Argentina – Bike & Wine

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Winding Roads Of The Andes

Hit the road and cycle through the wine regions of Argentina set in the Andes’ stunning landscapes. Start off in Buenos Aires and feel the beat of the Paris of South America experiencing gourmet, wines, art, architecture, tango and Latin glamour. Arrive in North West Argentina with a history rooted closer to Peru’s cities of Arequipa and Lima than to Buenos Aires. Bike through coloured Andean valleys and discover the highest vineyards in the world. Fly to Mendoza, the wine capital of South America. You will bike to wineries of sophisticated architecture and New World superb wines.  Mendoza is also about fine cuisine made with locally produced ingredients. Bike in the Uco Valley, at the foothills of the Andes. Due to its unparalleled soil and climate conditions the valley has gained world recognition during recent years, earning a reputation as the gem of all Argentine wine regions. The perfect experience for an all-in-one wine, gourmet and cycle trip in Argentina.

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Day 1: SALTA

Arrive at Salta airport where you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel in town. It is a 25 minute drive. Set in the lovely Lerma Valley about 1,600km northwest of Buenos Aires (2 hour direct flight) Salta’s beauty lies in her well-preserved Colonial architecture and rich Spanish history. The city is home to true criollos (native Argentineans of Spanish heritage) with a culture that has remained untransformed by generations of immigrants. You rendezvous in the evening for a short city tour and cocktail with your guide. You will be briefed on the upcoming days. Afterwards the night is your own, suggestions will be provided for a typical Salteño dinner of cabrito (goat), locro (corn & bean soup), humitas (similar to Mexican corn tamale) and empanadas of all sorts.

Overnight Hotel Solar de La Plaza (Bed & Breakfast)

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Day 2: CACHI

Morning departure at 800am for a drive south and then west over the Calchaqui Sub Andean range, heading towards the Calchaqui Valley and the small town of Cachi. Drive up the Cuesta del Obispo and at the pass, 3457m, you will get on your bikes and bike down into the Calchaqui Valley, along a road that crosses the National Park Los Cardones. You will bike across the small town of Payogasta where you will have lunch at an old estancia, la Sala de Payogasta. From there you have an extra 12km to Cachi, where you will end your ride at the main square, in front of the San Jose church. Transfer to your hotel 3km away from the main square on a gravel road (or you have the option to bike to the hotel). Evening at the hotel, walk around the small roads that go round small vegetable plots. Dinner enjoying the local bounty. You can also take advantage of the spa! (Options to walk instead of bike as well)

Overnight Hotel La Merced del Alto (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Day 3: CAFAYATE

Morning transfer north on National Route 40, the longest in Argentina as it stretches from the Magallen strait to the Argentine-Bolivian border. Today you drive by the town of Molinos and through the Quebrada de Las Flechas, where a short hike is a must. After a picnic lunch you are on your way towards San Carlos, where you get onto your bikes where the paved road starts again. Before you realize you will be surrounded by vineyards. The bike ride will end at your hotel amongst the vineyards. You can explore the wine resort on your own, enjoy a swim in the pool, the wine cellar, and take dinner at leisure at the hotel or in the main square. (Options to walk instead of bike as well)

Overnight Patios de Cafayate (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Day 4: CAFAYATE

Drive up to Tafi del Valle from where we ride down on bikes to the summer villa of Tafi del Valle for an early lunch at Estancia Las Carreras, a Jesuit farm, where Manchego cheeses are still done following an old Spanish recipe. After lunch bike down from the Infiernillo Pass to the small town of Amaicha. The Quilmes ruins are also visited on this day, for a short hike through pre-Hispanic history. In the evening you will walk through vineyards with an agronomist and learn why vines grown in the high deserts (this Valley is home to the highest vineyards I the world) produce the grapes they do, and wines are so special. Altitude, water stress, extreme UV radiation affect tannins, sugars and skin thickness enhancing aromas and colors. After understanding how to grow and manage the vines, have a tasting to appreciate the results. Dinner tonight is a traditional asado with an extreme Argentine flair! (Options to walk instead of bike as well)

Overnight Patios de Cafayate (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Day 5: SALTA

Bike from Cafayate to Salta, leaving from the hotel or starting 10km away from the hotel so you can take advantage of the best part of the road. Lunch at La Posta de Las Cabras where the bike ride ends. You arrive at your hotel in the afternoon and you have the chance to enjoy their gardens and spa. A dinner tonight at La Table, the hotel’s fine restaurant. (Options to walk instead of bike as well)

Overnight House of Jasmines (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Day 6: MENDOZA

Today you take the morning at leisure and have a private brunch at La Table restaurant before your afternoon schedule flight to Mendoza. Upon arrival you are transferred to your lovely boutique hotel in the vineyards. In the afternoon there options for yoga and relaxation at the spa. Dinner is at your stunning accommodation with an amazing backdrop with Tango, typical asado, and wine pairing.

