Learn about the Chilean culture

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Amity Tours offers not just a simple trip to Chile. We make sure you learn more about the Chilean culture during all our tours. We would like to share some traditions from our friendly local team.

Active explorations in remote areas surrounded by nature will free our visitors to become part of the place. Adventure trips by Amity Tours will unfold meaningful experiences. We do enable our guests to discover and explore hidden corners, meet local communities and immerse themselves in the Chilean culture. This does reflect not only in our visits to the local indigenous communities but also in our team. You will find a true friend in our experienced and professional guides and drivers. In today’s post, we would like to introduce you to our top drivers, Orlando and Bernardo Gonzalez.

People behind Amity Tours

Our trips would not be possible without the fundamental collaboration of Orlando and Bernardo. These two brothers are not only our most experienced drivers, but also the hosts of our headquarters. Trouble shooters for any kind of unexpected issue before, during and after the trips, our personal mechanics and trailer builders and most important always ready for a nice chat and laugh.

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Thus, both of them started working with Amity Tours in 2007 and helped our company growing during the last 13 years!

They grew up about 45 kilometers outside of Pucón, up in the mountains and far away from civilization. Surrounded by beautiful native forests and Araucarias (monkey puzzle tree). The school was located 12 kilometers away from their house. By foot or horseback, was the only way to get there. So, they spent the whole week down in the school and only got home on the weekends.

Bernardo is not only a very experienced and safe driver. But he also loves riding bicycles. During our spectacular road cycling trips, he helps out whenever there is a mechanical problem. He also jumps on a bike to accompany our clients whenever possible.

Van Sprinter Volcano Flowers

The most fun part for him on the trips is the cultural night. We try to involve a nice evening with great local artists, where we show our traditional music and dance to our guests. This is where Bernardo presents his talent for music.

La Cueca – the chilean traditional dance

In 1979, la cueca was adopted as the national dance of Chile. Its presence can be recognized throughout the national territory, varying the choreographic and musical form according to the geographical area in which it is interpreted. But always preserving a common pattern that makes it a unique and differentiated dance;

The huaso (Chilean cowboy) advances towards the girl he likes the most and offers her his arm. She gets up, accompanying him in a short walk along the hall. The initial steps are very measured, calm, hesitant. The tissue move smoothly and, suggesting the insinuating twist of the Cueca, the huaso chases the fleeing woman, and using the tissue as if it were a soft loop, surrounds her without touching and brings his tissue to her side.

At the end, the huaso begins the shoe-tapping and usually looks like a skills competition with itself until the last lap and the hug and knee land.

In the countryside of southern Chile, the traditional dresses to dance the cueca are the peasant or country dress. The lady uses floral dresses with a petticoat underneath to expand the dresses and see them in broad form, shoes with heels. The man wears trousers sleeved up to the knee, straw hat, shirt and a blanket of red, blue, white colors.

People Party Guitar

Bernardo mentioned that exactly these very unique dress codes are making the dance a real spectacle! “Otra cosa es con guitarra”. (chilean slang which in this context would mean: there is no comparison between a dance in a normal dress or dance in the traditional cueca dress)

Let’s focus on another particularity of the Chilean culture.

The Chilean Slang

You can definitely fill a whole book about Chilean slangs and their meanings. Because of that, most foreigners coming to Chile struggle trying to understand the locals, especially at the beginning! It is part of the chilean traditions, using lots of particular slangs and words while talking. Every region has its particularity, in southern Chile for example people use to talk very fast and kind of sing their words.

Would you like to learn some slangs to survive in the Chilean jungle?

Bernardos favorite one is: Güatita llena – Corazón contento. = Belly full – heart happy. Which means enjoying a nice meal makes you happy.

A word Orlando think is very typical in Chile is: Pucha! = Oops!

Furthermore, some other slangs and words that may interest you traveling to Chile:

  • Andar a lo gringo: Not to wear underwear. (We ask ourselves: Do a lot of Americans go around not wearing underwear, or is this just a cultural stereotype?)
  • buena onda! = All right!, great
  • ¿Cachai? = Do you understand?
  • Pololo / Polola = Boyfriend / Girlfriend
  • Guagua = Baby in the mapuche language

Now, you should be prepared for your next trip to our country. That is why our two top drivers would like to invite you to another Chilean custom – join a typical barbecue with a nice cup of local wine.

