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Are you well-traveled and want to see the world on your own terms? Maybe you like lesser-known destinations and prefer experiencing culturally rich tours with a blend of farm-to-table gourmet cooking, and visiting places that only the locals know of.

Perhaps you would like to bike past the tree line in the Andes, admiring the condors flying high above, reaching hot springs known only to the locals, and then spending the night in a rustic and cozy lodge admiring the sunset in the mountains.

What about a wine tour around Maipo, Leyda, or Casablanca Valley biking under old trees and admiring the extensive vineyards, and the truly authentic Chile?

All of this, and a lot more, is what this eight-day tour through the valleys of Central Chile has to offer. Introduce yourself to a fascinating country just waiting for you to discover it!

Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from Airport to Hotel in Santiago.

Free afternoon, night in Santiago. Dinner on your own

  • Hotel: boutique

Day 2: Bike in Casablanca Valley – Wine Tasting

Today we will head to Casablanca Valley, one of the most famous wine regions of the country. We will depart in the morning in our vehicle and after 1,5 hours drive we will start our bike ride along country roads in Casablanca. We will enjoy a deluxe picnic under the trees to then have a wine tour and tasting at Emiliana Organic Vineyards.

We will spend the night in Casablanca.

  • Route: Leisure
  • Hotel: 3 stars
  • Service: PL-S-D


Day 3: Rosario Valley

We will pick you up at your hotel in Casablanca and drive to the Valle de Rosario, where our biking starts. We will bike through a secluded valley on a paved and undulating road, flanked by native vegetation and extensive vineyards, and will enjoy a hearty picnic lunch on the route. Our aim today is to reach “Bodega Corralillo” the winery of the famous Matetic Vineyards: here we will take a wine tour, admire the impressive architecture of the building and the soft rolling hills all around us. After the tour, we will continue biking to reach the secluded Valle de la Magdalena to then head our way to Valparaíso, World Heritage Site.

We will spend the night in this magnificent city. Dinner on your own

  • Route: Leisure
  • Hotel: 3 stars
  • Service: PL-S


Day 4: Pablo Neruda House at Isla Negra – Bike Leyda Valley- Transfer to Santiago

After an abundant breakfast we will be ready to follow our tour along the coast of Chile. We will head to Isla Negra, to visit the home-museum of Pablo Neruda right in front of the ocean. From there we will drive to the Valley of Leyda (a renowned wine valley with no tourists) where we will take our bikes again. We will pedal along undulating hills, admiring extensive vineyards and the Cordillera de la Costa (Coastal Range).

This is an off-the-beaten path route that surely will delight your senses.

Drive back to Santiago to spend the night there. Dinner on your own.

  • Route: Medium – Avid
  • Hotel: boutique
  • Service: PL-S

Day 5: Pirque

We will pick you up early in the morning and drive to the Pirque, an old summer retreat of wealthy Santiago. Today, we will pedal along old tree-lined country roads, with the view of vast vineyards against the magnificent backdrop of the Andes, enjoying the extensive High Maipo Valley. We will have a delicious picnic lunch in the garden of a cozy country house, then bike to Concha y Toro Vineyards for a tour and wine tasting.

We will spend the night in Pirque.

  • Route: Medium – Avid
  • Hotel: rustic lodge
  • Service: PL-S-D

Day 6 : Hot springs and Baños Morales

We will pick you up in our vehicle at your hotel in Santiago to take you to Baños Morales, in the deep Maipo Canyon just 85 km from Santiago. The road is paved and only the last 20 km become dusty and bumpy.

We will reach Baños Morales, a friendly, cozy, and non-assuming town in the middle of the Andes, with dramatic views of the surrounding mountains. Here we will leave our luggage and start our biking for today’s adventure.

Just after leaving our lodge, we will have the imposing Volcán San José right in front of us, a commanding mountain of more than 16.000 feet and a still- active volcano.

To our right we will be greeted by Placa Roja, Placa Amarilla, and Placa Gris, three dramatic boulders (Placas) where climbers train and where it is possible to find fossils that are more than 145 million years old. This boulders are just before the (in)famous “Cuesta del Afligido” (Slope of Sorrow) christened as such by the few bikers who venture in these landscapes.

Our aim will be to reach “Baños Colina” hot springs, a set of rustic and simple hot spring fed swimming pools set high in the Andes. There, we will bask in the warmth of the mineral water and the soft clays of the swimming pools, while we admire the mighty presence and enjoy the solitude of the Andes. After the relaxing effect of the hot springs, we will have a healthy and satisfying tail-gating picnic lunch.

We will spend the night at Baños Morales, where our guides will prepare a Chilean style BBQ for you!

  • Route: Avid
  • Hotel: rustic lodge
  • Service: PL-S-D

Day 7: Horseback ride in the Andes

Today, we will rest from all the biking, to go on a mythical Horseback ride through the mountains of the Andes, towards El Morado hanging Glacier. On our way there we will be marveled by the sights of the impressive Valle de Las Arenas and the majestic Cerro Arenas.

After the ride, we will drive back to Santiago and spend our last night there. Dinner on your own.

  • Horseback: Easy
  • Hotel: boutique
  • Service: PL-S

Day 8: Transfer from Hotel in Santiago to Airport

Pricing

Pricing

  • 2 – 4 pax: CHP 3.015.000.- per person
  • 5 – 9 pax CHP 2.397.000.- per person
  • 10 or more passengers: CHP 1.870.000.- per person

CHP conversor to USD

Price includes

  • Bilingual Guides
  • Transportation
  • Transfer from/to Airport
  • Accommodations in boutique hotels, 3 stars and rustic lodges
  • Bikes
    • Mountain bikes on day 6
    • Hybrid bikes the rest of the days
  • Helmets
  • Entrance fee to Museum of Pablo Neruda at Isla Negra
  • Fees to wine tours at:
    • Emiliana (Day 2)
    • Matetic (Day 3)
    • Concha y Toro (Day 5)
  • Tips in restaurants
  • 6 picnic lunch, 3 dinners.
  • Snacks and water.

Price does not include

  • Insurance
  • Gratuities for guide (s) and driver
  • Wine or any other alcoholic or soft beverage
  • Items of personal nature
  • Any item not mentioned on the program

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