Total tour distance: 150 miles
Daily tour distance: 20 miles
Difficulty: 40 / 100
Summit to Shore in the Coquimbo Region
— Rolling Chile's Wine Regions From the Andes to the Coast
Chile’s Elqui and Limarí Valleys – Peoples, Geography and Agricultural Traditions
Ride from Chile’s heights to the surfline, all along 30 Degrees south latitude. The cross section of Chile we will be exploring takes in a Summit to Shore profile from High Andes to Sea Level.
Typical Day-By-Day, actual itinerary may vary slightly.
Day 1: – PM La Serena Meet and Greet; Transfer to Vicuña, Orientation
Day 2: – Agua Negra – Pisco Elqui
Day 3: – Climbing the Alcohuáz and Cochiguáz Valleys
Day 4: – Pisco Elqui to Rio Hurtado – The Grind.
Day 5: - Rolling Ruta Antakari, Rio Hurtado, Limarí River, Ovalle.
Day 6: - Ovalle to Limarí
Day 7: - Limarí to Tongoy and the Coast! Quebradas and Haciendas. Evening Speaker.
Day 8: - Local Mountain Biking and/or Departure.
Activities Featured: In this itinerary: Mountain biking, hiking, beachwalking, dancing.
The Cycling: We will travel a combination of smooth dirt roads, paved backroads, and gentle two-track. You are welcome to bring your own mountain or hybrid bike. We have rental mountain bikes available with the appropriate tread for on and off-road riding.(See our Equipment Page)
The Roads: A combination of paved tertiary backroads and hardpacked dirt byways. 5% – 10% downgrades for many miles are interrupted by terrific little climbs at 7% – 11% gradients. The roads are not heavily traveled and we plan to be at certain locations at certain days of the week to avoid vehicles and crowds, (as best we can). We always provide you with ‘rolling-enclosure’ so that we have a vanguard vehicle and a rearguard vehicle notifying oncoming traffic of the cyclists. The trip will cover between 250 and 300 kilometers of the country.
The Difficulty: Strenuous – This route is frequently challenging both in the demands of the riding and in the potential climatic conditions we might face. Expect to have 5 to 7 hours of activity each day. This is a trip for experienced riders, and possibly fit advanced beginners.
This trip is fully supported so that as your energy flags, the chase vehicle will be there with food, water, and even a lift to the next hilltop!
The Elevation gain and loss on this trip follows a profile where 5% – 15% downgrades for many miles are interrupted by terrific little climbs at 7% – 12% gradients. The roads are not heavily traveled and we plan to be at certain locations at certain days of the week to avoid vehicles and crowds, for the most part. We always provide you with ‘rolling-enclosure’ so that we have a vanguard vehicle and a rearguard vehicle notifying oncoming traffic of the cyclists.
The Maintenance: We have a mechanic along on all of our trips and our guides are also well-versed in bike repair, but we also encourage you to learn how do basic adjustments and repairs on you bicycle.
AMAZING LANDSCAPES AND PARKS
Fertile valleys and ancient lifeways await us as we ride from near the 11,000 foot Agua Negra Pass (as close as conditions allow) to the Pacific Ocean. We will be traveling on excellent mountain and country roads; dirt and paved roads, some traffic.
The 30th Parallel South finds the Coquimbo Region of Chile. We will be able to examine up close the Norte Chico Deserts, the matorrales, the secano costero community, grasslands, and farmlands. The region also contains some of Chile’s most well protected archaeological treasures — important Molle and Incan milestones along the Qapaq Ñan.
The 30th takes you through deep interior valleys transformed by agriculture into oases and into the coastal barrancas where a rich colonial history is quite intact. The route delivers you to the unique coastal culture of the region, where posh resorts and fishing caletas admire one another across the broad Tongoy Bay.
