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

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Journey to the Extreme Plateau: from Lake Titicaca to San Pedro de Atacama, with fantastic landscapes, crossing the “Salar di Uyuni” and climbing volcanos (Tunupa (5320), Ollague (5888) and Licancabur (5970).

Updated program!

MTB and trekking.

It is a mixed travel of trekking and cycling, with quiet stages that will allow a correct acclimatization.
We will know and appreciate the mythical places of the Andean culture, with its special beauty and also a special service.

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). www.heberorona.com

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 – Copacabana:
Transfer with a van to Tiquina (one hour and a half drive), a great panoramic view point of the Titicaca lake. From there we cross a strait on boat. Then we get on our mountain biking cycling the last 10 km with amazing views over the Titicaca lake, to the charming so Bolivian characteristic town of Copacabana.
Daily biking ride: 40 km (Paved road).
Lodging: in hotel

Day 4 – Copacabana- Peninsula de Yampupata e Isla del Sol:
We take a side of the beaten gravel road mountain biking to Yampupata peninsula, mountain biking along the lake shore passing along small bolivian villages. We take a boat to Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun). We take a guided tour on the island visiting Inca ruins and enjoying panoramic views of the terraces.
Daily biking ride: 35 km on gravel road.
Lodging: at hotel.

Day 5- Oruro:
We will make a brief trekking in the morning and we will cycle around 40 kms, along the shores of Lake Titicaca. Transfer to the city of Oruro.
Overnight: hotel

Day 6 – Tahua. (3665msnm), on the Salar de Uyuni:
Morning transfer We will pass through different towns, Garci Mendoza and the saline homonyms. We will sleep on the edge of the salt flat and the feet of the Tunupa volcano.
Cycling: 45 km.
Overnight: Salt Hotel.

Day 7 – 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 3 hours.
Bike ride: 80 kms
Difference in height: + 30 / -30
Overnight: Hotel de salt.

Day 8- 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 9 – Ollague (3720masl)
We will cross a predominantly agricultural valley, where quinoa is cultivated and small farms are found. At 60km the Salar de Chiguana will start, just before the village of Ollague, we will have to pass the Bolivian customs and enter Chile.
Cycling: 70 km
Difference in height: + 150 / -50
Overnight: stay in a hotel

Day 10 – 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 11 – 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 12 – 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/hotel

Day 13 – 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: hotel.

Day 14- Ascent to the Licancabur Volcano (5979masl)- Polques Hot Springs (4400 masl)
After a transfer, we will begin to walk, before dawn, until we reach the volcanic cone with a small lagoon and a beautiful landscape, with the green and white lagoon. About 7 hours of trekking and 1100 meters of difference in height. I return to our Polque refuge, to still enjoy the open-air baths with a breathtaking view.
Overnight: hotel.

Day 15 – San Pedro de Atacama (2400masl)
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 16 – breakfast and greetings.

Lago Titicaca e Isla del Sol. Oruro. Salinas de Garci Mendonza, Cuce del Salar de Uyuni (el salar más grande del mundo).
Ascenso al volcan Tunupa (5350msnm), "espectacular balcon del salar". Isla de Inca Huasi, Salar de Chiguana, Volcan Ollague, Laguna Cañarapa, Laguna Hedionda, Desierto de Silioli, Laguna Colorada, Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Abaroa, Laguna Verde, Laguna Blanca, Volcan Licancabur (5970msnm). San Pedro de Atacama,

This is a journey where participants can take advantage of the service and choose to ride along the entire route, hike in the high mountains or even use support vehicles and rest when they need it.

This is a journey where participants can take advantage of the service and choose to ride along the entire route, hike in the high mountains or even use support vehicles and rest when they need it.

-5°C / 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.