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15 Mar 2015

A challenging off-road route that resulted in me grounding my bike and hiking out for help

Dist: 133 km; Date: Mar 2014

The Atacama Desert is spectacularly beautiful, highlighted by several landmarks along Ruta 27, leaving San Pedro de Atacama heading east towards the border.

Not instead but in addition, you can ride south on Ruta 23, passing Toconao, to the small town of Socaire. Here, take rough ro...

21 Mar 2014

Take a hundred-kilometer inland detour to explore the foothills of the Andes

Dist: 187 km; Date: Mar 2014

Leave the costa city of La Serena riding inland on Ruta 41. After 63 km you’ll reach Vicuña. Here head south on unpaved D-445. For a couple kilometers you’ll pass along fields of what I believe are for olive and grape cultivation and then quite suddenly you’ll find yourself quite alone in the ar...

17 Mar 2014

Stay as close to the Pacific Coast and as far from the Inter-American Hwy as you can

Dist: 579km; Date: Mar 2014

Pick up the Inter-American Hwy/Ruta 5 at the coastal town of Chañaral. Continue south for 91 km until you veer onto the C-302 at Bahía Inglesa. At or just before Puerto Viejo, merge onto the C-324 to continue your southward push for 109 km until you reach Carrizal Bajo where you’ll find p...

16 Mar 2014

It’s not off the beaten path but still a pleasant off-tarmac ride through an otherworldly landscape

Dist: 111 km; Date: Mar 2014

Ideally this route should be done upon entering San Pedro de Atacama because you’re probably arriving from Calama and because it’s a great introduction to the many wild landscapes to come. Nevertheless, the visitors’ center is located at the San Pedro extreme of the route...

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