Antofogasta de la Sierra

to A del la S kiwi 13

Today we are headed where few people seem to have gone, which is Antofogasta de la Sierra in 257 km. This route is not on google map, but is on RP 43 which heads out from RN 40 just before Hualfin. The road is paved from Belen to the turn off ( last gas) and then there is about 30 km of dirt. The rest is paved until the last 60 km from El Penon.

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to Antofogasta de la sierra 1

to Antofogasta de la sierra 2

to A del la S kiwi 6

to Antofogasta de la sierra 10

to Antofogasta de la sierra 7

to Antofogasta de la sierra 9

to Antofogasta de la sierra 11

to A del la S kiwi 7

to A del la S kiwi 9

to A del la S kiwi 11

to Antofogasta de la sierra 20

to Antofogasta de la sierra 23

The 4200 m altitude hits you after “you see the first big dune” as our friend told us. We stopped when it got to 2.5 degrees to add a few layers.

to Antofogasta de la sierra 14

to Antofogasta de la sierra 15

to Antofogasta de la sierra 17

to Antofogasta de la sierra 25

to Antofogasta de la sierra 27

to Antofogasta de la sierra 28

to A del la S kiwi 12

When we pulled over Andi went off the pavement into deep sand for a nap.

to A del la S kiwi 13

to Antofogasta de la sierra 29

to A del la S kiwi 14

to Antofogasta de la sierra 30

to Antofogasta de la sierra 31

We stopped for a break in El Penon before the last off road section. There are a few km of new pavement to start and then it deteriorates.

to Antofogasta de la sierra 35

to Antofogasta de la sierra 37

to A del la S kiwi 16

to A del la S kiwi 18

to Antofogasta de la sierra 38

For a bit of fun we decided to ride on the “tarmac” sections, which have never been used in the 4 years they have been here. This meant riding over the dirt blockades or riding around in the sand. This meant riding over the dirt blockades or riding around in the sand. This avoided the dusty dirt road beside us.

to Antofogasta de la sierra 44

to Antofogasta de la sierra 56

to Antofogasta de la sierra 47

to Antofogasta de la sierra 46

to A del la S kiwi 36

to A del la S kiwi 37

to A del la S kiwi 26

to A del la S kiwi 20

to Antofogasta de la sierra 54

to A del la S kiwi 33

to A del la S kiwi 41

to Antofogasta de la sierra 57

to Antofogasta de la sierra 59

to Antofogasta de la sierra 60

The last 10 KM are pot holed with a few sand pits and dirt sections. Just before town there is a large black lava field from the two nearby black volcanoes.

to Antofogasta de la sierra 62

to A del la S kiwi 46

to A del la S kiwi 47

to Antofogasta de la sierra 64

Arriving in Antofagata at 3200 m we met up with our friends from La Falda who had managed to book us rooms here on this long weekend. The room was nice enough, but since there was no heat or insulation and the window did not close all the way it was the same temperature inside our room and outside minus 10, but at least not with the added wind chill. The worst part was Sara now had Andi’s flu and combined with the altitude was pretty miserable.

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