Tampalaya canyon is definitely worth the visit, I couldn’t ride up as it is a very well protected national park, so you go in this converted truck and sit on the roof, but the scenery is amazing with rock paintings dating back to the Incas. The colors and rock formations were incredible.
After leaving Valle Union, I stopped to get gas and met this couple on a bike who told me about some hot springs nearby and they had a reservation they weren’t using, so off I went and a quick 60km detour and another big wow. The town is called Fiambala and they have about 20 separate pools all different temperatures, right in the middle of the mountains. I soaked for hours and felt great afterwards.
Then it was off to Cafayate, a little wine region. Its funny how when you throw wine growing into the mix, how the town cleans up and becomes a very nice place to visit, everyone sitting around the central plaza sipping wine to local music, even out of season. I was quite happy to stay there a few days. For a fantastic meal, Restaurant Colorado, order anything on the menu and you will be blown away, this place belongs on Ft Lauderdale beach, Charlie, the owner, will be more than happy to point you in the right direction for good wineries.
I brought 2 tires with me from the States, that Johannes so kindly bought for me, thank you again my friend, but didn’t put them on the bike because I still had a lot of tread left for my little journey so I left them in BA, well I had no idea that I was going to end up where I am now, so I went to Salta to get 2 new tires, but the ride there was another treat with more weird rock formations. The Amphitheater and Devils throat were the 2 that I stopped at, enormous. Salta wasn’t much so I got the tires, put them on spent the night, met a great guy Costa from Germany, we will meet on the road soon, and left, back to Cafayate as I wanted to do the rest of Ruta 40.
A good early start and of on a nice ride about 130kms of gravel and sand, fantastic, past the highest vineyards in the world at 3002 meters and to a little town called Cachi, also a wine influence so its clean mellow and tranquil. One night in Cachi is enough so of along a highly recommended road back to Salta and recommended for good reason, probably one of the best stretches of asphalt I have ever been on and I got it all on video. When I get that up and running Ill share.
I had no idea that Argentina had such a scenic wonderful area. I will be riding around this part of the world for at least another 2 weeks before I decide to change direction, the beauty here is truly inspirational.