Duration: 12 Days - 11 Nights
Location: Chile
Special Info: USD $5,320 per person
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Road cycling Chile 12 days

Bike Tour Chile. Discover the Lake and Volcano district in Chile. Cycling Chile’s southern backroads is the ultimate green tour. This well supported cycling program has been especially made for intermediate and advanced road cyclists.

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  • Day 1 Santiago (SCL) – Temuco (ZCO) – Malalcahuello (First Ride)

    Our local staff will meet you at Temuco Airport and transfer you to a small quaint mountain village called Malalcahuello, where a soothing SPA awaits us at our hotel.  Your guides will assist you to assemble and fit your bike and then take a short warm-up ride.  In the evening, we’ll have an orientation and briefing session before our Welcome Dinner together.

    Accommodation at CORRALCO HOTEL &  SPA, 4 *
    Meals: Welcome Dinner
    Bike traveled distance: 12 miles // 18 km
    Time cycling: 1 hour

  • Day 2 Kutralkura Geopark and The Andes Climb (Second Ride)

    Today  the van will take us to the Sierra Nevada Range right through the tunnel Las Raíces, the longest tunnel in Chile (4,5 km or 2,8 miles). Here we’ll set off on our second ride, traveling alongside the Lonquimay River by an almost flat valley; this section features the Kutralkura Geopark and one of the smoothest roads. We’ll bike the Geopark territory through the lands of different Pewenches communities, ascending the international path Pino Hachado until reaching the Customs. The road is quite rolling with several flat sections and a few small climbs. If you want to pedal up some serious grades, it is possible to extend the route on 22 km (13.6 miles) more, until the peak altitude of 1.884 meters (6.181 feet above sea level). Once you reach the border line with Argentina you can enjoy breathtaking scenery of the Andes. Later we’ll get in the van and drive back to our hotel.

    Accommodation at CORRALCO HOTEL & SPA, *  
    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner
    Bike traveled distance: 36 miles // 58 km + 14 miles // 22 km  
    Time cycling: 3,5 hours approx., with an optional additional 1,5 hour
    Time driving in the van: before riding, 30min / after riding, 90min to hotel

  • Day 3 Rolling Green Hills (Third Ride)

    Ride down the valley from the village of Malalcahuello – We’ll ride alongside the Cautín River as the valley opens after each meter we descent the foothills of the mountain range. We’ll enjoy a beautiful view to the volcanoes Llaima, Lonquimay and Tolhuaca. This ride gets you to an extensive green valley, passing through the middle of seeded fields on smooth hills. Upon completing today’s ride we get in the vans and start traveling to Pucón (2 hour drive), the main adventure tourism destination in the Lake & Volcano District. Enjoy the Villarrica Volcano views and hot tub at your hotel.  Evening at leisure. Ask our guides if you need some local knowledge about dining and good shopping.

    Accommodation at MARTINA DE GOÑI HOTEL, *
    Meals: Breakfast and Picnic Lunch
    Bike traveled distance: 50 miles // 80 km   
    Time cycling: 4 hours approx.
    Time driving in the van: none before riding / after riding, 2 hours to Pucón

  • Day 4 Hiking day in Pucón

    A day of rest from your bicycles doesn’t mean you have nothing to do.

    Pucón is known in Chile as the main adventure destination in the Lakes & Volcanoes District, and today we’ll head southeast in the direction of Huerquehue National Park, located at the foothills of the Andes, 35 km (22 miles) from Pucón.

    The hike starts easy but after a short distance the trail becomes rougher and sometimes steeper, but is still considered a relatively easy hiking level.

    We’ll arrive at the first lookout point where the views of Villarrica Volcano (2.847 m / 9.349 feet) and Tinquilco Lake are absolutely stunning; here you’ll find great photo opportunities as well as chance to re-energize with a snack. As we continue hiking, our guide will point out some wild flora of the area, and if luck is on our side, we can spot some birds that live in the forests of Nothofagus, such as chucao tapaculo (Selorchilis rubecula), black-throated huet-huet (Pteroptochos tarnii) and the Magellan woodpecker (Campephilus magellanicus) among others.

    Now we are over 1000 m / 3.280 feet above sea level and we begin to see the first araucarias (Araucaria araucana). Soon we will walk through a mixed forest with many of these trees, considered to be a national monument for their exceptional characteristics.

