Here we have an fabulous recommendation for bicycle riders, mountainbike fans and off road tourers from the end of the world. While we traveled through Chile from north to south we had a break in San Pedro de Atacama. It´s a good spot to chill in the hot climate, as well you can do a lot of outdoor activities. Like crossing a part of the desert by mountain bike for example.
There are beautiful trails, which offer although a relatively bleak and monochrome landscape and provide in conjunction with the sun a stunning picture. Of course, it is not nearly desolate, the mountain formations are just blatant. But the colors change accordingly to the sunlight and the overall scenario is very overwhelming. If you should do the same with a good mountain bike, remember that the “routes” are not always real routes. Therefore the mountain bikes and that´s actually as well part of the fun.
The cycling is also extremely liberating, the peace and quiet of the desert has something. Completely quiet, but it is not quite. You just hear the trussing and rattling of the bicycle chains. Our luggage has also rumbled well. On the back we were packed with two shredded snowboards and our aim was to carry them straight into the desert to go for some nice sandboarding on the dune hills in the Atacama mountains.
Mini video with a short insight into the track landscape:
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