I'm having the time of my life! The riding has been out of this world, and we had a blast surfing. Thanks for an outstanding trip! Thomas Seidel, CAN

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?

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

You can ride up to 5 hours a day at a moderate pace (with plenty of stops to enjoy some incredible views) You can handle moderately technical terrain: roots, rocks, moderately steep terrain, and obstacles up to 6" high (e.g. logs) You know how to swim and are game to try out something new (surfing) in a safe environment with qualified instructors (or you're experienced and want to head to the bigger breaks) You like fine wine at a fraction of the regular cost in Europe or North America

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    7/9

    Level 7/Advanced

    • You are confident in all aspects of mountain biking.
    • You can handle most technical terrain, include rocky and root trails, along with features such as switchbacks, medium logs (5-6" high), and low-level obstacles.
    • You're comfortable with most advanced level trails (although you may walk a few sections).

    Click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

    Level 7/Advanced

    • You are confident in all aspects of mountain biking.
    • You can handle most technical terrain, include rocky and root trails, along with features such as switchbacks, medium logs (5-6" high), and low-level obstacles.
    • You're comfortable with most advanced level trails (although you may walk a few sections).

    Click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

  • Price

    $2,895 CAD
  • FITNESS RATING

    7/9

    Level 7

    • You can ride 5 hours a day at a moderately fast pace with a few breaks, over several days.
    • You can handle moderate climbs up to 750 vertical metres (2,450 ft) total in a day.
    • You exercise on average 6-7 hours per week (including riding/being active).

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

    Level 7

    • You can ride 5 hours a day at a moderately fast pace with a few breaks, over several days.
    • You can handle moderate climbs up to 750 vertical metres (2,450 ft) total in a day.
    • You exercise on average 6-7 hours per week (including riding/being active).

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

  • DEPOSIT

    $579 CADLIFETIME DEPOSITS

    Our Lifetime Deposit policy protects you from unexpected events that may cause your trip to be cancelled or delayed.

    If you need to cancel for any reason, your initial deposit is good forever and will remain on file with us until you’re ready to use it. You can even pass it on to a friend.

  • RIDE TYPE

    Singletrack

    RIDE TYPES

    • SINGLETRACK:for experienced mountain bikers
    • EXPLORER:for beginner mountain bikers
    • BRING-YOUR-PARTNER:for experienced mountain bikers and their non-MTB-ing partners
    • WOMEN'S:skills camps and Rides for women only
  • DURATION

    9 days
  • DATES

    Dec. - AprilSEE ALL DATES
  • CULTURE LEVEL

    Adventurous

    Level Adventurous

    • On our Adventurous Rides, you'll step out of your comfort zone a little bit, perhaps with foreign languages, semi-remote areas, new cultures and cultural experiences, and/or other experiences that are a little bit unfamiliar to 'Western'-country Riders.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Out There' Rides, or if you prefer the familiar, check out our 'Familiar' Rides.

    Level Adventurous

    • On our Adventurous Rides, you'll step out of your comfort zone a little bit, perhaps with foreign languages, semi-remote areas, new cultures and cultural experiences, and/or other experiences that are a little bit unfamiliar to 'Western'-country Riders.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Out There' Rides, or if you prefer the familiar, check out our 'Familiar' Rides.

WHY RIDE WITH US?

  • Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Guaranteed Departures
  • Lifetime Deposits
  • Risk-Free Booking Window
  • Travel Concierge

Check out our Peace of Mind Policies

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, sample more of the exciting local singletrack, then head back to our abode in Los Andes to relax.

Day 9. Santiago riding

We finish our last day of the trip with another spectacular ride, the amazing Las Varas cross-country singletrack trail. After returning to the lodge, we'll pack up the bikes, enjoy a few glasses of local wine to celebrate a magical week, and hop in the van for the return drive to Santiago, stopping for one last meal along the way. If your flight home departs that evening, we'll take you to the airport. Otherwise, you can stay a few more nights in Santiago and explore one of South America's most beautiful cities - the shuttle will stop at our hotel after going to the airport (please note, this night being optional is not included in the trip price).

