From the salt mines to the jungle is a wonderful introduction to the Andean Altiplano, or Puna, as the vast region below the High Andes in Salta is known. This bike ride crosses Jujuy where the Quebrada de Humahuaca (Humahuaca Canyon), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located. No doubt one of the most amazing places of the Altiplano. The southern reaches of the Inca Trail once ran through here. It later became part of the Spanish Royal Road that stretched from Peru down to Salta in colonial times. You’ll intimately explore towns like Purmamarca and Iruya. Still have the traditional narrow, cobble-stoned streets and adobe homes. Still inhabited by the descendants of the once-mighty Inca. Below the Puna lie the Yungas.
This is a long thin belt of sub-tropical jungle coming north from Bolivia. It is fed by the waters of the High Andes. Lush, green rainforests with incredible varieties of plants and amazing birdlife. The contrast from the arid desert landscapes above, add much impact to this beautiful scenery. The region also provides an incredible setting for mountain biking, a marvelous way to deeply experience this amazing destination. Another opportunity to live our amazing country with great mountain biking, only as MTB Tours knows how to do!
|DEPARTING TIME||8 p.m. in Buenos Aires|
|Location||Humahuaca, Iruya, Purmamarca, Salta|
|Dates||April, May, September, October, November|
It’s a mountain bike tour that will take you from the subtropical jungle to the argentinian altiplano, from the salt flats “Salinas grandes” to several mountain passes located at more than 4.000 meters above sea level.
Day 2: Salta - Purmamarca
33 miles – 1280 ft elevation gain
Day 3: Purmamarca a las Salinas Grandes
27 miles – 1000ft elevation gain
Day 4: Purmamarca - Iruya
26 to 35 miles – 1400ft elevation gain
Day 5: Hike from Iruya to San Isidro
9 miles of single tracks
Day 6: Iruya - Humahuaca
34 miles – 1200ft elevation gain
Day 7: Humahuaca - Ocumazo
20, 5 miles – 2100ft elevation gain