Cycle Chile & Argentina: Atacama to Salta Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Destinations:
Chile, Argentina
Programmes:
Cycling
Trip Code:
MAQ
Activity Rating - Moderate/Challenging
Moderate / Challenging

You are moderately fit and have an interest in remote or challenging environments. Some previous experience is required for activity based trips.

15 Days Flight Inclusive
13 Days Land only
Min age: 16

Trip Overview

This trip takes us on a journey through a part of the world that resembles no other. Starting in the popular town of San Pedro de Atacama and finishing in 'Salta la Linda', this trip takes us through many roads in which you will see very little traffic and no other cyclists. This 'once in a lifetime' journey includes cycling through salt flats, ravines, a serpentine-like road through a rainforest and in the driest desert in the world. 

At a Glance

  • 12 nights hotels all en suite
  • 10 days cycling with full vehicle support 
  • 80% tarmac, 20% unpaved tracks

  • Routes mainly follow quiet roads
  • Group normally 5 to 16 plus local staff. Min age 16 yrs

Trip Highlights

  • Cycle through a desert, salt flats, ravines and a rainforest 
  • Two South American Countries
  • Excursions to Atacama salt flats, altiplano lagoons and the Tatio geysers

Is This Trip for You?

This trip is classified Road. 
Activity Level: 4 (Moderate/Challenging). 
Please see the introductory pages of the cycling holidays brochure for more important information on classification and grading. 
Average daily distance: 51km (32 miles)
Number of days cycling: 10
Vehicle Support: 100%

The set itinerary is not technical, however please note that the majority of this tour is spent at high altitude and some days the group is cycling above 3000m where the air is noticeably thinner. Because of this we recommend that you have a good level of fitness for this tour.   

Some cycling experience and good level of fitness is recommended. Total distance covered: approx. 510km

Terrain and route: Approx. 80% tarmac, 20% unpaved roads. Some large elevation gains; mixed cycling terrain; variable weather conditions and some remote locations.

Most of the roads are in good condition, although there can occasionally be potholes and poorer conditions in some short sections. You should be prepared for some cycling on unpaved gravel/dirt roads.

The roads are generally free of heavy traffic until we reach towns where we are more likely to encounter other vehicles.

 

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Group

Our guides are local Argentinean cycle tour leaders who are experienced at working with cycling groups. They have good English skills and are very knowledgable about the region.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
5
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
San Pedro de Atacama
End City:
Salta

Flight Inclusive

Start City:
London
End City:
London

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Atacama; transfer to hotel.

    Those on our group flights will arrive to Calama airport today, after connecting in Santiago de Chile. There will be a group transfer from the airport to our start hotel in the nearby town of San Pedro. For those people who have booked Land Only and made their own travel arrangements, you are welcome to meet the group transfer should you wish (and have informed us in advance). Otherwise the meeting point is at the start hotel in San Pedro anytime in the afternoon/evening.

    Accommodation: Hotel Pascual Andino or similar

  • Day 2

    Cycle to Moon Valley; visit salt mines.

    This morning we get on our bikes for the first time and go on an acclimatisation ride. We will depart the town of San Pedro and cycle to the Valley of the Moon. Here you will feel as if you have landed on another planet, as it is often compared to Mars due to its red colour of rock formations and dunes. Afterwards we will ride a bit further to visit some salt caves, before heading back a different way to San Pedro town.

    Accommodation: Hotel Pascual Andino or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 40 km / 25 miles
  • Day 3

    Visit El Tatio geysers; afternoon ride to San Isidro's chapel.

    Today is a very early start as we depart our hotel in San Pedro and set off towards the Altiplano Lagoons. On the way we will stop off at the village of Socaire, set at 3218m. The village is noteworthy for its peculiar architecture using rough stonework. The inhabitants here still live by the age-old methods of planting terraced fields with corn, wheat and potatoes. Afterwards, we continue for roughly another 30km, climbing an additional 1000m in altitude to reach the highland lagoons of Miscanti and Miñiques. The two volcanoes of the same name are visible in the background (almost 6000m). We will head back to town in time for lunch before a short ride scheduled in the afternoon. In the afternoon we will depart to San Isidro’s Chapel, stopping along the way at famous landmarks like the Devil’s Throat and Catarpe’s Tunnel. 

