28 Nights / 29 Days Guided Tour
A real kaleidoscope of the Andes, Argentina – Bolivia - Peru
This varied adventure gives you the opportunity to explore bustling colourful Andean markets and villages of rural Argentina, Bolivia and Peru and to discover the mysteries of the Inca Empire, still alive today. The tour has been designed for those keen on mountain biking at a medium pace with a mix of biking and sightseeing through some of the more remote but spectacular parts of the Andes. You should be of good fitness and capable of biking 50-60 km in a day. There is a back up support vehicle if you do not feel like biking all the way or prefer to sightsee. We will be biking at altitudes between 500m up to 4700m in La Paz, the highest point.
We start in Mendoza at the foot of the Andes with some wonderful wine tasting, exploring the vineyards by bike and also enjoying a spectacular downhill ride in the mid-sierra of the Andes. We then pass through to Argentina’s Colonial Northwest, the region of Salta and the Calchaqui Valley with it’s amazing desert landscapes, wonderful colonial towns and hospitable people - the results of an ancient indigenous culture, mixed with colonial Spanish heritage. We spend 7 days biking through this region, with its dry spring climate (average 15-22 degrees centigrade), up to an altitude of 3000m.
The next stop is the scenic Humahuaca Gorge, with its fascinating landscape, especially the Cerro de los Siete Colores of Purmarmarca and the ruins of Tilcara.
We travel overland by train into Bolivia, across the altiplano to “Salar de Uyuni”, the largest and highest salt lake in the world. We stay in a hotel made entirely out of salt! Then its on to La Paz for the world’s most spectacular downhill ride, 65km from 4700m down to 1200m. Incredible variety!
Our journey takes us across Lake Titicaca and the altiplano to the charming colonial city of Cuzco – the Heart of the Inca Empire. Wonder at the remarkable monument of Sacsayhuaman, villages of Chinchero and Ollantaytambo and Pisaq. Explore the Sacred Valley by bike. Marvel at the fine workmanship and location of magical Machu Picchu. There is also an opportunity for the 1 day Inca Trail hike.
Wrapping up thr journey, ride the eastern slopes of the Andes to the Cloud Forest and down to the Lowland Rainforest of the Manu Biosphere Reserve.
- ALL transport (boats, buses, taxis, trains, etc.).
- Tips (allow USD175), Insurance, Laundry, Personal Spending, Medical Expenses.
NOTE ON FLIGHTS
**International flights on LATAM Airlines Auckland – Mendoza & Cuzco – Auckland are in addition to costs stated above. As there can be seasonal specials on airfares these can vary between NZ$1500 and NZ$2000 depending on when they are purchased. We will quote you the best airfares at the time of booking and keep you informed on any seasonal specials between time of booking and departure
All flights are with scheduled airlines, LATAM, economy class.
All flights are booked by Latin Link Adventure and all LATAM flights are eligible for Qantas Frequent Flyer Points.
(I) IT IS NECESSARY - to have the Yellow Fever & Hepatitis A Inoculation for this trip.
(II) VISAS ARE NOT required for NZ passport holders.
(III) IT IS NOT NECESSARY - to take malarials on this trip.
IMPORTANT – PLEASE LET US KNOW IMMEDIATELY IF YOU WISH TO DO THE INCA TRAIL.
What our clients are saying ……….
The trip was amazingly cheap for what was provided.It provided a fabulous combination of hard exercise and socialising. Riding through magnificent scenery, covered in dust at the end of the day- collapsing in the foyers of lovely hosterias with awaiting cervezas or G+Ts – a fantastic trip
Reta & Grant –Tauranga –Bike the Andes ’10
It’s hard to put in a few words how much I did enjoy the trip so thank you for such a great trip and the wonderful memories.
Richard & Jan Ashburton Bike the Andes '13
An amazing trip , thanks you both for the superb organisation
Charlie & Janet - Nelson Bike the Andes '13
Accommodation, organisation and evrything exceeded our expectations
Val - Whanganui Bike the Andes '13
Being part of this group was a fantastic experience for me.I was extended beyond what i beleived I could do, with amazing mountain bike sections- a wonderful trip
James - Timaru - Bike the Andes '13
accommodation well above expectations . Excellent bike guides
Graham & Kay -Bike the Andes May '15
all the guides were helpful,diplomatic and unruffled including Fran. This led to a very happy and satisfied group