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  • Bike tour through untrodden paths in Atacama Desert
  • Visit lagoons and geysers
  • Visit Rainbow valley
Our 6-day mountain bike tour in Atacama Desert will take you off the beaten path, into areas inaccessible by vehicle and trodden only by local natives and their llama or goat herds. There are scenes that not many visitors have been blessed enough to witness during a tour in the Atacama. This tour will allow you to see them all. You will bike along rivers, get opportunities to swim in lagoons, soak in the views, and enjoy Atacama's hospitality.

We will encounter small villages, geysers, lagoons, valleys, archeological remains and Andean wildlife, along with the most spectacular desert and mountain landscapes, always crowned by high dormant volcanoes. A trip not to be missed!
Once you get to the airport, a shared transfer will be waiting for you and you’ll be transferred to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama after a 90-minute drive.

Our guides will meet you at 3 PM approx and check out bikes for the tour. Then, we’ll bike from San Pedro de Atacama towards Moon Valley, a valley of statuesque, rocky formations. Salt emerges to the surface, covering the surface with a dry, whitish layer that gives the place a lunar aspect. We’ll visit the statues of salt called “Las Tres Marias“, the salt mine, the salt caves and we will walk up by the sand dunes of the area until we reach the summit of the Big Dune. Here, you will see the whole valley at the sunset, while a spectacular change of colors happens in front of your eyes and enjoy a delicious cocktail.

Afterwards, we return to San Pedro de Atacama by van and drop you off at hotel or town.

Lodging at hotel or hostel in San Pedro de Atacama.

Bike distance: 35 km; a mix of asphalt and dirt road. Cocktail included.
After breakfast, we’ll drive towards Atacama Salt Flat and enter the National Flamingo Reserve. This National Reserve is formed by a gigantic depression of more than 3.500km2, located 2.300 masl, The Salar is the biggest salt field in Chile and its large quantities of salt make the surface white and rough. The dryness and altitude of the salt field allow an excellent panoramic view of the area. The bottom of the salt field is composed of an enormous lake, which receives water from mountain rivers and melting snow. As it has no runoff, several small lagoons have formed, where we can observe the three types of flamingos living in the area, the English, the Andean and the Chilean. Then, we’ll head to Socaire village at 3.300 masl to acclimatize and photograph the small church of San Bartolomé.

We continue our day driving to Miscanti and Meñiques lagoons of crystalline water and intense blue color at 4.350 and 4.100 masl where we’ll walk and visit this beautiful place. Once our walk ends, we’ll start a 15 km downhill by dirt road, where you’ll be able to see wildlife and amazing views of the Atacama Salt Flat and Volcanoes. Once we get to the asphalt, we’ll continue cycling until Socaire town, where we’ll enjoy a local lunch and get some energy for our last ride of the day. You’ll be able to cycle next to Atacama Salt Flat, until arriving close to Toconao town, where we’ll end our ride and drive towards San Pedro de Atacama.

Lodging at hotel or hostel in San Pedro de Atacama

Bike distance: 60 km aprox, mix of asphalt and dirt road / Breakfast and lunch included.
Today, we’ll wake up at 04:00 am and drive to Tatio geysers, being able to see this beautiful thermo geologic field, walking next to geysers and ending with a bath at the natural pools of The White Geyser. Afterwards, we’ll drive to Vicuña Path at 4.700 masl and enjoy an amazing downhill by Chita slope until reaching beautiful town of Caspana. Once there, we’ll drive back to San Pedro where you’ll have free time to enjoy lunch, visit the museum or just relax in town.

Bike distance: 40 km approx., dirt road / Breakfast and bike food included
After breakfast we’ll drive to Cerro Toco camp base at 5.200 masl and start an amazing downhill until reaching town of San Pedro, admiring incredible views of the Atacama Salt Flat and Licancabur Volcano. On the way you’ll be able to get close to some Llamas and Alpacas and combine dirt road with a fast descent to town. Once in town, you’ll have free time to enjoy lunch and get ready for the ride we have prepared for you at afternoon.

Bike distance: 35 km approx., a mix of asphalt and dirt road.

We’ll cycle from San Pedro de Atacama towards the greenest area called Catarpe Valley. We’ll have to climb towards an old tunnel until reaching Cornizas, where you’ll have one of the most spectacular views of this bike tour, admiring the Catarpe Valley and San Pedro River. The ride continues by Cornizas trail and ends at Death Valley, observing a geological phenomenon of enormous mineral sculptures formed by wind and rain, one of the highlights for this trip. Once we end, we’ll go by van back to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

Lodging at hotel or hostel in San Pedro de Atacama.

Bike distance: 30 km aprox, dirt road. Breakfast and bike food included.
After breakfast, we’ll head by vehicle towards Yerbas Buenas petroglyphs and visit this archeological site. Then, we’ll start biking towards one of the most beautiful and unknown places in Atacama, The Rainbow Valley, where you’ll bike by hills of amazing colors like violet, grey, calypso, red and blue, super rich on minerals. You’ll visit the Moai area and visit the east part as well, being able to see tall cactus on the way. We’ll head back to San Pedro at 13:00 hrs aprox so you can enjoy lunch in town and be ready for our last ride together, the Cejar Lagoon bike ride.

Bike distance: 30 km approx., dirt road

On our last ride together, we’ll head towards The Cejar Lagoon, where you’ll get the change to swim, enjoying the gravitational effect caused by the amount of salt condensed, floating very easily. Your eyes will be amazed with the beautiful turquoise color of the lagoon.

Afterwards, we continue to Ojos del Salar, seeing two small lagoons and end our day and tour enjoying a farewell cocktail at Tebinquinche Lagoon, admiring one for the best spots for sunset in Atacama Desert. Once our picnic ends, we’ll drive back to San Pedro de Atacama and say goodbye to your guides.

Bike distance: 35 km approx., dirt road

Breakfast and cocktail included.
After breakfast, you will have time to walk on town and buy some souvenirs for family or friends. Depending on your departure flight, a shared transfer will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Calama airport. End of services
what’s included
  • Driver and private transportation in air-conditioned van
  • Local English speaking guide
  • 5 nights lodging at hotel or hostel in San Pedro de Atacama
  • Meals/snacks/drinks as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrances to National Parks, Reserves, attractions
  • Mountain Bike rental on request
  • Rides described on itinerary
what's excluded
  • Flights (domestic flights can be requested)
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Extra meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Laundry
  • Insurance
  • Alcohol during dinners
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 6 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Minimum Participants 2 people
Age Requirement 5 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Calama, Chile
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