Overnight Cavas Wine Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Day 7: MENDOZA

The central valley of Mendoza is historically the birthplace of Argentina´s wine making tradition, which started over a century ago from both Italian and Spanish immigrants. This morning we head for Catena Zapata. The winery, of outstanding architectural design, is recognized as the pioneer of quality winemaking in Argentina. Our tasting continues at Belasco de Baquedano and its the ‘Hall of Aromas’, only one of its kind in the Americas, where 46 aromatic notes are contained in pots, invite us to test our nose to identify the nuances in the wines we’ll sample. Afterwards we make our way to Ruca Malen winery for Chef Lucas Bustos´ five course lunch pairing food & wine to enjoy in sight of Cordon del Plata snowed peaks (19574 ft). In the afternoon there options for a bike ride, hike, horseback, yoga, or relaxation at the spa. Dinner is at your stunning accommodation with an amazing backdrop.

Overnight Cavas Wine Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Day 8: DEPART

Transfer from your hotel to Mendoza airport to connect with your departures.

(Breakfast)

HOTEL SOLAR DE LA PLAZA

is located in a neo-colonial Spanish style mansion which dates from 1950 and where elegance, tradition and comfort are combined. The hotel offers exceptional service and installations in a privileged location just 4 blocks from the main square of the historic city of Salta. The rooms are luxurious with king size beds and ensuite bathrooms and air-conditioning. The hotel has two lounges, La Terraza Restaurant, lobby lounge bar, and health club on the rooftop with gym, sauna, swimming pool and a wonderful view of the hills.

HOTEL LA MERCED DEL ALTO

is located at the foot of the Nevado de Cachi, La Merced del Alto dominates over the breathtaking valley. Surrounded by hills, rivers and streams. Standing out from the top, its views invite to explore the Valles Calchaquies or simply relax and enjoy the silence of the place. Enjoy the terrace, local art, pool area, or living room made with adobe, wood, and cane from the area. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a book and a glass of wine by the fireplace. All rooms have central heating and private bathrooms. The restaurant provides Andean style gourmet cuisine and enjoy a drink in the bar or wine cellar. The spa has massage rooms, Jacuzzi, Scottish shower and solarium.

PATIOS DE CAFAYATE

enter the enchanting glass lobby doors of Patios de Cafayate Hotel & Spa and experience true traditional colonial establishment. Rich in culture, wine, and tradition, Patios embraces spectacular views of the Calchaquies Valleys’ vineyards. Antique furniture, artisan carpets, ceramic floors and silverware decorate each of the 32 guest rooms and suites. Beautiful views of the vineyard and hills and spectacular garden scenes.

HOUSE OF JASMINES

at the foot of the Andes and just minutes from the capital city of Salta. An avenue of mature eucalyptus set to the music of the Arenales River welcomes you to House of Jasmines Estancia de Charme, a centuries-old mansion fully recycled with careful attention to every detail. The spa is a true paradise. The outdoor swimming pool, surrounded by a park sprinkled with colorful flowers and crossed by the winding Arenales river with a view to the magnificent landscape of the Andes. In the garden, the produce, fruits and vegetables are cultivated to guarantee the freshness of dishes of La Table, created by the chef to reflect the native gastronomy on delicate plates full of homemade enchantment. The rooms have king size beds, beige linens, bathrooms, central heating & air-conditioning.

CAVAS WINE LODGE

is nestled in a 35 acre vineyard strategically located between the best known wineries and the magnificent Andes mountain range. There are 14 luxury rooms with private pool, outdoor shower, and terrace to watch sunset. Food from the restaurant are organically grown and updated every 3 months according to the harvest and seasonal ingredients. Enjoy tastings in a spacious cellar and treat yourself to wine therapy baths and massage treatments.

  • Accommodation lodges in single or double occupancy; all transfers; road bikes &
    helmets (you are welcome to bring yours); all lunches and seven dinners; wine tastings;
    tango evening; all organized activities; snacks and beverages when cycling; support
    vehicle; baggage transport; bilingual guides.
  • International flights and domestic flights
  • Entry visas
  • Gratuities & tips
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alterations to this itinerary (i.e. if different accommodations and services are provided then the price will most likely vary up or down)
  • Laundry (unless stated at hotel)
  • Beverages in hotels (except those in your personal vehicle or unless stated)
  • Hospital bills and international evacuation in the event of an emergency

Pricing starts at:

$5,500

Pricing
FOR 2 PEOPLE

$6,500

per person

Pricing
FOR 4 PEOPLE

$5,500

per person