Why do we require an application?Our application process is in response to two of the most common questions our Riders have prior to booking a trip with us:
1) Am I skilled/fit enough to participate in this Ride?
2) Will the other people on my Ride be skilled/fit enough?
Ensuring that you - and the other Riders on your Ride - are a good fit for the Ride selected is of paramount importance to us. We want to help you pick the Ride that's perfect for you, and ensure that everyone booked on a Ride is on the right Ride for them. That's why we want to know a bit more about you - your mountain biking history, where you ride, how often, etc... - before we take your money.
We review every application and if, based on your responses, we think you're a good fit, we'll approve your application and you'll receive a link to place a deposit. If we think you might not be a good fit (either too skilled or not skilled enough for the Ride you chose), then we'll give you a call to discuss your preferences in greater detail.
Please note: our application process isn't about excluding anyone, or making anyone feel like they're not 'good enough' to participate in one of our Rides. It's about ensuring that you end up on the right Ride for you, with people of similar skill, fitness and riding preferences. In the end this ends up being a much better experience for everyone.
A match made in adventure heaven. We've taken the best land sport on the planet and combined it with the best water sport, all in the best country in the world to do it in (where else do you find the world's 2nd-biggest mountain range within hours of one of the world's longest coastlines?).
Feeling in a rut? Spend a day mountain biking on the coast mountains, in the shadow of giant peaks like Mt. Aconcagua (the Americas' highest), followed by an afternoon of surfing in the Pacific Ocean and you'll feel like an adventure rockstar! On this Ride we add 3 afternoons of surfing to an itinerary full of incredible mountain bike rides. No surfing experience is necessary - we'll provide the lessons, boards and wetsuits.
And did we mention you can get a top-notch bottle of wine for about $5/bottle... Surf, singletrack, and syrah... does it get any better?
This trip is for experienced, fit, and advanced level riders only! Be sure to review our Skill and Fitness Rating System for a better understanding of what to expect.
IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?
This Ride is for you if you are fit, adventurous and consider yourself an advanced level rider. You know how to swim and are game to give surfing a try or hit bigger breaks if you’ve got some experience, all in a safe environment with qualified instructors. You like fine wine at a fraction of the regular cost in Europe or North America.
WHY RIDE WITH US?
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described below, adventure travel can be unpredictable and may result in necessary or desirable alterations to the trails we ride, accommodation we stay in and destinations we visit.
Day 1. Arrive in Santiago
On your first day in Chile, you'll be checking in to your hotel in the upper region of Santiago and getting ready for your Ride. From your hotel you'll have great views of the Andes, and will be within walking distance of great local restaurants and shops. Take the day to rest and explore Santiago, or join us on our optional Cerro San Cristobal ride, where you'll have spectacular views of the city and the mountains. Tonight, we'll meet for our first group dinner, and sample some of the local wines and drinks, including Pisco Sour, a national favourite.
Day 2. Santiago area riding
You'll start the day off with a delicious, hearty breakfast at the hotel, then meet with your guides for a pre-tour meet-and-greet and safety talk. Then it's time to ride! We'll hop in the van and head across town to the base of Huinginal mountain. This local playground features a moderately challenging 2-hour climb along singletrack trails. Once we reach the top, we'll pause to soak in the amazing views before heading back down on beautiful, smooth and fast singletrack. We'll have lunch back near the hotel (a 15-minute drive), then ride the nearby El Molino trail in the afternoon. We'll head back to our hotel in the evening where another round of delicious Chilean wine awaits.
Day 3. Cerro El Roble
After breakfast, we'll hop in the van for a 1-hour drive high into the mountains. We'll ascend part of the way in the van, then climb the last hour to the summit of the El Roble trail on our bikes. At the top of the climb, we'll have breathtaking views of Mt. Aconcagua - the continent's highest mountain - and the Pacific coastline. The winding, technical descent on the amazing Las Palmas trail takes us through pine forest, ending up in the charming town of Olmue where the van will wait to take us to a delicious local lunch. After lunch, it's off to Valparaiso, where we'll find the oceanside home of famed Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, fascinating architecture and winding streets.
