February of 2025 will see the Curve Expedition team return to Argentina once more for another expedition through the Salta Province in the North West Corner of the country. After a successful first outing in 2023 we return to lead yet another group of Touring Gauchos through this special part of the world. Our first group to take on the challenge experienced all the wonders of this country, food, wine, art, music, lovely local people, stunning scenery, and challenging roads. You will also get the chance! To get an understanding of what you can expect, take a minute to read the diary from our guests:
Expedition Diaries: El Gaucho Argentina

This expedition is designed as a bucket list adventure that will challenge those adventurous cyclists who wish to not just witness but ride through some of the most scenic landscapes in the world. Commencing and ending in the historical city of Salta the route will form a loop taking in the multiple national parks of the region. The rock formations along this route are reminiscent of a science fiction film. The region is well known for it’s outstanding wines that are produced in the high altitude vineyards. The region of Argentina is a must see in your life and to experience it from the bike is an unforgettable experience.

The trip will require guests to fly in and out of Martín Miguel de Gëumes International Airport in Salta.

If you’d like to book a spot on this very special adventure please read the Curve Expeditions Booking Conditions and fill out the the application form below. Also, if you have any questions about the expedition feel free to get in touch at expeditions@curvecycling.com

Full cost of the trip is $4,600 AUD
(50% deposit required to secure your spot). 

El Gaucho Highlights

Interested in the El Gaucho Expedition? Check out this short highlights reel featuring footage from our 2023 expedition shot by our very own expedition leader Gus!

El Gaucho Highlights

Interested in the El Gaucho Expedition? Check out this short highlights reel featuring footage from our 2023 expedition shot by our very own expedition leader Gus!

Expedition Itinerary

Please note: Spots are strictly limited to 12 guests with a 50% deposit required.

Full cost is $4600 AUD.

The trip features 8 days of challenging riding over mixed terrain, gravel and sealed roads. Please see the route breakdown below:


Riders will fly into Martín Miguel de Gëumes International Airport in Salta, self transfer into Salta CBD.


Day 1 (Saturday 15th Feb): Arrive in Salta CBD before 9:00am with bikes assembled and ready to go. This is when the tour starts. You will meet at our hotel base and meet the team, before loading bikes onto our transfer vehicle and transferring to Humahuaca. The transfer will depart at 9:00am.

Meals: TBC

Accommodation: Hotel


Day 2: Shakedown Ride

50 km / 1400 m

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel


Day 3: Humahuaca to Purmamarca

70 km / 200 m

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hostel


Day 4: Purmamarca to Salinas Grandes

65 km / 1531 m

Leaving the coloured rocks behind you climb up to over 4000m. A long and winding climb brings you to the expanse of high altitude salt flats.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hostel or Glamping


Day 5: Salinas Grandes to San Antonio De Los Cobres

100 km / 300 m

A day crossing the salt flats and the barren landscape amongst high snow capped mountains.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hostel in remote high altitude village


Day 6: San Antonio De Los Cobres to Chicoana

150 km / 400 m

The reward for all of the climbing a long smooth descent to the valley floor where you’ll transition into a completely different climate.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Farmstay


Day 7: Chicoana to Cachi

110 km / 2100 m 

A long and tough climb taking you over into the neighboring valley. The reward for your efforts is the lively and culturally rich town of Cachi, home to many local flavorsome restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel


Day 8: Cachi to Angastaco

95 km / 100 m

You are now riding on the famous Ruta Cuarenta, highway fourty. This gravel road will be steadily taking you down into the valley and opening up to rich green valleys and farmlands.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hosteria in village centre


Day 9: Angastaco to Cafayate

85 km / 200 m

The stars wars movie sets take inspiration from today’s landscapes. Stunning and towering rock formations line the roadside all the way to Cafayate, a beautiful winery town.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel


Day 10: Cafayate to Salta

120 km / 1200 m

After a short vehicle transfer we ride the final leg into Salta. The route passes through spectacular the Quebrada De Las Conchas on one of the most beautiful roads in Argentina.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel


Day 11 (Tuesday 25th Feb): Our tour ends with a farewell breakfast

Meals: Breakfast

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Further Information

Required Equipment

You will need a high volume gravel endurance bike for this expedition. Tubeless tyre setups are highly recommended with a volume of at least 700 x 44c/650b x 2” to smooth out your ride over the gravel roads of Argentina.

Riders will be able to vehicle transport a small bag of personal items between accommodation each day. Riders will be expected to be self supported during each day of riding, carrying everything they will need during the day. This includes ride snacks, water and riding clothes for all conditions. Standard bike packing equipment will be most suitable for transporting this gear.