    We have hiked around 2½  hours when we arrive at the first lake called Chico (small), with its clear waters reflecting the image of hundred of araucarias and snow-capped peaks. The trail gets more even and in only 15 minutes we arrive at Lago Toro (Bull Lake). Here we eat our well deserved box lunch and spend some more time taking pictures or simply resting. We can watch the breathtaking landscape and spot some of the birdlife that inhabits the shores of this lake. Following the break, we keep going through an easy terrain and visit the third lake called Verde (green) which is the last attraction of our hike. Now we can commence a two-hour decent by the same trail to the parking area.  Return to hotel in Pucón and then evening at leisure.

    Accommodation at MARTINA DE GOÑI HOTEL, 3 *
    Meals: Breakfast and Picnic Lunch

  • Day 5 Day 5 Pucon’s Hot Springs Loop Ride (Fourth ride)

    We’ll cycle from our hotel to Lake Caburgua and then towards Pucon’s famous Hot Springs. The ride today is a combination of rolling hills with several short climbs at the second half of the road. Throughout today’s ride our guide will help us identify several species of birds and trees as we cycle next to beautiful farms and enjoy views of the Villarrica volcano. With a little good luck, we will see smoke coming out of this active volcano. After cycling the rolling and sometimes hilly road to the hot springs, we will enjoy lunch and then a soothing soak in a hot mineral bath. Later we’ll take a short ride in the vans back to our hotel in Pucón, or you can ride in your bike if you want. Evening at leisure, dinner NOT included.

    Accommodation at MARTINA DE GOÑI HOTEL, *  
    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
    Bike traveled distance = 34 miles // 54 km (we can extend this ride another 22 miles //35 km if you want to ride back to Pucón)
    Time cycling: 3 hours approx.
    Time driving in the van: 40 min from Hot Springs to hotel in Pucón.

  • Day 6 Pucon’s Villarrica National Park Loop Ride (Fifth ride)

    We’ll cycle from your hotel in Pucón toward a small Mapuche village located near the border with Argentina. Here we can visit a Cultural Center and learn about the Mapuche, the area’s indigenous people. The first 45 km of the road today are generally flat with a few rolling hills – just enough to get your legs going. But after that we can climb a 10 km section on new asphalt (international road to Argentina) and then get back to the Mapuche village enjoying 20 km riding downhill. Along today’s ride we’ll cycle alongside river Trancura while enjoying views of three volcanoes, Villarrica, Quetrupillan and Lanín. Return to hotel in Pucón and dinner in a very special local restaurant.

    Accommodation at MARTINA DE GOÑI HOTEL, 3 *
    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner
    Bike traveled distance = 75 km // 47 miles (we can extend this ride another 35 km / 22 miles) 
    Time cycling: 5 hours approx.
    Time driving in the van: 35 min. from Mapuche village to hotel in Pucon

  • Day 7 Chile’s Seven Lake Route (Sixth ride)

    Each day brings new beauty on this tour, and today is no exception.  Today we will ride one of Chile’s most scenic roads, The 7-Lake Route. We’ll pedal alongside the shores of two beautiful lakes, Calafquén and Panguipulli, and cover three-quarters of the way around Villarrica, a majestic, snow-capped active volcano. This road is smooth and quiet as almost no vehicles drive here. At one point we should be able to see five volcanoes. We’ll have a picnic lunch by the beach of Lake Panguipulli – meaning “land of lions” – while enjoying the views of Chile’s southern volcanoes. From here we continue riding alongside Lake Panguipulli until the end of the paved road near Choshuenco village. From this point will drive half hour to the Natural Reserve Huilo Huilo, where we’ll eat dinner and stay overnight at the incredible Nothofagus Hotel & Spa.

    Accommodation at NOTHOFAGUS HOTEL & SPA, 4 *
    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner
    Bike traveled distance = 50 miles // 80 km (we can extend this ride another 15 miles // 24 km)
    Time cycling: 6 hours approx.
    Time driving in the van: before riding, 40 min. from Pucón / after riding, 30 min. to Nothofagus Hotel.

  • Day 8 Natural Reserve Huilo Huilo

    Another day of rest from your bicycles.

    We can organize any day excursion with a minimum of 4 people. Please ask our guides the night before about the availability and additional costs of these activities.

    – Within the park there are four hiking trails: the Magnetic Stones trail (3-hour hike, medium), the Truful Route (3½-hour hike, medium), the Truful River (6-hour hike, difficult) and Quinchamalí Lookout (3-hour hike, easy). Some of the highlights include a botanical forest, scenic clear-water lagoons, mighty waterfalls and amazing views of snow-capped volcanoes..

