After the first bikepacking group experience in Patagonia we decide to return in Chile and to cross the Atacama Desert. This is a very special place for us, here 16 years ago was born the idea of what we are today as a bike travel agency.
Chile with its geographic diversity, gives us a good opportunity to visit places like Los Andes, Atacama Desert, the altiplane’s lakesand also ancient cultures like Atacamaña, Aymaras or the Mapuches.
The Atacama Desert is the driest in the world, being protected from humidity on both sides by big mountain ranges, as the Andes along the interior and the Coastal Range towards the Pacific Ocean.
Hundreds of years ago, ancestor's caravans went through the Atacama desert, looking for new lands to explore.
Now it’s our turn.
We will travel through this territory with our bikes to enjoy the beauty of its geologic creations and natural phenomenon. We will ride about 900 km starting at the sea level and gradually reaching 4000 mt to get a final altitude of 4.500.
We will gain altitude progressively to allow ourselves a perfect acclimatization. We will camp in the middle of nowhere or in the small villags that we will find along the way.
“From the sea to the sky through the driest desert in the world.
12 bike stages, full of meaning and adventure, through the cradle of atacameña's culture.
Lands of explorers, where 16 years ago was born the idea of what we are today.
There's a birthday to celebrate.
More wrinkles on our face.
A new experience to share”.
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For the success of this expedition it is absolutely necessary to create, between all travelers, a strong team spirit. No one will be left alone or in difficulty, for any reason. It will be responsibility not only of the guides, but also of the individual participants, help solve any kind of problem that will come up during the trip. It will be an unforgettable journey, but also a unique opportunity to educate ourself to the group consciousness and the ability to share - joy, effort, planning, organization, coordination, defeats and successes. And success will not be just arrive at the final destination, but start out and then do our best to get there, all together.
During the period prior to departure we will organize two meetings where we will explain the trip and the kind of equipment the guides will use during the tour. The place of the meeting will be notified once decided the group of participants.
If it will not be possible to meet, for logistic reason, we will keep in contact via mail and we will be at your disposal for any kind of questions. There will be a selection between those who will require to participate, to try to have a homogeneous group. We do not exclude the possibility that those who will not be selected for the first group will then participate at a later, which is better suited to its characteristics. To help in this selection we have prepared a form that you find at the end of the tour info package. Please fill it and send it back before proceeding with the inscription.
October 14, 2017
Arrival in Antofagasta, Chile must be within 2.00 pm. We will organize your hotel/airport transfer. Bike need to be set up. In the late afternoon we will have a briefing to introduce the staff and all the participants.
October 15 to 26, 2017: Antofagasta - San Pedro de Atacama
12 days of biking, from east to weat, from the sea level to the plateau to reach our final destination: San Pedro de Atacama.
The route we have designed will start from the Pacific Ocean, we will ride along some old mining railways, cross the Floamencos National Park, stay in some small villages like Toconao, Peine and Socaire, visit the amazinng Minique and Miscanti lagoon, located over 4.000 mt of altitude.We will ride 70/80 km each day, on asphalt and usually well mainteined unpaved road. We will also face small section of sandy tracks.
October 27, 2017 - Flight back
In the morning airport transfer. End of services.
Arrival and Departure information
Arrival at Antofagasta Airport (ANF) within le 2.00 pm of October 14, 2017
Departure from Calama Airport (CJC) the morning of October 27, 2017
The individual cost of participation is € 1.490
Minimum number: 6 people
Maximum number: 12 people
The price includes
The price does not include
Information about a stage:
There will be a rough time schedule. It will not always be possible to respect it, because of contingencies that we will meet along the way (mechanical problems, bad weather, etc.). We will decide from time to time whether to force to reach the scheduled end of the stage, or to set up the camp and sleep elsewhere. We definitely expect long days in the saddle; we will not always have the chance to wash ourself or take a hearty breakfast in the morning, but this is all part of the idea behind this trip: the ability to adapt to situations that we will encounter kilometer after kilometer.
Important Note! The guides will put all their experience and the utmost commitment, so that everyone can enjoy the maximum comfort during the whole expedition. The organization reserves the right to change the route for the safety and security of participants.
Medical Assistance: Throughout the trip we will have a basic first-aid bag. Despite this, we suggest each of you not leave without their stock of personal medicine. If anyone is allergic to a particular medicine or food, please to notify this to the organization. No particular vaccination is required, although it is better to be covered with anti-tetanus.
Food: Everyone must provide his own food and water requirements. We meet local where to eat and buy food along the way; There are however some sections where we will also be completely self-sufficient for more than a day.
Wheather : The weather will be dry and sunny during the day. The night will be pretty cold with a great temperature range.
Travel Documents Each participant must have a passport valid for six months from the date of departure. Projecting Adventure Cyclism will not be held responsible for invalid passports, visas or other necessary documents as required by the Chilean Government.
Money: The local currency is the Chilean Peso (CLP) One Euro is changed (March 2017):
1 € = 700 CLP
In any "money exchange" Euro and USD are accepted. In airport you will find a case for change and in the center of the city with ease, an ATM to withdraw
Mechanical Assistance: Each of the participants will have to try to be as independent as possible from the mechanical point of view. Beyond the simple and common repairs (punctures, broken chain) and maintenance (chain cleaning, changing brake pads) it is good to know and have with you the possible "sensitive" parties in the absence of which it would be impossible to continue your journey (eg . derailleur hanger, seat clamp, some spokes, a spare tire). This does not mean that only experienced mechanics may attempt a trip like this, but we must be aware that any breakages will not be easily and immediately resolved, because we will find ourselves in places rather isolated without the presence of bike shops. Before the departure is necessary bring your bike from your trusted mechanic for the final check-in. Before you pack the bike for the air travel, try the bike full loaded simulating the conditions we're going to meet.
Which Kind of Mountain Bike: The route is mainly on asphalt and unpaved road. We could meet rocky or sany sections, where is necessary a smooth conduct of the bike. We suggest 29" bikes with fast rolling tyres. Before the departure we will explain everything that the guides will use during the tour. This just to give an idea of what is necessary to have. We will be at your disposale for any advice or doubt you may have regarding bike and equipment
In order to achieve the greatest effectiveness we believe it convenient to adopt some basic rules.
a. Equipment needed
Each participants will be responsible to load on his bike all as deemed necessary to the trip:
Each participant is responsible for helping protect the local environment. Hold on to any garbage until you meet up with the support vehicle or find a wastebasket / recycling bin. Stay on the main trails as much as possible.
Without trying to limit your riding enjoyment, we ask all participants to ride responsibly in order to reduce the likelihood of injuries to themselves and others. Ride conservatively on technical sections and reduce speed when appropriate. Be aware of pedestrians and other vehicles. Helmets are mandatory at all times. Alert the guides if you notice any problems with your bicycle.
d. Right of the organization
Given the characteristics of the environment and of the journey, the organization reserves the right to change the route for the safety and security of participants.
e. Waiver of Liability
All participants will be asked to sign the waiver before the start of the tour and send it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, please contact us in advance