Schedule | Chile 2020

28 February - 11 March

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DAY ONE

NO RIDE DAY

Welcome To Chile

Bienvenidos a Chile!

We will meet riders in Santiago. If you are flying from NZ, you will arrive around 1.30pm.

From there we will catch a short flight to Concepcion for the start of the tour. On arrival at Concepcion in Chile’s Bio Bio region we will transfer all riders to the hotel in the city.

Once we’ve arrived we will put bikes together followed by our first team dinner and run-through of the plan for the next 12 days.

Meals Included: Dinner and welcome drinks.

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DAY TWO

CONCEPCION - NACIMIENTO

The First Ride

After a good breakfast the bus will take us to San Pedro. Here we’ll set off on our first ride, traveling alongside the famous Bio Bio river via an almost flat valley for around 43 km before entering the valley. From here the road is rolling with a couple of short hills before we get to Nacimiento.

Non-riders will be taken on the bus direct to Nacimiento where they can explore the town. After everyone arrives in Nacimiento, we take the bus to our hotel in Los Angeles, a distance of 30km.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

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DAY THREE

LOS ANGELES - ANTUCO

The Queen Stage

Today is your first “Queen stage” of the tour, we’ll ride from Los Angeles to the bottom of Vulcan Antuco, a ride of almost 83km long climbing from 140 meters above sea level to 1098 meters above sea level, a fantastic ride with beautiful scenery into the Andes, for most of the false flat ride all you see in front of you in the beautiful Vulcan Antuco.

At the end of today’s ride we will travel in bus to the Laguna del Laja near the Chile-Argentina border and with a little good luck, we will get the chance to see the Andean condor, a South American bird found in the Andes mountains and adjacent Pacific coasts of western South America, the Andean condor is the largest flying bird in the world by combined measurement of weight and wingspan. It has a maximum wingspan of 3.3 metres.

Later on the day we travel by bus to our hotel in Los Angeles to rest, check out the shopping and restaurants before dinner and preparation for tomorrows adventure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

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DAY FOUR

LOS ANGELES - RALCO NATIONAL RESERVE

Pehuenche Territory

Heard of the Pehunches? Today we are entering Pehunche territory, the ride is a
combination of rolling hills with several short climbs during the second half of the ride,
along the way we will ride alongside the Bio Bio river once again, this is beautiful country
side full of Chilean native trees.

After today’s ride we will stay in Ralco for two nights to explore Ralco and have the chance
to meet the Pehuenches, hear their story and sample their typical meal.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

*Dinner / experience with Pehuenches optional at cost of $22

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DAY FIVE

NO RIDE DAY

By The Bio Bio

After three days of hard cycling is time for you to have a rest and recover, our hotel is
fabulous, gives you a great feeling of being far away from everything.

Today you have the option to go on a lake excursion on the lake on a yacht, the tour is of approximate five hours. The yatch trip includes free service (beer, piscola, coffee, cake etc.), walks through the native forest with visit to private natural hot springs (you can swim here). Among the natural attractions of appreciate: hidden waterfalls, basalt quarries, river fed by
snowmelt, ancient forests, etc.

If the yacht is not for you, we can drop you in Ralco to explore the town, cafes, museum etc.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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DAY SIX

Ralco National Reserve – Chillan

Fertile Land

We’ll cycle from our hotel to Los Angeles by the same route as day four. The bus will meet us just before Los Angeles to drive to our next destination, Chillan.

On the way to Chillan we will make a stop to see the tourist site of Salto Del Laja, a famous waterfall near Los Angeles.

After cycling and back at the hotel you will have the evening free to sample some of the
local restaurants. Make sure you visit the market!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

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DAY SEVEN

CHILLAN - LAS TERMAS

Into The Sky

Today we will cycle to the ski resort Termas de Chillan, this is located 1,650 meters above sea level. This beautiful ski center, one of the most complete in the country, its 82 kilometres away from Chillán and it is surrounded by an environment of native forests, with nice mountain style hotels, spa services, hot spring pools and restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

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DAY EIGHT

CHILLAN - COIHUECO - BUSTAMENTE - CHILLAN

The Countryside

After breakfast we will ride into the flattest countryside of the Chillan region, heading towards Coihueco, a small country town near Chillan. After the ride you will have more time to explore the city, the market and restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

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DAY NINE

CHILLAN - COELEMU - GUARILIHUE

Wine Time

Today we travel to the wine region of Guarilihue, this is a beautiful flat ride to yet another typical Chilean country town. We will stay at this accommodation for two days.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

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DAY TEN

NO RIDE DAY

Vineyard Trip

Today is a special day, after breakfasts we will head on the bus to a small vineyard near
Guarilihue where we will have a typical Chilean almuerzo (lunch), taste the local wine and explore the vineyard. We will head back to the Hotel around 4.00pm

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

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DAY ELEVEN

Ñipas - Coelemu – Tome

La Playa (The Beach)

Today a short, hard ride of approximate 67km from Ñipas, Coelemu and to the beautiful
beach of Tome, this small town of approximate 52.000 people is visited by more than 300.000 people during the summer months.

We will travel by bus after breakfasts to the start in Ñipas, a little country town between
Tome and Chillan.

Meals: breakfasts, Dinner.

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DAY TWELVE

Tome – Rafael - Tome

The Last Ride

Today we have our last ride of the tour, a short ride to Rafael and back to Tome for lunch, the afternoon we explore the town, go to the beach and pack up for our flight to Santiago tomorrow morning.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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DAY THIRTEEN

Ñipas - Coelemu – Tome

La Playa (The Beach)

Today is departure day, after 12 days travelling the Bio Bio region today we will be leaving the Bio Bio region to catch a flight to Santiago.

This morning we will travel by bus to the fishing village of Dichato – 30 minutes’ drive from Tome. This little town is famous for their seafood restaurants, lunch will be in Dichato.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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