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. We will cycle across the Continental Divide in the Andes, from Argentina into Chile experiencing the wild expanse of Patagonia's ever-changing landscape of pristine lakes, lush forests, conical volcanoes and snowcapped Andean peaks. Next, we explore Chiloé Island's tranquil fjords, wooden churches, pastoral landscapes and the rugged Pacific coastline. With its rich history and isolated location, Chiloé Island offers a cultural experience that is unique to Chile and the world.

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.

Is cycling in South America for you? Check out our What to expect: Cycling in South America page.

Tour Dates & Prices

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Dec 2-11, 2023
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Feb 3-12, 2024
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Feb 17-26, 2024
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* 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

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 10 Days
  • Total Distance / 419 kms (260 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / 70 km (43 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level & Tour Style / 3.5 Classic
  • 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$5295
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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.

    We do shuttle to avoid traffic or sections of rough roads. A/C or fans may not always be available since they haven't traditionally been needed.
  • Includes
    10 days, 9 nights accommodation; bilingual tour leaders; meals as noted in itinerary.

    Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your Classic tour at the Classic Tour Style page.
  • Arrive / Depart
    San Carlos de Bariloche (BRC) / Puerto Montt, Chile
  • Overall Tour Level
    3.5 difficulty level 3.5
  • Daily Ride Summary




    Day Level


    Other activity
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    33km / 575m
    difficulty level 2.5
    Hike day
    87km / 1319m
    difficulty level 5.0
    123km / 982m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 4.0
    61km / 328m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.5
    25km / 336m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.0
    61km / 1017m
    Very hilly
    difficulty level 4.0
    55km / 659m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 2.5
    Last day

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Mountainous Mountainous

Daily Itinerary
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DAY 1: Welcome to South America!

Highlights: Fit Bicycles, Welcome Dinner

We meet this afternoon at our hotel in San Carlos de Bariloche. This bustling mountain town is a year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts. We'll meet late this afternoon to fit bicycles. After the fitting we'll take a guided walk through Bariloche and enjoy a welcome dinner together.

DAY 2: Bariloche to Circuito Chico

Highlights: Bariloche, Cerro Campanario ski lift for panoramic view of the Andes, hotel spa

After a brief shuttle out of town we'll do a short test ride to make any necessary adjustments to your bike before heading out on our longer route. Tiny back roads lead us through forests and offer stunning views of Lago Nahuel Huapi and the Lago Perito Moreno. Our ride ends at the base of Cerro Campanario. Freshen up at the hotel and then take a short walk to the base of the ski area where we'll take the chairlifts up the mountain to enjoy a panoramic view of Bariloche - this is often called one of the top ten views in the world.

  • Distance: 33km (21mi)
  • Gain: 575m (1886ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: difficulty level 2.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 3: Villa La Angostura

Highlights: Hiking day, 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 Quetrihué Peninsula. Upon docking we'll walk a wooded path through Arrayanes National Park and some of the most pristine myrtle in South America. In the 1970's, 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 1930's and it inspired his choice for Bambi's cinnamon color as well as the film's setting. Our hike will take between 3 and 4 hours.

DAY 4: Crossing into Chile

Highlights: Crossing the Andes, Cardenal Samore Pass, thermal spas

Today's ride is all about crossing the Andes! While Argentina and Chile share the same latitude, Argentina's dense and diverse vegetation is distinctly different from the lush green forests and farmlands of Chile. Prepare to be awestruck as you enjoy the incredible shift in landscape while pedaling 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 advantage of the hotel's wonderful thermal pools before dinner together this evening.

  • Distance: 87km (54mi)
  • Gain: 1319m (4326ft)
  • Terrain: Mountainous
  • Day Level: difficulty 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 of one of Patagonia's beautiful lakes. Tonight we'll feast on a delicious home-cooked dinner together.

  • Distance: 123km (76mi)
  • Gain: 982m (3221ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Day Level: difficulty level 4.0
  • 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: 61km (38mi)
  • Gain: 328m (1076ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 1.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 7: Ride from Ancud to the Coast

Highlights: Chiloé Island, Penguins, traditional curanto

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 we bike to Puñihuil bay, where we take a boat ride around the small islands to visit the local penguins.

After that we shuttle to Castro and have dinner together.

  • Distance: 25km (16mi)
  • Gain: 336m (1102ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 1.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 8: Bicycle Castro to Dalcahue, Curaco de Velez and Achao

Highlights: Fishing villages, traditional Chilote boats

We pedal to the east coast of Chiloé today towards Dalcahue, Curaco de Velez and 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. After Achao, we continue to an Agritourism for lunch and after that we'll take the van back to Castro.

