Discover Argentina 2021 (new dates)
Dates & Destination
About the Trip
Visit Argentina in its purest form, unyoked from the rituals of mass tourism. Spend two weeks experiencing the cuisine, culture and breathtaking scenery of northern Argentina. Beginning in the city of Salta, Argentina’s most stunning colonial city you will cycle on lesser-traveled paved roads winding through canyons, vineyards, Andes mountain landscapes, and wild rivers.
Trip START Date | Salta, Argentina, Sunday, February 28, 2020
Trip END Date | San Miguel de Tucuman, Friday, March 12, 2020
466km | 290mi - Intermediate to Challenging Riding
- Exploring Spanish tradition and culture in the local art and architecture.
- Visit the ruins of indigenous villages dating back to the time of the Conquest and Colonization.
- Visiting local artisans.
- Practicing your Spanish while shopping for regional delicacies.
This route has been developed over the past 19 years and it keeps getting better. We stay in boutique hotels and guesthouses and we bike to a new destination every day except rest days. This route offers opportunities to go on winery tours, play golf, go hiking or canyoning or just sit by a pool and relax after a good day of biking.
Rick and his team will take care of all the details including the bicycles and gear, guides and safety, local activities, route planning, food and snacks, accommodations as well as helping you with getting to and from Argentina.
- 12 nights accommodation (no camping)
- All group meals (drinks on your own)
- 7 days biking
- Sightseeing (rest days) in Salta, Cafayate, Tafi de Valle, and Yerba Buena
- Use of bicycles and packs
- Travel coordination to/from Argentina
The cost of the trip is based on shared rooms. Private rooms are available in most places we stay for an additional cost. However, room options are somewhat limited and based on our group size and other factors.
MORE ABOUT THE BIKING
Travelling by bicycle can be challenging. This trip is for you if you are relatively fit and are comfortable with riding undulating terrain with some bigger hills. You like to ride your bike on vacation, but not every day. You can ride an average of 40mi/65km and up to 55mi/90km on a long day.
We have a variety of bikes for this bike packing tour. The basic idea is to have a go-anywhere bike where simplicity, durability, and efficiency is preferred. We use basic hardtail or fully rigid hybrid touring bikes and mountain bikes. For the most part, we are biking on lesser-travelled paved roads. There are some potions of the route on gravel and dirt. Our trips are a blend of bike packing and classic bike touring. You will have a sense of freedom by carrying your own gear on a multi-day self-supported adventure, with the objective to see the sights along the route at a leisurely pace.
Carrying your personal gear
We use ARKEL XM-45 bikepacking panniers. The XM-45’s offer ample heel clearance which is essential for adventure bikes and mountain bikes. The XM-45’s are essentially top-loading bags (as opposed to front-loading on typical touring panniers). Open the hood and stuff all your things in the huge main compartment, you will be amazed how much those bags will gobble up. Although the carrying volume is considerable, the XM-45’s have a profile much slimmer than regular touring bags.
Note from Rick: I let everybody set their own pace. I give directions every morning for check-in points along the way and let people go at their own speed. Most of the time the groups end up riding together for the most part. Faster riders can enjoy riding fast, slower riders can enjoy riding slower. I usually end up in the rear and take in the sights and enjoy the ride. I guess my average speed might be around 10 to 15 mph. For me, it is more about total time on the bike for the day.
Rick says this is one of his favourite places to bicycle travel. Don't you want to know why? It's no secret that Rick likes to ride his bike, enjoy good company, eat steak and drink wine.
Ready to book?
Once you booked your trip online Rick or an OnaVelo trip consultant will contact you to make sure we have all of your details and to confirm your trip. (Note: Registering for a trip from the OnaVelo website doesn’t guarantee your booking.) Rick or an OnaVelo trip consultant will confirm availability on your desired trip and finalize your booking. If you make a reservation more than 90 days prior to the trip, a deposit is due at the time of booking. If you reserve your trip less than 90 days prior to the departure, the full balance is due at the time of booking.
Guaranteed to go
OnaVelo trips require a minimum number of guests to run and are not guaranteed until that number is reached. Contact Rick for more details. In the event that a trip has low registrations, we will notify guests 60-90 days prior to departure with the option to select a different date with more guests booked. Please don’t reserve airfare before confirming your trip.
2020/21 CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE CANCELLATION POLICY:
We understand the uncertainty of international travel at this time and will provide flexibility so you can book your trip with confidence. We also understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your plans. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so.
You may cancel your trip at any time. OnaVelo asks, however, that you do not register unless you are confident in your attendance on the dates and destination outlined in the trip details. It is important for you to know that cancellations are costly to OnaVelo because we begin making arrangements for your trip as soon as you register.
Notification of cancellation must be made to OnaVelo in writing. When OnaVelo receives a written cancellation, a cancellation fee may apply to cover the expenses and costs incurred by OnaVelo due to the cancellation (including credit card processing fees and bank charges).
The amount of the cancellation fee is determined by the number of days prior to the trip start date that the written cancellation notice is received. The $250 trip deposit is fully refundable up until 60 days before departure. Below you will find the cancellation fee timeline based on your cancellation date.
Days to Departure | Cancellation Fee
More Than 60 Days | No fee, a full refund including deposit
31-60 Days | 50% of trip price including deposit
48 Hours-30 | Days 75% of trip price including deposit
48 Hours or Less | 100% of trip price including deposit
OnaVelo also reserves the right to cancel any trip using our discretion if the safety of our travellers or staff should be compromised. In the event of cancellation, OnaVelo is not responsible for any loss incurred for non-refundable travel costs. In this case, a refund of payments received by OnaVelo will constitute the full and final settlement.
- Argentina (Payment in Full)$2,850+$142.50 GST$2,850+$142.50 GST0$0
- Deposit Only$250+$12.50 GST$250+$12.50 GST0$0
- Private room add-on$660+$33 GST$660+$33 GST0$0