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Walters to El Carmen

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24.5 mile 39.4 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,051' 320 m
Descent: -398' -121 m
High: 6,310' 1,923 m
Low: 5,561' 1,695 m

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Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)

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Trail shared by Frank Trotter

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A mosey up the Calchaquí Valley along roads, riverbed, bushwhacking, and trails.

Frank Trotter

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Description

We departed our friend Walter's small farm and headed up the Calchaquí Valley. Some of the route follows Argentina's famous Ruta 40 - a dirt and gravel highway at this point. Other parts track next to the Calchaquí River. There are some shortcuts via either the river or road across uneven terrain.

Side trips from here include the spectacular Quebrada de las Flechas National Park, the small village of Payogastilla where peppers are laid out to dry in the sun, all the time viewing Cachi Mountain at the end of the valley.

This feels like an epic western adventure with a Spanish flair.

Flora & Fauna

All the Andean things you might expect.

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Photos

Quick mud in the Calchaquí River.
Dec 14, 2018 near San Carlos, AR
A backside view of the Quebrada de Las Flechas
Dec 14, 2018 near Molinos, AR
Near sunset at Finca El Carmen
Dec 14, 2018 near Molinos, AR
Saddling up at El Carmen
Dec 14, 2018 near Molinos, AR
El Carmen's chapel from the east side of the social deck.
Dec 14, 2018 near Molinos, AR

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