Nevado de Aconquija is a beautiful and very challenging bike ride in Argentina. The ondulating terrain will take us up and down mostly all the time. The north of Argentina is a region full of contrasts and differences. In between minutes we leave from the sub-tropical jungle to arrive in the puna desert. Here is where 5500 meters snow capped mountains, deserts and cactus are part of the views. Then, we will face strong up hills to enjoy the joy of mountain biking: pure down hills!! Huasan is a place to mention. We will stay at this farm, the “Estancia Huasan”, which was built in 1711 during the period of Spanish colonization. Today is a specialized ranch that produces and exports premium quality olive oil. Mine complex, salt mines, centennial ranches with a huge Spanish and Indian background will be part of this tour.
|DEPARTURE/ARRIVAL||San Miguel de Tucumán/San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca|
|DEPARTING TIME||8 p.m. in Buenos Aires|
|Location||Andalgalá, Concepción, El Rodeo, San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, San Miguel de Tucumán|
|Dates||April, May, September, October, November|
Mountain bike tour in North Argentina, from historical “San Miguel de Tucumán”, where argentinean independence was declared, to Andalgalá and San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, from the green Subtropical jungle to the Altiplano.
Day 2: San Javier - Villa Nougues - San Pablo
41.5km and 2600ft elevation gain
Day 3: La Cuesta del Clavillo
41km + optional 9km and 4400ft elevation gain
Day 4: On our way to Andalgalá
Once in “Andalgalá”, the second most important city “Catamarca”, we will stay at an important farm, the “Estancia Huasan”, which was built in 1711 during the period of Spanish colonization and is now a specialized ranch producing and exporting quality olive oil. 62km and 2500ft elevation gain.
Day 5: La cuesta de Capillitas
The narrow and soft ascent on a cliff dirt road allow us to view a never ending desert landscape, including snowcapped mountains, salt mines contrasting with the green vegetation of the uphill.
After riding 48km and ascending 2000 meters we have lunch and then enjoy great downhill ride to “Andalgalá”. 48km and 800ft elevation gain.
Day 6: On our way to El Bolson
Day 7: El Rodeo
38km + 18 optional km and 2300ft elevation gain