  • Distance: 61km (38mi)
  • Gain: 1017m (3336ft)
  • Terrain: Very hilly
  • Day Level: difficulty level 4.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Lodging:

DAY 9: Bicycle Chiloé National Park

Highlights: Quiet roads, birds and wildlife viewing

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: 55km (34mi)
  • Gain: 659m (2162ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Day Level: difficulty level 2.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 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!

Meeting time 4 p.m. - on Day 1, meet your fellow cyclists and Tour Leaders at the Day 1 Hotel specified on the itinerary. 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). Click here for information on transferring between Buenos Aires’ international and domestic airports .

How to arrive at the Day 1 Hotel from Bariloche Airport:

  • Taxi: available just outside the airport exit (30-40 min, 450 to 560 pesos/US$12-15

Day 10: Departure Information

Shuttle to the Airport

On the final tour day, we shuttle you to the Chiloe Castro Mocopulli Airport (MHC). Your spot on the shuttle is already saved. Schedule your flights at 2 p.m. or later. The transfer takes about 1.5 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.

Mocopulli Airport (MHC): 

  • Connecting in Santiago, Chile: LATAM offers 1.45 hour direct flights to Santiago from where you will have domestic and international connections.
  • 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.

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.

We do shuttle to avoid traffic or sections of rough roads. A/C or fans may not always be available since they haven't traditionally been needed.

Pre-Trip Planning Checklist

To do right after you booked!

6 to 3 Months Prior to Tour Start Date

  • Refer to your Tour Packet/Itinerary to see step-by-step arrival and departure information for your tour, 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.
  • Begin your chosen training program.
  • Final payment is due 90 days (120 days for Bike &Barge/Boat tours) prior to the tour start. Please refer to your Invoice and the Final Payment Reminder e-mail we send 10 days prior to the due date for detailed instructions.

6 to 2 Weeks Prior to Tour Start Date

  • Start reading one of the books or watching one of the movies from our Reading and Movie Lists:
  • Plan what you are going to pack and start packing! Refer to the Packing Lists on our website at
  • We'll email you your access code to Digital Daysheets, Hotel Itinerary, Participant Roster, names and contact information of your Tour Leaders, emergency phone numbers, and other important departure information about 2 weeks prior to your tour start date. All this will be provided to you via a feature called Experiences via the RideWithGPS App (tracks available but not necessary for navigation on Classic, Expedition and Bike & Boat tours).

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

Classic Tour Style

Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your Classic tour at the Classic page.





  • Exceptional! Very well planned itinerary and well thought out routes, accommodations and meals. The daily rides took us through back country scenic routes, some quite challenging. We definitely loved the chalked arrows signifying the routes which made it easy.

    Lisa and Rick M., Evergreen, CO - February 2020
  • Beautiful views, great exercise, spending time with like minded people, ExperiencePlus! knows their business.

    Monty M., Admore, PA - February 2020
  • A wonderful way to get to experience the region, especially if you've never been before. Favorite things: the island of Chiloe. The food and the local restaurants.

    Nadine K., Edmonton, Alberta - December 2019
  • The tour was a great combination of fun riding, great eating and spectacular scenery. I didn't have any idea what to expect, as I'd never been to South America before, but it was wonderful and I will go back again, maybe even for another ride!

    Erika G., St Augustine, GA - December 2019
  • Very diverse. Wonderful scenery. Great food. Favorite things: Boat trip to see the penguins. Riding around the lake in Chile with views of the volcano. Special dinner in Chile at agritourismo and all the lunches.

    Debbie M., Tiburn, CA - Decemeber 2019
  • This was our first tour with ExperiencePlus! and I definitely look forward to the next one. From the folks working with us on scheduling to the guides and the people on the tour with us, it was really a great experience. Thank you.

    Terri T., Salt Lake City, UT - February 2019
  • Empanadas at the top of the Andes.

    Thomas E., St Paul, MN - February 2019
  • Great trip with excellent and knowledgeable leaders as in all my ExperiencePlus! adventures.

    Ole L., Fort Worth, TX - February 2019
  • A great holiday, great guides and great scenery.

    Richard C., Limavady, NO Ireland - December 2018
  • This was an excellent, well organized trip that gave us the opportunity to see another part of the world that we would not have done on our own.

    Gary P., Tucson, AZ - December 2018
  • A great experience - with wonderful (and knowledgeable) local guides.

    Paul B., Sydney, NSW - February 2018
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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? 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
  • 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
  • Bravo!

    Pam N., Fort Davis, TX
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Spectacular scenery, good company, comfortable accommodations. My favorite exprience was the three days on Chiloe.

    Zoe E., Williston, VT
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Thanks for a great ExperiencePlus!

    Jeff W., Fort Collins, CO
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • [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
  • [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
  • 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
  • The guides were very good. Great trip.

    Thomas E.
    Houston, TX

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