  • Spectacular Andes mountain biking and Pacific Ocean surfing
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Breakfasts and lunches
  • All transportation during the trip
  • Surfboard rentals, wetsuit and lesson
  • Winery tour
  • 2 local, English-speaking guides

Arrival and Departure Airport

You should fly into and out of Santiago International Airport (SCL). Please see the schedule page for the exact arrival and departure dates for your particular trip. You can, if necessary, arrive earlier - more information is available below.

Please note: we do not book international flights for our clients. Please contact your local travel agent for information on booking flights for this trip.

Getting to the Ride starting point

Our trip starts at Hotel Manquehue in Santiago. We do not offer a pickup service at Santiago airport (there are easy on-demand shuttle opportunities available and we have had issues in the past with delayed flights and drivers waiting for hours). There are a couple of options for getting to the hotel from the airport:

1) take a private taxi. Cost is around 7,500 to 10,000 CLP (Chilean Pesos), or $18 to $24 CAD.
2) take a shuttle in a private minibus. We recommend Transfers Vip. They will take you directly to your hotel, but you may have to make a stop or two on the way, depending on where the other passengers are going. Although you can just head to their counter upon arrival, you can also make a reservation by sending them an email or calling them at +56-677-3000 . Cost is 5,000, 7,500 or 18,000 CLP depending on whether you want group, semi-private or private service.

The hotel is located at Esteban Dell 'Orto 6615 in downtown Santiago. Here is a location map.

On the last day of the trip, we will be riding in San Esteban, and returning to Santiago by 7:00 pm. If you are flying out that night, we will be dropping you off at the airport. For those of you staying longer in Santiago, we will be heading to Hotel Manquehue after the airport (hotel night not included).

Meeting Times and Places

We will have a meet and greet dinner on the first night of the trip (day 1 of the schedule, which is the arrival day). Please meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel at 7 pm.

Extending your Ride

If you want to extend your trip by arriving early or staying on after your trip, there are a few things you should know:

  1. You can book extra nights at Hotel Manquehue in Santiago (where we will be staying during the trip) by visiting their website or calling +56 224323300 or emailing them.
  2. We have a few excellent trip additions for extending your trip. If you want to stay longer in Chile, contact our office and we'd be happy to tell you more.
  3. If you want information on places to visit and things to see in Chile after/before your trip, please visit the Chile Tourism website..

n.b.: if you are planning on travelling in Chile after your trip and would like to store your bike in Santiago, please contact the Hotel Manquehue. They will be able to store your bike while you travel (subject to space availability and within a reasonable time frame i.e. not for 2 months)

Travelling with your bike

Pika Packworks bag

If you've never traveled with your bike, don't worry - it's much easier than you think! If you don't have a case for your bike, then you can pick up a cardboard travel box for your bike at your local store. Some stores will also pack your bike up for you for a fee.

Alternately, if you are planning on traveling with your bike more than just this one time, we sell travel bags for bikes, handmade by Pikapackworks. These travel bags are specially made for bikes and can often go on flights without having to pay the extra charges incurred by cardboard boxes or hard cases. The bags cost $395, including shipping withing North America. Click here for more information on our bags.

N.B. Due to space restrictions in the van and trailer, we will be storing everyone's bike bags in a secure room in our Santiago hotel during the trip.

Bike Rentals

Although most people prefer to bring their own bike, we have Giant Rainier front-suspension bikes with disc brakes available for rent locally, in size 17" and 18.5". Price is $400 CAD for the duration of the trip. If you require a bigger or smaller bike, please let us know and we'll do our best to locate one for you.

Ideal Bike for This Trip

We get asked this question a lot. Of course, there is no perfect bike (unless you've found a 20-lb, 9" travel bike that climbs like a mountain goat), but if you have a few bikes in your garage to choose from, we recommend a light all-mountain or beefy cross-country bike with 4-5" travel, under 30 lbs. There are some challenging climbs on this trip so you don't want to be slugging a tank uphill; likewise, you don't want a 20-lb. cross-country race machine with 2" travel that will get thrashed on the more technical stuff. Lean towards the lighter side of things and you'll do fine.

