Mountain Bike Atacama Desert 6D Tour

Ecotours Chile Mountain Bike 6D Tour at Atacama Desert will take you off the beaten path, into areas not accessible by vehicle and trodden only by local natives and their llama or goat herds. We will encounter small villages; visit the Tatio Geysers, Altiplanic lagoons, different 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 – info@ecotours.cl

Highlights:

  • Chaxa, Miscanti, Meniques, Cejar and Tebinquinche Lagoons
  • Tatio Geysers and Natural hot springs
  • Rides in Moon Valley, Death Valley, Catarpe Valley and Rainbow Valley
  • Amazing landscapes dominated by Volcanoes and Salt Flats
  • 5 nights lodging at comfortable Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama
  • Local English speaking guides
  • Small groups and support vehicle when necessary

Day 01

Day 1: CALAMA AIRPORT – SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA – MOON VALLEY

Once you’ll get to the airport, a shared transfer will be waiting for you and you’ll be transfer to San Pedro de Atacama on a 90 minutes drive and arrive to selected Hotel or Hostel.

Our guides will meet you at 3 PM aprox and check out bikes for 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 La Casa de Don Tomas or similar
Bike distance: 35 km aprox, mix of asphalt and dirt road.
/ Cocktail

Day 02

Day 2: ATACAMA SALT FLAT – CHAXA LAGOON – MISCANTI AND MINIQUES LAGOON – SOCAIRE / TOCONAO

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 La Casa de Don Tomas or similar
Bike distance: 60 km aprox, mix of asphalt and dirt road
/ Breakfast / Lunch /

Day 03

Day 3: RAINBOW VALLEY + CEJAR LAGOON

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.
Lodging at Hotel La Casa de Don Tomas or similar
Bike distance: 30 km aprox, dirt road

On the afternoon, 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.

Lodging at Hotel La Casa de Don Tomas or similar
Bike distance: 35 km aprox, dirt road
/ Breakfast / Cocktail /

Day 04

Day 4: AM: TOCO HILL DOWNHILL TO SAN PEDRO

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 aprox, mix of asphalt and dirt road.

PM: CATARPE VALLEY – CORNIZAS AND DEATH VALLEY
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
Lodging at Hotel La Casa de Don Tomas or similar
Bike distance: 30 km aprox, dirt road
/ Breakfast / Bike food /

Day 05

Day 5: TATIO GEYSERS – RIDE TO CASPANA TOWN + FREE AFTERNOON

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 start cycling town of Caspana. Once there, we’ll drive back to San Pedro or you can continue cycling until arriving to San Pedro town, where you’ll have free time to enjoy lunch, visit the museum or just relax in town.

Lodging at Hotel La Casa de Don Tomas or similar
Bike distance: 40/60 km aprox, dirt road
/ Breakfast / Bike food /

Day 06

Day 6: TRANSFER SAN PEDRO / CALAMA AIRPORT

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

• Professional driver and local english speaking guide
• Lodging at 5 nights at Hotel in San Pedro
• Private services
• Basic cycle parts (cable housing, tubes, tires and spokes)
• Mentioned meals on itinerary; breakfast, cocktails, bike food and water
• Entrance fee to National Parks, Reserves and attractions

• International and local flights (we can help you buy local flights)
• Accident Insurance (you MUST have your own insurance)
• Other cycle parts and components (derailleur, crankset, fork, etc)
• Laundry
• Beverages & cocktails not included on menus
• MTB Bike rental (available upon request)
• Tips for drivers and guides

Mountain Bike, Atacameño culture, history, flora and fauna.

Tour dates 2017-18 – You can set your own date with a minimum of 2 persons
-25/30 APR 2017
-28 MAY / 02 JUN 2017
-11/16 JUN 2017
-09/14 JUL 2017
-13/18 AGO 2017
-03/15 SEPT 2017
-08/13 OCT 2017
-12/17 NOV 2017
-10/15 DEC 2017
-13/18 JAN 2018
-11/16 FEB 2018
-11/16 MAR 2018

DIFFICULTY
Medium, designed for people who lead active lives and are comfortable participating in up to [6] hours of physical activity per day. Programs at this level generally involve some activities of higher intensity and/or a more vigorous pace. This program is not suitable for cyclists that have problems with altitude
PACKING TIPS
We advise you to bring clothing for warm and cold weather; also including helmet and cap, brightly colored cycling jerseys, arm and leg warmers, base layers, windbreaker, booties, gloves, two pairs of sneakers, sunglasses, bathing suit and sandals. Don’t forget your camera!

HOTELS
As indicated in the program or similar

VEHICLES
Clean and comfortable air conditioned vehicle

AIRLINE INFORMATION
We can help you buy local flights at the best rates for you, just let us now

INSURANCE
Any policy you purchase should, at the very least, cover trip cancellation, loss of baggage, accident/life coverage, travel delays, and non-refundable airline tickets. Carriers for travel insurance include Travel Guard and Travelex. You may also consider insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation. Search the web to find the best deal that suits your needs – read the fine print

SAFETY
Chile is by far one of the safest countries in South America in terms of public health and crime. We are proud to affirm that our police is one of the least corrupt in the world; they are always friendly and helpful.