For the physically fit or those intending to become physically fit, cycling can be an ideal way to see the country. Because so many roads are unpaved in the most scenic areas, a todo terreno (mountain bike) is a better choice than a touring bike. Cyclists should know basic mechanics, though the increasing availability of mountain bikes means that parts and mechanics are easier to find than they once were. In an emergency, it’s easy to put a bicycle onboard a bus.
Some cyclists dislike the main highways because their narrowness, coupled with fast drivers and the lack of shoulders, can make them unsafe. There are many alternative routes with less traffic, though, and some really interesting ones, such as RN 9 between Salta and Jujuy, and RP 52 from Uspallata to Mendoza. High winds can make Patagonian roads, such as coastal RN 3 and the interior RN 40, difficult for cyclists.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Argentina, 3rd edition