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Cycle Chile & Argentina: Atacama To Salta

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highlights
  • Cycle through a desert, salt flats, ravines and a rainforest 
  • Two South American Countries
  • Excursions to Atacama salt flats, altiplano lagoons and the Tatio geysers 
The Cycle Chile & Argentina: Atacama to Salta tour starts and ends in San Pedro De Atacama. The Cycle Chile & Argentina: Atacama to Salta is a Bicycle Tour that takes 13 days taking you through San Pedro De Atacama, Chile and other destinations in Chile.

This trip takes us on a journey through a part of the world that resembles no other. Starting in the popular town of San Pedro de Atacama and finishing in 'Salta la Linda', this trip takes us through many roads in which you will see very little traffic and no other cyclists. This 'once in a lifetime' journey includes cycling through salt flats, ravines, a serpentine-like road through a rainforest and in the driest desert in the world. 
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“A wonderful introduction to this enormous island, combining the must-see sites (Etna etc.) with wine, cheese, chocolate, gelato and other tastings. A lot of movement with 6 different hotels.”
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“Superb holiday with some wonderful new friends. Hotel was excellent with spectacular views of the Picos, and 4 course food worthy of a Michelin star. Canyoning, gorge walking and hiking were excellent. Canoeing was at an easy level in what is a very busy river in August. Cycling along the coastal path was just right, with the chance to see different scenery. Javi our guide was brilliant as were the other supporting staff. Highly recommended.”
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“This felt like a three week holiday condensed into ten days and it was amazing!”
Those on our group flights will arrive to Calama airport today, after connecting in Santiago de Chile. There will be a group transfer from the airport to our start hotel in the nearby town of San Pedro. For those people who have booked Land Only and made their own travel arrangements, you are welcome to meet the group transfer should you wish (and have informed us in advance). Otherwise the meeting point is at the start hotel in San Pedro anytime in the afternoon/evening.

*Accommodation*: Hotel Pascual Andino or similar
This morning we get on our bikes for the first time and go on an acclimatisation ride. We will depart the town of San Pedro and cycle to the Valley of the Moon. Here you will feel as if you have landed on another planet, as it is often compared to Mars due to its red colour of rock formations and dunes. Afterwards we will ride a bit further to visit some salt caves, before heading back a different way to San Pedro town.

*Accommodation*: Hotel Pascual Andino or similar
Today is a very early start as we depart our hotel in San Pedro and set off towards the impressive Tatio Geysers, the third largest geyser fields in the world and the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. They are located at 4000 meters above sea level. Departing early gives us an opportunity to watch the sunrise in one of the most important geothermic fields in the world. On arrival we will enjoy breakfast in this beautiful setting, providing us with the perfect way to warm up.  On our way back to San Pedro we will enjoy some beautiful sites and stop off in the Village of Machuca, an atacameño village of 20 houses which are built from clay, straw and cactus wood. We will head back to town in time for lunch before a short ride scheduled in the afternoon. In the afternoon we will depart to San Isidro’s Chapel, stopping along the way at famous landmarks like the Devil’s Throat and Catarpe’s Tunnel. 

*Accommodation*: Hotel Pascual Andino or similar
Today is a long travel day so we will get up early in order to say goodbye to Chile and cross into Argentina (approx. 2.5 hours), via the Jama Pass (4275m). We will be making some stops at viewpoints to stretch our legs and take some photos during the journey, including some lagoons in Los Flamencos Reserve. Once we clear immigration, we will continue our transfer to the town of Jama (approx. 2.5 hours). In Jama we will have lunch before getting on our bikes and cycle alongside the Jama Salt Flats. Then we have another transfer (approx. 1.5 hours) to our destination for the night, Susques*.*

*Accommodation*: Hotel Pastos Chicos or similar
Departing Susques, we transfer (approx. 1 hour) to the Salinas Grandes Salt Pans. Here you will have the opportunity to experience riding on salt before making a stop for our picnic lunch. We will cycle onwards, climbing to the view point of Abra de Potrerillos (4170m). From there we will then enjoy a fast-downhill ride with amazing views of the surrounding coloured hills and rock formations to our hotel located just outside the town of Purmamarca, our destination for the next 2 nights. 

