Bicycling Chile Plus! the Total Solar Eclipse

Bicycling Chile Plus! the Total Solar Eclipse

An amazing opportunity to experience a total solar eclipse and cycle through the stunning wine country of Chile! One of the most prestigious "new world" wine producing regions, Chile's central valley has produced award winning wines in recent years. Join us on our bicycle tour of the Chilean wine country where we pedal through vineyards of the Central Valley before turning south and bicycling along the stunning beaches of the scenic Pacific Coast. We stay in historic colonial cities such as Santa Cruz and Constitucion and visit secluded villages and beach resorts. The last full day of the tour we shuttle to the path of totality and celebrate our adventure in the darkness of the solar eclipse. This is a trip sure to satisfy wine and food lovers and the eclipse makes it truly extraordinary.

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
Dec 5-15, 2020
USD$6050
USD$900
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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 / 11 Days
  • Total Distance / 652 km (405 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / 81 km (51 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level & Tour Style / 3.5 Classic
  • Countries / Chile
  • Begin/End / Santiago/ Malalcahuello
  • Price / From USD$6050
Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • Highlights
    Wineries: Casa Silva and VIK, Santa Cruz museum, Pacific coastline along the route, solar eclipse near the Tolhuaca and Lonquimay volcanoes.
  • Includes
    11 days, 10 nights accommodation, meals as noted in itinerary, van support, bilingual tour leaders, winery visits.

    Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your Classic tour at the Classic Tour Style page.
  • Arrive / Depart
    Santiago Int'l Airport (SCL) / Temuco Airport (ZCO)
  • Overall Tour Level
    3.5 difficulty level 3.5
  • Daily Ride Summary

    Day

    Distance/Gain
    mi/ftkm/m

    Terrain

    Day Level

    Notes

    1
    Transfer day
    2
    42km / 149m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.0
    3
    69km / 340m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 2.0
    4
    83km / 835m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 4.0
    Shorter optional ride available
    5
    93km / 1319m
    Mountainous
    difficulty level 5.0
    Shorter optional ride available
    6
    85km / 1126m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 4.5
    Shorter optional ride available
    7
    119km / 1267m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 5.0
    Shorter optional ride available
    8
    90km / 516m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 2.5
    Shorter optional ride available
    9
    69km / 753m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 3.0
    10
    Other activity
    See Daily Itinerary for details
    11
    Last day

Terrain Legend

Gentle Gentle

Rolling hills Rolling hills

Hilly Hilly

Very hilly Very hilly

Mountainous Mountainous

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DAY 1: Welcome to Santiago

Highlights: Santiago, capital of Chile

We gather today in Santiago de Chile, the capital of Chile. Santiago is a delightful, metropolitan city. We suggest arriving at least a couple of days early so you can explore the covered market and San Cristóbal Hill, a major city landmark. We'll have introductions and a welcome dinner tonight.

DAY 2: Santiago to Millahue

Highlights: Award winning wineries and architectural wonders

It's a full day today! First we'll shuttle south into the Central Valley stopping for lunch and a tour of the award winning Casa Silva winery. After lunch we'll have our bike fitting. The stunning Andes will be our backdrop today as we pedal through vineyards to our hotel, which is one of Chile's most stunning wineries and hotels. Inspired by the Andes Mountains and the work of Frank Gehry, the Vina Vik hotel is nestled in the foothills of the Andes in the Millahue Valley, named "Lugar de Oro" or "Golden Place" by the native Mapuche. We'll have dinner and a wine tasting enjoying the fruits and ambiance of this amazing hotel built by one of Chile's award winning architects.

  • Distance: 42km (26mi)
  • Gain: 149m (489ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 1.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 3: Millahue to Santa Cruz

Highlights: Countryside, water mills of Larmahue, Santa Cruz Museum

On our bicycle ride to today we'll pass several distinct towns in the central agricultural area of Chile as we pedal towards Santa Cruz, the capital city of this region. We'll see watermills that were once used to irrigate the fertile farmlands of Chile's most famous wine region. These important watermills are protected by UNESCO in the small town of Larmahue.

  • Distance: 69km (43mi)
  • Gain: 340m (1115ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 2.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Lodging:

DAY 4: Santa Cruz to Vichuquén

Highlights: Boyeruca beach & Lago Vichuquén

We leave Santa Cruz today and ride west towards the Pacific Ocean. On the way take time to visit the beautiful town of Lolol. Our ride ends on the coast at Boyeruca beach. From here we'll shuttle the final 45 kilometers to avoid some rough roads.