The chilean wine

Wine Bottle Nature

In Chile we are very proud about our wine production. Thus there is no household in our country without a good bottle of the delicious drink. Bernardo recommends trying the emblematic grape called Carménère.

Amity Tours has developed an amazing Wine Tour that comprehends 5 wine valleys on central area: Maipo Valley, Casablanca Valley, Aconcagua Valley, Colchagua Valley and San Antonio Valley; a unique experience not to be missed. Where you’ll understand and verify why Chilean wines have earned such many prices and great reputation worldwide.

Fully licensed and responsible tour operator

Last but not least, Bernardo and Orlando want to highlight some other reasons why they really like working at Amity Tours. We are a sustainable tour operator, fully licensed and certified and care about our local team not mattering which role they play inside the company’ structure.

We are looking forward to showing you the Chilean culture and the beautiful landscapes in the Lake and Volcano District!

 

 

Bike tours Chile November 2015 and April 2016

Confirmed Departures – Chile 8 days Bike Tour, November 2015 and April 2016

Discover the Lake & Volcano District cycling Chile’s southern back roads and the brand new Lake & Volcano Scenic Way. Explore this fascinating part of the country dominated by clear-water lakes and amazing live volcanoes. Together with friendly locals, you will pedal alongside the Andes mountains, green rolling meadows and through national parks, visit local ethnic villages and relax in soothing natural hot springs.

Click here to access the detailed itinerary: Bike Tour Chile 8 Days

Highlights

During 8 days you will visit the following places:

  • Chile’s first Geopark Kütralkura and the Araucarias Biosphere Reserve
  • Bike alongside Lonquimay Volcano, Malalcahuello and Altos de Bio-bio National Reserves
  • Climb The Andes Mountains on a brand new road bike, Cannondale
  • Pucon city; Lake Caburgua and Huife Hot Springs
  • Bike alongside Chile’s Seven Lake Route
  • Bike around Llanquihue Lake and climb the road up Volcano Osorno … if you can!!!

 

  • Price per person USD $3,350, based in double occupancy.
  • Single supplement USD $750
  • Bike rental USD $250 for the whole tour, Cannodale CAAD-8 105
  • Confirmed Departure Dates: November 16th to 23rd 2015 and April 4th to 16th 2016
Climbing the Andes - Kütralkura Geopark
Climbing the Andes – Kütralkura Geopark

Bike Tours in Chile 2015 and 2016

Have you thought about where you are going this year on your bike? If biking is your passion and the weather at home is not ideal, here in South America the Sun is shining for you!

Whether you have one or two weeks saved for vacation time during your winter, we invite you to join us in one of our bike tours in Chile between November 2015 and April 2016.

Get your friends together and visit The Lake and Volcano district in Chile.  Amity Tours can tailor-make any tour for you and your fellow riders.  Tell us what you want and we will make sure you get it.  For now, until we hear from you… this is what we have with confirmed departure:

Lake Panguipulli - Chile's 7 Lake Route
Lake Panguipulli – Chile’s 7 Lake Route

Confirmed Departure Chile 8 days Bike Tour, November 2015 and April 2016

Discover the Lake & Volcano District cycling Chile’s southern back roads and the brand new Lake & Volcano Scenic Way. Explore this fascinating part of the country dominated by clear-water lakes and amazing live volcanoes. Together with friendly locals, you will pedal alongside the Andes mountains, green rolling meadows and through national parks, visit local ethnic villages and relax in soothing natural hot springs.

Click here to access the detailed itinerary: Bike Tour Chile 8 Days

Highlights

During 8 days you will visit the following places:

  • Chile’s first Geopark Kütralkura and the Araucarias Biosphere Reserve
  • Bike alongside Lonquimay Volcano, Malalcahuello and Altos de Bio-bio National Reserves
  • Climb The Andes Mountains on a brand new road bike, Cannondale
  • Pucon city; Lake Caburgua and Huife Hot Springs
  • Bike alongside Chile’s Seven Lake Route
  • Bike around Llanquihue Lake and climb the road up Volcano Osorno … if you can!!!