*Accommodation*: Hotel Casa de Adobe or similar
After breakfast we will start cycling straight from the hotel and head on a gravel track to visit one of the highlights of this trip, the Cerro de Siete Colores, ‘Hill of Seven Colours’. This unique colour range is formed over millions of years, caused by lake and river movements which got elevated with the movement of tectonic plates. Our destination is the small town of Tilcara. From here you can choose to jump in the transfer vehicle or cycle back along the same route to Purmamarca.

*Accommodation*: Hotel Casa de Adobe or similar
We start the morning with a transfer (approx. 1 hour) to the small town of El Carmen. Today’s ride will feel completely different as we cycle through a rainforest on a paved road heading south towards Salta. This was the route that joined the two main cities in the province, Salta and Jujuy. This is one of the most spectacular cycling stages as you will encounter a serpentine road surrounded by lush rainforest on either side of the road. We will stop for a picnic lunch near the town of La Caldera before boarding a transfer to our destination for the next 2 nights, the beautiful city of Salta.

*Accommodation*: Hotel Design Suites or similar
Spend today at leisure and enjoy exploring beautiful Salta. We recommend you visit the high mountain archaeological museum (MAAM), located in the centre of town. Here you will find three mummies of children from the Inca civilization, who were sacrificed at the Llullaillaco Volcano. Only one of the mummies is on display at any one time, as they are changed every 6 months. Please ask your tour leader and they will help you to arrange it.

*Accommodation*: Hotel Design Suites or similar
Following breakfast, we transfer (approx. 1 hour), to the abandoned Alemania village and train station. After exploring this fascinating village, we will get on our bikes and start cycling along the Conchas River. We will pass many interesting rock formations which have over the years received names like the Amphitheatre and the Devil’s Throat. Today is our longest ride but we end in the tranquil town of Cafayate, which is renowned for its wine production.  

*Accommodation*: Cafayate Wine Resort or similar
This morning we cycle towards the Sacred City of Quilmes. These are Calchaquí native ruins, from a tribe who once lived amongst the Calchaquí mountain range. It is considered as the largest pre-Colombian settlement in Argentina. We will have a guided tour of the ruins before having lunch and then transfer (approx. 1 hour) back to Cafayate. 

*Accommodation*: Cafayate Wine Resort or similar
After breakfast we set off on our bikes towards Los Molinos. This is one of the most spectacular cycling stages, riding through the Valley of Arrows. You will not be disappointed, and we will make sure to stop off at the best locations to get great photos. Everywhere you look you will see horizontal rock formations which look like they have been fired at Earth from space. We will pass a few sleepy small towns and hamlets along the way. On arrival to Seclantas we will board the vehicle and transfer to Molinos.

*Accommodation*: El Cortijo Hotel or similar
For our final day of cycling we will depart from the hotel and travel through the Los Cordones National Park. The name comes from the hundreds of cardon grande cactus which are everywhere throughout the park. From here we will have our final biking stage, downhill along the mesmerising Bishop’s Slope. The last leg of our journey is completed with a transfer back to Salta.

*Accommodation*: Hotel Design Suites or similar
On our final morning, we transfer to the airport to catch our flight to Buenos Aires. We will arrive in time for the evening flight to London. Land only portion of the trip ends at Salta airport. 
what’s included
Accommodation
  • 12 nights hotels all en suite , 12 nights hotels all en suite 
Meals
  • All breakfasts and 9 lunches 
Transport
  • 10 days cycling with full vehicle support  80% tarmac, 20% unpaved tracks
Others
  • Routes mainly follow quiet roads
  • Group normally 5 to 16 plus local staff. Min age 16 yrs
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Airport transfers
  • Local bike hire
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from San Pedro De Atacama are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Cycle Chile & Argentina: Atacama to Salta tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Duration 13 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 16 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends San Pedro De Atacama, Chile/ San Pedro De Atacama, Chile
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A deposit of 415 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 56 days before departure. For any departures within 11 September 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Cycle Chile & Argentina: Atacama to Salta tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Cycle Chile & Argentina: Atacama to Salta tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Cycle Chile & Argentina: Atacama to Salta tour. You can cancel the tour up to 57 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 56 days of departure.
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