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4x4 in Argentina and Chile

Many routes in Argentina and Chile remain unpaved. As a result a 4x4 allows you to venture to remote places and experience nature without difficulty. You might like to explore some legendary roads, such as the "Carretera Austral" in Chile, "La Ruta 40" in Argentina or the "Altiplano", which they both share with Bolivia.

Here I propose some examples of 4x4 trips, though others are available.
To find a program to fit you, please send me an email through the link on the contact page.

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Bariloche
The Steppe
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Bariloche
El Calafate Road 40
Bariloche
Fonck Lake
North Chile - Altiplano
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Bariloche - The Steppe  
4x4 awd Patagonia

| Starting point "San Carlos de Bariloche"

| Duration: complete day.

| Activity with guide in option.

| In the steppe area, there can be found several paths, lanes, and roads leading to unbelievably breathtaking lanscapes. Of course, a 4WD vehicle is often mandatory. Itinerary on request. Don't hesitate, and enquire. Borispatagonia can even see to the hiring of a 4WD van...

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  Level: For everybody 4x4

Period: All the year

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Bariloche - Patagonia  

| Starting point "San Carlos de Bariloche"

| Duration: several days - Consult.

| Activity with guide in option.

| Owing to its geographical situation, Bariloche is an ideal strategic point from which to launch further visits to different places in Patagonia, and even in Argentina. Chile is quite near by, only less than 100 miles distant. The Pacific Coast is 250 miles distant, Valdes, Perino Moreno and Mendoza are less then 750... Itinerary on request...

  Level : For everybody Period : All the year
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Bariloche - El Calafate - Road 40  

| Starting point San Carlos de Bariloche or El Calafate.

| Duration: several days - between 6 and 10 days - Consult.

| Activity with guide.

| Betwen Bariloche and El Calafate, runs the mythical Road 40. That's a 750 miles long track - mainly - on which you're likely to come across no one for hours and miles... The rather interesting places are, from North to South : Bariloche, Museo Estancia Leleque, Esquel, estancia Maria Cristina, Los Antiguos, Lago Posadas, Cuevas de las Manos (caves...) Perito Moreno National park, El Chaltel, El Calafate, Glaciar Perito Moreno. For people with plenty of spare time, it's really a worth discovering route. It can be taken either ways (north or South bound). Enquire about 4WD renting, specifically focussed on Road 40...

  Level : For everybody Period : Summer
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Nord Ouest Argentin
L'Altiplano
 
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| Point de départ Salta.

| Durée : plusieurs jours - entre 5 et 10 jours

| Activité avec guide.

