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From Hiking and Cycling to Wine Tasting and Rafting, World Summit Pre-Adventures Hit All the Highlights

Experience four regions of Northwest Argentina on the Ruta 40 Cultural Multisport excursion.
High-altitude trekking and backcountry camping are highlights of the Trekking to the Clouds adventure.
Trails of the Pachamama features horseback riding and an opportunity to get to know the locals in a remote mountain community.
Participants on the Calchaqui Valley: Community-Based Adventure will spend three intimate days with the people, culture, and traditions of this small Argentine town.
Trekking in the Yungas is a deep dive into nature, complete with hiking, camping, and soaking in natural hot springs.
With the Calchaqui Valley Overlanding by 4X4 adventure, participants explore the landscape south of Salta, including sampling high-altitude wines.
From the emerald green jungles to the white salt flats, Northwest Argentina’s multicolored landscape is on display on the Hike Salt Flats, Jungle, and Mountains adventure.
Participants get a little taste of a lot of activities with Wine, Raft, and Hike in Multicolored Mountains.
Birdwatching and stargazing are highlights of Tolar Grande - Overland to the Earth’s Beginnings.
With a journey into the heart of the Puna of Salta with Overlanding and Hiking in the High Puna, participants visit charming towns, dine with the locals, and watch craftspeople at work.
The Cycling the Salt Flats adventure is an extreme 13-day excursion that involves cycling more than 700 miles across the famed Bolivian Salt Flats.
See Argentina’s countryside in style on the Tucumàn to Salta Via Calchaquíes Valley by Antique Car excursion.
Explore the Tucumán highlands with hiking, camping, and a village stay with Trekking the Sierra Del Aconquija excursion.
Hike and bike among vineyards in the Uco Valley and taste some of the finest food available in Argentina on the Wine Roads of the Andes adventure.
The Northern Patagonia Multisport adventure packs a punch with hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, and kayaking.
Get away from it all with the Lanín National Park: Backpack and Canoe adventure, which takes place in one of Argentina’s most biodiverse national parks.
Participants plunge deep into the heart South America with a schedule of hiking, kayaking, wildlife viewing, and more on the Chaco’s 'Impenetrable' Forest: Argentina’s Outback adventure.
Backpack to basecamps and earn stunning views of Patagonia’s landscape with the Backpacking Patagonia – Mt. Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre adventure.
Highlights of the Hike Patagonia: Fitz Roy + Perito Moreno Glacier excursion include ice trekking, camping, and visiting a significant paleontological site.
Participants on the Southern Patagonia – Discovering The Glaciers excursion will walk away with a new appreciation for Argentina’s natural landscape.
On the Adventure at the End of the World, participants will enjoy hiking, paddling, a scenic helicopter flight, and more in Tierra del Fuego.
The Discover the End of the World adventure includes visits to some of Tierra del Fuego’s most scenic national parks and Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world.

From the border of northern Argentina and beyond to the tip of Tierra del Fuego, nearly two dozen adventures have just been rolled out for those attending the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s (ATTA) Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS) in Salta, Argentina, 16-19 October 2017. The diverse Pre-Summit Adventures, which take place in the days leading up to ATWS, include treks through nearby mountain ranges, visits to the salt flats, backcountry excursions, an array of watersports, and opportunities to learn about and sample local food and wine.

Additionally, the ATTA has also announced three concurrent educational tracks to take place during the ATWS event.

During the Pre-Summit Adventures, most of which range from three to seven days in length, ATWS participants will get to discover just a small taste of the many adventure travel experiences available in Argentina while also building new business relationships with other travel professionals. These experiences are as just as meaningful as the Summit itself, allowing industry professionals an opportunity to disconnect and enjoy these natural areas they may be promoting to their own clients and customers. In Salta, that’s a simple task: It’s very name is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning “very beautiful.”

“We are pleased to showcase all that Argentina has to offer, including Salta, one of the most biodiverse places in South America with salt flats, dense jungle, hundreds of bird species, and some of the world’s highest vineyards,” said Gabi Stowell, the ATTA’s regional manager of Latin America.

Fernando Escudero, a representative for Salta, agreed: “The diversity and breadth of this area’s natural wilderness makes it an ideal place for adventure travelers. We’re thrilled to offer so many wonderful adventures — complete with some of the best food and wine in the world — that touch on many aspects of the region for participants of the Adventure Travel World Summit.”

In addition to the impressive lineup of ATWS Pre-Summit Adventures, the ATTA is excited to announce three concurrent business tracks will be taking place at the four-day event. The tracks — Business Basecamp, addressing the fundamentals of commercial adventure travel; Business Drivers, designed with mature businesses in mind; and Game Changers, encouraging the free flow of ideas and and information on the industry’s role in big-picture issues — will allow delegates to focus on education pertinent to their particular business or role. Specific sessions will be announced in the coming weeks.

Outbound tour operators, specialty adventure travel agents/advisors, and accredited media attending ATWS are encouraged to apply to participate in one of the Pre-Summit Adventures. All other delegates are invited to enjoy a Pre-Summit Adventure at the price noted. While tickets still remain, the Summit typically sells out as early as May. Day of Adventures, including Day of Adventures for all registered delegates, will be announced before June.

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