Bicycling Patagonia's Lakes District Plus! The Island of Chiloé

Bicycling Patagonia's Lakes District Plus! The Island of Chiloé

Join us on our 10-day Bicycling Patagonia's Lakes District Plus! the Island of Chiloé from Argentina to Chile tour where we will cycle paved roads across the Continental Divide in the Andes, from Argentina into Chile. At this latitude, the mountains are much gentler than the severe Peruvian and Ecuadoran landscapes that come to mind when you think of the Andes. Our route winds from the high plateau setting of San Carlos de Bariloche along Andean lakes, down through the valleys of the border region and into Chile's Lake District. Cycle past conical volcanoes and snow capped Andean peaks, one of Chile's famous rushing rivers, and relax in the tranquil settings of our lovely hotels.

Tranquil fjords, wooden houses and churches, the rugged coastline of the Pacific: The Island of Chiloé, in northern Chilean Patagonia, is remniscient of the landscapes in Scandinavia. Though it was inhabited long before the Spanish arrived in 1567, the island remained isolated from the commercial trade routes until the founding of the nearby port city Puerto Montt in 1853. During these three isolated centuries, a unique culture developed. The Chilote are of Spanish and indigenous Mapuche descent, and depend on their marine environment to support their way of life.

***If this sounds great but you prefer a shorter tour - check out our Bicycling Patagonia's Lakes District tour which features the first 7 days of this itinerary.***

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
Dec 8-17, 2018
USD$4645
USD$700
Guaranteed to Go! Book by November 15th and Save $200, per person.
Jan 19-28, 2019
USD$4645
USD$700
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Feb 2-11, 2019
USD$4645
USD$700
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Feb 16-25, 2019
USD$4645
USD$700
 4 More to Guarantee the Departure. Book by November 15th and Save $200, per person.

* We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

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Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 10 Days
  • Total Distance / 403-416 kms (249 - 258 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / 58-60 kms (36-37 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level / 3.0
  • Countries / Argentina, Chile
  • Begin/End / San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina / Puerto Montt, Chile (PMC). There may be a reciprocity entry fee for entering Argentina through an international airport
  • Price / From USD$4645
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Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • Highlights
    Chile's Lake District, Views of Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes, Waterfalls on the Petrohué River, thermal pools, San Carlos de Bariloche, Chiloé Island , Wooden Churches, Penguins

    Keep in Mind: We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

    Our bikes in South America are aluminum frames and the road bikes come with a carbon fork. We do shuttle a number of times on this ride to avoid traffic or sections of rough roads.
  • Includes
    10 days, 9 nights accommodation; bilingual tour leaders; 6 dinners with wine, 9 breakfasts, 4 (3 picnic)lunches

    The Usual (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)

    • Superb tour leaders who are fun, bilingual and avid cyclists.
    • Help with flights, trains and pre/post tour hotels.
    • Comfortable lodging in 3-4 star hotels. 
    • All breakfasts and at least half of your dinners.
    • Use of a high quality 27-30 speed bike.
    • Full van support to carry luggage – and tired cyclists, too! 
    • Special events like wine tastings, cultural visits and chocolatiers.
    • All tips and gratuities at tour hotels and group meals.
    • Unique routes, marked with our famous chalk dust arrows.
    • Daily mileage options.
    • Detailed route map and free use of our traveling resource library.

    What's not included:

    • Transportation to and from the bicycling tour including airfare, or train travel
    • Helmets - we ask that you bring your own to ensure the best fit
    • Meals not listed in the itinerary
    • Tour Leader gratuity

    See the complete list of what's included with every ExperiencePlus! Tour.