Day 4. Valparaiso urban riding and Pacific surf.
Valparaiso is built onto the side of a mountain, with narrow winding streets and colourful houses throughout. The alleys and back streets make for some incredible urban riding - we'll climb to the very top of town and enjoy the view before dropping in on this fun and unique urban descent along the same streets used for the Cerro Abajo Red Bull race every year. After lunch at one of our local favourites, we'll head up the coast to Maitencillo. After checking into our beachside villa, we'll grab the surfboards and meet our instructor for an afternoon of surf instruction. When the sun sets, we'll bring in our boards and enjoy a BBQ dinner in town.
Days 5+6. Jungle mountain biking and surfing in the Pacific Ocean.
You'll spend 2 more days enjoying some thrilling riding in the Chilean coastal jungle in the mornings, and surfing in the afternoons. We'll ride on the fast and smooth Quebrada Del Tigre trail, with some great climbs and views of the ocean. Maitencillo is a perfect place to practice your surfing, with breaks ranging from 2 to 10 feet. If you're feeling really keen, join us for a sunrise surf - totally magical! n.b. no surf experience is required to partake in the surfing.
Day 7. Punchucavi Trail, San Esteban wine tasting
After a sunrise surf session, breakfast, and one more ride in the jungle on the Puchuncavi trail, we'll return to Maitencillo for lunch. We'll then hop in the van and head to San Esteban. This charming and picturesque town is surrounded by mountains, vineyards and singletrack. In the afternoon, we'll be treated to a wine tasting tour along the beautiful countryside. We'll check in at the elegant Inca Hotel Los Andes, before enjoying a tasty dinner.
Day 8. Putaendo riding
We'll load the van after breakfast and drive to Putaendo, where exciting mountain bike thrills await. We'll have a leisurely lunch and sample more of the exciting local singletrack. In the afternoon, we’ll drive back to Santiago for our final night at Los Españoles Hotel and head out for a celebratory dinner.
Day 9. Santiago riding and goodbyes!
After breakfast at Los Españoles Hotel, we’ll pack up our luggage and check-out of our rooms (we’ll store our luggage in 2 rooms we have set aside at the hotel that we can later shower in). Our final ride will take us to the incredible Las Varas Trail. After our morning ride, we’ll head to Doña Tina Restaurant for lunch. We’ll then head back to the hotel to have a quick shower and pick up our luggage. We’ll transfer the group to Santiago International Airport (SCL) by 7:00 p.m. for evening flights.
- Spectacular Andes mountain biking and Pacific Ocean surfing
- 8 nights accommodation
- 8 breakfast and 8 lunches
- All transportation during the trip
- Surfboard rentals, wetsuit and lesson
- Winery tour
- 2 local, English-speaking guides
Below you will find a comprehensive list of information about this Ride and destination, including Frequently Asked Questions by site visitors and our Riders at the bottom. If you don’t find the information you’re looking for below, click the ‘Ask a Question’ button below.
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|Full-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental||$500.00 USD|
|Single Room Supplement||$600.00 USD|
|1-hour post-ride massage||$100.00 USD|
|Add an extra day of riding, pre-trip||$240.00 USD|
|Add an extra day of riding, post-trip||$240.00 USD|
|Extra post-Ride hotel nights (single)||$150.00 USD|
|Extra pre-Ride hotel nights (double)||$170.00 USD|
|Extra pre-Ride hotel nights (single)||$150.00 USD|
|Extra post-Ride hotel nights (double)||$170.00 USD|
|Donation to Bikes Without Borders||$20.00 CAD|
There are no scheduled departures for this Ride at the moment, however custom group departures are available for groups of 4 or more. If you are interested in a custom departure, contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-888-423-7849. You can also add this Ride to your Bucket List (click on 'Add to Bucket List' at right) and you'll be notified when scheduled dates are added!
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