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HIGH PASSES OF THE ANDES

ARGENTINA AND CHILE - FROM THE HIGH MOUNTAINS TO THE PACIFIC
Starts in Buenos Aires and ends on the Pacific Coast of Chile - Duration: 14 days

From chic, cosmopolitan Buenos Aires to the Northwest province of Salta, our tour takes in the altiplano landscapes and salt flats of the north, into Chile and the legendary Salar de Atacama, the vineyards of Cafayate, magical Talampaya and Valle de la Luna National Parks, then over the Andes and down to the Central Pacific Coast of Chile and seaside village of Zapallar.

Day 1: Arrival in Buenos Aires at Ezeiza International Airport. You will be met by the Bariloche Moto Tours member of staff and transferred to your hotel in the chic residential area of Recoleta. The rest of the day is free to relax after your flight and explore the area on foot. In the evening, you will be escorted to a spectacular Tango Show and dinner at one of the most prestigious venues in the capital.

Day 2: Buenos Aires city tour and transfer to Salta. In the morning you will be taken on a guided city tour by minibus to include all the main sights of the capital. Following lunch you will then be transferred to Aeroparque (Buenos Aires domestic airport) for an afternoon flight to Salta, approx. 2 hrs 15 mins – the starting point for our tour. Here you will meet the other BMT staff members who will accompany you on the tour. You’ll be allocated your bike for the tour and we’ll complete all necessary paperwork in preparation for the start tomorrow. A night of folklore, dancing with dinner at a traditional peña.

Day 3: Salta - Purmamarca - Riding distance: 287 km
The start of the bike tour, heading north to visit the legendary Quebrada de Humahuaca. We will spend the night in Purmamarca, Jujuy Province, at the foot of the multicoloured mountains that characterise the area.

Day 4: Purmamarca - San Pedro de Atacama (Chile) - Riding distance: 413 km
Past the great salt flats Salinas Grandes to the Chilean border at Paso de Jama (4,200m) to San Pedro de Atacama, the centre for the Atacameño culture which pre-dates Inca cultures.

Day 5: San Pedro de Atacama (Chile) - San Antonio de los Cobres (Argentina) - Riding distance: 353 km
The salt flats of the renowned Salar de Atacama 300,000 hectares and third largest in the world. We return into Argentine territory along unpaved roads via the Paso de Sico (4,080m).

Day 6: San Antonio de los Cobres - Cachi - Riding distance: 140 km
Although short in distance, this is one of the toughest days’ riding anyone will experience in this part of the country through spectacular scenery. Through the Abra del Acay Valley to Cachi and a well-earned rest.

Day 7: Cachi - Cafayate - Riding distance: 157 km
Through the Valles Calchaquies to the wine area of Cafayate. We will organise a winery visit for the afternoon and a chance to sample the products of the area’s high-altitude vineyards.

Day 8: Cafayate - Chilecito - Riding distance: 466 km
Down the Route 40 to Chilecito, leaving the high lands of Catamarca behind we descend to La Rioja province, through the historic village of Belén famous for local textiles and the capital of the poncho.

Day 9: Chilecito - Talampaya National Park - Riding distance: 284 km
Visit to the sandstone canyon of the Talampaya National Park and Triassic rock formations of Valle de la Luna.

Day 10: Talampaya National Park - Pismanta - Riding distance: 243 km
Our route takes us eastwards into San Juan province and a change of air at the natural hot springs of Pismanta in the foothills of the Andes.

Day 11: Pismanta - Uspallata - Riding distance: 309 km
South through the Valle de Iglesia over the dramatic Cordón de Olivares range via Calingasta and Barreal to Uspallata. The amazing scenery was used as the film location for Seven Years in Tibet

Day 12: Uspallata - Zapallar (Chile) - Riding distance: 349 km
We head west to the Chilean border and cross the Andes at Puente del Inca. We descend over 3,000m to the tranquil coastal village of Zapallar.

Day 13: A day to relax at the ocean after 3000 km of adventure. Enjoy the Pacific air, beaches and water sports on offer in the area.

Day 14: Transfer to Santiago International Airport for your flight out.

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