Because you will be spending 100's of kilometers on the bicycle, we recommend
that you bring your own mountain bike for this tour. To
travel with the bike, try to find a box at your local
bike shop and have them prepare it for travel. If you feel comfortable
packaging your own bike, then you can do that yourself. There are a variety
of travel cases for bicycles that could also be used in lieu of the cardboard
box. Most airlines allow you 2 bags to check in, though they are likely
to charge you in addition for your bicycle. Prices range from 0 to 200
dollars each way. We have found that seldom do airlines charge for the
return trip from Chile. If you are considering an extended trip in the
country and prefer to rent a bicycle, we can arrange that for
you (bike rental is not included in the tour price). We have
contacts with many different bike rental shops and can arrange the appropriate
bike (hard-tail, suspension, clips and straps or clip-less pedals etc.)
at your request. Please contact us if you have any questions.
This tour consists of car camping with hotel stays. All personal
and group gear travels with the van during daily activities and
meets us in camp or at the hotel. One bag to pack all your personal gear
in is ideal. We recommend a big duffel bag. Two bags
work fine as well. Though we want you to travel comfortably, try to pack
within reason - there is limited space in the van. The following list
shows what ATAC provides and what we recommend you bring for your comfort.
You may decide on some changes on the list to fit your personal needs.
Please contact us if you have any question about what you should bring.
You can bring your own or ATAC can supply one. Please read above.
- Bike tools for repair -
We carry a complete set of tools to repair bikes while on the road. We
do recommend that you bring some of your own.
White water river rafting equipment -
Life jacket and helmet, farmer john wetsuit, spray jacket. a communal
waterproof day bag. This bag is small and reserved for warm clothes. Each
raft carries one for access during the day while on the river. We also
have booties for footwear while on the river, though you may prefer your
own river sandals.
We can supply a one for you if you don't have one - we have 3 - 4 season
- Eating utensils -
Knife, fork, spoon, and plate.
Community emergency first aid kit -
Our kit is thorough including Epi-Pens, ibuprofen, athletic tape, etc.
Toilet paper -
All volcano climbing equipment -
Small pack, plastic mountaineering boots with crampons, ice axe, gaiters,
and mask to protect from volcano's fumes.
Water filter for while camping -
Passport and plane tickets!!! -
- Shoes -
You will need shoes for hiking and white water rafting as well as for
bicycling. We recommend bringing two or three pairs. One pair for hiking
and around town, a pair of sandals like Tevas or Chacos, and one pair
of bike shoes. Check out "Footwear Tips" below for more details.
Water bottle -
That fit in your bicycle water bottle cage or a camelbak (2-3 liter preferred
by most) type container. If you bring bike water bottles, make sure the
lids fit tightly and don't leak so that they can be used for the hiking
portion of the trip.
Bicycle parts specific to your bike -
You may know your bike better than we do. Though we carry a complete set
of tools for repair, there can always be something unusual that could
create a problem. Please contact us if you have any questions. We recommend
that you bring your own spare tubes and small pump to be independent while
on the road.
The following ideas may help you while packing your personal gear.
Most cycling clothing can double as hiking and rafting clothing. In general,
it is more comfortable to ride in tighter fitting clothes that catches
less wind and is less likely to get caught in the larger chain rings.
We find that layering is the best method for keeping warm with the minimal
amount of extra gear. The summer weather in the Andes is unpredictable.
There can be blazing sun - 90 degrees to 35 degrees with pouring rain
and wind. Though it is very unlikely to rain the entire trip, it is best
to prepare for it. In general we recommend against cotton clothes because
it doesn't dry very quickly, though it can be comfortable for around town
casual wear. Plan to be in town for 4 or 5 nights.
Bike helmet, shoes and gloves -
Rain gear -
Avoid ponchos and plastic. Look for sealed seams and fitted wrist and
leg cuffs. Rain gear is used for protection from wind and rain showers.
One rain jacket is essential; rain pants are important for around camp,
while on the bicycle or hiking.
Long underwear -
One or two (shirts and pants) sets of polypropylene, capilene or fleece
to keep you warm when wet.
- Fleece sweaters -
One or two mid-weight capilene to wear while cycling, under your paddling
top while white water rafting, or while hiking. Another sweater for camp.
