Journey to the Extreme Plateau: Crossing of the volcanoes and Salares (Bolivia-Chile)


In this course, unique landscapes, which may seem like “another planet” for the originality and sensations that awaken … Also the effort may feel from another planet … The tour takes place at an altitude ranging from 3,700 meters to find 5000 m / m, on a surface that is sometimes very hard to pedal. To achieve this route is important to adjust to “the pace of the plateau”, pedaling with the calm required for this circumstance and if necessary get off the bike and walk along with it. Finally, the effort will be worth and cyclists capable of doing so will have the opportunity to live a unique experience.

New: This year we will climb to 3 volcanoes!

This trip will be attended by the prestigious mountain guide Heber Orona (the first Argentine to climb Mount Everest without oxygen and the 7 highest peaks in the world).

24 Nov 2018
Photos of the last travel in Journey to the Extreme Plateau: Crossing of the volcanoes and Salares (Bolivia-Chile)

La Paz Day 1:
Meeting in city of La Paz (3.500 m). Presentation dinner.
Overnight: hotel

Day 2 – Yolosa- descent to the Yungas or famous “Death Road”:
One of the “Downhill” steepest in the world, from 4,700 meters to 1,200 meters above sea level and only 64 km. From the high peaks of the Andes, it descends, with sharp cliffs and waterfalls, to the tropical vegetation of the “pre Amazonia”. Technically not difficult but attention and coordination on the mountain bike is required. We’ll have a lot of excitement and adrenaline for the first day of the trip! Note: This road was considered one the most dangerous in the world for motor vehicles, but since recently, a new paved road was open, through which most cars are diverted.
Dinner on your own.
Pedaling: 65 km
Overnight: in the same hotel as the previous day in La Paz.

Day 3 Sajama (4200masl):
Transfer (4 hours).  Sajama National Park where the Nevado Sajama is located, a spectacular  volcano and the highest peak in the country (6542 meters above sea level). the attraction of this place are the scrubby forests of queñua, growing up 5000 masl, geysers, lakes and hot springs.
Pedaling: 4km of acclimation, 20 or 30 km walk or very slow in the area.
Overnight: Accommodation

Day 4 – Camp near Cruzoni (3860masl):
This stage will begin with the sight of the twin volcanoes Parinacota and Pomerape and others such as Umurata, Gualatiri, found on the Chilean border, near which we will always ride south. For this stage we will go through small towns with fewer ups than downs, with some sandy sections. We will have opportunity to see “chulpas” testimony of ancient indigenous culture.
Pedaling: 80 km. Elevation: Elevation gain: + 350m – 700m
Overnight: Camp

Day 5 – Sabaya (3630masl):
It may be a quiet stage, with some river crossings and short stretches of sand, appreciating  the life of the humble people of the highlands.
Pedaling: 90 km. Elevation gain: + 250 m – 550 m
Overnight Accommodation

Day 6 – We will camp near San Martin (3715masl):
At this stage we will have one of the highlights of the trip: we will meet the “Chipayas” which are the oldest indigenous people of the highlands (around 2500 BC) they inhabit some curious houses called “putucus”. They live near the periphery of the “Salar de Coipasa”.
Pedaling: 115 km. Elevation gain: + 400m -300m
Overnight: hotel.

Day 7 – Coquesa (3765 masl)
We will pass through small villages, the salt mine of Garci Mendoza and the homonymous village. We will skirt the Tunupa volcano to reach Jirira where we will admire the spectacular view of the Salar de Uyuni.
Cycling: 95 km
Difference in height: +320 / – 320
Overnight: simple hotel

Day 8 – Trekking to the Tunupa volcano-Chuvica (3665 masl)
After a short transfer, we will begin a trek to reach the summit of the Tunupa volcano (5320m), with a spectacular view. In the early afternoon, we will cross the Salar de Uyuni, stopping (km45) on the Inca Huasi island. We will finish the stage on the outskirts of the Salar. Trekking: about 4 hours.
Bike ride: 80 kms
Difference in height: + 30 / -30
Overnight: Hotel de Sal

Day 9- San Juan (3700 masl)
We will ride a valley full of small villages. A quiet day to recover strength.
Cycling: 50 km
Difference in height: + 500 / -450
Overnight stay in a hotel

Day 10 – Ollague (3720masl)
We will cross a predominantly agricultural valley, where quinoa is cultivated and small farms are found. At 60
km the Salar de Chiguana will start, just before the village of Ollague, we will have to pass the Bolivian customs and enter ChileCycling: 70 km
Difference in height: + 150 / -50
Overnight stay in a hotel