    Accommodation: Hotel Pascual Andino or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 23 km / 14 miles
  • Day 4

    Cross border into Argentina; cycle alongside Jama salt flat; transfer to Susques.

    Today is a long travel day so we will get up early in order to say goodbye to Chile and cross into Argentina (approx. 2.5 hours), via the Jama Pass (4275m). Once we clear immigration, we will continue our transfer to the town of Jama (approx. 2.5 hours). We will be making some stops at view points to stretch our legs and take some photos during the journey. In Jama we will have lunch before getting on our bikes and cycle alongside the Jama Salt Flats. Then we have another transfer (approx. 1.5 hours) to our destination for the night, Susques.

    Accommodation: Hotel Pastos Chicos or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 35 km / 22 miles
  • Day 5

    Transfer to Salinas Grandes; scenic picnic lunch and downhill ride to the Humahuaca Gorge.

    Departing Susques, we transfer (approx. 1 hour) to the Salinas Grandes Salt Pans. Here you will have the opportunity to experience riding on salt before making a stop for our picnic lunch. We will cycle onwards, climbing to the view point of Abra de Potrerillos (4170m). From there we will then enjoy a fast-downhill ride with amazing views of the surrounding coloured hills and rock formations to our hotel located just outside the town of Purmamarca, our destination for the next 2 nights. 

    Accommodation: Hotel Casa de Adobe or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 67 km / 42 miles
  • Day 6

    Cycle to Tilcara passing the hill of seven colours; optional ride back.

    After breakfast we will start cycling straight from the hotel and head on a gravel track to visit one of the highlights of this trip, the Cerro de Siete Colores, ‘Hill of Seven Colours’. This unique colour range is formed over millions of years, caused by lake and river movements which got elevated with the movement of tectonic plates. Our destination is the small town of Tilcara. From here you can choose to jump in the transfer vehicle or cycle back along the same route to Purmamarca.

    Accommodation: Hotel Casa de Adobe or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 31 km / 19 miles
  • Day 7

    Transfer to El Carmen; cycle through rain forest; transfer to Salta.

    We start the morning with a transfer (approx. 1 hour) to the small town of El Carmen. Today’s ride will feel completely different as we cycle through a rainforest on a paved road heading south towards Salta. This was the route that joined the two main cities in the province, Salta and Jujuy. This is one of the most spectacular cycling stages as you will encounter a serpentine road surrounded by lush rainforest on either side of the road. We will stop for a picnic lunch near the town of La Caldera before boarding a transfer to our destination for the next 2 nights, the beautiful city of Salta.

    Accommodation: Hotel Design Suites or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 45 km / 30 miles
  • Day 8

    Free day in Salta.

    Spend today at leisure and enjoy exploring beautiful Salta. We recommend you visit the high mountain archaeological museum (MAAM), located in the centre of town. Here you will find three mummies of children from the Inca civilization, who were sacrificed at the Llullaillaco Volcano. Only one of the mummies is on display at any one time, as they are changed every 6 months. Please ask your tour leader and they will help you to arrange it.

    Accommodation: Hotel Design Suites or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Transfer to abandoned train station; cycle along Las Conchas river.

    Following breakfast, we transfer (approx. 1 hour), to the abandoned Alemania village and train station. After exploring this fascinating village, we will get on our bikes and start cycling along the Conchas River. We will pass many interesting rock formations which have over the years received names like the Amphitheatre and the Devil’s Throat. Today is our longest ride but we end in the tranquil town of Cafayate, which is renowned for its wine production.  

    Accommodation: Cafayate Wine Resort or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 85 km / 53 miles
  • Day 10

    Cycle to the Sacred City of Quilmes; guided tour and transfer back.

    This morning we cycle towards the Sacred City of Quilmes. These are Calchaquí native ruins, from a tribe who once lived amongst the Calchaquí mountain range. It is considered as the largest pre-Colombian settlement in Argentina. We will have a guided tour of the ruins before having lunch and then transfer (approx. 1 hour) back to Cafayate. 

