Rocky in Argentina - Part two

Jul 17, 2012
by Margus Riga  
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Though mountain biking in Argentina is only in its infancy, the hiking trails which allow mountain bikes, and vast network of fully dialed and manned alpine huts are far superior than anything in North America. This may be due to a lot of things, but mostly, I believe it's due to the fact that the people in Argentina live to live, and not for the pursuit of the buck.

Hanging out with our guides Martin "Cepi" Raffo, Gonzalo Serenelli and Bojan "BOA" Magister it was evident that these guys have it good...maybe even better than us. Thanks boys for sharing and thank you Argentina.


  Starting up the trail to Mount Tronador.

  Arriving at the Refugio at the base of Mount Tronador we had no idea of the magnitude of the area because the last two hours of the hike-a-bike we were completely encompassed by the clouds.

  Morning wood.

  What took a whole day going up, only took about two hours coming down.

  Day six Bariloche local trail scenery.

  That little building was the shuttle drop point for day seven...three times.

  Good morning...time to get up and go to work.

  The locals were stoked to host us on their local bike trails around Bariloche on our final day.


Is this Margus' best Photo Epic yet? Do you want to ride in Argentina?



58 Comments

  • + 23
 Holy crap! Pinkbike needs to do a worker's trip to Argentina! Amazing shots buddy!
  • + 3
 Im sure you will need a local so take me with you!
  • + 12
 Hey guys you should really visit this country, this pictures were taken in some of the most beautiful places on earth, pictures show you that. Plus,if you want to find some of the most insane freeride lines my city, Salta, placed in the north east of the country can give you that, i think you'll be seeing some shootings of this place in the movie where the trail ends, last year mike kinrade, sorge, zink, bourdon, berrecloth and the crazy man andreu lacon spend a few days visiting us and doing their magic. Please guys, be welcomed in our country, we would love to show you around, and as Southoftheborder user said, the most expensive thing is plain ticket, your money is worth 6 times more than ours. Awesome material here, we'll be waiting for your visit and sharing this magical moments in life. Feel free to contact us. Peace buds, keep riding
  • + 1
 Salta tiene lo mejor de Argentina y Bolivia, no?
  • + 2
 Se puede decir que si, al menos contrastando los territorios del norte de Argentina y Bolivia, puedo afirmarlo. Sin embargo el sur de mi país presenta condiciones completamente distintas, como podés apreciar en las fotos arriba ^
  • + 6
 so happy to live here... sometimes we dream to travel to whistler, or france, or many more places. We forget that here, just around the corner, we have some of the best trails in the world. Enjoy them!!!

(but i still want to go to whistler anyway Wink )
  • + 3
 Tronador! 10 years ago I did a solo hike and bike overnight trip up it while riding around Argentina and Bolivia. That was likely the best ride of my life, riding through a group of pack horses sent home on their own and giving a little blood to the mountain and being fixed up by a beautiful park warden. Ah the memories Argentina great mountain, beautiful women, great wine and beef and the football rocks! Can't say enough about it.
  • + 3
 "Good morning...time to get up and go to work." - Haha, I cite this quite often myself. That is from "Mark on the Bus" in Beastie Boys third album "Check your head" (1992).

Is it, Margus? Is it??
  • + 3
 yes
  • + 2
 that's it. I'm moving to Argentina. how cool that RM is keeping it real. screw marketing hype, this photo essay says more about the integrity and principles of RM than any advertising ever could- mad, mad props.
  • + 4
 Jesus H. Fucking Christ -- some of those pics are amazing. Nice one Markus.
  • + 4
 I'd say ..like.. 90% of the photos here are POD worthy! (or maybe 100%) ♂
  • + 2
 Pretty cool getting to live 30 min away (riding) from most of where all those pics where taken from Big Grin I would still love a run in the a-line..
  • + 3
 Amazing!!! But just for a second imagine how it would be if you were actually there..... OMG!
  • + 1
 Like Rommich said... no fields for comments needed. The only thing to repeat is that our country is CHEAP in usd or EU... just a plane ticket, the rest is tips, you´re very welcome guys! keep ridin...
  • + 1
 Amazing shots there!! Such a nice location.. We also practice Enduro here in Argentina. Check our website www.destinoallmountain.com.ar or facebook.com/destinoallmountain . Oh, how much I envy your jobs, guys! Cheers!
  • + 3
 F@ck yeah!!!! I love my country..!!
  • + 2
 Simply stunning terrain, the Pinkbiker's that live there should consider themselves very fortunate.
  • + 1
 Amazing! Those photos up in the mountains at the lodge is stunning. Really hope to do something like this in the future, well done
  • + 2
 awesome pics and country!
  • + 2
 crap,i have to go there Razz
  • + 1
 dream vacation, right there !!!...so many sick pics !!!
  • + 5
 The best part of it all: it's cheap for you guys to come down here. The most expensive thing would be the plane ticket. 15 days here won't get you bankrupt. And you'll leave with amazing memories. Plus the local guys at Bariloche would be more than happy to show you around. And if you have a couple of spare days left, take a trip to San Martin de los Andes. It won't disappoint you.
  • + 1
 agreed with that!!
  • + 2
 I grew up there, but at that time I had no money for a good trail bike. Now that I've got the bike I dont have the mountains ! Thats life! Un saludo a la gente de Bari!
  • + 1
 What an outstanding trip, and breathtaking views... these are the things that make us feel alive! Thanks for sharing guys!
  • + 1
 Amazing pictures, always wanted to go to Argentina to ski, looks like I have another reason now!!
  • + 1
 The Pics are insane!!!

Is there a chance of getting some of them in a higher resolution as wallpapers?
  • + 2
 The scenery is insane.. Riding there would be a dream
  • + 2
 Some of the finest pictures I have seen on Pinkbike. Moar please.
  • + 2
 holy sheeeeet POD overload *_*
  • + 1
 That is true. I am suffering from POD overdose...amazing pics....
  • + 2
 no field for comments needed
  • + 1
 Good GOD this series is freak'n epic!! I hope this series never ends!!
  • + 1
 Everything about that trip sounds awesome!
  • + 1
 Looks like a dream vacation to me.
  • + 1
 que bello es mi pais (how beautiful is my country)
come visit us
  • + 1
 Margoose!!! Sick shots man!!! Nice work boys!!! Can I come next time Wink
  • + 1
 Maravilhosas as fotos e o passeio.
  • + 1
 Sweet pics. Sterling's got nothing on this guy. Dang!
  • + 1
 Blown away. Margus you killed it!
  • + 1
 so many pods in that post......... my mind has melted
  • + 1
 love the pic and everything else Smile
  • + 1
 That last pic is pricelesss…looks like a return trip from Vegas.
  • + 2
 I love my country..!!
  • + 1
 I would love to ride there...
  • + 1
 Awesome scenery, great riders & even better pictures..
  • + 0
 tremendos lugares en argentina!! y nada mejor que una quilmes bien fria despues de un dia de pedaleo jaja
  • + 1
 borrachin!!! jajajaj
  • + 1
 wow amazing photos! looks like it was an amazing trip
  • + 1
 The things people get to do.
  • + 1
 holy shit! so many insane photos!
  • + 2
 Lleveme a Bariloche!
  • + 1
 Stunning shots!
  • + 1
 stunning visuals 10/10
  • + 1
 Surreal... amazing pics!
  • + 1
 GREAT PICS AND VID
  • + 1
 CRAZY PICS

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