Day 11 – Ascent to Ollague Volcan (5.888masll) – Ollague(3720)
After a ride, we will take a trek to get to the crater where the smoke comes out and we will appreciate a breathtaking landscape.
Cycling: 20 km uphill, up to 5200masl. (possibility to go up by 4×4).Trekking: 5 km.
Difference in height: + 1500 bike + trekking + 600
Overnight stay in a hotel

Day 12 – Laguna Hedionda (4150)
We will return to Bolivia and we will go to the Chañapa and Hedionda lagoons, where there are many flamingos.
Cycling: 65 km
Difference in height: + 600 / -300
Overnight: Hotel

Day 13 – Laguna Colorada (4360masl)
We will cross the “Siloli Desert”, characteristic for its rocky conformations created by the wind, the stone tree is among these the most significant. Towards the end of the stage inside the Eduardo Abaroa Nature Reserve, we will reach the splendid “Colorada lagoon” animated by thousands of pink flamingos and colored with intense red due to the presence of algae.
Cycling: 82 km
Difference in height: + 800 / –
650 Overnight: refuge

Day 14 – Polques Hot Springs (4400 masl)
At the 37th km, we will be at an altitude of 4910m, near an area of geysers and craters of boiling water called “Sol de Mañana”. An extremely suggestive place at the first light of dawn due to the effect of sunlight and the smoke that rises from the pools. We will then lower to 4400m to get to the Polques Hot Springs
Cycling: 57 km
Difference in height: + 715 / – 600
Overnight: refuge

Day 15- Laguna Verde (4310 masl)
we will climb until arriving (km20) to 4710 masl, we will descend towards the Green Lagoon with the view of the majestic Licancabur volcano.
Cycling: 40 km
Difference in height: + 450 / –
550 Overnight: refuge or tent.

Day 16 – Ascent to the Licancabur Volcano (5979masl) – San Pedro de Atacama (2400masl)
We will begin to walk, before dawn, until we reach the volcanic cone with a small lagoon. About 7 hours of trekking.
Pedaling to the border with Chile (km 8) with beautiful views of the volcano Juriques we will reach the Bolivian customs and enter Chilean land. A handful of kilometers of dirt road to reach the asphalt and the long and fast descent (40 km) will launch us towards S. Pedro de Atacama. Farewell dinner.
Pedaling: 64 km (50 d asphalt)
Difference in height: + 300 / – 2400
Overnight stay in hotel

Day 17 – breakfast and greetings.

La Paz, yungas, Sajama National Park, Volcan Sajama and surrounding volcanoes (Pomerape, Parinacota, Umurata, Gualatiri), countless villages of the Altiplano, Salar de Coipasa village Chipaya, Garci Mendoza, Volcan Tunupa, Salar de Uyuni, Isla Inca Huasi, Villa Martin, San Juan, Salar de Chiguana, Volcan Ollague, volcano Tomasami, Laguna Cañarapa, Laguna Hedionda, Desert Silioli, Laguna Colorada, National Andean Fauna Reserve Eduardo Abaroa, Laguna Verde, Laguna Blanca, Volcan Licancabur Volcan Juriques, San Pedro de Atacama (Chile), Valle de la Luna.

950 km pedaling, 98% on land. The tour takes place in height, between 3,600 meters and 4,900 meters. With two long descents to the 1200msnm and 2400 m. Trekking to Licancabur Volcano (5979masl)

high This is a trip for people with experience at high altitude and trekking in the mountains. There will be the possibility of not doing the climbs on foot and rest. 

Puede oscilar entre -5°C y 25°C.

  • 2 mountain bike guides,
  • private minibus assistance,
  • accommodations and meals mentioned in the program All transfers from La Paz.

  • airfare,
  • transfers to the starting point of the trip (La Paz and from the end (San Pedro de Atacama) day off meals,
  • alternative excursions,
  • revenue parks and archaeological sites tips and extras

  • Semi-slick mountain bike covered with prior mechanical check.
  • Helmet.
  • Canteens or backpack to carry water (Camelbag).
  • Walking Shoes
  • Sunglasses.
  • Personal medications.
  • Solar and lip filter
  • The trunk is not necessary. It is recommended to anyone who wants to wear clothes or camera

  • short and long trousers,
  • sports pants,
  • windbreaker,
  • shirt m / l synthetic,
  • rowers of polar jacket,
  • gloves,
  • socks and synthetic wool.
  • Replacement slippers or sandals.
  • Rain coat or waterproof jacket.
  • polar neck.