 

Price per person USD $3,350, based in double occupancy.
Single supplement USD $750
Bike rental USD $250 for the whole tour, Cannodale CAAD-8 105
Confirmed Departure Dates: November 16th to 23rd 2015 and April 4th to 16th 2016

 

Villarrica National Park Ride - Lanin Volcano at sight
Villarrica National Park Ride – Lanin Volcano at sight

 

Confirmed Departure Chile 12 days Bike Tour, December 2015 and February 2016

Discover the Lake & Volcano District cycling Chile’s southern backroads and the brand new Lake & Volcano Scenic Way. Explore this fascinating part of the country dominated by clear-water lakes and amazing live volcanoes. Together with friendly locals, you will pedal alongside the Andes mountains, green rolling meadows and through national parks. You’ll also go hiking surrounded by ancient monkey puzzle trees, visit local ethnic villages and relax in soothing natural hot springs.

Click here to access the detailed itinerary: Bike Tour Chile 12 Days

Highlights

During 12 days you will visit the following places:

  • Chile’s first Geopark Kütralkura and the Araucarias Biosphere Reserve
  • Bike alongside Lonquimay Volcano, Malalcahuello and Altos de Bio-bio National Reserves
  • Climb The Andes Mountains on a brand new road bike, Cannondale
  • Enjoy Chile’s Adventure Travel capital: Pucon city; Lake Caburgua and Huife Hot Springs
  • Hike in Huerquehue National Park, Pucon’s most popular hiking trails.
  • Spend New Years’ Eve in Pucon and party with a great fireworks show
  • Bike alongside Chile’s Seven Lake Route
  • Hike in the awarded Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve and support its conservation
  • Bike around Llanquihue Lake and climb the road up Volcano Osorno … if you can!!!

 

Price per person USD $4,950 based in double occupancy.
Single supplement USD $1,200
Bike rental USD $350 for the whole tour, Cannodale CAAD-8 105
Confirmed Departure Dates: December 28th 2015 to January 08th 2016; February 21st to March 3rd 2016.

 

Bike and Hike in Chile - Pucon area.
Bike and Hike in Chile – Pucon area.

Bike and Hike Tour Chile 8 Days.
Confirmed departures every Saturday in January and February 2016

Discover the Lake & Volcano District hiking and biking Chile’s southern backroads. Explore this fascinating part of the country dominated by clear-water lakes and amazing live volcanoes. Together with friendly locals, you will pedal alongside the Lake & Volcano Scenic Way, including  the Andes mountains, green rolling meadows and through national parks. Likewise, you’ll hike in one of Chile’s best National Parks, climb Villarrica volcano, visit villages and relax in soothing natural hot springs.

Click here to access the detailed itinerary: Bike and Hike Tour Chile 8 Days

Highlights

During 8 days you will visit the following places:

  • Climb The Andes Mountains on a brand new road bike, Cannondale
  • Enjoy Chile’s Adventure Travel capital: Pucon city; Lake Caburgua and Huife Hot Springs
  • Hike in Huerquehue National Park, Pucon’s most popular hiking trails.
  • Climb Villarrica Volcano, Chile’s most active volcano.
  • Bike across Villarrica National Park and reach the base of Lanin Volcano.
  • Bike alongside Chile’s Seven Lake Route

 

Price per person USD $2,220, based in double occupancy.
Single supplement USD $675
Bike rental USD $100 for the whole tour, Cannodale CAAD-8 105
Confirmed Departure Dates: Every Saturday in January and February 2016

Schon bestätigt: Rennradtouren in Chiles Vulkan- und Seengebiet, Winter 2015/16

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Dem Winter in Deutschland entfliehen und einen einzigartigen Urlaub verbringen geht ganz einfach: und zwar mit unseren Rennradreisen in einer der schönsten Regionen Chiles, dem Vulkan- und Seengebiet.

