◦ Small groups, usually 4 people and no bigger than 10.
◦ Professional and dedicated English speaking guides.
◦ Pedal alongside one of Chile’s most beautiful and scenic routes of the central valley
◦ Meet less touristy places located off the beaten path
◦ Visit by bike three of the most famous wine valleys in Chile: Maipo, Casablanca and Leyda
◦ Enjoy traditional Chilean food and delicious homemade picnic lunches.
◦ Stay overnight at comfortable hotels in Santiago, Casablanca and Valparaíso.
◦ Visit Pablo Neruda’s House-Museum in Isla Negra
◦ Bicycle in Tunquen, one of the most scenic beaches of the central valley
◦ Support vehicle on rides and English speaking guides with great knowledge on Chilean wines
◦ This is a 100% biking experience although we will have a support vehicle in case we need it.
◦ Customized pace: we stop as much as you want.
◦ Before or after the tour, you can join our wine tours in the Central Valleys or city tours in Santiago.
◦ Deluxe on route picnics.
Easy, You’re not a fanatical rider, but you exercise regularly and enjoy a leisurely day’s spin on your bike. Expect a relaxed pace over gently rolling terrain, with some ups and downs and vistas and valleys. Average distance per day: 25-35 miles / 40-50 km.
We advise you to bring clothing for warm and cold weather; also including helmet and cap, brightly colored cycling jerseys, arm and leg warmers, base layers, windbreaker, booties, gloves, two pairs of sneakers, a waterproof jacket and any other waterproof item, sunglasses, bathing suit and sandals. Don’t forget your camera!
As indicated in the program or similar
Modern van or minibus according to group size, air-conditioned
Slight itinerary modifications might occur due to weather and or road conditions, or force majeur.
Any policy you purchase should, at the very least, cover trip cancellation, loss of baggage, accident/life coverage, travel delays, and non-refundable airline tickets. Carriers for travel insurance include Travel Guard and Travelex. You may also consider insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation. Search the web to find the best deal that suits your needs- read the fine print.
Besides your own on-road safety gear (helmet, rearview mirrors, bright colored jerseys and gloves) we provide a support vehicle that drives at the rear of the group with a road-sign that alert other drivers the presence of bike riders on the road. Drivers in Chile are used to bicycles on the road, so they shouldn’t bother you while riding. All our staff communicates by radio at all times.
90 MINUTES RIDING WAIT POLICY
In order to ensure that the timing and logistics of the rides and tour go more smoothly, please be informed that from the time that it takes for the first rider to complete a ride, the transportation vehicles will wait a maximum of 90 minutes for the remaining cyclists to finish riding. After this point, the riders yet to reach the finish line will have to get into the vans and be transported in the vehicles to reunite with the group.
If you bring your own bike, make sure they have tires of at least 28 cm size. Although the road surfaces are normally in fine shape, one never knows what condition they will be in after the winter. Pack your bike well in a bike box that we can easily store for its transportation during the tour. Standard size bike hard-cases are welcomed, nevertheless if they are extremely oversized they might have to be stay in Santiago.
NON STANDAR WHEELS
If your wheel size is different than 700, you MUST bring your own parts (tires, tubes and spokes). Likewise, if your wheels have any special features make sure you bring your own special spokes.
If your bike is like one of the Bike Friday models, please make sure you bring enough bike parts (especially: tires, tubes and spokes), as in Chile there are no places where you can purchase any part for that kind of bike.
In Chile, the local currency is called “Peso”.
The current exchange rate is $1 USD = $600 Chilean Pesos (CLP).
Travel checks are not convenient because only few places accept them and the exchange rate is 10% lower than dollar bills. Most credit cards are accepted at shops, restaurants and hotels. The most common cards are Master Card, Visa and Dinners Club. American Express is less commonly accepted that the others. There is no need to bring a large amount of cash; there are ATMs almost everywhere we go on the tour. The maximum amount of money that you can withdraw per day is equivalent to $300.000 CLP.
For up to date information we suggest you visit the website www.xe.com/ucc/