| Salta - San Antonio de los Cobres - Salinas Grandes - Purmamarca
Excursion terrestre qui vous amènera jusqu'au désert de sel. La route vous conduira par la petite ville de "San Antonio de los Cobres" puis longera la voie de chemin de fer du fameux train des nuages. Puis route sur l'altiplano Argentin pour arrivée au désert de sel. Spectacle grandiose bien sûr de contempler et de marcher sur un "Salar". Sur le chemin vous passerez par l'incroyable "Cuesta de Lipan", route aux 110 virages qui vous conduira à 4 100 m d'altitude.
Purmamarca - Tilcara - Humahuaca - Iruya
Au matin vous aurez le privilège de voir ce splendide village qu'est Purmamarca.
Excursion terrestre qui vous fera découvrir la somptueuse "Quebrada de Humahuaca". La quebrada de Humahuaca est une zone aride et de grande beauté au niveau des paysages et très riche culturellement: Purmamarca, où se trouve le "Cerro de los Siete Colores", Maimará, Tilcara et Humahuaca. La Quebrada fut déclarée Patrimoine Culturel et Naturel de l'Humanité en julliet 2003 par l'UNESCO, pour ses paysages merveilleux et villages qui conservent nombreux vestiges prés colombiens et coloniaux. Puis vous découvrirez le petit village d'Iruya, perché au milieu d'un cadre grandiose.
Purmamarca - Salta - Cafayate
Excursion terrestre de Salta jusqu'à Cafayate par la fameuse quebrada de Cafayate. Paysages grandioses et vous visiterez les sites naturels comme "La Garganta del Diablo", "El Anfiteatro", "El Sapo", "El Fraile", "El Obelisco", "Los Castillos" et "Los Medanos" où vous pourrez observer l'étonnant travail de l'érosion.
Visite d'une cave si le temps le permet pour apprécier le cépage du nord ouest Argentin : le torrentes.
Cafayate (caves à vin) - Quilmes - Cafayate
En matinée découverte de l'une des plus belles et agréables villes d'Argentine.
Puis visite de caves sur les environs de Cafayate. Ballade en vélo pour s'y rendre.
Vous pourrez déguster notamment le cépage "Torrentes", propre de la région.
Enfin excursion terrestre qui vous conduira jusqu'aux ruines de Quilmes (50 Kms au sud de Cafayate), qui sont les plus belles ruines de la civilisation Incas d'Argentine. Le site est de toute beauté et se trouve au sud des vallées "Calchaquíes".
Cafayate - Cachi - Salta
Excursion terrestre pour découvrir l'un des plus spectaculaires paysages d'Argentine : les vallées "Calchaquies". La route vous conduira au splendide village de Cachi - visite de Cachi - puis vous poursuivrez jusqu'à Salta en passant par la fameuse "Recta Tin Tin", route rectiligne faites par les incas.
Salta - Tolar Grande
Train des nuages reliant Salta à San Antonio de los Cobres.
Puis en 4x4, route pour "Abra de Alto Chorrillos" (4 560 m), Puis Aguas Calientes de Tocomar - Olacapato - Cauchari - Salar de Pocitos - Desierto del Diablo - Tolar Grande.
Tolar Grande et environs
Départ le matin de Tolar Grande - Visite de "Ojo de Mar" - Découverte des environs de Tollar Grande et des superbes paysages martiens. Nous traverserons un tunnel creusé dans la montagne du temps où les mines étaient exploitées de ce côté de la cordillère. Aujourd'hui les compagnies minières préfèrent le versant chilien, car beaucoup plus proche de l'océan et donc de leurs clients. Ojos del mar est une formation géologique curieuse dans le salar...
Petit trekking à l"Arenal" pour observer la Cordillère des Andes - Puis traverser en 4x4 du "Salar de Arizaro" jusqu'à "Cono de Arita" - Puis trekking jusqu'à la base du  "Cono de Arita" - Retour en soirée au "Tolar Grande".
Tolar Grande - Salta
Parcours de la journée en 4x4
Tolar Grande - Salar del Diablo - Las 7 curvas - Salar de Pocitos - Cauchari - Olacapato - Abra de Alto Chorrillos - San Antonio de los Cobres - Salta.

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North Chile - Altiplano
(Extension Bolivia)
 
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| Start point: Arica.

| Duration : several days

Day 2 "Cafayate - wineyards "
Free day at Cafayate. Visit of the cellar of the Bodega "El Esteco". Briefing of the next days of expedition in the evening. 1 night Patios de Cafayate. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 "Into the Puna"
Leaving Cafayate, we continue now on a gravel road until the last day of this trip. A few kilometers ahead, we enter the Catamarca Province and pass by a city called Santa María del Valle de Yocavil and a few small villages. The landscape becomes more and more desert-like as we travel. Mountain roads with huge climbing sand dunes are the scenery on the way to the edge of the Puna region: the big mountain plateau at 3.500 m above sea level. Then the road is a straight line across the desert and the wild life (vicunas and foxes) tells us where we are: right in the middle of nowhere. After many hours driving we will get to the village Antofagasta de la Sierra, situated among volcanoes. Now the road is an old lava flow of black stones and you will surely believe you have been transported to another planet. A breath-taking experience. Check in at the Antofagasta de la Sierra lodge (double rooms with private bathroom). Meals included: Breakfast, Box Lunch.