Expedition guides are experienced cyclists and mechanics and will be able to help with any mechanical problems that may arise however you should be completely self-sufficient with spare tubes, puncture repair systems, tools etc to keep yourself rolling. Once on the expedition there are limited bike shops on route.

You will need to bring your own bike to ride on this expedition. You must start this expedition with your bike in good working order, with new or near new tyres and drivetrain in good working order. We recommend a thorough service by a professional mechanic before you arrive in Salta.

A more extensive list of requirements will be provided to participants.

Fitness & Preparation

We want to make sure this expedition is for you. The riding is challenging with a mix of surfaces from rocky tracks to fast sealed roads. You must be in excellent physical shape, capable of cycling 100km with 2,000m of climbing in a single day on gravel roads.

You must be prepared to do this day after day for seven days. If this sounds exciting to you and you have proven that you are up for the challenge then we can't wait to ride with you.

Argentina Information


Your passport must be valid for 6 months from your arrival date. It should also have at least two blank pages when you arrive in Argentina.

Visa requirements

For a large number of countries, their citizens can enter Argentina visa-free for limited periods. Please check your individual visa requirements prior to departure.


A number of vaccinations may be recommended depending on your origin. Please ensure you check these recommendations prior to departure. COVID–19 entry requirements are not currently in place to enter Argentina.


As the route traverses significant changes in altitude weather conditions will be variable. Lower temperatures and the odd rain event can occur at altitude. Whereas warmer temps and some humidity in the lower elevations. In February, overall the weather is expected to be dry with warm temperatures. Overnight the temperature may drop into the low teens so pack appropriate clothing.


Argentine Pesos. In most of the accommodation, roadside stops and villages cash will be your best bet. We recommend withdrawing enough to see you through any expenses of the expedition.


For those travelling internationally, travel insurance is compulsory. As a minimum, we require that you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. If you are travelling within your home country, before joining the expedition, we need you to confirm that you are entitled to access the public medical system easily should an accident occur and you need medical treatment.


There are no major safety concerns along the route. Extreme care has been taken in planning the expedition with extensive reconnaissance and local information sources.

Altitude presents a challenge and care has been taken in the planning of this expedition to mitigate the effects of altitude. Contingency planning is in place in the event of altitude sickness.

Expedition Inclusions & Exclusions


• Cyclist-friendly, comfortable and at times truly unique Argentine accommodation

• 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners

• Welcome dinner and drinks events

• Farewell breakfast

• Bus transfer on from Salta to Humahuaca

• Experienced guide, with global cycle touring and bikepacking experience, and first aid training will cycle with the group every day.

• Pro mechanical support to resolve issues on the trail and provide minor tune ups along the way

• Transport vehicle to move a small bag of personal belongings for each rider from accommodation locations each day (riders will carry all gear, snacks, water, and clothing they will need each day on their own bikes)

• Itinerary, including GPS files for each day of riding

• Daily rider briefings

• One laundry service during the expedition

• Contingency arrangements for dangerous weather, road closures, injury or sickness

• Expedition GPS tracking


• Flights

• Travel and medical insurance

• Visa costs

• Transfers to between airports and Salta

• Meals and drinks not specified in itinerary

• Bike hire

• Bikepacking bags

• Bicycle parts and accessories costs and workshop fees for additional bike repair

• There is no support vehicle. Riders will ride as an unsupported group under the leadership of the expedition leader


Do I need to take out travel insurance?

Yes. Travel insurance is a compulsory item to attend the expedition. Proof of insurance will need to be shown in order to secure your booking.

What bags should I use to carry my gear?

We recommend a handlebar roll or saddle bag to carry spare clothing during the day. A top tube or handlebar mounted feedbag is a good idea for carrying snacks and sunscreen. We can work with you on setting up your bike for the expedition.

Do I need to be a strong cyclist to ride this expedition?

You don’t need to be the strongest cyclist in the world to ride this expedition. However, you do need to have a solid level of fitness and some experience riding long distances, particularly over gravel roads. It is advisable to have bikepacked previously. The daily distances should not be a new circumstance to you. Most importantly you need to have a strong sense for adventure!

The expedition route will take in a number of high altitude passes and you will spend some time at high altitudes of around 4000 meters. Experience with altitude is required and your fitness will need to be high to help your body over the challenging passes.

How do I get to Salta?

Most major airlines offer flights to Martín Miguel de Gëumes International Airport, only a 30 minute taxi ride from Salta. We recommend arriving well ahead of the Saturday morning starting time to give yourself plenty of time to acclimatize and allow for any travel associated delays.

Where can I get more information?

If you have any questions about the expedition feel free to get in touch at expeditions@curvecycling.com

Please read our Curve Expeditions Booking Conditions, too, for further information.

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