MOUNTAIN BIKING IN THE ANDES

The Andes provide multiple options for mountain bike lovers. Paved roads, tracks and dirt paths into the woods lure bikers visiting the region.


San Martin de los Andes, located southwest at the Neuquén province and set deep into the Andes on the coast of lake Lacar, offers exceptional biking circuits, both traditional and adventurous.

From the center of Lanín National Park, many roads or tracks spread with different difficulty levels, lengths and slopes. Riding on them you can enjoy the diverse regional flora, lush woods or Patagonian steppe areas, crystal clear rivers, streams and lakes, bird watching…a full contact with nature only a pedal away.

On a half day excursion we immerse ourselves into this beautiful scenery in San Martin. We start after getting our bikes in the town, jumping on a vehicle that takes us and the bikes through the first ascending kilometres.

Once at the top, depending on the riders preferences and characteristics, the guide will recommend the path to follow with our bikes. After the choice is made, we begin to ride following the guide into the Andean Patagonian forest, observing huge trees along the way and feeling the typical freshness of such environment.

Descending carefully through the selected path, we will stop by a few lookouts with views to the valley, rivers, lake beaches and lagoons. All picture perfect spots!

After 3 hours riding, we go back to town.

Pedaling through the winding tracks into the patagonian nature is definitely rewarding: breathing fresh air, riding at your own pace, hearing the sounds of this magical place and stopping by to appreciate the overwhelming vastness of the Andes scenery. Tired? Yes, but yet so happy and relaxed.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Service available year round except on July and August, due to snow.
  • Feasible any day of the week upon reservation. Time may vary depending on weather conditions. In summer it is recommended at 9 am or from 5 to 8 pm. On colder months, we recommend at 10 or 11 am.  
  • Included: mountain bike guide (authorized by the National Park), transfer in vehicle from the starting point to the beginning of the track, bikes with frontal suspension and helmet, first aid kit, intercom and bike repair kit.
  • Previous experience in mountain biking is not mandatory but it is required to know how to ride a bike and have a good balance.
  • Circuits may be modified to make them more accessible to people with less abilities, such as the case with 14-15 year old children.

A DAYDREAM NORTHERN GUESTHOUSE

For people looking for a nice place in the north to stop by for a couple of days and rest, Finca Santana offers a unique ambience of privacy, seclusion and tranquility in the heart of the Cachi Valley, in the Calchaqui Valley.


10 km away from Cachi town and 170 km from the city of Salta, 10 hectares of centenary trees along the Las Arcas river make home to this lovely guesthouse with only 2 bedroom cozy suites. Contemporary and indigenous art, neutral colors and furniture can be found as thoughtful details at every corner, from the library with a fireplace, the drawing room, dining room, outdoor patio and veranda. All framed by the amazing views of the Andes and many mixture of cacti all around.

Guests at Finca Santana will enjoy a gourmet breakfast, including homemade jams and marmalades, honey and eggs from a local organic farm and a variety of handpicked natural delights from the guesthouse´s own garden, filled with vegetables, aromatic herbs, walnuts, alfalfa and beans. All the products are 100% organic and environmentally friendly.

Lunch and dinner can also be arranged if you don’t feel like getting out of this quiet realm; and at 6 pm you may taste local wine and cheese.

What makes Finca Santana even more special and unique is the hospitality and warm welcome of Adriana, its owner. She is an ethno-photographer, handmade textile producer and designer who creates beautiful locally-inspired throws, tables mats, rugs and fabrics at your disposal to bring a piece of north back to your home. Adriana will also be delighted to prepare a picnic basket for you to go visiting around.

When visiting the north in Argentina, you can’t miss this little piece of heaven amidst the spectacular surroundings of the Calchaqui Valley.

 

AN ANTHROPOLOGICAL EXPERIENCE IN PATAGONIA

Nativo is the name for this voyage through man’s past in these remote corners. An experience that invites us to walk the steps of our ancestors and discover the traces they left for posterity.


Through the Nativo experience, we will re-discover the stories of the first expeditions in Patagonia and of those brave men who ventured themselves into the unknown. We will explore the cliffs and the coasts of Lago Argentino in search of evidence of contact between these pioneers and the natives, to then immerse completely in the Tehuelche world.

The adventure starts with a pick-up at the Hotel in Calafate in land rover overland vehicles.  We will be driven to the coasts of Lago Argentino for an interpretation of the ground and the flora, with help from the guides that will instruct us on glaciology and geology. Lago Argentino is the biggest of the Argentinian lakes. Its name was given by Perito Moreno himself, who was amazed by the deep blue color of its water and the pristine white in the peaks of the surrounding mountains.

