Chilean Bike and Wine Adventure

 

10 days/9 nights

 

With the Andes Mountains as a backdrop, view some of South America’s most spectacular landscape which produces some of the world’s best wines. Pedal at your own pace down country back roads, past farms and rolling hills, and even take a spin through rows of vines. You will also experience the highlights of Chile’s capital, Santiago, and the breathtaking Pacific coast.

 

Day 1: Arrival Santiago, Chile

 

Welcome to Chile! Your Santiago Adventure guide will meet you at Santiago’s International Airport and take you to your hotel in the heart of the city. After you have time to settle in, your guide will meet you in the lobby to set out on your half day tour of Chile’s modern capital.

You will visit Santiago’s most important historical sites, including the downtown area surrounding the Plaza de Armas, the La Moneda Presidential Palace, and the Mercado Central. Continuing through the cobblestoned Lastarria neighborhood, walk through the Parque Forestal and pass by the Bellas Artes Museum. For a panoramic vista of the city,visit the top of Cerro San Cristobal Hill, 600 feet above the city. You will have the option to visit one of Santiago’s most famous museums, La Chascona, the former home of Chile’s beloved poet, Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda, and now an interesting museum.

In the early evening, go to the eclectic Lastarria neighborhood, where you’ll have dinner at the barrio’s favorite wine bar. There you will enjoy a special flight of six distinctive Chilean wines paired with a variety of tapas.

 

Meals Included: Dinner

 

Day 2: The Casablanca Valley

After a one-hour drive from Santiago, you will begin your biking adventure with a tasting to celebrate the start of the ride at the award-winning Veramonte Winery, where expression of original terroir is the key to success. Each wine is a reflection of the unique combination of soil, geography, and climate, and all at Veramonte nurture this philosophy in all aspects of the process from seed to table. The result is wine of outstanding quality, such as the Primus Cabernet/Merlot/Carménère blend and Ritual Pinot Noir.

Hop on your bikes and head to Loma Larga Vineyards. Named “Winery of the Year 2011” by Wine & Spirits magazine, Loma Larga continues to represent the best of the Casablanca Valley. Loma Larga sets the bar for quality cold-climate red wines with several award winners and consistent 90+ point ratings by such prestigious publications as Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Here, you’ll enjoy a tour through the winery and a tasting followed by a lovely picnic lunch.

Next, you’ll pedal through the back roads of the San Geronimo Hacienda and arrive to Matetic Winery in the San Antonio Valley, where you will spend the next two nights in their beautiful historic hotel.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total Pedaling Distance: 38miles / 59 km

 

Day 3: The Hidden Back Roads of the San Antonio Valley

Today you’ll ride a loop around the breathtaking San Antonio Valley – some of the best cycling in Chile’s Central Valley. First, you will pedal through the quaint village of Lagunillas where you will turn east and gently climb into the foothills of the coastal range. Here, you’ll access the private farmlands of the Rosario Valley which belong to the Matetic Winery. This is a fun route with stretches of dirt roads with the chance to explore the property’s antique winery, Coralillo, before arriving to the state-of-the-art facilities of the winery that Wine & Spirits magazine called a “great ambassador” for Chilean wine on the world stage. You’ll enjoy an excellent tasting in Matetic before heading downhill to the end of the valley. A well-deserved lunch awaits you in El Sauce, a local “picada” restaurant serving traditional Chilean dishes.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total Pedaling Distance: 19 miles / 30.5 km

 

Day 4: The Fruit Highway – Destination Colchagua Valley

Depart the hotel via van in the morning to drive south approximately 1 hour to the exclusive beach resort of Santo Domingo. After a brief stop for lunch you will ride over the rolling countryside of the coastal plains. The region is commonly known in Chile as the “Ruta de Fruta” (Fruit Route) for its bountiful crops – you’ll be taking the back roads, of course, and not the highway.

