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This is an epic adventure that starts in the green, fertile soil of Salta, Argentina and ends in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, in the world's driest desert. The trip starts with six days of touring small colonial towns and agricultural settlements to acclimatize to the altitude. Next, comes the chance to challenge body and mind across the awesome, 16,150-foot Abra el Acay Pass. After a well earned rest day, the tour continues on a five day traverse of the high Andean plateau, called the Altiplano, to the Atacama Desert. Volcanoes, salt flats, mineral lakes, condors, vicuña, isolated mining villages, brilliant night skies, far reaching views and an immense landscape of ever-changing colors are what await whoever is up for this singular journey through the very heart of the Andes.

  •  Support vehicle during the entire trip
  •  ALL transfers – including San Pedro de Atacama back to Salta via the Jama Pass road
  •  ALL accommodations: includes 11 nights of hotels and 6 nights camping
  •  ALL meals (not including alcoholic beverages)
  •  Bilingual guide(s)
  •  Individual and mess tents when camping
  •  Bike repair tools and spare parts
  •  Spare bike
  •  Complete medical kit including oxygen and spine board
  •  Satellite phone
  •  Bicycle – see below for details
  •  Bicycle-specific repair parts
  •  Rear bike rack and rack trunk (optional but recommended)
  •  Sleeping bag and inflatable mattress
  •  Wind gear
  •  Warm jacket for the cool nights
  • *feel free to write us for a complete gear list

Quality rental bikes are hard to come by in Argentina which is why we think that coming with your own bike is the best option. If a rental bike is a must for you we will be happy to look into what is available. The riding we will do is not technical so a rigid or hard-tailed mountain bike, a hybrid bike or a touring bike are all possible options depending on what you are most used to riding. What is most important is to keep the components simple so that it is easy to fix any mechanical problems along the way. We recommend v-brakes over disc brakes for this very reason. The gears should include a low “granny” gear for the climbs. As far as front suspension goes, it is nice to have the comfort of suspension on the descents or for washboard sections. However, as with the brakes it is just one more component that can suffer mechanical failure that may be impossible to fix on the road. Lastly, it is important that you have good strong wheels with tough rims, sturdy hubs, quality spokes and medium-width tires. A bike rack with small panniers or a rack trunk is ideal for carrying extra clothes, snack food and basic bike tools. It is not a must, but we find it much more comfortable than a backpack, especially on the longer days.

This ride is a physical challenge not a technical one. It requires no technical mountain biking skills only good physical preparation. The riding is mostly on dirt roads, with some important climbs (always car grade) at high altitude.