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Mountain Biking in San Pedro de Atacama, El Loa, Antofagasta Chile
Once the center of the Atacama culture, nowadays the archaeological capital of Chile, San Pedro de Atacama is the perfect destination for cycling enthusiasts. One of the best mountain biking trails is the 39.88 mi / 64.18 km long San Pedro de Atacama trail. This 9-hours cycling adventure will worth your while as you’ll be able to explore all the wondrous sights, do amazing downhill starting at 4255 ft / 1296.9 m and cycle on amazing valleys surrounded by breathtaking desert and mountain landscapes.
Though you’ll be cycling from the town center of San Pedro de Atacama to Puritama “Hot Springs’ you will find out that those dirt roads may have technical difficulties but are safe. At the end of the trail, you can take a dive in one of the eight artificial pools made of volcanic rocks. The water is amazingly clear and pure and the landscape stunning. There is an entry fee but if you can spear the money you will not regret it.
It is highly recommended to start as early as possible to beat the heat. There are lots of local stores that will rent you your needed mountain bike equipment and will give you a map but you may feel safer with a tour guide. Various tour operators can take you off the beaten path and make sure you won’t miss any sightseeing. For the more adventurous bikers we recommend water, sunblock, snacks and… have a blast!