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South American Epic section 7



Across the Andes. Dit is de zevende etappe van de South American Epic, fiets met ons mee van Salta naar Santiago. Je zult zeker genieten van de tweedaagse rit van Salta naar de volgende rustdag in Cafayate. Hier kom je langs de historische route #68, door de Valles Calchaquies. Ruta 76 brengt ons naar het zuiden door Talampaya National Park, UNESCO-erfgoed, die het meest complete continentale fossielenbestand bevat, uit de Trias. Door rustige gebieden heb je een aantal kleinere bergen om je voor te bereiden op de bergen waarmee je over een paar dagen te maken krijgt. We gaan namelijk over de Andes, en volgen Ruta 7 en de Rio Mendoza naar Chili en de hoofdstad Santiago.

Recreatief, Racefiets, Mountainbike
19 dagen
1590 km / 988 mi
$ 5,250.- / € 5,359.-
  • Red rock formation of the Calchaqui Valleys
  • San Juan – Argentina’s 2nd city of wine production
  • Cross the Andes into Chile
  • Exploring Santiago, Chile’s capital city backdropped by the high Andes
  • Aanbetaling $170.- pp.



Recreatief, Racefiets, Mountainbike
19 dagen
Gemakkelijk = ongetraind, normale conditie
Gemiddeld = u fietst vaker, goede conditie
Uitdagend = ervaren, uitstekende conditie
Groepstour = met meefietsende gids
Individueel = met routes en kaarten
Met gids
Afstand per dag
100-120 km / 62-75 mi
Afstand totaal
1590 km / 988 mi
Luxe = 4-5 sterren hotel of luxe B&B
Basis = 1-2 sterren hotel/motel of B&B
Camping = tent, sporthal of campus
Camping, volpension
Dagelijks bagagevervoer
Niet inbegrepen
11 okt 2024 - 28 okt 2024
This section is fully booked. Please mail us to be added to our waitlist. Registration for 2026 is now open.
Salta, Argentina
Santiago, Chile
Vliegveld bij start
Salta, Martín Miguel de Güemes SLA
Vliegveld bij eindpunt
Santiago SCL

Prijzen *Please note the prices are subject to change depending availability*

Prijs per persoon / please note the prices are subject to change depending availability
De tour prijs per person
$ 5,250.-


Inclusief / Niet Inclusief

Across the Andes.
This section begins in Salta with its stunning colonial architecture and friendly roadside cafes. Spinning out of town, the cyclists will find themselves pedalling through the picturesque Valles Calchaquies, passing by small villages and weaver’s workshops. A rest day in the town of Cafayate allows the riders time to explore the red rocks of the Quebrada de las Conchas and the Garganta del Diablo as well as local wineries like Finca Las Nubes which specializes in the Torrontés varietal. Heading south on historic Ruta 40 the landscape shifts from Triassic badlands to mountainsides striped with rocks of green, yellow, red, brown, purple, white and pink.

The route continues south, weaving through the Valle Calchaquí, past dry riverbeds and scrubland with views of far-off, snow-covered mountains. Refreshments are available in the picturesque tiny village of Hualfin, surrounded by red rock walls. Approaching Belén, known as one of the best places to purchase a poncho, the scenery changes as the riders enter the Quebrada del Complejo Termal, a red sandstone gorge formed through geothermal activity. The views are spectacular as the road follows a valley flanked on the west by the Sierra de Famatina range and to the east by the Sierra de Velasco. This is one of the highest areas of the Andes with some mountains reaching up to 6,000 m above sea level. Next up is the Wild West mining town of Chilecito surrounded by a sea of cardon cacti.

The route now bends to the west and passes through a spectacular gorge, the Cuesta de Miranda, on the way to the city of Villa Union. Beautifully situated amidst the intense red mountain ranges of the Sierra de Famatina and the Sierra de Maíz, it is famous for delicacies like Vino Patero (foot-stepping wine) and dried fruits. Dry, hilly landscapes dominate the next stretch with the oasis town of San José de Jáchal providing a welcome break. The road passes through San Juan, the provincial capital and site of a 1944 earthquake that killed more than 10,000 people, and skirts the sand desert near Lavalle, the only desert or that kind in South America. Before long the famous vineyards of Mendoza begin to appear.

After a rest day sampling a glass or two of Mendoza’s famous Malbec, the cyclists will spin west towards the Andes. The road climbs up to almost 4000 m in the shadow of Cerro Aconcagua, at 6922 m, the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere. This is wild high country and the riders can expect gusting winds, chilly temperatures and, if clear, incredible views. The border crossing into Chile, one of the highest in the world, is at 3200 m. Once across the pass the cyclists will enjoy a twisting ride down the other side of the mountain range on a series of switchbacks, keeping an eye out for the area’s soaring condors. A couple stages later, the riders will pedal into the country’s capital Santiago with its 19th century neo-classical architecture and winding side streets.

* Tourbeschrijvingen kunnen onderhevig zijn aan verandering en aanpassingen afhankelijk van de groep, beschikbare accommodaties en andere onvoorziene omstandigheden, waaronder het weer, bosbranden, overstromingen, orkanen, aardverschuivingen en/of andere natuurverschijnselen.
Gebruik deze beschrijving als overzicht van wat je kunt verwachten.

Level: challenging

Longer days, harsher environments (temperature, winds) and terrain (rough dirt, gravel roads at times, more significant climbing) become a larger factor. More surprises await you.


Accommodation the night before first cycling day and the night of last cycling day are included in entry fee.
9 nights hotels, double occupancy rooms on hotel nights, we pair each rider with others of same gender
10 Nights of camping, bring your own camping gear
Most dinners, Most breakfasts, All roadside lunches, Afternoon soup on riding days
Experienced chef
Vehicle to carry your bags
Experienced tour leader
Sweep rider
Security as needed
Bike mechanic
Local support
Pre-tour information bulletitins
Pre-tour rider discussion forum

Not included:

Bring your own bike, For this section, we recommend a touring bike with 45-50c tires.
Airfare to and from the tour
Gratuity guides

We advise booking at least 1 additional night at tour accommodation before the tour, to be able to attend rider briefing and have assistance from tour bike mechanic in setting up your bike.

Kaart & Routes



For this section, we recommend a mountain or touring bike with 45-50c tires.
For more information see PDF file below


KM per day section 7 South American Epic
choosing a bicycle
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