After exploring the ground along the coasts of the lake, we will move forward to Punta Bonita’s cliff, the second stop in our itinerary. At Punta Bonita, we will appreciate the panoramic views of the lake, the Andes, and the city of Calafate, to then descend for the final lap of the tour.

At this point, we will visit the caves of Punta Walicho. In this outermost place, we will find the rupestrian register of men that came south during the last big glaciation. Punta Walichu is a Patagonian icon, the name comes from a Tehuelche god who was believed to inhabit these caves.  At punta Walicho, we will learn a lot about the hunting customs of this primitive ancestors as well as the perception that they had about themselves and the world around them.

To end an extraordinary day, we will enjoy a delicious meal in the most exotic location: a cave. The table will be already settled for our arrival and the atmosphere is cozy and warm.  The menu consists of a homemade soup entrance, followed by lamb stew or sautéed rice and vegetables for vegetarians and vegans, accompanied with wine or water. For dessert, you can enjoy a delicious chocolate mousse with almond praline.  After this magnificent delight for our palate, we will be driven back to our hotel.

This three-hour tour that will let you grasp al the spirit of Patagonia. It is ideal for those who arrive of for those who leave. There are also two different schedules, you can take it in the morning or in the afternoon, though we recommend taking the night tour if you wish to enjoy the starriest sky that you will ever see.
If you wish more information about this experience, please contact us at Kallpa Tour Operator!


GENERAL INFORMATION:

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Pick up from hotels start at: 11:00 am and 06:00 pm
  • Difficulty: Low
  • Feasible all year.
  • Vegetarians menus must be required with anticipation.  

SERVICES INCLUDED:

  • Hotel Pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Entrance fee to archaeological zone
  • Bilingual Guide

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED

  • Tips

Trekking to the clouds season 2018

At Kallpa, we are proud to announce this new shorter, but not less promising, version of the Trekking to the Clouds. An experience that will let you grasp the immensity of Quebrada del Toro and the spirit of an ancient culture.


This version of the Trekking to the Clouds is intended for those looking for a less demanding and shorter journey. The path is the same than our two other versions, but with the difference that we will return after we had reached Sillón del Inca.  The starting point is at the charming village of Ingeniero Maury, from where we will go across the ancient Inca road up to The Observatory, our first stop.

The Observatory is the name given to this peculiar panoramic lookout point where the ancient villagers installed a platform in order to anticipate the presence of visitors. Then the path will take us to the ruins of Sillón del Inca, an archeological site located at the intersection of several roads. The legend tells that it is here where the delegate of the Inca Empire used to control the state movement, the production and to collect taxes.

At this place, so full of history and mystery, we will set up our camp and enjoy dinner next to a warm fire. On the next day, after breakfast, we will start our return to Ingeniero Maury through Mount Golgota, passing by Abra del Caminante, milestone which today’s climbers use to frequent. Once we had reached Ingeniero Maury, the vehicle will be waiting to take us back to the city.

What’s interesting about this version is that it offers the possibility to combine this astonishing experience with another incredible journey, the Train to the Clouds, one of the most popular experiences in the north.  Nevertheless, if you are interested in a more active experience, you can join us for the complete 4 days trekking. More information can be found by clicking HERE or, our three-day trekking, more information can be found by clicking HERE. The fixed confirmed departure dates (minimum 2 travelers required for all versions) for our three itineraries are listed below:

If you wish more information about these experiences, please contact us at Kallpa Tour.


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Sillón del Inca Trek
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Feasible from January to December
  • 2 pax minimum required for confirmed departures. With 1 pax the single departure can run with 50% surcharge.

SERVICES INCLUDED

  • Local Bus Ticket Salta – Ing. Maury and transfer back to Salta
  • downtown.
  • Camping equipment. (Tent, cooking utensils, heaters, etc.).
  • Bilingual specialized guide (Spanish/English).
  • All meals in the program according to specification (D: breakfast;
  • A: Lunch; B: Box lunch; M: tea; C: dinner).
  • Personal luggage carry: sleeping bag, clothing and insulating
  • carpet up to 7 KG.
  • Camp organization. First AID kit.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Airplane tickets / Personal expenses and tips.
  • Meals not mentioned in the program. Nights in Salta.
  • Sleeping bags.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Medical insurance.
  • Train to the clouds tickets.