Motorcycle road trip Argentina - Raid in Andean Land

Motorcycle road trip Argentina

Raid in Andean Land

Simon

Simon, Travel designer

Simon has been living in Argentina for almost 10 years. With experience of the region, a passion for riding and a deep knowledge of mechanics, he’s perfect for this adventure.

A circuit that touches the sky ! Discover the legendary Route 40 – La Cuarenta – on a Royal Enfield Himalayan. Get a taste for adventure alternating between smooth roads and tracks on the road that stretches the length of the Andes and the whole of Argentina. Departing from stunning Salta, you’ll be amazed by what this 13-day motorcycle tour has in store. Explore wonderfully diverse Andean landscapes, peppered with volcanoes and lush oases, such as the famous Cafayate vineyards. Set off in search of small village culture and folklore where colonial and Inca history merge.

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Period Mid-February to mid-May
and mid-August to mid-December
Duration 13 days with 10 riding days
Level Demanding
English-speaking Tour Leader
Accommodation Standard/comfort
From 4 990 € / pilot
3 690 € / pillion

13 days - 1400 miles


D1 / Salta

Salta is located in a fertile valley at the foot of the eastern Andes and is the second largest city in north Argentina. Nicknamed “Salta la Linda” (Beautiful Salta), this Argentine city boasts the best preserved colonial architecture. Overnight stay at a hotel.

D2 / Salta - Iruya - 180 miles

Our first day with the bikes! We leave Salta and head onto the fantastic windy Route 9 heading north. Then we enter Quebrada de Humahuaca, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed mountain range that displays a beautiful spectrum of colours. We then take a 30-mile track along the condor pass at 4,000 m altitude and arrive in Iruya, a remote village surrounded by cliffs.

D3 / Iruya - Cusi Cusi - 146 miles

If you get up at dawn, you may be lucky to spot condors rising from their nests and taking flight into the canyon. We head towards the Bolivian border to Cusi Cusi, located at 3,800 m altitude and the home of Moon Valley. We spend the night in a remote village hidden away from the world.

D4 / Cusi Cusi - Humahuaca - 148 miles

We leave Cusi Cusi and head onto Route 40 ensuring several miles of excellent riding and then Route 9 takes us to Abra Pampa. We spend the night in Humahuaca, a small charming city in the Quebrada de Humahuaca valley.

D5 / Humahuaca - Purmamarca - 73 miles

We set off for the Mirador de Hornocal and after around an hour of tracks, we arrive at 4,350 m altitude. Breathtaking views guaranteed! You’ll have front row seats to a sensational show where the sun and the peaks’ ever-changing colours play the main parts. We get back on Route 9 and stop at Pucará de Tilcara.

D6 / Purmamarca - Santonio De Los Cobres - 162 miles

We take Route 52 towards Salinas Grandes and ride the famous Cuesta de Lipán. The salt flats are a wonderful remote landscape and being able to ride over them is a unique experience for any biker! After lunch in Susques, we get back on the legendary Route 40 and climb in altitude crossing the immense desert-like plateau. Hot springs await at the foot of the Tuzgle volcano and we end the day in San Antonio de los Cobres.

D7 / San Antonio De Los Cobres - Cachi - 90 miles

Today, we continue along Route 40 and climb to the highest point of the tour, the Abra del Acay pass at 4,850 m altitude, the highest national road on the American continent! Then we tackle the strenuous 60-mile descent with an incredible backdrop, really experiencing the magic of the Andes! We arrive in Cachi in the evening.

D8 / Cachi

Spend the day exploring the charming Andean town Cachi perched at 2,500 m altitude. With cobbled streets and colonial architecture, you’ll no doubt love this picturesque town. History buffs mustn’t miss the Pío Pablo Díaz Archaeological Museum. There are also many local vineyards worth visiting. Those who prefer to rest can stroll to Plaza 9 de Julio.

D9 / Cachi - Cafayate - 125 miles

When leaving Cachi, Route 40 skirts Los Cardones National Park, which stretches over 64 hectares. After a short 12-mile track to Brealito, we get back on Route 40 and follow the Calchaquí River to Quebrada de las Flechas, a rocky lunar landscape sculpted by earthquakes, erosion and the weather. Cafayate and its vineyards welcome us for the night.

D10 / Cafayate - Andalgala - 143 miles

We leave the vineyards behind us and continue southbound. We come off Route 40 and make our way to Quilmes Ruins, a sacred site with the remains of a forgotten civilisation. We pass by Capillitas, which mines rhodochrosite – or Inca Rose – deposits, a semi-precious stone commonly used by local craftspeople. We then enjoy 28 miles of twists and turns on a wild track that takes us to Andalgalá.

D11 / Andalgala - Tafi del valle - 136 miles

We start off on the wonderful Chilca track on the side of a cliff with an impressive view over Catamarca desert. We then cross Aconquija National Park and after a few miles of windy tracks, the landscapes change completely and we reach Tafi del Valle's lush mountainscapes. Today is the day of a thousand hairpin turns!

D12 / Tafi del Valle – Salta - 196 miles

Our last day of biking! We continue our journey to Cafayate and cross Quebrada de las Conchas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of around 60 miles of immense canyons carved out by oceans thousands of years ago! Expect impressive rock formations and bright colours with tones of ochre and gold, through to green, red and yellow.

D13 / Salta airport

Depending on your flight schedule, you may be able to spend a few hours in Salta. You’re transferred to the international airport.

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