Tools to bring

  • multitool (preferably with chainbreaker)
  • tire levers
  • small bottle of chain lube
  • tire pump
  • suspension pump

Spare parts for your bike 

Although there are some parts available locally, we recommend you bring the following parts and gear with you to avoid problems in case of breakdown or broken parts:

  • rear derailleur hanger (at least 1, preferably 2)
  • extra set of front and rear brake pads
  • extra chain if your chain is more than 6 months old
  • 4 tubes
  • 2 extra spokes

N.B. If you are renting a bike, the above is not necessary (with the exception of a few spare tubes).

Clothing and Packing List

The weather in Chile is quite warm during the summer months (Dec. - Mar.), but can get chilly at night in the mountains. Bring warm clothes that you can wear at night (long pants, long-sleeve jacket), and a light insuating layer that you can wear while riding at higher altitudes. Bring

  • comfortable clothes for riding, such as biking jerseys (ideally short and long-sleeved) and padded shorts. 3+ is ideal, 2 is a must
  • lightweight, weather-resistant outerwear for riding in inclement weather
  • warm clothing such as sweaters and fleece jackets and pants for nighttime.
  • swimwear and towels
  • sport sandals (e.g. Tevas) or some sort of footwear that can get wet 
  • sunglasses or some sort of eye protection for sunny and/or muddy days.
  • helmet and some sort of hydration system (bottles and/or hydration pack)
  • toiletries i.e. toothbrush, shampoo, soap
  • camera
  • flashlight
  • sunscreen and insect repellant

Surfing

If you've never surfed before, not to worry. Most of the people who join us on this trip never have. The beach in Maitencillo offers a perfect learning break for beginners. Our first surfing sessions begins with a lesson with a qualified instructor. Subsequent sessions are on your own (we supply the wetsuit and board), but you can book additional lessons if you like. Surfing is a ton of fun, and something everyone should try at least once in their lifetime!

Please note: board rentals and wetsuits (and the 1st lesson) are included in the price of the trip. You do not need to bring your own equipment.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance, including emergency evacuation coverage, is compulsory for all our tours. We recommend that you purchase travel insurance that includes cancellation protection so that you will be covered in the event that you are unable to attend our tour (due to injury, illness or other unforeseen circumstances) or in the unlikely event that our tour must be cancelled.

You can purchase discounted comprehensive insurance from our partners at bikeflights.com via our insurance page.

Passports & Visas

All travelers require a valid passport (with a minimum of 6 months validity). Citizens of some countries will also require a visa. For more information, visit the World Travel Guide website.

Reciprocal Payment

Citizens of Canada, the U.S. and Australia will have to pay a one-time fee to enter Chile. This fee varies from $40-$132 depending on your citizenship. For more information, please see the Word Travels website.

Emergency Contact

If you need to contact us in an emergency, you can reach us during office hours at the following numbers:

Dialing within North America: 1 (888) 423-7849
Dialing outside of North America: +1 (647) 999-7955

If you do not receive an immediate answer when calling the above numbers, please leave us a detailed message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

If you need to give your family/friends back home a number to reach you at in Chile, you can provide them with our lead guide's cell phone number: +56-95195911

Food

Chile is South America's most developed, cleanest country. There is little risk in Chilean restaurants beyond what you would encounter in an North American restaurant.

Vaccination Requirements

Vaccinations are not required for the areas we are visiting in Chile.

Fitness Requirements

You should have a reasonable level of fitness and be able to bike for up to five hours a day in order to fully enjoy the spectacular scenery and riding on this trip. There will also be plenty of time for relaxation at our lodges or exploring the local shopping at a leisurely pace.

We recommend you train in advance of this trip, in order to get the most out of this trip. If you are interested, our coaches Heather and Jason have developped a solid Pre-Ride Training Program to get you at your optimal fitness level. To learn more about this unique training program, click here.

Safety & Security

Chile is a very safe country, however certain precautions should be followed, as with all foreign travel. To maximize your safety during our tours you should exercise common sense and caution at all times. We recommend that you always stick to set travel arrangements, and avoid unknown areas. We also recommend that you wear minimal jewelry and that you keep valuable items safely stored. Always keep a copy of your passport, airline tickets, travelers checks and credit card numbers separate from where you keep the originals.

