About The Amigos
The aim of the Tour De Amigos team is to put together a truly unique Latin American cycling tourism experience.
Cycling is a sport, hobby, lifestyle, and love. For 13 days in 2020 we will offer a small group of guests the opportunity to experience a South American country rich with beauty, culture and history from the seat of their bike.
In addition to cycling, we've organised excursions and activities that will create lifelong memories unavailable to the average tourist.
Cycle some of Chile's more beautiful regions. Absorb local culture away from the hustle-and-bustle of major metropolitan cities. Create friendships with likeminded individuals. And taste local delicacies unavailable anywhere else.
We invite you to join us in 2020 for a truly unique cycling experience.
El Patrón (The Boss)
Founding amigo, Chilean born Jorge Sandoval has lived in New Zealand for over 42 years.
After escaping Chile's brutal Pinochet regime in the 1970's he made New Zealand his new home and directed what are considered to be some of the country's most prestigious professional cycle races.
In addition to his highly-regarded professional tour he has been awarded the Queens Order of Merit (MNZM), had a biography written about himself by Wellington writer Peter Bidwell “Jorge Sandoval – Surviving Pinochet”.
Those who know Jorge know two things - he loves Chile and he loves cycling. And now he is combining his two great loves to bring cycling enthusiasts a once-in-a-lifetime Latin American cycle tourism experience.
Tour De Amigos first official trip begins in February 2020 where participants, or 'amigos', will experience the beauty, culture, and cuisine of Chile by bike.
We understand cycling, we understand cyclists, and we understand Latin America.
“For years cyclists have been asking me when I will take a group to Chile. I've turned my attention towards this and put together our first ever ‘Tour De Amigos’ set for 2020.
I feel privileged to live in New Zealand, I love this country, New Zealand has given me so much and now I want to show you my country.
I would like to invite you to join me as your tour leader and come with us for a trip of a lifetime. I promise lots of great cycling, fun, and friendly Chilean hospitality”.
- Jorge Sandoval MNZM