    – For those who want to learn about the reserve’s plants and wildlife, there are scientific walks that focus on botany, bird watching, and geology, as well as flora & fauna interpretation

    – A terrific way to experience the beauty of the area is with a canopy tour (additional cost of USD $50); a group of platforms between 15 and 25 m high (50 to 80 feet) that are linked to each other by hanging bridges and suspended steel wires. You’ll literally feel like you are flying over the rain forest, rivers and canyons as you glide across the cables.

    Accommodation at NOTHOFAGUS HOTEL & SPA, 4 *

    Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

  • Day 9 The German Settlers Route (Seventh Ride)

    Today we’ll ride in the vans 84 miles (135 km) until we reach the city of Osorno, where we will begin cycling. From this point we’ll start our ride towards quaint little villages with a strong German heritage. The route consists of rolling hills with long flat stretches until we end the ride by the beach of Lake Llanquihue, where a unique landscape is waiting for us, the Osorno Volcano with its perfect cone. We’ll enjoy an incredible lunch buffet in a German family-owned restaurant and then drive in the vans 35 minutes to our five star hotel in Puerto Varas. Evening at leisure.

    Accommodation at CUMBRES PATAGONICAS HOTEL & SPA, *  

    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch Buffet 

    Bike traveled distance: 51 miles // 82 km

    Time cycling: 5 hours approx.

    Time driving in the van: before riding, 3 hours / after riding, 35 min. to Puerto Varas.

  • Day 10 The North side of Llanquihue Lake Loop Ride (Eight ride)

    We will ride through rolling hills and beautiful beaches along Lake Llanquihue, the second largest lake in Chile. We will be always on the lookout for wildlife and views of 4 volcanoes (Osorno, Puntiagudo, Casablanca and Puyehue). With the lake on one side, green pastures and fields on the other, and the snow-capped Andes in the distance, this will be another picturesque day on our bicycles. We’ll start our ride towards Frutillar, on a peaceful lake-side road with new asphalt. The ride is a new section of the Llaquihue Lake circuit, which consists of several rolling hills that end in Frutillar, a small charming village with a strong German heritage, here we’ll enjoy our lunch at the German Club. Once the ride ends we’ll ride in the vans 20 minutes to your hotel in Puerto Varas. Evening at leisure.

    Accommodation at CUMBRES PATAGONICAS HOTEL & SPA, 5 *

    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

    Bike traveled distance: 30 miles // 48 km

    Time cycling: 3 hours approx.

    Time driving in the van: 20 min from Puerto Varas to Llanquihue (before and after riding).

  • Day 11 Vicente Perez Rosales National Park Ride (Ninth ride)

    This trip of a lifetime is about to end. In the morning, we start riding from the hotel, alongside Lake Llanquihue, where a unique landscape is waiting for us – the Osorno Volcano with its perfect cone. The side of the Volcano reaches the shore of the lake and we’ll pass through the middle of this astounding landscape as we travel to the village of Ensenada. We will start pedaling from Puerto Varas to Petrohue, attacking 35 miles (56 km) in one of the most beautiful routes of the tour. Upon completing the ride we’ll head back with the vans to the charming german-style city of Puerto Varas, our last destination, and let ourselves to relax and enjoy a farewell dinner (seafood restaurant).

    Option extra 9 miles (14 km) /climb 3,750 ftChallenge yourself and climb Volcan Osorno and one of the steepest climbs in South America if not Europe.

    Accommodation at CUMBRES PATAGONICAS HOTEL & SPA, 

    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Farewell Dinner

    Bike traveled distance: 35 miles / 56 km (we can extend this ride another 8 miles // 12 km)

    Time cycling: 4 hours approx.

    Time driving in the van: after cycling, 70 minutes from Osorno Volcano to Puerto Varas

  • Day 12 Puerto Varas – Angelmo Market – Airport in Puerto Montt (PMC)

    Sadly, it’s time to say good-bye to the beautiful Lake & Volcano District of Chile.  After breakfast, we’ll ride in vans to Puerto Montt City and visit the Market of Angelmó, which is the perfect place for wonderful souvenirs, handcrafts and woolen clothing. Later, we’ll head to the Airport to catch your flight back to Santiago. It’s been a trip you will always remember!

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    Meals: Breakfast

    Please Book your domestic flights not before 10am 

  • ◦ If you are interested in this tour, please send us an email to [email protected]

    ◦ Rate per person, USD $5,320 based in double occupancy. Single Supplement USD $950

    ◦ Group rates based on 10 people, USD $4,665 per person based in double occupancy.

    ◦ We can confirm this tour with a minimum of 2 clients.

    ◦ Let us know you are interested and we will email you our booking form.

    ◦ For a private departure we can email you the tour rates along with the booking form.

    ◦ All our programs can be modified according to your requirements or your needs.