Currency exchange and spending money

The Chilean currency is the Chilean Peso (CLP). For the latest currency exchange information use the Yahoo! Currency Exchange Calculator

You will need Chilean spending money for dinners, alcoholic drinks and souvenirs. You should budget $10-$20 per dinner (depending on the quality of restaurants you choose).

How to access money

The easiest way to access spending money is via an ATM/bank machine; ATMs are widely available in most of the areas we visit and will dispense local currency. In rare situations, we have had customers' whose cards have been declined, so you may want to consider bringing some Chilean pesos with you.

Meals

On this trip, all breakfasts and lunches are included in the trip price. Dinners are taken in local restaurants.

Other expenses

Aside from meals and baggage charges on the internal flights, there are no required additional expenses for this trip, but you might like to take spending money for such things as souvenir shopping, nightlife and Internet cafes.

Tipping

Gratuities of 5-10% are common in Chile. We encourage you to tip your guides if you feel you have received excellent service and have had an enjoyable trip. A typical gratuity is $20 - $100 USD per guide.

Useful Links

For additional information about travelling in Chile, visit
Chile Tourism website

Our Guarantee

We're so sure you'll have an amazing time on this trip that we're offering satisfaction guarantee. View more information about our guarantee.

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Below you will find some of the videos for this Ride. Please keep in mind that some of these videos may have been recorded by our guides and the speeds they are riding at aren't necessarily indicative of the speeds you'll be riding at!

Las Varas Trail
Chile Jungle Ride
El Molina Trail, Chile
Parvaflow Trail, Chile
RIDE ADD-ONS
Ride enhancements (MTB rentals, single rooms, etc...)
ADD-ON PRICE
Single Room Upgrade$730.00 CAD
Full-suspension Mountain Bike Rental$640.00 CAD
Front-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental$360.00 CAD
1-hour post-ride massage$100.00 CAD
Trip Extensions
ADD-ON PRICE
Add an extra day of riding, pre-trip$240.00 CAD
Add an extra day of riding, post-trip$240.00 CAD
Extra Hotel Nights
ADD-ON PRICE
Extra post-Ride hotel nights (single)$150.00 CAD
Extra pre-Ride hotel nights (double)$170.00 CAD
Extra pre-Ride hotel nights (single)$150.00 CAD
Extra post-Ride hotel nights (double)$170.00 CAD
Other
ADD-ON PRICE
Donation to Bikes Without Borders$20.00 CAD

Book Your Spot!

To book your spot on this Ride, click on one of the Booking links below to put down your deposit. The deposit is fully refundable for 14 days after booking, giving you 2 weeks to sort out flights, vacation time, etc... and not have someone else take your spot(s)!


All departures are guaranteed to run - we'll never cancel a trip due to low numbers!

And we're so certain that you'll have the experience of a lifetime on this Ride that we back it with our Ride Guarantee!

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.

2014
Start Date Pickup Location & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Booking Private? Availability
Saturday, December 27, 2014 Santiago airport, anytime Sunday, January 4, 2015 Santiago airport, 7 pm 2,895.00 CAD 579.00 CAD Book Now! Sold Out
2015
Start Date Pickup Location & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Booking Private? Availability
Saturday, February 14, 2015 Santiago airport, anytime Sunday, February 22, 2015 Santiago airport, 7 pm 2,895.00 CAD 579.00 CAD Book Now! Guaranteed
Saturday, March 21, 2015 Santiago airport, anytime Sunday, March 29, 2015 Santiago airport, 7 pm 2,895.00 CAD 579.00 CAD Book Now! Guaranteed
Saturday, December 26, 2015 Santiago airport, anytime Sunday, January 3, 2016 Santiago airport, 7 pm 2,895.00 CAD 579.00 CAD Book Now! Guaranteed
2016
Start Date Pickup Location & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Booking Private? Availability
Saturday, February 20, 2016 Santiago airport, anytime Sunday, February 28, 2016 Santiago airport, 7 pm 2,895.00 CAD 579.00 CAD Book Now! Guaranteed
Saturday, April 2, 2016 Santiago airport, anytime Tuesday, May 10, 2016 Santiago airport, 7 pm 2,895.00 CAD 579.00 CAD Book Now! Guaranteed
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