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  Singles Friendly Surf and Bike in Chile ***Limited Space Available***

Starts: Saturday, November 29 2008
Ends: Sunday, December 7 2008
Price: $1995 CAD



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4,000 km of Pacific Ocean coastline compete with the massive Andes mountains for bragging rights to Chile's top natural attractions.




Details

 
  9 days of mountain biking and surfing in Chile  
     
 
     Introduction

Chile is one of the world’s most spectacular countries: 4,000 km of Pacific Ocean coastline compete with the massive Andes mountains for bragging rights to Chile’s top natural attractions.  On this trip we’ll sample both, with singletrack riding and Pacific surfing, and we’ll throw in 4 days in the spectacular Atacama Desert in Northern Chile, one of the driest and most scenic deserts in the world, with geysers, lagoons, and volcanoes up to 6,000 m high!

Highlights

  • Spectacular scenery and riding in the driest desert in the world, the Atacama
  • One of the world's most scenic rides, the EL Dorado trail near San Pedro de Atacama
  • The charming and beautiful seaside town of Valparaiso, home of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda
  • Riding at Cerro El Roble, in the shadow of South America's highest peak, Mt. Aconcagua
  • Surfing and beach time at Viña del Mar
  • Visits to Atacama area attractions such as El Tatio geysers at 4,300m, laguna de Chaxa, and the Quebrada Del Tigre (Devil's Gorge)

Responsible Riding

  • We use 2 Chilean guides on this trip, paid North American wages.
  • We use local drivers for our vans.
  • We use locally-owned hotels and restaurants.
  • 2% of the cost of your tour will go toward development projects in the communities where we ride
  • Our non-profit organization, Bikes Without Borders, brings used bikes to the communities where we ride.

Challenge Rating: 2.5/5
Ride Guide: 
100% off-road, featuring singletrack downhills and climbs on singletrack, doubletrack and roads.  Challenging XC singletrack with rocky terrain, some exposure, and terrain features.  Suited to intermediate and strong intermediate bikers with a moderate to high level of fitness. Average 20 km/day. N.B.  We will be doing some riding at altitude (8,000 – 10,000 ft/2,500m – 3,000m), with a non-riding visit to the El Tatio Geyser at 4,000 m (13,000 ft.)

 
     Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Santiago
- Arriving in Santiago
- Transfer to the hotel, resting and accommodation time  

Day 2 Riding in Santiago

- breakfast at the hotel
- Morning safety meeting and introductions
- morning ride at Huinginal and El Molino: a beautiful ride through the foothills of the Andes, with smooth, fast singletrack trails and spectaular views
- lunch in Santiago
- afternoon riding in the Andes Mountains
- dinner in one of Santiago’s many excellent restaurants (Chilean wine!)  

Day 3 Travel to Valparaíso

- breakfast at the hotel.
- pick up, driving to “El Roble”. 6.675 feet. This hill is the highest of the Coastal range of mountains.
- From the top you will ride along a spectacular mountain ridge.
- Great technical ride, great ocean view, finishing at Olmue
- Free afternoon to explore this amazing city.  

Day 4 Valparaíso

- breakfast at hotel
- Riding in Viña del Mar, ocean and city views, singletrack trails
- Free afternoon on the ocean, surfing.  

Day 5 Zapallar & Maitencillo

- Breakfast in Valparasio
- departure to Zapallar
- start riding. “Quebrada del Tigre & Siete Portones”. The most interpretative spot of the flora and fauna of the central region of Chile. Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean
- Free afternoon, sun, beach and ocean.  Surfing.    

Day 6 Santiago & Flight to San Pedro

- breakfast in Zapallar
- departures to Santiago. 11.30 arrival
- Pack up the Bikes. Getting ready for the Flight to “San Pedro de Atacama”
- Fly to San Pedro. 8.300 feet aprox.    

Day 7 San Pedro & “El Dorado” trail

- breakfast at hotel
- departure to “El Dorado” crossing through: Salt Mountains, view of the Atacama desert, volcanos, death valley, panoramic view of the Catarpe Valley, Ruins and Pucara de Quitor
- free afternoon and night in San Pedro. Exploring the town

Day 8 Tatio Geysers & Caspana

- breakfast  “Cultural Experience”. Visiting the geysers and then going to the unbelievable town of Caspana.  