  • Distance: 83km (52mi)
  • Gain: 835m (2739ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: difficulty level 4.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 5: Vichiquén to Constitución

Highlights: Pedaling the Pacific Coast and Massive rock formations at Constitución

We ride across the coastal range and down to the seaside as we head south through pine forests and small fishing villages. We'll have a picnic lunch in Putu a typical small town in the central valley before finishing the day at our beachside cabins. If you want to shorten the day you can jump in the van after lunch to get to the beach early and spend some time relaxing this afternoon.

  • Distance: 93km (58mi)
  • Gain: 1319m (4326ft)
  • Terrain: Mountainous
  • Day Level: difficulty level 5.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 6: Constitución to Pelluhue

Highlights: Rolling hills and the Pacific Coast

We'll be surrounded by cool pine forests most of the way to Chanco before continuing south to the beach town of Pelluhue. Take time to explore the nearby beach and active sand dunes which nearly buried Chanco over the last century before pine woods were planted to protect it.

  • Distance: 85km (53mi)
  • Gain: 1126m (3693ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: difficulty level 4.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 7: Pelluhue to Chillan

Highlights: Chillan - home to the national Liberator Bernardo O´Higgins

We shuttle to Cauquenes and explore its central market before continuing to pedal south towards Chillan, a small town in Chile's central Valley. We'll be crossing the coastal range into the central valley as Chile's unique geography is on display. As one of the narrowest countries in the world you can easily pedal from one eco system to the next and today we explore the "bread" basket of Chile that is the economic driver for this region.

  • Distance: 119km (74mi)
  • Gain: 1267m (4156ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: difficulty level 5.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Lodging:

DAY 8: Chillan to Los Angeles

Highlights: Pedal the foothills of the Andes with views of stunning volcanoes

We continue our journey south towards the Eclipse's path of totality beginning with a short shuttle before hopping on the bikes to pedal along the foothills of the Andes. We are on the east side of the Pan American highway now and the backdrop includes the Andes Range, small vineyards and the Cayaqui, Copahue and Antuco Volcanoes. Part of our ride includes some hard packed gravel roads that lead us into the heart of the farmland at the base of these beautiful mountains.

DAY 9: Los Angeles to Malalcahuello

Highlights: The Andes Range and the foothills of Tolguaca Volcano

After a short shuttle this morning we'll pedal south towards a small town in the Araucania region which was founded by Italian Immigrants. To this day the Italo-Chilean connection is strong and you will find Italian food at most local establishments. The Araucania region is named after the Araucania tree, or monkey-puzzle tree. It is native to this region and towers over the rest of the forest that covers these mountains.

  • Distance: 69km (43mi)
  • Gain: 753m (2470ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Day Level: difficulty level 3.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 10: Shuttle to view Eclipse

Highlights: The Path of Totality on the shores of Lago Budi and the Pacific

We'll start the day with a "sun dance" to ensure that the clouds stay away and then head to the coast for lunch and to get in position for the eclipse. We'll make sure you have protective eye wear to enjoy every moment leading up to the total eclipse. After the eclipse we'll head back to our hotel for a celebratory final dinner.

DAY 11: Shuttle to Temuco Airport

Highlights: Flights home or more adventures

We'll shuttle to Temuco this morning so you can catch a flight home or perhaps Easter Island calls. Make sure you plan flights after 1:00 p.m. as we won't be getting to the airport until around 11:00 a.m.

  • Meals: Breakfast
Travel Information

Travel Information

Day 1: Arrival Information

Welcome to Santiago

In the evening of Day 1, meet your fellow cyclists and Tour Leaders at the Day 1 Hotel specified in the itinerary.

You will find more details in our welcome note at the hotel's front desk

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 Santiago International Airport (SLC).

How to get to the Day 1 Hotel:

Arriving at Santiago Airport and proceeding to the Day 1 Hotel

  • Taxi, located just outside the airport (20-30 min/26,000 Chilean pesos)
  • or private transfer (Taxi drivers in Chile can be a little intimidating, so if you’d like us to arrange a private transfer from the airport to the hotel contact reservations@experienceplus.com  (20-30 min/fares vary)

Day 11: Departure Information

Shuttle to Temuco Airport

We offer a complimentary ExperiencePlus! shuttle to Temuco Airport (ZCO) on the last day of the tour. The shuttle takes about 2 hours. Your spot on the shuttle is already reserved for you. 

  • Arrival at Temuco Airport 11 a.m. Schedule your flight departure after 1 p.m.

Pre-Trip Planning Checklist

To Do Today!

3–6 Months Prior to 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. As you make your plans refer to the Getting To and Away sent to you in your booking confirmation email it provides meeting times and the starting and ending hotels and shuttle information when applicable.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights. Please refer to the Getting To and Away sheet you received in your Reservation Confirmation Email.
  • 12 weeks before your tour begin your training program www.experienceplus.com/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 Weeks–2 Weeks Prior to Departure

Day of Your Flight

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

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