Dakar Rally 2014: FROM 1ST ROW $5,290
- 13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS
- START: CALAMA, CHILE
- END: SANTIAGO, CHILE
- START DATE: 9TH OF JANUARY 2013
- END DATE: 20TH OF JANUARY 2013
- DISTANCE: 3.500 KM / 2.200 MILES
- 75% ASPHALT / 25% DIRT
- COUNTRIES: CHILE & ARGENTINA
- RIDER COMPANION RECOMMENDED: YES
- MAX GROUP SIZE: 7
- DAKAR RALLY 2013 ON FIRST ROW
- VISIT THE MOST DRY DESERT IN THE WORLD (SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA)
- LAGUNA CHAXA
- VALLEY OF THE MOON
- SAN ANTONIO DE LOS COBRE
- ABRA EL ACAY (HIGHEST PASS BETWEEN CHILE & ARGENTINA AT AN ALTITUDE OF 4895 METERS)
- VALLEY OF ARROWS
- ANCIENT RUINS OF QUILMES
- MEHIR PARK
- PASO DE SAN FRANCISCO. (ALTITUDE OF 4600 METERS)
- LA SERENA
DAKAR 2013: EXCEPTIONAL IS THE WATCHWORD
Now that the introductions have been made, for the fifth edition organised on the South American continent, the Dakar will be hosted by three countries that have unveiled their characteristics over the last few years. To end the suspense, the route will be hitting the high notes and hitting hard from 5th to 20thJanuary next year. For the first time, the desert stages will make their appearance in the first few days of the rally. After reacquainting with Lima, the riders and drivers will get straight to the heart of the matter. The rest day that will take place in San Miguel de Tucuman will be more than welcome for the competitors, because, to reach Santiago, they will have to go the distance: more than 8,000 kilometres.
ARGENTINA AND ITS MANY FACETS
Once it crosses the Andes Mountains, after a first visit to Chile, the rally will encounter a different face of South America: one that guarantees a broad range of terrains which smile primarily upon flexibility. In Argentina, the capacity to adapt will be vital to switch from one type of riding and driving to another and between different methods of managing the race. Although the ration of sand will be less dense, the visit to Gaucho country will nevertheless finish with a major test in which only genuine experts in desert riding and driving will be at ease.
CHILE: A DOUBLE AND CAPITAL DOSE
Two distinct sequences will be played out in Chile and each of them will be decisive. The return to the Atacama corresponds with the phase of the Dakar where competitors navigate in the domain of extreme endurance. As a challenge of ultimate resistance, the sessions in the dunes will continue up to the day before the finish. Before reaching Santiago, the competitors will have to tame difficulties of the highest order right up to the end.
This 12 days motorbike adventure tour will make you a spectator of the 2013 Dakar Edition and take you to the scenic Andes of northern Argentina and northern Chile deep south to Santiago, the main capital of Chile. It is packed with highlights: be dazzled by the infinite whiteness of the salt lakes, gaze up in awe at gigantic volcanoes, be amazed by the power of geysers, explore remote Andean villages, ride over the highest passes of the Andes and a whole lot more! And of course live from close by the hardest off road race of the world - the Dakar Race 2013 Edition.
VISIT TO ATACAMA DESERT
The Atacama desert is the driest desert in the world. Many times this area will go without rainfall at all for years. Some places in the Atacama Desert have not had rainfall for over 400 years. The Atacama desert is found along the coast of Chile, South America - right next to the Pacific Ocean - the biggest body of water in the world.
CAMPING UNDER THE SKY
Inspired by the Dakar bivouac style, we will spend some nights camping outdoors, so remember your tent and sleeping bag. We will be enjoying the desert sky in front of a bonfire, while tasting asado (BBQ) and drinking fine Chilean / Argentinian wine.
DAY 1: Calama, Chile: You will be picked up at the airport of Calama and brought to our hotel in San Pedro de Atacama from where our tour starts the following day. After a welcome dinner and a briefing about our upcoming adventures you will have the rest of the day to take a stroll around San Pedro de Atacama to get ready for next day ride.
