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Usefull addresses

New York

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


Argentine Embassy
27 Three Kings Yard
London, W1K 4DF
Tel.: 020 7318-1340
Fax: 020 7318-1349
Web: Argentine Embassy, Consular Services


Embassy of Argentina
6, rue Cimarosa
Tel.: 01-4405-2700
Fax: 01-4553-4633
Web: Embassy of Argentina

Travel schedule

Date Leg Distance Incline Average speed Details
3-11 Amsterdam-Buenos Aires        
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.
9-11 Rosario        
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).
15-11 Cordoba        
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.
26-11 Cordoba-Salta        
27-11 Salta        
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        
07-12 Buenos Aires        
08-12 Buenos Aires        


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