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Ciclismo Classico to host photo and wine tour of northwest Argentina

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Northwest Argentina is a photographer's Shangri-La. Photo courtesy of Ciclismo Classico.

Adventurous photographers are invited to take a nine-day hike through steaming jungles and up to the high mountain ranges of northwest Argentina. Along the way, the hikers will enjoy spectacular sights such as soaring plateaus created by volcanoes, some of the world’s highest vineyards, salt flats, cactus forests and dry desert valleys.

Put together by Arlington, Mass.-based Ciclismo Classico, until now known mainly for bike tours, the new “Argentina Vision & Vine" tour is set for Aug. 20-28, 2014.

The group will be accompanied by Argentinian photographer, teacher and documentary filmmaker Ossian Lindholm. After the days’ treks, he will offer interactive Photoshop workshops and photography reviews while guests sample fine high-altitude wines, including fruity white Torrontes and full-bodied red Malbecs.

Northwest Argentina is a highly photogenic region consisting of the provinces of Catamarca, Jujuy, Salta, Santiago del Estero and Tucumán. The highlight of the tour is its incredible landscape diversity consisting of five distinct biomes: the sub-Andean humid sierras of the east, fertile valleys, and the canyons, the high mountains of the Andes and the Altiplano or Puna.

The special introductory price of the tour is $4,995 per person.

Founded as a cycling tour operator in Italy in 1988, Ciclismo Classico has since expanded its tours to Spain, France, Austria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, the New England region of the U.S., Vietnam and elsewhere around the globe.

“We are known for our award-winning bike tours, but my passion for photography has soared to new heights, and I am excited to shift gears and unveil the first of Ciclismo Classico’s active photography journeys,” said Ciclismo Classico Founder Lauren Hefferon. “Rather than spin through these timeless landscapes on bicycles, we will slow down, take 2-3 hour hikes and open our eyes to really experience the essence of this magical place with all of our senses.”