    Accommodation: Cafayate Wine Resort or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 64 km / 40 miles
  • Day 11

    Ride through the Valley of Arrows; transfer to Molinos.

    After breakfast we set off on our bikes towards Los Molinos. This is one of the most spectacular cycling stages, riding through the Valley of Arrows. You will not be disappointed, and we will make sure to stop off at the best locations to get great photos. Everywhere you look you will see horizontal rock formations which look like they have been fired at Earth from space. We will pass a few sleepy small towns and hamlets along the way. On arrival to Seclantas we will board the vehicle and transfer to Molinos.

    Accommodation: El Cortijo Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 47 km / 29 miles
  • Day 12

    Cycle in Los Cardones National Park; downhill stage along 'Bishop's Hill'; final transfer to Salta.

    For our final day of cycling we will depart from the hotel and travel through the Los Cordones National Park. The name comes from the hundreds of cardon grande cactus which are everywhere throughout the park. From here we will have our final biking stage, downhill along the mesmerising Bishop’s Slope. The last leg of our journey is completed with a transfer back to Salta.

    Accommodation: Hotel Design Suites or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 76 km / 47 miles
  • Day 13

    End Salta airport.

    On our final morning, we transfer to the airport to catch our flight to Buenos Aires. We will arrive in time for the evening flight to London. Land only portion of the trip ends at Salta airport. 

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.

Accommodation

Hotels

We spend 12 nights in a range of hotels along the route. All rooms are en suite and breakfasts are included each day. Accommodation has been chosen to suit our group size and requirements. They are all cyclist friendly and strategically located for the best cycling routes possible.

We can arrange single rooms throughout the trip for a supplement (subject to availability). Please ask your sales consultant for details.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Single supplement from £595.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts and 9 lunches included.

Hotel breakfasts are normally buffet-style, and lunches will either be at convenient restaurant stops during our rides or packed lunches. There is a variety of good quality food on offer in the hotels and local restaurants for the evening meals that are not included in the price of the trip. Chile and Argentina traditionally have a lot of meat dishes in their cuisine, however vegetarians can be catered for throughout the trip. Please ensure that you advise us of any dietary requirements before you travel so that we can make the necessary arrangements on your behalf.

Transportation

We will have a support vehicle assisting our rides each day so you don't need to carry anything on your person whilst riding and you'll have easy access to the vehicle at drinks stops. If you want to opt out of any rides or sections then of course you can board the bus! The itinerary is designed so that most days involve a combination of cycling and road transfers - this is so that we can cover the required distances and ensures that we are cycling the most appealing sections which are also applicable to the moderate/challenging grading of the trip.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Departures are organised between April and October, to avoid the rainy season. During these months the temperatures in San Pedro de Atacama reach a maximum high of 24ºC, and a maximum low of about 1ºC. In Salta it is very similar with a maximum high of 26ºC, and a maximum low of about 3ºC.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

14 days, normally depart London Fri, return Fri

Itinerary Start

The group flight from London is an overnight flight departing the day before Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of Lan and/or Iberia (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up-to-date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Please note that the tour leader will not join Flight Inclusive clients when they fly to Buenos Aires at the end of the tour.

12 days, normally start San Pedro de Atacama Sat, end Buenos Aires Thu

Land Only travellers should meet the group at the start hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. Your 'Final Joining Instructions' will confirm the hotel details but you can contact us beforehand to confirm and make your travel arrangements.

Getting from Calama airport to the start hotel is a fairly short journey of around 30 minutes. There are taxis or colectivos available at the arrivals terminal to take you.

Alternatively you can meet the group flight transfer at Calama airport and join at no extra expense. Ask Exodus for the flight number and transfer time. It is a small airport and the leader will make themselves visible by holding an Exodus branded arrivals card.

At the end of the trip, those booking Land Only will finish in Salta and can join the group transfer to the airport if they like. 

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it.

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight ‐ please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

Location start:
San Pedro de Atacama
Location end:
Salta

What to Take

Essential Equipment

  •  Cycling helmet (compulsory on this trip)
  • Water bottle(s)
  • Cycling shorts
  • Waterproof jacket
  • High factor sun cream
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Photocopy of Passport (page showing name and number)

Just in case you experience any issues with your main luggage, we strongly recommend packing a set of your cycling clothes in your carry on bags.

