Beyond Trails: Atacama

Bikepacking the driest non-polar region on earth

The Atacama desert lies on the western shores of South America in the perfect convergence of mountain and sea to make an arid and dry landscape. The desert on average receives only 15 millimeters of rain per year. On average. Some weather stations in the desert have never recorded rainfall. A perfect place for bikepacking, right?

Lorraine Blancher and Robin Munshaw seem to think so. The two decided to take on the unmapped trails and canyons of Northern Chile, following ridgelines and historic salt-trade routes created by long-gone civilizations. Watch the video to see how they made it work.