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Cycle Chile & Argentina: Atacama to Salta
Cycle two South American countries on a 13-day cycle exploration tour. This trip takes you 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 you 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.
- CategoryRoad Cycling
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration13 days
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level3 - Intermediate
- Activity Level4 - Challenging
- Elevation3 - Intermediate
- Distance314.4 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance31.7 miles
Where does the tour start and end?
The tour starts in San Pedro de Atacama at the hotel and finishes in 'Salta la Linda'. The closest airport to San Pedro de Atacama is Calama Airport (CJC). The closest airport to Salta is Martin Miguel de Guemes International Airport (SLA).
Getting from Calama Airport (CJC) to the start hotel is a fairly short journey of around 1.5 hours. There are taxis available at the arrivals terminal to take you. Alternatively, you can meet the group flight transfer at Calama airport and join at no extra expense.
You can join the group transfer at the end of the trip to Salta.
How long is the tour? How many cycling days?
The tour is 13 days long with 10 days of cycling.
What's the tour like?
This trip is classified Road with an activity level of 4 (moderate/challenging). The average daily distance: 51km (32 miles) with the number of days cycling: 10. There is full vehicle support. The set itinerary is not technical, however, please note that the majority of this tour is spent at high altitude and some days the group is cycling above 3000m/9842ft where the air is noticeably thinner. Because of this, the tour operator recommends that you have a good level of fitness for this tour.
Some cycling experience and a good level of fitness are recommended. The terrain and route are approximately 80% tarmac and 20% unpaved roads. There are some large elevation gains; mixed cycling terrain; variable weather conditions and some remote locations.
Is a bike available?
Yes, Giant Fathom 2 or Specialised Rockhopper are included in the tour.
Alternatively, you can bring your own bike (BYO) but this is on a request basis and additional charges may apply to cover the transportation of your bike during the tour.
1. The equipment remains the property of the supplier and you may not sell, hire out or part possession with the equipment.
2. You must not misuse the equipment and must return it in the same condition as when received (ordinary wear and tear excepted). The supplier is entitled to charge for any damage caused to the equipment during the period of hire.
3. You must ensure that the equipment is adequately secured when not in use. In the event of the equipment being lost or stolen, you may be liable for the replacement value of the equipment
4. You must not use the equipment whilst under the influence of drink or drugs and should immediately notify the Supplier in the event of breakdown or loss.
Extra Bike Bits
You may like to bring your own pedals and saddle (excluding the seat post) or gel saddle cover to fit to the hire bikes. The tour operator encourages this, if it is your preference. However, please note that you are responsible for your own equipment, and removing your saddle/pedals at the end of the trip. They cannot guarantee the return of any bike parts left behind.
Do I have the wear/bring a helmet?
Wearing a helmet is mandatory for anyone taking part in this cycling holiday. Group members must bring their own helmets, as they are not available for hire.
Cycling of all kinds has its dangers and accidents can happen from time to time. Please ensure that you are properly prepared for the riding you are going to undertake.
Recommended Cycling Clothing
Padded cycling shorts (with loose 'over-shorts' where recommended), breathable clothing, and a lightweight waterproof/windproof top. Shoes with relatively stiff soles are better for biking but are not essential unless you are cycling long distances. Most people want to carry certain items with them during the day while cycling, for this we recommend a large bum-bag or small close-fitting daysack.
Should I have travel insurance?
Yes. It is a condition of joining this holiday that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.
Can I have private room? What is the single supplement cost?
A single supplement is applicable if you are travelling alone or wish to have your own room. The price varies depending on the dates chosen with minimum price starting at AU$1,333.00.
If you would like to book a single room please contact us.