At least two pairs of thin to mid-weight socks for cycling, two pairs
of thick wool or synthetic blend socks for camp and hiking. Polypropylene
or wool worn with recreational sandals protect your feet and keep them
warm while white water rafting. Some people prefer an additional thin
polypropylene layer under thicker socks while hiking. We recommend against
cotton socks because they don't dry out quickly and can be damp the following
Warm hat -
One or two made of either fleece or wool. It is best to have something
that fits comfortably under your bike helmet.
- Shorts -
Loose, nylon or fast drying material (i.e. synthetics- NOT COTTON) that
allows freedom of movement and does not chafe
Bathing suit -
To swim in, lounge in hot springs and to wear underneath the wetsuit while
Oversized, loose, soft clothing -
We recommend nylon pants and shirts for hiking and camp. They are quick
drying, lightweight and pack small.
Hat or baseball cap -
Bbaseball caps conveniently fit under the helmet used for rafting.
With retainer to prevent from losing them in the rapids while white water
rafting. Glasses rated for 100% UV protection and neutral shades are recommended.
Sleeping bag -
Rated to at least freezing temperatures with either synthetic or down
insulation. Though it most likely won't snow, it can freeze at night.
Sleeping pad -
A 'thermarest' or lightweight thin foam.
Though we have our own tents, you may choose to bring your own. In this
case, be sure that it is good for at least a heavy rain and some wind,
i.e. a 3 season tent.
Small pack towel for washing.
Day pack or fanny pack -
For use while hiking if needed. Camelbaks double for packs
Headlamp or flashlight -
We recommend the smaller LED styles.
Eye glasses or contact lenses -
Lens cleaner for contacts and an extra pair of prescription glasses are
Garbage bag and zip lock -
For convenient storage.
Biodegradable soap and shampoo -
Small containers are recommended.
Toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss, feminine hygiene products, and other
personal items -
Waterproof sunscreen and lip balm -
SPF 15 or higher.
A double prescription is recommended; one to be given to the trip leader
for safe keeping. Diabetics should bring a glucose monitoring kit. If
you have allergies, bring your own allergy medicine.
Epi-Pen or Ana-kit -
Individuals at risk for severe allergic reactions to insect bites or food
must bring at least one. Though we carry these items, we encourage a back-up.
Book, journal, and pen -
much is enough or too much?
Pack for your personal needs. You should be prepared for the temperature
extremes of the Andes. It is difficult for us to advise you of exact quantities
(i.e. 2 shorts, 3 shirts, etc.), as everyone has different needs. Our
guests are amazed at how much they can do without. On the other hand,
if yours is the one trip a year with rain everyday, you'll be glad you
were prepared. Due to space limitations, please be aware of the unnecessary
item. Remember, you will have to pack it up every day and then unpack
Leave them at home! We recommend that you put essential items (wallet,
credit cards, traveler's checks) in small waterproof baggies (Ziplocs)
and store them in the bottom of your personal bag with your clothing.
Store exposed film and medications in small waterproof baggies (Ziplocs)
rolled in your clothing - then pack in your personal bag. You may want
some cash on you for emergencies or gratuities.
Alcoholic beverages are supplied (beer, wine and pisco) though
if you would like to bring a hard alcohol treat, please bring it in a
plastic container - NOT GLASS.
to keep in your fanny pack / day pack while hiking:
Mid-weight capilene sweater and long underwear.
It is best to purchase your shoes well in advance to allow proper break-in
time. Tastes, opinions and fit vary with each person; therefore, it is
difficult for us to recommend one specific shoe over another. Remember,
the trails can be slippery.
Depending on the trail and weather conditions, plan for up to six hours
of travel on uneven muddy terrain with loose footing and exposure to the
elements. Plan for your shoes to get wet. We recommend a well-built hiking
shoe with arch support and substantial traction. If you prefer more ankle
support, then bring lightweight synthetic or leather hiking boots.
Water Rafting: Footwear must be worn on the boats at all times.
Neoprene booties with tread work well (we supply them). Neoprene socks
with tennis shoes are another option. Recreational sport sandals work
well on the boats as well as in camp. They allow your feet to dry quickly
and provide warmth when used with polypropylene or wool socks. Choose
your shoe according to your personal preference. Aqua socks are NOT recommended.
purchasing a sport sandal pay particular attention to the fit, how much
support it offers, the quality of the fastenings and how well the straps
are secured to the sole. Sand and water tends to work against velcro closures.
Cheaper sport sandals commonly fall apart. Be sure to allow proper break-in
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to