You will arrive in the late afternoon by vehicle to the Residencia Historica, a fabulous country house that dates back to the 18th century and has been transformed into a wonderful boutique hotel where you will be staying the next three nights. Dinner is at the hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total Pedaling Distance: 60 miles / 96.5km

 

Day 5: Rest Day

Spend a day at leisure, relaxing among the beautiful surroundings of the hotel. Enjoy the pool, lounge with a good book, or go for a stroll. All meals are at the hotel today.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total Pedaling Distance: 0 mi / 0 km

 

Day 6: Surf’s Up! The Coast and Pichilemu

 

You will depart from the hotel this morning, riding toward the Pacific coast and the town of Pichilemu, Chile’s most popular surfing beach where you will have a delicious seafood lunch overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The afternoon is free to explore the rocky coastline and the beaches. Be sure to ride out to Punta Lobos and watch the surfers catch one of the longest left breaking waves in South America.

Optional extension:

 

Passing Punta Lobos continue south on the coast to Cahuil. The small village is known for the artisan production of sea salts. Return to Pichilemu through the town of Los Ciruelos. We will all meet at 5:00pm to shuttle back to the hotel. Dinner is at the hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total Pedaling Distance: 33 + opt 15 miles / 53 + optional 24 km

 

Day 7: Exploring the Colchagua Valley from Marchihue to Santa Cruz

 

With the Pacific breeze at your back for the route, today’s ride will lead you east towards the Andes Mountains. The back roads of the Colchagua Valley will bring you to Los Vascos Winery, whose special microclimate created by rich soil, proximity to the ocean, and intense sun exposure combine to nurture wines with concentration and finesse. We’ll enjoy a leisurely lunch at La Taberna in the town of Peralillo before arriving to the town of Santa Cruz, where you will spend the night. For dinner you will enjoy Peruvian cuisine at Casita Barreales, sure to be one of the gastronomic highlights of your trip.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total Pedaling Distance: 32 miles / 51.5 km

 

Day 8: Eastern Colchagua Valley

 

You will continue your ride through the Colchagua Valley, departing the town of Santa Cruz at 10:00am and riding east through the town of Nancagua. You’ll make a mid-day stop for lunch before continuing to the town of San Fernando. From there, you will turn north and make a 15-mile climb towards the Andes before arriving at Hacienda Los Lingues and Casa Silva Winery, where you will enjoy a tour and tasting of their distinctive wines. Enjoy a snack before heading in vehicle one hour north to a boutique hotel in the Maipo Valley.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Total Pedaling Distance: 45 miles / 72.5 km

 

Day 9: The Maipo Valley

 

Your final ride today will take you through the Maipo Valley. Departing from the hotel, you will ride through the Alto Maipo region which is renowned for its production of red wines, especially Cabernet Sauvignon. You will arrive to Haras de Pirque Winery. The winery is part of a larger property which combines the owner’s two passions: viticulture and thoroughbred horse breeding. Notable labels include Equus, Haras, Elegance, and Albis. You’ll enjoy a tour and tasting of two wines as well as a bottle of Elegance. For lunch, you will enjoy typical Chilean dishes at a local restaurant. Enjoy your final afternoon at leisure back at the hotel.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Total Pedaling Distance: 25 miles / 40 km

 

Day 10: Alto Maipo & Departure

 

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and before heading the short distance to Antiyal Winery. One of Chile’s top boutique wineries, Antiyal is the private vineyard of one of Chile’s most celebrated oenologists and leader in organic viniculture, Álvaro Espinoza. Together with his wife, Mariana, Espinoza cultivates a ½ hectare of Cabernet Sauvignon which produces about 6,000 bottles per year from his small cellar. Antiyal has been acclaimed by the most prestigious wine magazines in the world and is currently exported to multiple international markets. You will enjoy a tour and tasting of this outstanding wine, followed by lunch – the perfect end to an unforgettable vacation. In the afternoon, private transfer will take you to the airport in time for your departing flight.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Total Pedaling Distance: Optional short ride

 

This program is available to begin Sunday thru Thursday during the months of November thru April.

 

​Ethaka Travel hosts groups from 2-20 people. The price varies depending on the number of people. Please contact Ethaka Travel for information on pricing. 

info@ethakatravel.com or 817-914-8601 

 

All Hotels are Premium Hotels. Contact info@ethakatravel.com for more information.

 

Includes:

  • All ground transportation in comfortable vehicle with professional driver

  • Professional, bilingual cycling guide

  • Bicycle and helmet

  • Seven (7) winery visits & tastings

  • Nine (9) nights lodging

  • Some meals as detailed in itinerary

  • Santiago city tour

  • Other activities & excursions as detailed in itinerary

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