Day 4 "Archeology and volcano's trekking "
After breakfast we will visit two important archeological sites near Antofagasta de la Sierra with a local guide. Here we find caves with rupestrian paintings, some 8000-10000 years old, from the period in which nomads groups from the desert areas went searching for new hunting fields. To visit the caves we trek down through a canyon. Then we will return to the vans to get to a place with incredible petroglifs depicting animals, hunters or shields, carved into big red volcanic rocks. Returning to Antofagasta de la Sierra, we can have lunch at the hotel or have a picnic somewhere in the desert on the way to Antofagasta Volcano. Once there, we will trek up to its crater (1 ½ h) to enjoy a great view of the surroundings. Taking a different path on the way down, we come to another archeological site next to the Antofagasta Lake in the midst of the unbelievable landscape.... Meals included: Breakfast, Box Lunch.

Day 5 "Over the Salt Lakes "
Leaving Antofagasta de la Sierra, we continue westwards up to Antofalla, our first Salt Lake. This is a flat stretch of land covered by salt: its formation process involves millions of years of rains carrying the natural salt sediments from the mountains down to the flat areas plus the evaporation effect due to strong solar radiation. "Antofalla" is a beautiful example where we can also see islands of old lava flow from the ancient Antofalla Volcano snow-capped in the background. On its side we get to the small village of Antofalla where we will share lunch in a family house. After lunch we go back to Salta Province where we will cross over 85 km of pure salt on the biggest salt lake in Argentina: Salar de Arizaro. The salt is white during the first part of the crossing to then turn red. It´s just like being on the Moon first and then jumping onto Mars, all on the same day and cheaper than a space voyage! The space trip finishes at Tolar Grande, a small village with an old train station. We will spend the night at the French-Argentine refuge with 2 big rooms with 20 beds each and one bathroom with hot showers for each big room. Between the rooms there is a kitchen and dining-room where we will have breakfast. Dinner will be at a family house. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch in a family house.

Day 6 "Mina de la Casualidad "
Leaving Tolar Grande, we board the salt lake to west to the Lluallaillaco Volcano. We drive along the only paved road of the puna, linking Tolar Grande and the disused sulfur mine of Casualidad 5000 meters high. Meals included: Breakfast, Box Lunch.

Day 7 "To San Pedor de Atacama by Sico pass "
Leaving Tolar Grande, we start dreaming. We enter The Valley of the Dreams: red sandstone mountains, strange rock formations and a few salt lakes with striking color contrast. After the Valley area, there is yet another salt lake called "Pocitos", before crossing the border Argentina-Chile at "Paso de Sico". We visit the amazing Laguna Miniques and Miscanti lying at 4000 meters high before crossing the Salt lake of Atacama and finally arrive at San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. Another long, glorious day is over. Accommodation 3-star hotel Meals included: Breakfast, Box Lunch.

Day 8 "Moon Valley and death Valley "
Free morning to visit the colorful village of San Pedro and the arquelogical museum. San Pedro de Atacama (San Pedro for short) is a small village located in one of the many oases which are founded in the "altiplano". Along this geographic zone rise some of the highest volcanoes of the Los Andes cordillera. In the afternoon; we will visit the death valley before before climbing to one of the summit of the valley of the moon to be filled with wonder watching the dusk other salt mountain and volcanos. Accommodation 3-star hotel Meals included: Breakfast, Box Lunch.

Day 9 "Tatio Geysers - Trekking to Termas de Puritama "
We get up early today to be around 7 at the Tatio Geysers: It is a geothermal field located in the Los Andes Cordillera (4.200 mt over the sea level) which at sunrise presents impressive steaming fumaroles produced by the high temperatures of their watery craters. In our way back, we stop in the Puritama valley to trek to the "Termas de Puritama", volcanic hot waters (30ºC) with falls and pools, produced by the hot water of the Puritama river. They are located in a small canyon of amazing natural beauty and they represent an unforgettable experience. Accommodation 3-star hotel Meals included: Breakfast, Box Lunch.

