1. Across the Andes. This is the seventh section of the South American Epic, Salta to Santiago You will certainly enjoy the 2 day ride from Salta to the next rest day in Cafayate along historic route #68 through the Valles Calchaquies. Ruta 76 brings us south through Talampaya National Park, a UNESCO heritage site, which contains the most complete continental fossil record known from the Triassic Period. Through little-visited areas you will have some shorter climbs to help prepare you for the mountains you will face in a few days. We head up over the Andes, following Ruta 7 and the Rio Mendoza, and into Chile to the meropolis of Santiago.
Across the Andes.
The riders will certainly enjoy the 2 day ride from Salta to the next rest day in Cafayate along historic route #68 through the Valles Calchaquies. They will also relish the fact that the area around Cafayate is renown for its wine, especially the delicious Argentinian cultivar - Torrontes.
From there we’ll continue to follow Ruta 40 before switching to Ruta 76 as we head south through Talampaya National Park, a UNESCO heritage site, which contains the most complete continental fossil record known from the Triassic Period. Onward, the riders will pedal their way south across north western Argentina heading for another rest day in San Juan before turning to the west. Through little-visited areas the riders will have some shorter climbs to help prepare them for the mountains they will face in a few days. After a rest day in Uspollata riders will test out their climbing legs as we head up over the Andes, following Ruta 7 and the Rio Mendoza, and into Chile, the next country on this epic adventure.
The climb up to the border will take the groups up to around 4000m before descending onto Ruta 60, which winds its way down the mountain via a series of switchbacks. After a night in Los Andes the riders are now a mere day’s ride from arriving in the metropolis of Santiago where they can explore its 19th century neo-classical architecture and winding side streets, dotted with art deco, neo-gothic and other styles.
16-Oct - Salta - Bush Camp 127 km
17-Oct - Bush Camp - Cafayate 64 km
18-Oct- Rest Day - Cafayate
19-Oct - Cafayate - Bush Camp 150 km
20-Oct- Bush Camp - Londres 118 km
21-Oct - Londres - Camping Andolucas 101 km
22-Oct - Camping Andolucas - Sanogosta 132 km
23-Oct - Sanogosta - Villa Union 84 km
24-Oct - Rest day Villa Union
25-Oct - Villa Union - San Jachal 145 km
26-Oct - San Jachal - San Juan 159 km
27-Oct - San Juan - Bush Camp 95 km
28-Oct - Bush Camp - Mendoza 75 km
29-Oct - Rest Day - Mendoza
30-Oct- Mendoza - Uspallata 100 km
31-Oct- Uspallata - Las Cuevas 84 km
01-Nov - Las Cuevas - Los Andes 58 km
02-Nov - Los Andes - Santiago 100 km