Chile: Four Destinations to bicycle along

Published in 30/04/2018

If you love sports, enjoy nature and wandering among landscapes on your bicycle, we are now going to tell you about four destinations you can cycle throughout Chile.

San Pedro de Atacama

Difficulty: Medium

You will find many places that rent bikes for the day in the center of San Pedro de Atacama, allowing you to roam the desert on two wheels.  You can reach the Mars Valley, the Moon Valley, the Devil’s Throat and Salt flats of the Atacama, on a bicycle over medium difficulty tracks.  Interested in archaeology?  Visit the Pucará of Quitor.

You must remember that this is a high altitude desert: very hot during the day with temperatures dropping towards the evening, nights can become very cold indeed.

Valparaíso

Difficulty: Easy

Valparaíso is known for its colorful and steep roads, culture, street-art and gastronomy. Many tourists decide to discover the city and its hills on a bike, while absorbing the history and uncovering the port´s story and how it became a UNESCO Heritage of Humanity in 2003.

Another biking circuit to enjoy links Viña del Mar, Reñaca and Concón along the coast of the Pacific with beautiful scenery, golden beaches and bays.

Southern Road, Patagonia

Difficulty: Medium / Hard

In a lifetime, the Chilean Patagonia is one of the best trips you will ever take.  If you are adventurous and want to take this route, we would like to point out: the Southern Road (Carretera Austral) is a long, mostly gravel-covered road on which you will bike for 40 to 60 kilometers a day.

However, every effort is worthwhile, luxuriant landscapes, evergreen forests, lakes and ponds that lie along the Southern Road, rivers for fly-fishing and many other activities such as visiting the Queulat National Park, General Carrera Lake, Marble Cathedrals and many other marvels will enthrall you.

We recommend first going to Coyhaique; begin your trip toward the Carretera Austral whether north or south from there.  Both alternatives are breathtaking.

Easter Island

Difficulty: Medium

Easter Island is another destination to visit on your bike. Rent a bike in Hanga Roa, all excursions start there. Visit Anakena beach, the crater at Rano Kau volcano and the Moais. We recommend planning a 4 to 5 days stay, to fully enjoy the culture, landscapes and history of Rapa Nui.

 

Photography: Felipe Cantillana – Marca Chile
Source of information: http://chile.travel/en/chile-4-destinations-bicycle-along
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