Day 10 "Laguna Verde y Colorada ".
Full day from San Pedro de Atacama in Bolivia exploring the outstanding Launa Azul y Colorada, home of the andean flaments. Accommodation 3-star hotel Meals included: Breakfast, Box Lunch.

Day 11 "To Tilcara by Jama pass "
Leaving San Pedro de Atacama, we drive to Jama pass with the imponent view of Volcano Licamcabur. Susco, Salinas Grandes, Pumamarca and the 7 colors mount before reaching after a long day the typical city of Tilcara. Accommodation Las terrazas hotel Meals included: Breakfast, Box Lunch.

Day 12 "Quebrada de Humahuaca "
The Quebrada, is basically a valley with extraordinary landscapes, with a millenary culture and lots of historic events that took place during its infinite existence. Then we arrive to Purmamarca, a very beautiful little town with its famous "Cerro de los 7 Colores", its typical square plaza with art crafts for sale. There we can't miss the traditional walk of the "Colorados". Then, we continue north visiting all the small towns that show us their way of living, cultivating fruits and vegetables and sheep too. This people cultivate their land the same way it was done 100 years ago. Once in La Banda, an archaeological site will be discovered before enjoying the warm welcome of an aborigine tribe who will be waiting for us with a traditional lamb barbecue and potatoes. After lunch we will visit Humahuaca before driving to Salta by the corniche path. Meals included: Breakfast, Box Lunch.

Day 13 "Salta - Buenos Aires "
Free day to visit Salta. Transfert to the airport. Flight to Buenos Aires.

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  Level : For everybody 4X4 Period : All the year 4X4
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4x4 The Puna  
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| Start point near to Salta.

| Duration : 5 day

Day 1 "Into the Calchaquies Valleys"
Departure from Salta . On arrival, our first destination is the Calchaquíes Valleys area, going through a wonderful gorge called "Quebrada del río Las Conchas", colored sandstone formations eroded by wind and rain. After a 120-km-long drive we reach the valley and Cafayate (10.000 inhabitants) where we will lunch and visit one of the wineries. Then 54 kms of paved road will take us into the Tucumán Province, to the Quilmes INN (double rooms with private bathroom): after checking in we may visit the local ruins (2.000 m above sea leve) walking around for an hour.

Day 2 "Into the Puna"
Leaving Quilmes we continue now on a gravel road until the last day of this trip. A few kilometers ahead, we enter the Catamarca Province and pass by a city called Santa María del Valle de Yocavil and a few small villages. The landscape becomes more and more desert-like as we travel. Mountain roads with huge climbing sand dunes are the scenery on the way to the edge of the Puna region: the big mountain plateau at 3.500 m above sea level. Then the road is a straight line across the desert and the wild life (vicunas and foxes) tells us where we are: right in the middle of nowhere. After many hours driving we will get to the village Antofagasta de la Sierra, situated among volcanoes. Now the road is an old lava flow of black stones and you will surely believe you have been transported to another planet. A breath-taking experience. Check in at the Antofagasta de la Sierra lodge (double rooms with private bathroom).

Day 3 "Archeology and volcano's trekking "
After breakfast we will visit two important archeological sites near Antofagasta de la Sierra with a local guide. Here we find caves with rupestrian paintings, some 8000-10000 years old, from the period in which nomads groups from the desert areas went searching for new hunting fields. To visit the caves we trek down through a canyon. Then we will return to the vans to get to a place with incredible petroglifs depicting animals, hunters or shields, carved into big red volcanic rocks. Returning to Antofagasta de la Sierra, we can have lunch at the hotel or have a picnic somewhere in the desert on the way to Antofagasta Volcano. Once there, we will trek up to its crater (1 ½ h) to enjoy a great view of the surroundings. Taking a different path on the way down, we come to another archeological site next to the Antofagasta Lake in the midst of the unbelievable landscape....

