Cycle Chile & Argentina: Atacama to Salta

Cycle Chile & Argentina: Atacama to Salta

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Cycle Chile & Argentina: Atacama to Salta

13 Days Starting in San Pedro de Atacama and ending in Salta

Visiting: San Pedro de Atacama, Moon Valley Amphitheater, El Tatio, San Isidro Chapel, Jama, Susques Department, Humahuaca, Purmamarca, El Carmen, Salta, Cafayate, Quilmes Ruins access, Calchaqui Valley, Molinos, Seclantás, los Cardones National Park, Buenos Aires

Tour operator:

Exodus

Tour code:

MAQ

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

5 - 16

Physical rating:

Moderate / Challenging

Age range:

16 to 99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Active

Interests:

Cultural, Photography

Activities:

Cycling, Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

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.

Highlights

  • Cycle through a desert, salt flats, ravines and a rainforest 

  • Excursions to Atacama salt flats, altiplano lagoons and the Tatio geysers 

  • Excursions to salt flats and the Tatio geysers 

  • Two South American Countries

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Start Atacama; Transfer To Hotel.
Location:

San Pedro de Atacama


Accommodation:

Hotel


Accommodation Name:

Hotel Altiplanico or similar


Meals Included:

No Meals


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.

Day 2 : Cycle To Moon Valley.
Location:

Moon Valley Amphitheater


Accommodation:

Hotel


Accommodation Name:

Hotel Altiplanico or similar


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch


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 coloured rock
formations and dunes. Afterwards we will cycle to some salt caves, before
heading back to San Pedro town.

Day 3 : Visit El Tatio Geysers; Afternoon Ride To San Isidro's Chapel.
Location:

El Tatio, San Isidro Chapel


Accommodation:

Hotel


Accommodation Name:

Hotel Altiplanico or similar


Meals Included:

Breakfast


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 see
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. In the afternoon we have a short
ride to San Isidro’s Chapel, stopping along the way at famous landmarks
like the Devil’s Throat. 

Day 4 : Cross Border Into Argentina; Cycle Alongside Jama Salt Flat; Transfer To Susques.
Location:

Jama, Susques Department


Accommodation:

Hotel


Accommodation Name:

Hotel Pastos Chicos or similar


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch


Today is a long travel day so we will get up early in order to say goodbye to
Chile and cross via the Jama Pass (4275m) into Argentina (approx. 2.5
hours). We will be making some stops along the way at viewpoints to stretch
our legs and take some photos during the journey, including a stop at some
lagoons in Los Flamencos National 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 we get on our bikes and cycle alongside the Jama Salt
Flats. We then have another transfer (approx. 1.5 hours) to our destination
for the night, Susques*.*

Day 5 : Transfer To Salinas Grandes; Scenic Picnic Lunch; Downhill Ride To The Humahuaca Gorge And The Hill Of Seven Colours.
Location:

Humahuaca, Purmamarca


Accommodation:

Hotel


Accommodation Name:

Hotel Casa de Adobe or similar


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch


Departing Susques, we transfer (approx. 1 hour) to the small community of
Cerro Negro. Here we will unload the bikes and start cycling towards the
Salinas Grandes Salt Pans. Here you will have the opportunity to experience
riding on salt before making a stop for our picnic lunch. After lunch we have
a short transfer to the viewpoint of Abra de Potrerillos (4170m). From here
we will enjoy a fast-downhill ride with amazing views of the surrounding
coloured hills and rock formations until we arrive at the famous Hill of
Seven Colours. After taking some photos we have a short ride to our hotel
located just outside the town of Purmamarca.

Day 6 : Transfer To El Carmen; Cycle Through Rain Forest; Transfer To Salta.
Location:

El Carmen, Salta


Accommodation:

Hotel


Accommodation Name:

Hotel Design Suites or similar


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch


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 on a paved
road through a rainforest heading south towards Salta. This was the route
that joined the two main and largest cities in the province, Salta and Jujuy.
This is definitely one of the most spectacular cycling stages as you will
encounter a serpentine road surrounded by lush rainforest on either side. 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.

Day 7 : Free Day In Salta.
Location:

Salta


Accommodation:

Hotel


Accommodation Name:

Hotel Design Suites or similar


Meals Included:

Breakfast


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. We
can also organise a bird watching trip to Finco Cielo Verde.

Day 8 : Transfer To Abandoned Train Station; Cycle Along Las Conchas River.
Location:

Cafayate


Accommodation:

Grace Cafayate or similar


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch


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.  

Day 9 : Cycle To The Sacred City Of Quilmes; Guided Tour And Transfer Back.
Location:

Quilmes Ruins access


Accommodation:

Grace Cafayate or similar*


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch


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. On route we will stop at Las
Arcas de Tolombon Winery for some wine tasting.

Day 10 :  Ride To The Calchaqui Valley; Transfer To Molinos Passing The Valley Of Arrows.
Location:

Calchaqui Valley, Molinos


Accommodation:

Hotel


Accommodation Name:

Hotel Hacienda de Molinos or similar*


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch


After breakfast we set off on our bikes towards the Calchaqui Valley passing
through the old town of San Carlos.  This is one of the oldest towns in
Argentina. After lunch we will take a transfer (approx. 1.5 hours) to
Molinos but will be stopping 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. 