    ◦ WE ALSO HAVE A LUXURY VERSION OF THIS TOUR, ASK FOR OUR PRIVATE DEPARTURE LUXURY TOUR AND ITS RATES.

  • ◦ Professional guide (1 guide per every 9 clients)

    ◦ Private transportation with trailer & bicycle rack system. (1 van per every 12 clients)

    ◦ Accommodation at 3 *, 4 * and 5 * hotels.

    ◦ Meals as per itinerary (11 breakfasts, 01 picnic lunch, 09 lunches and 06 dinners; on-route snacks include: mineral water, energy drinks, trail-mix, fresh fruit and gourmet sandwiches).

    ◦ Gratuities at restaurants and hotels.

    ◦ Basic cycle parts (cable housing, tubes, tires and spokes).

    ◦ All activities according to the itinerary.

    ◦ Entrance fees

    ◦ All routes can be extended up to extra 20 miles.

    ◦ All our programs can be modified according to your requirements or your client’s needs.

  • ◦ International and local flights.

    ◦ Travel insurance.

    ◦ Other cycle parts and components (derailleur, crankset, fork, etc).

    ◦ Beverages & cocktails on menus.

    ◦ Laundry.

    ◦ Bike rental available upon request – Bike rental: US$350 for the whole tour.

  • We can confirm this tour with a minimum of 2 clients. Let us know you are interested and we will email you our booking form.

    • October 15th to 26th 2017, open date, still not confirmed (min. 2 pax)
    • November 19th to 30th 2017, open date, still not confirmed (min. 2 pax)
    • December 03rd to 14th 2017, open date, still not confirmed (min. 2 pax)

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    ACTIVITIES INCLUDED

    Road cycling, hiking and hot springs

    DIFFICULTY

    Intermediate: You’re active on your days off, and recreational biking may even be your weekend sport of choice. You love to ride, and it shows in your endurance and strength. Our intermediate bike tours offer a steady but active pace, with opportunities to push yourself. Expect some challenging climbs, with great descents over rolling terrain. Average distance per day: 40-50 miles / 65-80 km.

    PACKING TIPS

    We advise you to bring clothing for warm and cold weather; also including helmet and cap, brightly colored cycling jerseys, arm and leg warmers, base layers, windbreaker, booties, gloves, two pairs of sneakers, a waterproof jacket and any other waterproof item, sunglasses, bathing suit and sandals. Don’t forget your camera!

    VISAS

    Visa to enter Chile: No advance Visa application is needed for entry into Chile. Australian and Mexican citizens entering Chile for tourism purposes will be charged a $160.00 processing fee payable on arrival. Cash and credit card accepted. USA, Canada and New Zealand citizens no longer need to pay the reciprocity fee ($160.00)to enter Chile. A valid passport is required  travelling as a tourist for 90 days.

    HOTELS

    As indicated in the program or similar

    FOOD

    Food in Chile is great and healthy. Likewise, it is one of the highlights of this tour. Great wine, fresh and flavorsome produce, seafood and all kinds of meat (beef, pork, chicken, lamb and wild boar) will be part of the daily menus. We are prepared to cater vegetarian, pescaterian and gluten free food, however if you are vegan you may have to be flexible because in Chile we have very limited vegan options. Unfortunately, kosher food is not available.

    VEHICLES

    Modern van or Mercedes Benz minibus according to group size, air-conditioned

    ITINERARY MODIFICATIONS

    Slight itinerary modifications might occur due to weather and or road conditions, or force majeur.

    WEATHER NOTES

    We suggest visiting the web for current conditions in Chile and doing your own research on this topic. www.meteochile.cl/reg09.html and www.meteochile.cl/reg10.html               or www.accuweather.com Generally the weather in this area is very similar to Northern California, specially the coast side. Late October and November (spring time in the southern hemisphere) present milder temperatures 10ºC to 25ºC (50°F to 77°F) with some scattered rain (likewise during our Fall, March and April). During December you can start feeling the beginning of the summer with temperatures around 10ºC to 27ºC (50°F to 81°F).  In January and February temperatures range between 15ºC and 35ºC (60°F / 95°F). Remember that you are visiting the Lake & Volcano district, so always expect some rain! In this part of Chile there are no insects or animals that represent a threat to human beings.

    AIRLINE INFORMATION

    We highly recommend getting the Chile Airpass ticket with Lan Airlines, which includes the international flight from your country to Santiago (Chile) and the domestic flights Santiago(SCL)- Temuco(ZCO) / Puerto Montt(PMC)-Santiago(SCL). This Airpass is definitely less expensive than buying the flights separately and what’s more important it is very flexible if there are some unexpected last minute changes. Lan Airlines Airpass can be purchased at any IATA travel agent.