Day 2: Calama - San Pedro de Atacama - Dakar Stage 6: Surroundings of San Pedro de Atacama (Laguna Chaxa, Valley of the Moon) and visit to the arrival of Dakar stage 6 close to Calama (300 km).
Day 3: San Pedro - San Antonio, Chile - San Antonio, Argentina. Dakar Stage 7. Visit of the stage 7 of the Dakar close to San Pedro de Atacama. We leave the Dakar towards the south, bordering the mountain range spiked with vulkanoes that devides Chile from Argentina. We pass some beautiful lagoons and get to the border with Argentina before we ride on through bizarre mountain landscapes and open plains into the dusty town of San Antonio de los Cobres (400 km).
Day 4: San Antonio, Argentina - Cafayate, Argentina. Today you've got a challenging trip: we cross the highest pass in Argentina, the 4895m high Abra El Acay! Snaking up the mountainside to the pass to enjoy the stunning views from 5 km above sea level before diving into the Calchaquí Valley, challenged by some river crossings and hairpin bends. The afternoon ride takes us along the Calchaquí River, through narrow gorges and broad valleys. We snake through the rough landscapes of the "Valley of Arrows", the beauty of this remote valley almost tops the famous Quebrada de Cafayate (320 km).
Day 5: Cafayate - San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina. Today we carry on to the ancient ruins of Quilmes, ride up the "Small Hell Pass" and dive down into the lush and green valley of Tafí, a village beautifully built around a small lake. We leave Tafí to El Mollar where we visit the Mehir Park before riding down through tropical cloud forests to the sugar cane fields of the lowlands of Tucuman (200 km).
Day 6: Tucuman - Andalgala. Dakar Stage 9. After watching the beginning of stage 9 of the Dakar, we climb up the stunning gravel pass of Los Alisos to get to the sleepy town of Andalgala (200 km).
Day 7: Andalgala - La Rioja. Dakar Stage 10. Through the desert landscapes of Catamarca, we ride south to the wine and olive producing area of La Rioja. We'll probably be able to watch the arrival of stage 10 if the Dakar. (300 km).
Day 8: La Rioja - Fiambala. Dakar Stage 11. Visit of Dakar stage 11. Depending how the itinerary of the Dakar goes, we'll watch the beginning or ending of todays stage (or both) (300 km).
Day 9: Fiambala - Copiapo. Dakar Stage 12. Remember your oxygen mask It will take us all day to cross and enjoy the ride over the stunning pass "Paso de San Francisco". With over 4600 m altitude it is one of the highest passes in the world! Possibly visit of Dakar stage 12. Visit the site of the 33 trapped miners trapped in 2010 and the capsule that brought them back to the surface of the earth. (500 km)
Day 10: Copiapo - La Serena. Dakar Stage 13. Still in the Atacama Desert, this will surely be a challenging day for the Dakar racers. We will visit the Dakar stage 13 and carry on to La Serena Area where we spend the night. (400 km).
Day 11: La Serena - Santiago de Chile. Dakar Stage 14. We will visit the last stage of the race to live from close by the finishing of the hardest off road race in the world. (500 km).
Day 12: Santiago Finish of Dakar 2014. The day is free to take a stroll around the city of Santiago or participate in the finish ceremony of the Dakar 2014 at the main square of La Moneda.
Day 13: SANTIAGO Centro - Intl. Airport. We will bring you to the airport to catch your flight after your breakfast at the hotel in Santiago.
- TOUR WITH KAWASAKI KLR 650E MODEL 2011 / 2012: $5,290 USD
- UPGRADE TO BMW F800 GS MODEL 2012 / 2013 + $1,190 USD
- UPGRADE TO SINGLE-ROOM SUPPLEMENT (12 NIGHTS) + $1,090 USD
- PILLION / PASSENGER: + $2,690 USD
- ONE WAY FLIGHT TICKET FROM SANTIAGO - CALAMA, CHILE APPROX: $600 USD (WE CAN ARRANGE YOUR FLIGHT TICKET)