Day 11 : Cycle Using The Old National Route 40 Route To Cachi.
Location:

Seclantás


Accommodation:

Hotel


Accommodation Name:

El Cortijo Hotel or similar


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch


After breakfast we will start cycling straight from our hotel and head on the
old National Route 40 to Seclantas. This is a very scenic route as we will be
cycling along the Calchaquí River. When we arrive to El Colte, we will stop
and appreciate some of the art displayed by the side of the path produced by
loom weavers. Afterwards we will carry on cycling until we arrive at our
hotel for the night.

Day 12 : Cycle In Los Cardones National Park; Downhill Stage Along 'Bishop's Hill'; Final Transfer To Salta.
Location:

los Cardones National Park, Salta


Accommodation:

Hotel


Accommodation Name:

Hotel Design Suites or similar


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch


For our final day of cycling we will have a short transfer (approx. 30
minutes) to our starting point in Los Cardones 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.

Day 13 : End Salta Airport.
Location:

Buenos Aires


Meals Included:

Breakfast


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

  • Local bike hire

  • 12 nights hotels all en suite 

  • Airport transfers (if booking incl. flights)

  • Tour leader throughout

  • All breakfasts and 9 lunches 

What's Not Included

  • Travel insurance

  • Airport transfers for Land Only bookings

  • Single accommodation 

Accommodation

We spend 12 nights in a range of hotels along the route, breakfasts are included each day. Accommodation has been chosen to suit our group size and requirements. They are all cyclist friendly and strategically located for the best cycling routes possible.

We can arrange single rooms throughout the trip for a supplement (subject to availability). Please ask your sales representative for details.

Food

All breakfasts and 9 lunches included. Hotel breakfasts are normally buffet-style, and lunches will either be at convenient restaurant stops during our rides or packed lunches. There is a variety of good quality food on offer in the hotels and local restaurants for the evening meals that are not included in the price of the trip. Chile and Argentina traditionally have a lot of meat dishes in their cuisine however vegetarians can be catered for throughout the trip. Please ensure that you advise us of any dietary requirements before you travel so that we can make the necessary arrangements on your behalf.

Check out our Q&As

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    British, most European and most other nationalities, including Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders, do not require visas. All other nationalities should contact the nearest Chilean Embassy if in doubt.

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes,Airport transfers (if booking incl. flights)

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Minimum 16 years old people can go on this tour.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • What is the maximum group size?

    16

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews From Travellers On This Tour

Read all 9 reviews

Cycling in Chile & Argentina

This was the one of the best cycling trips we’ve done and couldn’t recommend it more highly. There was so much contrast and diversity in the landscapes and terrain each day! No 2 days were the same! From high plateaus, salt flats, rainforest, rocky landscapes, river valleys, great tarmac roads and gravel tracks .... it was just breathtaking! Much of the trip was at significant altitude but the itinerary allows for appropriate acclimatisation. The whole team were great and the organisation from behind scenes was superb- especially the coffee stops and picnics!

Excellent Trip

Thoroughly enjoyed this trip. The experienced guide, Ale, and helper, Claudio, bent over backwards to be helpful and hospitable throughout. Spectacular scenery. Great accommodation (except to start with in in Chile but we understand they won't be using Our Habitas again). Food (steaks!) to die for!

Smiling in Atacama

This trip was absolutely fantastic, I really didn't want it to end. The scenery was jaw dropping with different views and a different cycling experience every day. It's hard to single out anything in particular that stands out because it was all stunning. I can't recommend it highly enough.

Brilliant variety of rides. Best trip ever!

Such a variety of cycling through such a variety of landscapes. Some of the best days riding we’ve ever done.

An exhilarating and thought provoking trip

An action-packed journey through spectacular Andean scenery with plenty of wildlife to enjoy.

Fantastic scenery

Great riding, fantastic scenery and superb support staff.

A fantastic trip with incredible varied sceneries

The trip is incredible. The scenery varies every day and you'll ride on all possible terrains: sand, rock, gravel, tarmac and every day offers a lot of fun. The landscape of the Moon Valley in Chile is surreal and the Tatio geyser excursion is a stunning experience. Chile and Argentina are lovely countries; the areas visited still haven't been reached by mass tourism and you barely see any other tourists while travelling.

Cycling in the desert

A fantastic trip, cycling with a great group of people, through some amazing scenery in Chile and Argentina. I enjoyed all of the rides although a few were tough in the dry heat at 4000 metres. Plenty of support from our tour guides Ale Moreiras and Claudio Sanuy who were happy and cheerful and helped us to navigate through any problems.

A fantastic trip!

We've just returned from one of our best cycling trips. The scenery was amazing and varied so much day to day - Martian landscapes, amazing rock formations, geysers, salt flats and cacti. It's hard to single out anything in particular as being a favourite because it was all stunning. The descents were magnificent too. The team were brilliant, sociable, informative and provided wonderful snacks and lunches. Riding at altitude is challenging but we expected that and the itinerary allows for appropriate acclimatisation. The only thing we hadn't realised was quite how cold it would be at 4,000+ metres! I can't recommend the trip highly enough.

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