Entdecken Sie das Vulkan- und Seengebiet Chiles auf die bestmögliche Art und Weise – auf einem Cannondale Rennrad. Unsere einzigartigen Touren führen Sie zu den schönsten Orten im grünen Süden Chiles. Auf Strecken von durchschnittlich 50-80 km am Tag fahren Sie entlang glitzernder Seen und Flüsse und haben dabei einen atemberaubenden Blick auf die gewaltigen Anden. Und werden außerdem schnell merken, dass an jeder Ecke ein aktiver Vulkan darauf wartet von Ihnen bestaunt zu werden! Diese einmaligen Touren werden Ihnen noch lange in Erinnerung bleiben.

Folgende Termine sind bereits bestätigt:

 

Diese Highlights warten auf Sie:

  • Unterbringung in 3-, 4- und 5-Sterne-Hotels
  • Professioneller Guide, der die gesamte Zeit an Ihrer Seite ist
  • Begleitfahrzeug bei allen Fahrten
  • Die Fahrten können individuell erweitert werden
  • Typische Mahlzeiten in familiengeführten Restaurants, immer begleitet von exzellenten chilenischen Weinen
  • Fahrt entlang der 7-Seen-Route und

 

Und zusätzlich auf der 12-tägigen Tour:

  • Besuch des Huilo Huilo Naturreservats
  • Silvester-Special: Menü und Feuerwerk in Pucón

 

Buchen Sie jetzt und erleben Sie einen einzigartigen Urlaub mit uns!

 

Chile to Host the 2015 Adventure Travel World Summit

We are very happy about this GREAT news and we are so excited to meet you in our home!! CHILE IS GOOD!!

Chile has won the bid to host the Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS) in 2015. The adventure tourism industry’s foremost annual gathering will take place from October 5th to the 8th in the town of Puerto Varas, in the Lake Region of Chile. The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA;  www.adventuretravel.biz) announced the location at the start of TravelMart Latin America. A long-time member and partner of the ATTA, Chile is committed to adventure travel as a path toward sustainable tourism in the country

Read the complete news: Adventure Travel Wordl Summit in Chile 2015

 

Words From Our Friends

This month (Mar ’14) we biked Chile’s lake and volcano district with Amity Tours. Amity provided good organization and infrastructure, knowledgeable and competent guiding, excellent choice of routes, restaurants and hotels; our eight day tour was well-planned and well-executed. Our guide David, a transplanted Belgian, is an expert outdoorsman, guiding whitewater raft and kayak trips and volcano climbs in addition to bicycle tours. Learning that he also serves as a volunteer fireman gave us additional sense of security. Driver Bernardo is very safe and conscientious. In addition, he puts on an impressive spread for the tour’s picnic lunches. Rest assured–the company and its staff are first rate.

And Chile is a fantastic biking destination. We knew near nothing about the country before our trip–and now are raving about it. Santiago is a bike mad city, with extensive urban bike paths and commuter and pleasure bikers everywhere. The city is comparable to one in Western Europe. In both the capital and the countryside, motor vehicle traffic is remarkably respectful of bikers. The scenery, cuisine and accommodations in Chile’s lake and volcano district are world-class. And the roads are fantastic for biking–well-paved, good mix of grades, and at least during our trip, almost devoid of cars and trucks. On some days it seemed the roads we rode were a giant bicycle amusement park and we were on a fantastic bike roller-coaster. It’s a good place to see and a great place to bike. Do it!

Brian Smith, Williamson NY.

New Departure Chile 8 days Bike Tour, April 15th-22nd, 2014

Discover The Lake and Volcano District on our Chile 8 Days Bike Tour. This awesome bicycle tour takes you to the most charming little villages in the south of Chile. You will ride alongside amazing lakes, rivers and mountains all around you. With an average distance of 50-80 km per ride, you will explore the south of Chile the best way you can….on a new 2014 Cannondale Road Bike. You will ride among the most beautiful landscapes and discover that there is an active volcano in just about every corner. In April we celebrate Fall where all our landscape dresses in golden colors. This 8 days bike tour is an experience you will never forget.