Day 4 "Over the Salt Lakes "
Leaving Antofagasta de la Sierra, we continue westwards up to Antofalla, our first Salt Lake. This is a flat stretch of land covered by salt: its formation process involves millions of years of rains carrying the natural salt sediments from the mountains down to the flat areas plus the evaporation effect due to strong solar radiation. "Antofalla" is a beautiful example where we can also see islands of old lava flow from the ancient Antofalla Volcano snow-capped in the background. On its side we get to the small village of Antofalla where we will share lunch in a family house. After lunch we go back to Salta Province where we will cross over 85 km of pure salt on the biggest salt lake in Argentina: Salar de Arizaro. The salt is white during the first part of the crossing to then turn red. It´s just like being on the Moon first and then jumping onto Mars, all on the same day and cheaper than a space voyage! The space trip finishes at Tolar Grande, a small village with an old train station. We will spend the night at the French-Argentine refuge with 2 big rooms with 20 beds each and one bathroom with hot showers for each big room. Between the rooms there is a kitchen and dining-room where we will have breakfast. Dinner will be at a family house.

Day 5"Over the Altiplano to the end "
Leaving Tolar Grande, we start dreaming. We enter The Valley of the Dreams: red sandstone mountains, strange rock formations and a few salt lakes with striking color contrast. After the Valley area, there is yet another salt lake called "Pocitos", before climbing to get to 4.500 mts. above sea level and get to the village of San Antonio de Los Cobres. After lunch, we drive along the high desert until getting to the salt flat in Jujuy Province named Salinas Grandes! Then, the last mountain high road and down to the region of "Quebrada de Humahuaca", first the village of Purmamarca, knew like the 7 colours hill. After Purmamarca, and now driving on asphalt road!...we will get to Tilcara to spend the night in hotel.

Day 6 "Quedrada de Humahuaca"
We drive north to the The Quebrada, wide canion with extraordinary landscapes, with a millenary culture and lots of historic events that took place during its infinite existence. Then we arrive to Purmamarca, a very beautiful little town with its famous "Cerro de los 7 Colores", its typical square plaza with art crafts for sale. There we can't miss the traditional walk of the "Colorados". Then, we continue north visiting all the small towns that show us their way of living, cultivating fruits and vegetables and sheep too. This people cultivate their land the same way it was done 100 years ago. Once in La Banda, an archaeological site will be discovered before enjoying the warm welcome of an aborigine tribe who will be waiting for us with a traditional lamb barbecue and potatoes. After lunch we will visit Humahuaca before driving to Salta by the corniche path. Transfer to the local airport or hotel.

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  Level : For everybody 4X4 Period : All the year 4X4
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Borispatagonia

Patagonia in all seasons menu. For example, according to the climate, from Bariloche, in Patagonia Argentina, it is possible to go to Puerto Montt, in Chile, crossing successively three lakes by boat, as did the Jesuits and the first German settlers. I offer a tour that leads to the Pacific Ocean. It is quite long, but the beauty of the sites - forests, volcanoes and crystalline lakes - is such that it is worth to be carried. The Argentine side, cross the west arm of Nahuel Huapi and Lake Puerto Alegre and, the chilen side, Lake Todos los Santos. Moving from one lake to another by bus. This tour is feasible in all seasons, but in winter, it takes two days to reach Puerto Montt, stopping for one night at Peulla. We returned to Bariloche by air or by the same way, after a night in Puerto Montt. Borispatagonia is also responsible for visas to go to Chile and to book hotels. In Patagonia, winter and summer are tourist seasons. In summer, besides explore the surrounding, many activities are available: climbing, torrent fishing, sailing, horseback riding, hiking, rides, visits to Aciendas... In winter, the main activity is, of course, skiing, especially in July and August on the side of the Andes, but not only: snowshoe hikes, thematic tours, many walks to admire the beauty of Patagonia Argentina and Chile in this season, due a unique light, the warmth of the people of Patagonia... Just to talk about, I get goose bumps!