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $300
  • 8/2-9 Price: $4898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1480 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $300
  • 8/9-16 Price: $4898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1480 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $300

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


Recommended Kids Ages

Minimum Ages:

General Info on Minimum Ages:

We strongly encourage families to join our Family Trips, designed with kid- and adult-friendly features. Please note that we have a minimum age requirement of 1 year for all Inn trips and 2 years for all Camping Trips. Other than that, we do not restrict trips to a minimum age except in the rare case of a hotel age restriction. We do, however, recommend minimum ages based on the following criteria: Please note that a trip may feature an activity with an older age requirement than the minimum age recommendation for the trip. Younger kids are still welcome on the trip and while they will not be able to participate in the activity, the leaders will suggest an alternate activity. For safety reasons, children under 7 may not ride their own bikes and are required to ride on a Piccolo or in a Burley. For certain destinations, children must be 9 or older to ride their own bikes.

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)

2015

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.

For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.
Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.


Guest Trip Reviews

Starting in the Argentine highlands and ending in the jungles of Iguazú, this is a completely new family experience. Every day of this adventure has something unforgettable. Adults will sample one-of-a-kind Argentine wines, cycle from Andean pastures to arid cactus lands and enjoy live music. Kids will learn traditional dances, make Argentine meals and explore the rain forest with new friends. And the whole family will enjoy two days at 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