Check out pictures from our latest bike tour! Chile Bike Tour 2014

Some of the highlights of our Chile 8 Days Bike Tour.

• Accommodation at 3 *, 4 * and 5 * Hotels.
• Professional guide with you at all times.
• SAG Wagon for every ride.
• Rides can be extended.
• Meals at local family owned restaurants, always with the best Chilean Wines.
• Ride Chile´s Seven Lakes Route.
• 7 rides in 8 days!

Dates:
April 15th- 22nd, 2014

Confirmed Departure Chile 8 Days Bike Tour, March 7-14, 2014.

Discover The Lake and Volcano District on our Chile 8 Days Bike Tour. This awesome tour takes you to the most charming little villages in the south of Chile. You will ride alongside amazing lakes, rivers and mountains all around you. With an average distance of 50-80 km per ride, you will explore the south of Chile the best way you can….on a Cannondale Road Bike. You will ride among the most beautiful landscapes and discover that there is an active volcano in just about every corner. This 8 days bike tour is an experience you will never forget.
Check out pictures from our latest bike tour! Chile Bike Tour 2014
Some of the highlights of our Chile 8 Days Bike Tour

• Accommodation at 3 *, 4 *and 5 * Hotels
• Professional guide with you at all times
• SAG Wagon for every ride
• Rides can be extended
• Meals at local family owned restaurants, always with the best Chilean Wines.
• Ride Chile´s Seven Lakes Route
• 7 rides in 8 days!
Dates:
Mar. 7st- 14th, 2014

January 12-19, 2014 Bike Tour Chile-Argentina

One of our best bike tours of the season this 2014 has only 3 spots left! This amazing Bike Tour around Chile and Argentina is a must on your list of places to ride around the world!

If you are already planning your next Bike Tour…why not a Bike Tour around Chile? Even better, a Bike Tour around Chile and Argentina!  Coming to Chile can be a long way from home so might as well ride to Argentina while you are here.Continue reading

Bike Tours around Chile and Argentina 2013-14

Have you thought about where you are going this year for a bike tour? How does a bike tour around Chile and Argentina sound? Visit The Lake and Volcano district in Chile and Argentina and discover this beautiful area on a bike. 

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Chile-Argentina 8 Days Bike Tour Confirmed

Chile – Argentina 8 Days Bike Tour Confirmed!

One of our best bike tours of Chile and Argentina has been confirmed for Jan 12th -19th, 2014!  This awesome bike tour will take you down the most beautiful back roads of Chile and Argentina.  In just 8 days, you will discover nature like you have never seen before, active volcanoes in just about every corner and beautiful lakes that you will ride along side for miles!Continue reading

First time Asian clients on one of our 12 days Bike Tour!

January 2013 went by quickly. The beginning of the year brought along our first group of friends from Thailand! We had the pleasure to take our first time clients on our Chile- Argentina 12 Days Bike Tour. Our clients arrived in Santiago, and after a couple of days, they were back on a plane to come even more south to our favorite little touristy city of Pucon. The tour started and our clients were on their bikes and when they weren´t riding, they were hiking some of Chile´s and Argentina´s most beautiful National Parks. In 12 days, they were able to see these two beautiful countries, experience a different culture and accomplish the most amazing bike rides they could have imagined!Continue reading

10 Reasons to come to Chile on a bike tour with Amity Tours.

1.- We are a local tour operator, your last link in the marketing chain, the company that you are looking for to pay less!

2.- We understand that our customers are unique and therefore require personalized attention from the very first email to the tour itself.

3.- We know that our customers come to relax, enjoy and to learn a little bit of a new culture, so we make sure they leave the tour saying WOW…what a beautiful country!

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Bike Tour Season 2012-13 in Chile and Argentina Has Arrived

After a wonderful Ski season, we have packed our skis and now we´re back on our bikes. Our Bike Tour Season is here and we are looking forward to meeting and making new friends!

It´s already October and the sun is shining, flowers blooming….spring is here! If you didn´t get enough cycling the last few months, no worries, here in the South, it has just begun. We are getting ready to jump on our bikes and enjoy the best views, food, wine, hotels and company this Bike Season is coming with!Continue reading