  • Arrive / Depart
    San Carlos de Bariloche (BRC) / Puerto Montt, Chile
  • Overall Tour Level
  • Daily Ride Summary

    Day

    **Distance/Gain
    mi/ftkm/m

    Terrain

    Day Level

    Notes

    1
    Test ride
    2
    42km / 664m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 2.5
    3
    Hiking day
    difficulty level
    4
    87km / 1437m
    Very hilly
    difficulty level 5.0
    5
    97km / 1147m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 4.5
    6
    61km / 439m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 2.0
    7
    Transfer day
    8
    61km / 1038m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 3.5
    9
    55km / 662m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 2.5
    10
    Last day

    Tour Level Note: Asphalt roads, rolling hills and flat terrain on most days. Half the days have mileages exceeding 50 miles. One long climb over the Andes, cumulative elevation gain does not exceed 3000 feet that day.

    **We use Ride With GPS (ridewithgps.com) to calculate elevation and mileage information. Due to variance between mapping technologies, totals may differ slightly across devices and applications

Terrain Legend

Mostly flat Mostly flat

Rolling hills Rolling

Hilly Hilly

Very hilly Very hilly

Mountainous Mountainous

Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: Welcome to South America!

Highlights: Fit Bicycles, Welcome Dinner

We meet this afternoon at our hotel, located in a quiet neighborhood just outside of the center of San Carlos de Bariloche. We'll schedule a transfer from the Bariloche Airport at 4 PM for anyone flying in today. After checking in, take a walk down to the lake and enjoy the stunning views of the Andes right outside the hotel. Or, better yet - explore Bariloche. This mountain town is a year-round destination for outdoor lovers and is bustling in the summer. We'll meet in the afternoon to fit bicycles and suggest a short test ride before meeting for a drink and dinner this evening.

DAY 2: Bariloche to Circuito Chico

Highlights: Bariloche, Cerro Campanario take the ski lift to the top of the Andes

We follow a classic ride today after a brief shuttle out of town. Tiny back roads lead us through forests and offer stunning views of both Lago Nahuel Huapi and the smaller Lago Perito Moreno. Our ride ends at the base of Cerro Campanario. Check in to the hotel and then walk the 500 meters to the chairlift and ride up to enjoy what some people call one of the top ten views in the world.

  • Distance: 42 km (26 mi)
  • Gain: 664 m (2178 ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Day Level: Day Level 2.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Lodging:

DAY 3: Villa La Angostura

Highlights: Lake Nahuel Huapi, Arrayanes National Park

Your day begins with a shuttle to Lake Nahuel Huapi. From there, you'll set sail on a ferry and view Bariloche's surrounding area from a different perspective as you float towards the Quetrihu? Peninsula. Upon docking you'll have the option to walk a wooded path through Arrayanes National Park and some of the most pristine myrtle in South America. In the 1970s, this 300-year-old myrtle stand was awarded special protection under the Argentine government. Local legend has it that Walt Disney walked through this forest in the late 1930s and it inspired his choice for Bambi's cinnamon color as well as the film's setting. Today our hike will take between 3 and 4 hours.

DAY 4: Crossing into Chile

Highlights: Cardenal Samore Pass, thermal spas

Heading across the Andes we'll pedal from Lake Espejo over the Cardenal Samore Pass (4,311 feet) to our thermal resort at the Termas de Puyehue. We'll have a picnic lunch together before enjoying the downhill into Chile! Be sure to take time to relax in the hotel's thermal pools before dinner together this evening.

  • Distance: 87 km (54 mi)
  • Gain: 1437 m (4713 ft)
  • Terrain: Very hilly
  • Day Level: Day Level 5.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 5: Termas de Puyehue to Petrohue

Highlights: Lake Llanquihue, views of Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes

You'll pedal around the east side of Lake Llanquihue today with stunning views of the snow-capped Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. We'll stop for a picnic lunch and enjoy the tranquility as we pass quiet farmlands and small forests. Take the shuttle or bike the last 6 km of gravel to the hotel before relaxing at the edge one of Patagonia's beautiful lakes. Tonight we'll feast on a delicious home-cooked dinner together.