Geological, botanical, architectural, historic, archaeological, and agricultural wonders grace the entire route. The Elqui and Limarí Valleys are famed for their viticulture and some of Chiles most important vintages come from this area of the country, and Pisco! Bike and Vine.
Edventure Itinerary – Summit to Shore
Features: This trip will present some of Chile’s famed landscapes. Traversing the barren and colorful volcanics of the high Andean Cordillera, the rich and productive agricultural lands of the valley bottoms, and the excellent beaches and shoreline habitats of the region you will experience all of the region’s eco zones.
We will get to visit historic sites, national parks, the homes of literary figures like Gabriella Mistral, and resort areas where the desert’s warmth meets the sea. Our route traverses the new Chilean Trail (El Sendero de Chile) and the Ruta Antakari for many kilometers.
To start we draw back the rubber band, depositing you and your crew as close as the season allows to a 16,000 + foot pass at the border of Argentina with Chile. This spectacular pass, Agua Negra, and the Andean terrain of the Coquimbo region usher you into a delicious slice of Chile from the Summit of the Andes to the Shoreline of the Pacific Ocean far below.
Gravity does some of the work, for sure, but the challenging terrain and the climbs to interesting sites and new valleys will certainly have your heart pumping and your cycling needs satisfied.
Bringing Your Bike: Many riders prefer having their own wheels — and we can assist where necessary in facilitating your bike’s safe arrival. If you bring a bike, the most mechanically simple bike is the best. What kind of bike is best? A geared bike. A front shock is absolutely necessary; full suspension bikes are excellent, but only if you have lockouts shocks. A seatpost rack is great to have for your daily gear.
Rental Bikes: Good quality front and full suspension bikes are available for pre-arranged rental for $30 to $60 per day. Groups can pre-arrange and include rental cost in their packet value.
Guides: Our guides are not just professional tour leaders, but as well are extremely well-versed in the history and lore of the region. We hire local guides to accompany your bi-lingual instructor/host. We also only work with local companies as part of our Fair Trade Travel initiative. We always have a Wilderness First Responder-trained guide on board. Our guides are also excellent mechanics, however we also encourage you to learn how do basic adjustments and repairs on your bicycle. If you bring a bike, the most mechanically simple bike is the best. (Contact us for guidelines.)
Lodging: We travel from point to point on the bikes on this trip with our luggage following in the support craft. This is a lodge-based trip. Each night we will be sharing comfortable multi-room cabins or cool little hotels. All of the accommodations are at least three star, and some nights four star.
Meals: All meals are included in the price of the trip. We have arrangements with fine restaurants along the route to provide us with great dinners.
We recognize the need for cyclists to have plenty of calories stored up before the day’s ride so look forward to complete meals all day every day. Chile abounds in excellent little eateries wherever you might wander. We know you will like the many varieties of empanadas and other local provender.
Chile is a breadbasket and there are many delicious and unusual fruits and vegetables to sample. Snacks and plenty of electrolytes and water will available every day. The typical foods of this region are quite familiar to you, chicken, beef, goat, eggs, beans and grains provide the proteins. All your familiar garden vegetables and fruits are grown locally in the rich soils of the river valleys. The Pacific provides a wealth of great fish and shellfish. Some unexpected foods, too, might grace your menu: rumpas luma, lucuma, figs, fresh prickly pear, chirimoya, papaya, and cochallullo seaweed are plant foods the locals savor — along with excellent beef, goat, lamb, terrific cheeses, and out of this world blood sausage. Don’t knock it till you try it, with potatoes.
Snacks and plenty of electrolytes and water will available every day.
• Professional, bi-lingual guide-educator
• Lodging each night
• Private transportation
• Support vehicle
• Full board (meals designed for active itinerary)
• Entrance fees (Except Chilean airport tax)
• All activities in the itinerary except those noted as ‘Optional Asides’
• International and local flights
• Bicycle repair parts for your own bike (some parts available for sale)
• Tips, alcohol(other than a couple local vintages).
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