Travel advice & practical information for travelogue:
'Bicycle Vacation Argentina'
Consulate General of Argentina
12 West 56th Street
New York, NY 10019
(Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
Tel : 212-603-0400
Fax : 212-541-7746
Web: Argentinian Consulate General
|4-11||Buenos Aires||Waterfront, Playo de Mayo, Cementerio|
|5-11||Buenos Aires-Zarate||99||Bicycling through the outskirts of Buenos Aires went fine. Garmin directed us sometimes to quiet roads, sometimes to through-roads. A short distance on a highway; some distance on an unpaved road in bad condition.|
|6-11||Zarate-Baradero||71||241||15,4||The shortest route goes over unpaved roads and through a swamp area, we didn't take it. In hindsight, knowing more about the roads, I would have done it. Only the last part of our route had unpaved roads. It was very doable.|
|7-11||Baradero- Ramallo||82||175||16,9||Short distance on highway; the rest on quiet secondary roads, mostly paved.|
|8-11||Ramallo-Rosario||101||252||18,5||Strong tailwind, lots of rain. Roads rather busy in the second half of the leg, with heavy industry.|
|10-11||Rosario-San Genaro||104||167||19,4||Long straight road. Initially (40-50 kilometers) lots of traffic; later on it got quieter.|
|11-11||San Genaro-El Trebol||68||139||18,5||Via Las Rosas. Relatively quiet road.|
|12-11||El Trebol-Las Varillas||118||336||19,3||Hotel in Alicia was closed; we kept bicycling to Las Varillas; quiet road.|
|13-11||Las Varillas-Villa del Rosario||94||126||18,3||Quiet roads.|
|14-11||Villa del Rosario-Cordoba||81||73||20,7||Route nice and quiet (Sunday).|
|16-11||Cordoba-Ascochinga||61||666||16,8||First part along airport rather busy, second half quiet. Nice route.|
|17-11||Asco-Estaciansa Santa Catqalina-Jezus Maria-Ascochinga||57||404||15||Largest part unpaved, sandy and washboardy. A stunning area. Both locations are worth visiting (church, museum).|
|18-11||Ascochinga-Le Cumbre||40||1025||9.0||We start at 710 m: highest point 1,610 m; destination
at 1,140 m.
First half hard climb, bad road. Beautiful surroundings; no other traffic.
|19-11||Le Cumbre Icho Cruz||72||600||18,6||Destination at 740 m.
Good but busy road. Villa Carlos Paz: crowded. In Icho Cruz a nice river with beaches. Several accomodations, some closed.
|20-11||Icho Cru-Alta Gracia||43||710||15||Destination at 614 m. Highest altitude: 1,191 m.;
We crossed two hills. Incline 7-10% for a few kilometers.
Pretty route, good road, not overly busy.
|21-11||Alta Gracia||Jesuite church/museum; Che Guevara museum. Relaxed town|
|22-11||Alta Gracia||We stayed one day longer because of the rain.|
|23-11||Alta Gracia Cordoba via Desperandero.||85||280||19,4||First part beautiful, quiet road; unpaved part is okay for bicycling. Second part not too busy and still beautiful.|
|24-11||Cordoba||Guided tour of church and university.|
|25-11||Cordoba||We missed the bus to Salta, so we spent another day in Cordoba. We left for Salta in the evening. Altitude Salta: 1,190 m.|
|28-11||Salta-Alemania||100||368||19,2||Altitude destination: 1,150 m, highest point route: 1,264 m. Nice, quiet route and rather level. The hotels on Google Earth and Mapear don't exist. At kilometer 100 there are cabanas and a restaurant.|
|29-11||Alemania-Cafayate||90||859||18,9||Altitude destination: 1,630 m, highest point: 1,636 m.
Wonderful route, quiet roads. No food or drinks available on the way. Cafayate is a pleasant and friendly town.
|30-11||Cafayate- Amaicha del Valle||68||550||18,3||Altitude destination: 1,990 m = max. altitude.
Very quiet road; initially along vineyards, later 'desert'. There are several hotels in Amaicha.
|01-12||AdV-Tafi del Valle||54||1150||12,1||Altitude destination 2,020 m; max. altitude 3,042 m.
0-10 km: 4,9 % stijging; 10-20: 2,9%; 20-30 km: 2%.
Sheer descent after 30 km to 50 km.
Beautiful route. Roads partly in very bad condition.
|02-12||TdV-Conception||90||85||21,5||Altitude destination: 393 m;
0-45 km sheer descent. Road is reasonably good; parts are very bad. Beautiful route through tropical landscape along meandering stream.
|03-12||Conception-Termas del Rio Hondo||115||nihil||Unknown||Via La Madrid; nice and quiet road; no food or drinks available, except a little past La Madrid at gas station.|
|04-12||TdRH-Santiago del Estero||85||+/- 200||Mb||Bicycled RN 9. Not ideal. Alternative: unpaved road a little north of RN 9.|
|05-12||Santiago del Estero|
|06-12||Bus to Buenos Aires|
Safety and security
Traveling in some countries or regions can be dangerous. That isn't always a reason not to go there, but part of preparing well for a trip includes finding out about possible risks.
The CIA World Factbook: Argentina is a good place to look. Of course you always should consult your own country's Foreign Department web site.
Find current information on the web site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Argentina. Always consult your family doctor and your country's Health Department web site.
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