  • Distance: 97 km (60 mi)
  • Gain: 1147 m (3762 ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Day Level: Day Level 4.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 6: Puerto Varas

Highlights: Puerto Varas

Just after leaving our hotel, plan to visit the famous "Saltos de Petrohue," waterfalls. Continuing our ride around Lake Llanquihue we'll enjoy more great views of Osorno Volcano on our way to Puerto Varas, a small but bustling town with numerous craft stores and great walks along the lake. We have the inside scoop on Puerto Varas' best restaurant for dinner together this evening.

  • Distance: 61 km (38 mi)
  • Gain: 439 m (1440 ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: Day Level 2.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 7: Transfer to Chiloé Island

Highlights: Chiloé Island Penguins, Traditional Curanto Meal, Day off the bikes

From Puerto Varas we'll shuttle and then ferry to the island of Chiloé continuing to the beautiful Pacific Coast and rock islands of Puñihuil, which just so happens to be the only place in Chile where you can view both Magellan and Humboldt Penguins. First we stop in Ancud for lunch together and then take a boat ride and around the small islands enjoying the antics of the penguins. Our early dinner is a special treat: Curanto - a unique seafood dish "pressure-cooked" underground. Afterward we'll continue to Castro, the capital of Chiloé and our home for the next two nights.

DAY 8: Bicycle Castro to Dalcahue and Achao

Highlights: Fishing villages, traditional Chilote boats

We pedal to the east coast of Chiloé today towards Dalcahue where we will then continue on and visit the village of Achao on the Island of Quinchao. Achao is the main town of the island and where the oldest church of Chiloé archipelago is located. We'll take the van back to Castro.

  • Distance: 61 km (38 mi)
  • Gain: 1038 m (3405 ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: Day Level 3.5
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lodging:

DAY 9: Bicycle Chiloé National Park

Highlights: Quiet roads, lakeside bicycling and bird and wildlife viewing opportunities.

We pedal from Castro to Chiloé National Park on the Pacific Coast today to explore its ancient forests and learn about its history. This region was described by Charles Darwin on his famous voyage as rich in its diversity of temperate-zone forest plants. The park was created by the indigenous communities of Chiloé who have fought to protect the environment threatened by intensive deforestation. The national park is also home to rare species of animals endemic to Chile, such as picaflores (hummingbirds), kingfishers, huillines (sea otters), and pudúes (the smallest deer in the world). We'll visit with members of the indigenous community of Quilque over lunch with local products. Tonight we overnight in a unique stilt hotel in the small town of Cucao.

  • Distance: 55 km (34 mi)
  • Gain: 662 m (2171 ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Day Level: Day Level 2.5
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lodging:

DAY 10: Shuttle to the Airport

Highlights: Tour ends

We board our shuttle and transfer back to our ferry and then on to the airport in Puerto Montt this morning. Expect to be at the airport in time to catch flights scheduled after 2 p.m.

  • Meals: Breakfast
Travel Information

Travel Information

Day 1: Arrival Information

Welcome to South America!

Lodging: Alma Suites del Lago

Meet your Tour Leaders and fellow travelers in the afternoon of Day 1 at the Day 1 hotel. Keep an eye out for a note at the front desk with more details.

Note:

As you are planning, remember that the hotels listed in our itineraries are our primary hotels and are - in rare cases - subject to change. Before you make arrangements, check with us if your tour departure is guaranteed. If your tour departure is out further than 6 months, please also check with us as there might be slight changes to the itinerary.

The below information will help you plan your arrival. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio. The fare and timing information listed below is approximate.

We recommend flying into the Bariloche Airport (BRC).

A Note on Flights: For this trip, we recommend booking international flights into Buenos Aires’ International Airport (EZE) and out of Santiago, Chile (SCL). This means that you’ll also need to purchase domestic tickets from Buenos Aires Domestic Airport (AEP) to Bariloche (BRC). For information on transferring between Buenos Aires’ international and domestic airports see our information

How to arrive at the Day 1 Hotel:

If you arrive on Day 1: Complimentary ExperiencePlus! shuttle from the Bariloche Airport to the Day 1 Hotel at 4 p.m.. Please make your shuttle reservation by emailing us no later than 30 days prior to your tour start date.