Optional Equipment

  • Your own saddle
  • Your own pedals
  • Cycling gloves
  • Walking shoes
  • Waterproof trousers (for optional volcano trek)

Equipment Hire

Local Bike Details: 

A quality local hire bike is now included in the overall price of our cycling holidays. At the time of booking we will take your height in order to reserve equipment. There may on occasions be insufficient bikes available in the correct size; we will endeavour to find suitable alternative equipment but this cannot be guaranteed. We will tell you before you book whether suitably sized bikes are available.

Conditions

1. The equipment remains the property of the supplier and you may not sell, hire out or part possession with the equipment.

2. You must not misuse the equipment and must return it in the same condition as when received (ordinary wear and tear excepted). The supplier is entitled to charge for any damage caused to the equipment during the period of hire.

3. You must ensure that the equipment is adequately secured when not in use. In the event of the equipment being lost or stolen, you may be liable for the replacement value of the equipment

4. You must not use the equipment whilst under the influence of drink or drugs and should immediately notify the Supplier in the event of breakdown or loss.

Bringing Your Own Bike

If you prefer the familiarity of your own bike, you may of course bring it along. Please advise us at the time of booking and you will receive a discount off the price of the holiday, as specified above. You will be responsible for any extra baggage charges, please speak to our Sales team for individual airline fees. Any clients bringing their own bike should ensure they have adequate cover for loss, damage or theft under their travel, home contents or a specialist insurance policy. If Exodus is confident that we have taken all reasonable care to ensure the safety of your bike, in the rare event of loss, damage or theft you will need to claim under your own insurance policy.

Extra Bike Bits

You may like to bring your own pedals and saddle (excluding the seat post) or gel saddle cover to fit to the hire bikes. We encourage this, if it is your preference. However, please note that you are responsible for your own equipment, and removing your saddle/pedals at the end of the trip. We cannot guarantee the return of any bike parts left behind.

Exodus Policy on Cycling Helmets

Wearing a helmet is mandatory for anyone taking part in any guided Exodus cycling holiday. Group members must bring their own helmets, as they are not available for hire, even if they are hiring a bike from Exodus.

For self-guided cycling holidays wearing a helmet is highly recommended. Customers who choose to ignore our advice do so entirely at their own risk and on the understanding that it may affect the validity of their travel insurance. It should also be noted that in some countries we travel to wearing a helmet is already a legal requirement.

Cycling of all kinds has its dangers and accidents can happen from time to time. Please ensure that you are properly prepared for the riding you are going to undertake.

Recommended Cycling Clothing

Padded cycling shorts (with loose 'over-shorts' where recommended), breathable clothing, and a lightweight waterproof/windproof top. Shoes with relatively stiff soles are better for biking, but are not essential unless you are cycling long distances. Most people want to carry certain items with them during the day while cycling, for this we recommend a large bum-bag or small close-fitting daysack.

Practical Information

Passport

Chile

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Argentina

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Chile

British, most European and most other nationalities, including Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders, do not require visas. All other nationalities should contact the nearest Chilean Embassy if in doubt. Citizens of Australia pay a fee on first entry into Chile by air (cash US Dollars only, no credit cards or cheques) $95 - valid for only 90 days). There is no fee for other nationalities at the time of writing. The one-time charge is valid for the life of your passport so keep the stub stapled in.

Argentina

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay.

No visa required for holders of British passport.

If you are crossing the border into Argentina from Chile on your trip, we will need to know your profession in order to provide when entering Argentina.

The Argentine government charges a reciprocity fee which applies to Canadian and Australian citizens. The amounts are as follows: Australians - US$100 (multiple entry) Canadians - US$75 (single entry) This fee must be paid before you enter Argentina. For full details, and to make the payment, please visit: https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

If you are travelling via the USA and are eligible to transit under the Visa Waiver Programme (most British and western European citizens with a machine readable passport are), you are now required to register in advance for an Electronic Travel Authority (ESTA). There is a US$14 charge for the ESTA, which is only payable online with a credit card. Please see our website www.exodus.co.uk/usvisa for further information. All other nonresidents passing through the US must get a visa in advance. Check with your local embassy or consulate for more details on how to obtain a visa.

