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Ruta Antakari: ROUTE TO THE STARS $1,590

COMBARBALÁ - RUTA ANTAKARI - VICUÑA - PISCO ELQUI - LA SERENA - PACIFIC COAST..

This 3 days tour will take you up through the "Ruta Antakari" and north to the star obeservatories of Chile up to the beautiful Pisco vineyards of the Elqui Valley. We will take the curvy roads less traveled, an amazing back road that was once used by the Incas, now is used by the adventurous riders who are willing to take the winding dirt roads of the Los Andes. Find out why this is one of our favorite rides and why it is so popular among our visitors.
This adventure tour is perfect for those adventures riders who want to explore central Chile's scenic dirt roads deep into the majestic Andes mountains. The route is designed for those with little time who wants to ride the central region of Chile.
On our way up we will take the roads less traveled through the most stunning landscapes of this semi desert region called "El Norte Chico". Roaring from the fertile nature of the Aconcagua Valley the air will get warmer as we approach dryer scenery. Landscapes will suddenly turn from green to brown. On our loop back to Santiago we will take the legendary Pan American Highway which will lead us back enjoying the view of the blue Pacific Ocean as we tour south.
We will be spending the nights in great hotels & lodges in Combarbalá & Vicuña.

TOUR SPECIFICATIONS

  • 3 DAYS/ 2 NIGHTS
  • START: SANTIAGO, CHILE
  • FINISH: SANTIAGO, CHILE
  • TIME OF JOURNEY: ALL YEAR
  • TOTAL DISTANCE:  1.200 KM / 745 MILES
  • 70% ASPHALT / 30% DIRT
  • COUNTRIES: CHILE
  • RIDER COMPANION: RECOMMENDED
  • MAX GROUP SIZE: 7

HIGHLIGHTS

  • RUTA ANTAKARI
  • LOS ANDES
  • COMBARBALA
  • VICUÑA
  • PISCO ELQUI

ITINERARY

Day 1: Santiago - Cambarbala. Today we start our journey after the rush hour in busy Santiago and head up north trough the fertile Aconcagua Valley where the world famous Chilean fruit grows. After passing trough the small town of San Felipe the road will take us to Putaendo. Prepare to ride the winding "S" curves of the recently and lovely paved road to Cabildo. From here ancient tunnels will unveil the magnificent dirt roads that takes us deep into the mountains on a unique scenic route that will blow your mind.
After our lunch stop in Illapel we continue our ride passing through the Chinchillas National Park. Later we will climb into a valley criss-crossed by old mining roads that take us further up the mighty mountain trail of "El Espino". An abandoned road will lead us up north to the friendly town of Combarbalá where we spend the first night.
Combarbalá is a semi desertic valley surrounded by a magnificent mountain landscape which is better seen at the time of sun set by its colorful pink sky. The typical handcraft product of this area are objects made out of a semi precious stone called "Combarbalita".
This night we will enjoy a great meal in a cozy restaurant and sleep in a nice hotel. If the time allows us there will also be a chance for a visit to the Cruz del Sur local observatory for a stargazing tour.



DAY 2: Combarbalá - Vicuña Today we will continue further north as we head towards an amazing mountain trail which takes us to the beautiful valley of Tulahuén. We follow along the stream of Rio Grande on our way to the town of Monte Patria. We will pass along one of the dams that hold the precious water for the increasing agricultural activities of the region. After a lunch stop in Ovalle we'll fill up our tanks preparing to roar through winding roads as we enter deep into the breathtaking canyon of Rio Hurtado where the delicious smell of goat cheese will reach your senses.
As we go north we prepare to go up in the mountains on a mind blowing dirt road- We pass the heights that hold the Tololo Observatory. We will stop to enjoy the amazing views over the little town of Vicuña, home of our nobel price poet Gabriela Mistral. We continue our journey passing along the Pisco vineyards as we enter into the mystical Valle de Elqui. It holds a microclimate and provides 300 sunny days for the farmers to grow the finest Pisco grapes in the world. Today’s destination is Vicuña after our visit in Pisco Elqui, where we overnight in either cabañas (cabins) or hotels.
Pisco is a grape brandy that was developed by Spanish settlers back in the 16th century. We will be able to taste this lovely drink tonight when we find a nice restaurant to have dinner.



DAY 3: Vicuña - Santiago. This morning we should rise early for your journey back to Santiago. From Pisco Elqui we will head west following the contour of "Puclaro" dam as we start descending along the Elqui River until it pours out in the Pacific. We then head towards Coquimbo which is one of the significant cities here. On our way down south we take a loop into La Serena to see the white beaches. We will continue our way back roaring through the legendary Pan American Highway enjoying the view of the Pacific Ocean with the sun setting while we pass at the foots of the "Cordilera de la Costa".
There will be numerous Highway towns, which invite us for a stop en route – we should definitely stop and stretch our legs at the mining port of Los Vilos where we'´ll have our last lunch at a typical Chilean restaurant.
We continue our ride on the legendary Pan Americana Highway into La Ligua, where we stop for traditional sweets and ride further on to the Santiago City, which is considered to be one of the most modern metropolitan areas of Latin America, as it’s located in the middle the valley between the Andes mountains and the "Cordillera de la Costa".
It´s been a great journey, not many riders can say they have seen so many different landscapes and enjoyed nature as we have. Now it's time to return our motorcycles to Ride-Chile.com's office.

PRICE

  • TOUR WITH KAWASAKI KLR 650E: $1.590 USD
  • UPGRADE TO BMW G650 GS: + $290 USD
  • BMW F700 GS: + $330 USD
  • BMW F800 GS: + $390 USD
  • BMW F800 GSA: + $450 USD
  • BMW R1200 GS: + $490 USD
  • BMW R1200 GS LC: + $590 USD
  • CO-RIDER: $690 USD
  • UPGRADE TO SINGLE-ROOM SUPPLEMENT (2 NIGHTS): + $450 USD
  • SUPPORT VEHICLE TO CARRY LUGGAGE AND SUPPLIES (3 DAYS): $990 USD

RCC GUIDED TOUR INFO

WHAT'S INCLUDED

- MOTORCYCLE RENTAL
- PELICAN LUGGAGE SYSTEM
- TANK BAG
- 3RD PART LIABILITY INSURANCE CL
- TOUR GUIDE
- ACCOMMODATION

- BREAKFAST

- FERRIES & TOLL ROADS

- MECHANICAL SUPPORT
- SUPPORT AT BORDER CROSSINGS

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
- FUEL
- INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

- 3RD PART LIABILITY INSURANCE
FOR FOREIGN COUNTRIES
- NATIONAL FLIGHTS
- SINGLE ROOM (HOTELS)
- ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
- DRINKS AND SNACKS
- DINNER
- PERSONAL EXPENSES AND ACTIVITIES
- HEALTH & TRAVEL INSURANCE
- VISAS
- DAMAGE DEPOSIT FOR BIKES
- TIPS & GRATUITIES
- SUPPORT VEHICLE

MOTORCYCLE INCLUDE
- TANK BAG
- LUGGAGE SYSTEM (SIDE BAGS)
- LOCKS
- TYRE REPAIR KIT
- TOOLS
- MECHANICAL SUPPORT

REQUIREMENTS
- MINIMUM 18 YEARS OF AGE

- VALID MOTORCYCLE LICENSE

- PASSPORT & PHOTO ID

- VALID CREDIT CARD
- DAMAGE DEPOSIT (REFUNDABLE)

- 50% IN ADVANCE FOR BOOKING
- 50% PAID 30 DAYS IN ADVANCE
- HEALTH & TRAVEL INSURANCE

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