If you are arriving a few days prior or earlier in the day on Day 1, the following options are available:

  • Taxi, available just outside the airport exit (30-40 min, 300 to 330 pesos)
  • Pre-arranged private transfer, contact us for arrangements (costs vary).

Day 10: Departure Information

Shuttle to the Airport

On the final tour day, we shuttle you to the Puerto Montt Airport (PMC) Your spot on the shuttle is already saved. Schedule your flights at 2 p.m. or later. The transfer takes about 4 hours and the shuttle arrives around 11:30 a.m.

The below information will help you plan your departure. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio. The fare and timing information listed below is approximate.

Puerto Montt Airport (PMC) has connections to Santiago, Chile (SCL), Buenos Aires International Airport (EZE), and Buenos Aires Domestic Airport (AEP) see LATAM

  • Connecting in Santiago, Chile: LATAM offers several 1.5 hour direct flights to Santiago.
  • Connecting in Buenos Aires: LATAM offers several flights daily to both Buenos Aires Airports - you may have to connect through Santiago). It is a 4.5 to 5.5 hour flight.
  • Most international flights from South America leave in the late evening, so it is possible to connect with an international flight the day the tour ends.

What's Included

For a full list of what's included before, during and after your bike tour, visit our What's Included page.

Keep in Mind

We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

Our bikes in South America are aluminum frames and the road bikes come with a carbon fork. We do shuttle a number of times on this ride to avoid traffic or sections of rough roads.

Pre-Trip Planning Checklist

To do right after you booked!

6 to 3 Months Prior to Tour Start Date

  • Check the online itinerary of your trip and review the arrival and departure information under the "Travel Information" tab to see meeting place and time, if a reservation on a complimentary ExperiencePlus! Shuttle (if applicable) is required, and other important information to help you plan your arrival and departure.
  • Reserve your flights after you know you have a confirmed tour departure. Please check with our office if you do not know if your trip is confirmed.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights.
  • 12 weeks before your tour begin your training program: https://www.experienceplus.com/blog/travel-planning/bicycle-tour-training/
  • Final payment is due 90 days prior to the tour start. Please refer to your Deposit Payment Invoice and the Final Payment Reminder e-mail you have received for detailed instructions.

6 to 2 Weeks Prior to Tour Start Date

Day of Your Flight

Get as much sleep on the plane as you can. Pack your one day of cycling gear in your carry-on. See you soon!

What to Expect on Tour

Bicycles

Your bike comes with a pack for the rear rack, lock, cyclometer (bicycle computer), a spare tube and patch kit and pump, a rear light and in some places a bell. If you would like to bring your own pedals and shoes we recommend doing so—your tour leaders will install them during the bike fitting. We have flat pedals with or without cages available. For safety and hygiene reasons you are responsible for bringing a helmet.

Daysheets

Each day you'll receive a daysheet with information on the day's activities, meals and ride. These also include Tour Leader phone numbers, hotel information and interesting historical and cultural information about sites that you may want to stop and see along the route. Your Tour Leaders will also post daily announcements in the hotel lobby with information about sightseeing in town or restaurant recommendations for dinners on your own as well as important information about breakfast, luggage down and "arrows down" time.

Navigating on Tour

Each day we will provide you with a route map with the day's ride highlighted route. Of course, we also mark the route every day with our signature chalk dust arrows. Our arrows make navigating very easy—you may never need to look at the map! The arrows also allow you to ride at your own pace. There is no need to "keep up" with the group—this is your ride!

But what if it rains? What happens to the arrows? In a light rain, the arrows actually "set up" and become more permanent. In a heavy rain, they do wash away. If that happens, we'll re-group to cycle together for those who want to continue cycling while those who prefer to stay dry can shuttle.

