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Chile itinerary--Patagonia or Atacama desert?,

Chile itinerary--Patagonia or Atacama desert?,

Old Jan 4th, 2017, 08:17 PM
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Chile itinerary--Patagonia or Atacama desert?,

We are planning a bike trip in Chile next November around the central coast and wine country of Chile. Either before or after the bike trio, we want to spend another week, either in Patagonia or the Atacama desert. Santiago would be our departure point and we will see Valpo as part of the bike trip. Because they are so far apart, I don't think we can do both without spending a lot of time in transit. I realize that these areas are very different, but would appreciate any advice on one vs. the other in terms of things to see, weather, accommodations or other considerations. We like to hike and don't mind cooler weather, although I dislike wind. I also,get seasick easily, so boat trips don't work for me. If we spent 3 days in San Pedro de Atacama, where else in the north would people recommend that we go?

Any advice would be appreciated since I am just starting my research.
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Old Jan 5th, 2017, 07:16 AM
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If you dislike wind, then I would say do NOT go to Patagonia.
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Old Jan 5th, 2017, 09:14 AM
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I agree.

The Bolivian salt flats and the lakes may be a bit of duplication but some people do combine them.

If you are US citizens you need a visa for Bolivia .

crellston should be able to chime in on NW Argentina
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Old Jan 5th, 2017, 10:34 AM
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NW Argentina would indeed be a decent combination with San Pedro de Atacama. There is a reasonably scenic bus ride between SPdeA and Salta - takes 7-8 hours as I recall. Rent a car in Salta and drive a circuit of the NW through Cachi and Cafayate. Spectacular scenery, great wine and food. Salta city is very nice and a great place to sample Argentine steak. Some photos and detail on our old blog @ http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog...ai/6/tpod.html entries 35-36

I am pretty sure you can fly to Santiago from Salta on your return.
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I agree with crellston on NW Argentina. It's a great place to visit.
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