Argentine Atacama

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This one week motorcycle adventure tour takes you to the lonely mountains of the Puna of Salta and Jujuy, the Argentinean part of the Atacama Desert.

This one week motorcycle roundtrip takes you up into the wide, lonely plains of the Puna of Salta and Jujuy, the Argentinean part of the Atacama Desert. “Eternal” sunshine reigns in this fascinating landscape of salt lakes and scattered volcanoes.

Ride a BMW motorcycle across the dazzlingly white surface of the salt lake Salinas Grandes.
Visit the most picturesque mountain villages and the most important of the Pre-Inca ruins.
Enjoy the stunning beauty of the Quebrada de Humahuaca canyon (UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2003).


You will be picked up at the airport in Salta and brought in the Hotel from where our motorbike tour starts next day.
A twisting tarmac road through densely wooded hills takes us into the picturesque Quebrada de Humahuaca canyon. The road then winds over the 4000m high pass Abra del Condor to the remote mountain town of Iruya, lying in a narrow part of a deep valley, surrounded by colourful mountains and bizarrely eroded rock walls. Hike into the mountains to a wonderful look-out point, from where we’ll have stunning views over the valley of Iruya.

Riding our motorcycles north to the Bolivian border we visit the historic church of Yavi and nearby rock carvings. We set out to the most extreme north western corner of Argentina to admire the national monument, Laguna Los Pozuelos, a lagoon at 4000m altitude, home to unique flora and fauna. Then we carry on to the Quebrada de Humahuaca where we visit the Ruins of Tilcara. Climbing the twisty tarmac road crossing the Cuesta de Lipan (4170m) we reach the dazzling white salt lake Salinas Grandes, and after a short stretch of tarmac road we hit a gravel track which takes us through a beautiful hidden valley to the viaduct La Polvorilla of the “Train to the Clouds”.

To end our trip you’ve got a real motorbike adventure: we ride up the highest pass in Argentina, the 4895m high Abra El Acay! We'll be snaking up the mountainside to the pass to enjoy the stunning views from 5 km above sea level! The last part will lead us on good tarmac road along the tracks of the legendary “Train to the Clouds” through the colourful valley Quebrada del Toro.

 

Note: The tour operator reserves himself to make changes or adjustments to the itinerary at any time.


Climate & Season

The Puna (Atacama Argentina) is characterised by a harsh climate: temperatures regularly drop below zero at night (even in the summer). In the daytime temperatures rise, and it’s comfortably warm compared to the night.

Dry winds are common, and even in the rainy season rainfalls are rare.

The altitude (around 4000m) intensifies the effects of the ever-present sun (don’t forget your sunscreen and sunglasses!).

Argentine Atacama
Duration
8 days / 7 nights
Distance
about. 1500km, 50% gravel roads
Participants
4 – 10 riders

07.09.17 – 14.09.17

23.11.17 – 30.11.17

07.12.17 – 14.12.17

28.12.17 – 04.01.18

15.03.18 – 22.03.18

29.03.18 – 05.04.18

20.09.18 - 27.09.18

29.11.18 – 06.12.18

27.12.18 – 03.01.19

18.04.19 – 25.04.19

09.05.19 – 16.05.19

Route
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Difficulty
somehow difficult
Level of experience

This motorbike trip is suitable for any experienced motor-biker with some basic off-road experience. People having lung, heart or blood circulation problems should consult their doctor for the altitude.

Prices

on BMW F 700 GS: 3.500 US$

on BMW F 800 GS: 3.700 US$

on BMW R 1200 GS: 3.990 US$

pillion/passenger: 1.990 US$

single room surcharge: 500 US$


- Motorbike rental
- Third party insurance
- Fully comprehensive insurance (excess of 4000 US$)
- Custom permissions for border crossings
- Multilingual guides
- 4×4 support vehicle
- Mechanical support
- Satellite phone
- Petrol for the whole trip
- Road toll fees
- Ferries
- Maps
- All accommodation (double rooms) in locally typical high quality hotels
- Breakfasts
- Snacks and water on the road
- All dinners, mostly gourmet
- Luggage storage
- Airport transfers in Salta

- Flights
- Lunch
- Drinks
- Entry fees
- Additional transport (taxi, bus, train)
- Tips
- Travel/health insurances
- Accident insurances