For the tech-loving riders out there we offer the opportunity to download GPS tracks of most tour routes to your personal GPS device using RideWithGPS.com. Tracks are available upon request approximately three to four weeks prior to the departure.

Van Support

The van carries luggage and supports cyclists. It also has water, fruit and snacks. Though the van has snacks, we encourage you to stop and enjoy markets and find your own favorite local specialty.

Hotels

We have carefully chosen all of our accommodations for their charm and location. They are typically small, family run hotels that offer you a glimpse into the local culture.

We prefer hotels near interesting sites in the center of town located along the best cycling route in the area. Because many of the hotels are small not all of the rooms will be exactly the same. We keep this in mind and do our best to distribute rooms fairly by the end of the tour. Our itinerary lists our primary hotels. On rare occasions, listed hotels are subject to change.

Meals and Restaurants

Breakfasts: we work hard to arrange complete breakfasts but some hotels still serve continental style breakfasts; cycling is energy intensive so we do recommend you plan for a morning or mid-morning snack on the road at a local café or market.

Water is OK in almost all hotels and in country fountains; if there is a problem, we will advise you.

We'll recommend lunch locations en route and most itineraries include a few group picnics. We limit the number of picnics so you don't feel pressured to be at a certain place in the middle of your ride.

Dinners together are often pre-planned and pre-ordered. We'll ask you prior to your trip if you have special dietary requirements. Preplanned meals allow us to provide a variety of regional specialties and facilitate efficient service. Water, wine and beer are included.

Tipping Your Tour Leader Team

If you feel your tour leader team has demonstrated great expertise and service, common practice within the travel industry is to tip. Tipping is voluntary and greatly appreciated, and gratuity amounts vary widely. Should you decide to leave a tip, as a guideline, we suggest 5% of the tour cost per traveler – this for the entire tour leader team, not each Tour Leader. If you’d like to show your gratitude for your Tour Leaders’ excellent service you can give the tip to any member of the tour leader team, as they share it evenly. In order to avoid social tensions, we encourage you to tip as individuals and not as a group. If you feel your Tour Leaders did not quite meet your expectations, then we would like to know about it. You will also have the opportunity to leave your comments in our evaluation survey which we email to you after your trip.

Photos

By reserving space on tour, you agree that ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours may use, re-use and reproduce any images, photos or videos that you send to us, or that are taken by our guides and/or other travelers of you individually or in a group, in any medium, including but not limited to print, electronic media, or Internet, free of charge and without your right to inspection, for promoting and publicizing our travel products and services worldwide. If you do not want us to use any images of you that are taken by us or other participants during the tour, you must inform us or your tour leader in writing at the start of the tour.

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  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? Hard to choose...stunning scenery, challenging climbs, helpful, supportive tour leaders. I also loved the garden luncheon, and enjoyed the farm tour.

    Julia V., Nottingham, NH
  • [What I liked most was] the ride to Fruitallar. It was so beautiful and not much traffic.

    Whitney R,
    Fresno, CA
  • The tour leader was outstanding. She was most attentive to our needs and helped us have the best experiences ...

    William D.
    Goshin, CT
  • The trip was well organized: the guides were attentive, informative, helpful and fun to hang out with; the hotels were great; restaurants that were included or recommended by the guides were fabulous; bikes were in "new" condition; the other people on the trip were great travel companions. I would definitely recommend your company to anyone looking for a bike touring company and I hope to make it on another one of your trips some time.

    Jeff F., Cottekill, NY
  • One of the best bike trips ever, and we have had many. I can not say enough good things about the trip. I forgot to mention the navigational arrows, what a joy.

    Elena P., New York, NY
  • Bravo!

    Pam N., Fort Davis, TX
  • Asked what is his favorite opera, a friend replied "the last one I saw." I feel somewhat the same about bike tours. (This is my fourth, the first with ExperiencePlus!.) Putting aside that bias, however, I have to say that you really did do everything possible to make this a first class and memorable experience. The cultural highlights are an extremely valuable addition to some great cycling.