Day 9 Devil’s throat
- 3 hrs singletrack ride.
- Salt Mountain, crossing Atacameños & Incas ruins Afternoon: bike packing. Flight to Santiago at 18.40 hrs, arriving at 20.35. Catching your flight home.


Some extra information:

Valparaíso
Situated about 120km (72 miles) northwest of Santiago, Valparaíso is the second biggest city in Chile and the Capital of the Fifth Region. In 2003 Valparaíso was declared a World Heritage Site, due to its historical importance, natural beauty, original architecture and layout.

San Pedro de Atacama
San Pedro de Atacama is 2400 metres (7874ft) above sea level so you might find that you run out of breath a little more quickly than normal. Once you get over 3000 metres (9842ft), it will start to be more noticeable. The locals call it ‘puna’.  It is a pre-Inca town in northern Chile, and a popular tourist destination. Its permanent population as of 2005 was about 1,000.

The Tatio Geyser

Locally known as Los Géiseres del Tatio, is located within the Andes Mountains of northern Chile at 4,200 meters above mean sea level. Contrary to some reports, it is not the highest-elevation geyser field in the world. With over 80 active geysers, El Tatio is the largest geyser field in the southern hemisphere.
Valle de la Luna

Spanish for "Valley of the Moon" is a moon-like landscape located about 13 km west of San Pedro de Atacama, in the Antofagasta Region of Chile. It is part of Los Flamencos National Reserve.

Salar de Atacama
It is the largest salt flat in Chile. It is located 55 km south of San Pedro de Atacama and is surrounded by mountains with no drainage outlets. To the east is enclosed by the main chain of the Andes, while to the west lies a secondary mountain range of the Andes called Cordillera de Domeyko. Large volcanoes dominate the landscape, including the Licancabur, Acamarachi, Aguas Calientes and Láscar. The latter is one of the most active volcanoes in Chile.

Pucará de Quitor
A defensive fortress built by the Atacameños before the Inca control among 900 b.c. and 1200 b.c.
 
Important:  This day-to-day schedule should be taken only as a general guide. Although we update our itineraries every year, to take into account such things as: changes to biking routes and changes in the routing or availability of local transport, it is not possible to guarantee that any of our holidays will run exactly according to the proposed itinerary.  A variety of factors, including adverse weather conditions and difficulties with transportation, can lead to enforced changes. The trip leader will make any changes that are necessary.
 
     Trip Details

Trip Difficulty
The mountain biking in Chile is challenging, and not suitable for beginners or weak intermediates.  The trails are rocky, featuring some technical sections where solid bike handling skills are mandatory. Some of the trails have exposure (i.e. there are steep dropoffs on one side of the trail).  Many of the exposed sections are short and can be walked easily, however if you are not comfortable with technical, rocky trails, then this trip is not for you.  

Joining arrangements and transfers

We will pick you up at Santiago airport and take you to your hotel in Santiago.  Please advise us of your flight arrival and flight # and we will meet you at the airport.  Extra nights in Santiago are $45 /day and can be booked directly on our website.

 

Services included

  • Two experienced local mountain biking guides.
  • Airport pickup and all land transport including support vehicles
  • 9 nights accommodation in local hotels
  • Breakfasts and lunches.
  • Admission to cultural sites and natural attractions.
  • Airport transfers in Santiago and Calama.
  • Return flight from Santiago to Calama.

Services not included

  • Travel Insurance (mandatory)
  • Tips for local staff
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses - drinks, souvenirs etc..
  • Dinners– budget $10 Cdn per dinner.
  • International flight to and from Santiago is not included. 
  • Excess baggage fee for bicycle, for international flight to and from Santiago ($50 - $100 Cdn/each way, depending on airline)
  • Reciprocal entry fee for residents of Canada, U.S. and Australia ($40-$130 Cdn, depending on country, only payable once i.e. if you have already visited Chile, you will not have to pay this)
This tour is a singles friendly  tour. This is a great tour for singles. You can find a mixture of singles and non-singles on these tours.
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