    We are happy to help you find and book your domestic flights, without extra cost.- We suggest booking the following domestic flights: Flight SCL-ZCO : LA233 12:00/13:25 or LA237 17:25/18:50 Flight PMC-SCL : LA296 09:40/11:20 or LA260 13:00/14:40

    The international terminal at SCL is located in the same building than the domestic terminal.

    Note: The local flights in Chile have a luggage allowance of 23kg. You will need to pay excess if your baggage exceeds this. There is an allowance for cycling equipment charged at 3kg (approx $5 per kg).

    INSURANCE

    Any policy you purchase should, at the very least, cover trip cancellation, loss of baggage, accident/life coverage, travel delays, and non-refundable airline tickets. Carriers for travel insurance include World Nomads, Travel Guard and Travelex. You may also consider insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation. Search the web to find the best deal that suits your needs – read the fine print –

    ROAD SAFETY

    Besides your own on-road safety gear (helmet, rear-view mirrors, bright colored jerseys and gloves) we provide a support vehicle that drives at the rear of the group with a road-sign that alert other drivers the presence of bike riders on the road. Drivers in Chile are used to bicycles on the road, so they shouldn’t bother you while riding. All our staff communicates by radio at all times.

    90 MINUTES RIDING WAIT POLICY

    In order to ensure that the timing and logistics of the rides and tour go more smoothly, please be informed that from the time that it takes for the first rider to complete a ride, the transportation vehicles will wait a maximum of 90 minutes for the remaining cyclists to finish riding. After this point, the riders yet to reach the finish line will have to get into the vans and be transported in the vehicles to reunite with the group.

    BICYCLE CHOICE

    If you bring your own bike, make sure they have tires of at least 28 cm size. Although the road surfaces are normally in fine shape, one never knows what condition they will be in after the winter. Pack your bike well in a cardboard box that we can easily dismantle for its transportation during the tour. Standard size bike hard-cases are welcomed, nevertheless if they are extremely oversized they might have to be shipped to Puerto Varas (last city in the tour) at your own cost (USD $50 approx).

    NON STANDARD WHEELS

    If your wheel size is different than 700, you MUST bring your own parts (tires, tubes and spokes). Likewise, if your wheels have any special features make sure you bring your own special spokes.

    BIKE FRIDAY

    If your bike is like one of the Bike Friday models, please make sure you bring enough bike parts (especially: tires, tubes and spokes), as in Chile there are no places where you can purchase any part for that kind of bike.

    BIKE HIRE US$ 350,00

    Our company counts with great rental bikes: Cannondale Caad8-5  105 Alloy- 2014 road bike or similar.

    Cannondale Caad8-5  105 Alloy – 2014 Road Bike

    CANNONDALE

    Kona Dew

    KONA DEW

    If you rent one of our great bikes, feel free to bring your own pedals, seat and seat post (27,2 mm).

    HELMET & PEDALS

    Most riders choose to bring their own helmets, but if you prefer, we have a small number of helmets available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.  Please let us know in advance if you’d like to use one.  All our bikes are equipped with Wellgo pedals and toeclips.  We will be happy to substitute any pedals you choose to bring.  Amity Tours also has a small number of Shimano SPD and SPD-SL pedals, available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.  Please let us know in advance if you prefer to use them.

    ALTITUDE SICKNESS

    There is nothing to be worrying about altitude sickness. We will never get higher than 4,200 feet (second day ride).

    CURRENCY

    In Chile, the local currency is called “Peso”.

    The current exchange rate is $1 USD = $650 Chilean Pesos (CLP).

    Travel checks are not convenient because only few places accept them and the exchange rate is 10% lower than dollar bills. Most credit cards are accepted at shops, restaurants and hotels. The most common cards are Master Card, Visa and Dinners Club. American Express is less commonly accepted that the others. There is no need to bring a large amount of cash; there are ATMs almost everywhere we go on the tour. The maximum amount of money that you can withdraw per day is equivalent to $360.000 CLP.

    For up to date information we suggest you visit the website www.xe.com/ucc/

    GRATUITY

    In Chile, the gratuity for hospitality services is normally 10% of the bill. People usually tip in restaurants, hotels and the local staff of guides. You shouldn’t tip taxi drivers, baggage carriers and bar tenders, they do not expect any tips. At the end of the trip gratuity for the crew for a job well done is highly appreciated. We encourage you to use your discretion and tip according to the caliber of service you receive. As a guideline, the industry standard is $120 dollars per person, per guide.

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