    Guy C., Vallejo, CA
  • Fantastic scenery, a gorgeous view at every turn. Lakes, mountains, forest, volcanoes, wildlife, oceans, parks, it has it all. Great food at locations one would never find on one''s own. Warm and gracious people. Interesting accommodations, with a taste of every kind--B&B, high rise hotel, low rise hotel, park "lodges" and an all-inclusive resort. Challenging riding but one can''t have the scenery without hills.

    Jill W., Sarasota, FL
  • Two weeks riding through a great place with great folks. I loved lunch at the border of Chile and the hot tub soak at the end of that day at the all inclusive spa.

    Richard H., Raleigh, NC
  • Thanks so much for everything, I feel really blessed in having such nice tour leader all the time. And I'm in love with the Hotel Puelche in Puente Varras, archecturally it was interesting, the porportions and lay out, plus the food was goood.

    Barbara H.
    Lexington, MA
  • I've taken numerous bike tours with various companies and will say that ExperiencePlus! offers the best value for the money. Also, I find my fellow bikers in the ExperiencePlus! groups to be the easiest to get along with and among the nicest I've ever met while traveling - no whiners! Some of the more expensive bike tour companies tend to attract more high-maintenance travelers (who care more about the hotel and dressing up for dinner than the biking), meaning the focus of their trips will often stray from the biking and cultural experience. I like the fact that ExperiencePlus! will choose/recommend restaurants where the locals themselves dine.

    Charlene L.
    Jersey City, NJ
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? I would (and have) told them 1) that I had a great trip; 2) that the guides were wonderful; 3) that the mountains were exquisite; 4) accommodations and interesting meals were fabulous.

    Benjamin L., Washington, DC
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? Crossing the border from Argentina to Chile. The boat trip to see the penguins. Enjoying the company of my fellow travelers. The home cooked meal on Chiloe Island.

    Bill P., Meadville, PA
  • The stilt hotel on Chiloe Island was magical. We took a kayak up the lake to the Pacific coast swam in the ocean and that evening lay on the deck and wondered at the night sky. Fab. A great trip I will never forget, experience of a lifetime.

    Len C., Harrogate, UK
  • The entire experience was fantastic. Nadine and others in the office were a great help in the beginning. From leaders to routes to meals to hotels, this was a terrific experience! Thank you!

    Paul T., Fort Collins, CO - February 2018
  • I was very impressed by the local character of most of the places we ate at, like lunch on the seashore the last day in Chiloe. Biking in beautiful scenery, mountains, and rural roads. An introduction to Chilean coastal culture.

    Jack R., Cary, NC
  • I''ve told my friends that this tour offered us the best of both worlds - a company to take care of the travel arrangements, support, and transfers, but with the advantage of not being wedded to a group 24/7. I enjoyed the freedom of riding at my own pace and having opportunities to stop and soak in local sights and culture as much as I wished. My favorite experience was when we cycled around the Island of Chiloe. I loved the quiet roads, jaw dropping scenery, and the friendly people we encountered along the way.

    Margaret M., Salt Lake City, UT - December 2017
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? So many... reaching the summit, seeing the penguins, enjoying the curanto dinner and lamb lunch.

    Diane C., Gabriola, Canada
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? A very enjoyable cultural experience using bikes as a means of transportation that facilitates stopping and enjoying the country. There certainly is a fair amount of cycling effort but it is not a hard core cycling tour for hammerheads. Thanks for an awesome trip!

    Kevin M., Salt Lake City, UT - December 2017
  • Thanks for a great ExperiencePlus!

    Jeff W., Fort Collins, CO
  • Everything about the trip was excellent, from the well designed routes and navigational arrows, to the guides who were amazing in their knowledge and friendliness and willingness to make the trip a memorable experience.

