Ride through the beautiful Lake District of Chile and Argentina on a 13-day bicycling adventure crossing the Andes as you go.
Intensity, passion and raw beauty, Argentina has all three on tap. Lose yourself in the streetside tango, sup on delicious wines and feel the power of nature witnessing the mighty Andes up close. Throw in a bicycle and you have the perfect mix for an unforgettable trip.
The Argentine lust for life is intoxicating and the bustling capital of Buenos Aires symbolizes it. Streetlife here whizzes by with a wealth of bookshops, cute creative boutiques and gourmet eats crowded each other out for space.
But while Buenos Aires has its delights, a pure cyclist will crave that sense of adventure and it is instead, the mountain city of Salta which provides it. This quaint spot immediately captures hearts and is the perfect place for beginning a multi-day bicycle tour.
There are multiple routes you can take from Salta, but there is one unique cycling trip that reconnects you with nature and teaches you about the culture and the history of the mountainous region here. This stunning ride offers gorgeous views of the aptly named Seven Colours Mountain and introduces you to how the Andean communities still live here.
Feel the history beneath your wheels as you pedal along the Inca Trail before barrelling down hills towards the Salinas Grandes salt flats and losing yourself in the multitude of colours in the Calchaqui Valley. Throughout this amazing cycling tour, you will consistently meet locals, who offer their insights on living on this precious land. It is an experience like none other.
No cycling trip in Argentina is complete without laying eyes on the mighty Andes mountain range. However, it is the surrounding Argentinian Lake District which really must be experienced on any pedalling trip here. A great way to experience this is to tackle the Camino de los Siete Lago (7 Lakes). This spectacular journey takes the word ‘scenery’ to another level as you glide past several lakes, through forests and on towards the alpine towns of San Carlos de Bariloche and San Martin de los Andes. It is pure blissful cycling.
Riding in the shadows of the Andes evokes pure bliss and the same can be said for cycling in Patagonia, the glorious mountainous region that straddles both Argentina and Chile. In the former, you can pedal away while embracing the stunning scenery of Monte Fitz Roy and Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park.
However, if you are a cyclist who loves each day rounded off with a glass of wine then the good news is you will not struggle in Argentina to find something suited to your palette. Fantastic trails abound that focus not just on the cycling but also the taste buds. The Cafayate region, in particular, has a wealth of sensational vineyards for exploring and here you can learn about the history of these delicious grapes from the winemakers themselves.
Superb wine, tremendous food, mind-blowing natural sights and affable locals. What more could you want from a cycling trip?