Vaccination

Chile

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Argentina

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Argentina with an update to the Health section – an outbreak of Hantavirus has been reported in Epuyén, Province of Chubut in southern Argentina; for more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).

Bilharzia is known to occur in some of the lakes or rivers in Argentina, we therefore advise all to take advice from your guide or leader locally before venturing for a swim.

Dengue fever is also a known risk in Argentina. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Due to a recent outbreak of Yellow Fever in the Misiones province of Argentina, vaccinations are strongly recommended if you intend to visit the Iguazu Falls.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The Travel Health Pro website recommends to have a rabies vaccination on this trip, as cycling is considered a higher risk activity.

We are advised that there is no risk of malaria on this trip.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Altitude warning

This trip includes one or more nights over 3500m above sea level, where there is a genuine risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). If left untreated AMS can be life-threatening. We expect most clients to experience some mild symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headaches and shortness of breath while walking or sleeplessness. Our leaders are trained to identify symptoms of severe AMS and if a client requires extra care, arrangements such as rapid descent will be made immediately.

On some days this trip climbs faster than commonly published ascent rate recommendations. Based upon an assessment by our external safety and medical advisors and our risk assessment process, we consider the ascent rate is acceptable due to the additional safety measures that are in place for our customers. All our trips operating at high altitude meet our internal altitude safety standards that minimise the risk of serious incidents occurring whilst travelling at altitude.

A number of medical conditions or medications can reduce your body's ability to acclimatise. This may affect your performance and make you more susceptible to AMS. If you are worried about any pre-existing conditions, such as heart conditions, or your overall physical ability, you must seek medical advice prior to booking. The drug Diamox (also known as acetazolamide and normally only available on prescription) has been shown to aid acclimatisation in some individuals, and therefore may reduce the risk of AMS. Clients considering using Diamox should speak to their doctor about the drug, its side-effects and a prescription. Please note that while we endeavour to assist all our clients in achieving their goals, there may be times when your leader decides to delay or stop your ascent based on your overall condition, or the onset of AMS.

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Chile's Timezone:
America/Santiago -03 (GMT -03:00)
Argentina's Timezone:
America/Argentina/Buenos_Aires -03 (GMT -03:00)

Electricity

Chile's Electricity:

220 volts

Argentina's Electricity:

220 volts

Money

Chile's Currency

The national currency of Chile is the Chilean Peso (CLP), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (August 2018) of approximately 856 to the GBP, 664 to the USD, 510 to the CAD, 770 to the EUR, 488 to the AUD and 445 to the NZD.

Argentina's Currency

The Argentine Peso is the currency of Argentina with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 46 to the UK£ and 35 to the US$.

ATM Availability

Chilean Pesos are the national currency of Chile, and Argentinean Pesos in Argentina - therefore these are what you will require for spending money.

If bringing a foreign currency to exchange then we recommended that you take US dollars, as sterling can be more difficult to exchange and the rates are not as good. However, Euros are increasingly accepted and have a good rate of exchange. Please ensure that you do not have any torn or damaged bank notes, as these are often not accepted. Exchange facilities can be found in San Pedro and Salta.  The leader will give recommendations and assist group members in getting the best exchange rate in a safe way.

ATMs are available in San Pedro de Atacama and Salta. Bringing traveller's cheques is not advisable. If planning to use your card overseas as opposed to exchanging currency then you should always inform your bank in advance to prevent problems.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Average meal prices in Argentina equate to about US$15-20 and in Chile slightly more in general US$20-25. The price of a beer in both countries is approx. US$3-4.

Tipping

Our local staff are paid well and fairly for their work with Exodus. Although tipping is entirely discretionary, it is customary in this part of the world and as such we recommend an allowance of US$5 per day for your cycling leader plus US$2-3 each for the driver and assistant leader. The team may ask for a kitty at the start of the trip in order to cover tipping for hotel porters etc.

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 16 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE –STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to www.exodus.co.uk for online booking, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.