    Judi B., Waban, MA
  • A great experience - with wonderful (and knowledgeable) local guides.

    Paul B., Sydney, NSW - February 2018
  • A great bicycle trip with such beauty, interesting country, people, food, and wine. The guides are great! Fun, helpful, interesting! The road markings are good. The hotels, food, and wine wonderful. ExperiencePlus! has bicycle trips down! I am a big fan and look forward to my next trip!

    Josephine C., Hilo, HI
  • Spectacular scenery, good company, comfortable accommodations. My favorite exprience was the three days on Chiloe.

    Zoe E., Williston, VT
  • I had so many great experiences but I think Chiloé Island was awesome. We saw penguins, had a really special lunch, stayed in the stilt hotel, went out to the lunch on the farm and had a really great ride along the river to the National Park. The people were so friendly! The lake district was beautiful and the volcanos and mountains were stunning.

    Renee C., Johnston, IA
  • Wonderful, wonderful food including meals that were at the homes of local residents. Consistently good lodging. Excellent, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable guides. Much beautiful scenery.

    David S., Appleton, WI
  • The trip of my life! Two days stand out - cycling across the Andes and the ever changing scenery from Argentina to Chile, lunch and birthday cake on the border, followed by hot spas - a perfect end to a perfect day! Also the first day in Chiloe - ferries, waterfront restaurant, fields of cows by the cliffs over oceans, cycling, penquins and an amazing dinner - all in one day!!!

    Maz C., Shelter Island Heights, NY - February 2018
  • The combination of gorgeous routes and extra cultural experiences made for a totally rich experience. We would head out every morning eager to see what fabulous surprises awaited us. And of course our guides were the best! One of the best vacations of our lives!!!!

    Starr and Phil T., Ft Collins, CO
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Challenging cycling, amazing scenery, great cultural experience. Great trip! Thanks to all, I''''m sure we''''ll be back.

    Stephen & Allison F., E. Greenwich, RI - Feb 2018
  • It was truly the greatest adventure of my life--at the age of 71. So glad I did it. Everyone was wonderful!

    Bonita O., Woodston, KS
  • Do it. Do it. Do it. Trip of a lifetime. If a medium strength rider, ask for the E-bike and just have fun!

    Melinda C., Renton, WA
  • We just returned from the Argentina - Chile trip and wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had. The tour leader did an outstanding job leading this inaugural journey and along with our Argentine guides made our ride fun and interesting. The Chiloé extension only added icing to the cake. What a beautiful island filled with very special people and gorgeous scenery. I would highly recommend to anyone going on the bicycle trip to not miss this added bonus. It is well worth the time and money.

    Larry and Corky B.
    Herkimer, NY
  • Excellent, full of new information, new experiences. Great cycling. Chiloe - the phenomenal experiences with the people there. The market in Ancud, the curanto, phenomenal king crab lunch, dinner on the farm, seaweed collectors on the shore.

    Jo E., Appleton, WI
  • An experience of a lifetime! What was your favorite experience on this trip? I can''t say. Everything on this trip gelled. The guides, the cultural experience in Argentina and Chile, the other members of the group, and the riding was spectacular on a daily basis.

    Susan M., Syracuse, NY
  • The guides were very good. Great trip.

    Thomas E.
    Houston, TX
  • Great biking, fabulous scenery, extraordinary guides... Would definitely use Experience Plus again, especially in Argentina with the same guides. Have already sung your praises to a number of biking friends. From my first phone call, through trip prep and then the tour, everyone was professional and went out of their way to make this the trip what we wanted. Phenomenal customer service.

    Sue R., Vail, CO
  • A brilliant way to see Patagonia at close range with local guides and experience. An excellent tour with great guides. 10 of 10. Would recommend.

    David E., Sydney, Australia
  • [What I liked most was] The biking and the treatment we received from the tour leaders. Especially the birthday cake they provided at the day-three dinner for my 61st birthday.

    James M., Hilo, HI
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