Vibrant. Epic. Awe-inspiring. As a VBT Chile bike tour makes clear, Chile is land of superlatives, where the sheer scale of nature is matched by the riches of its diverse cultures. From seaside villages to world-renowned vineyards, Chile boasts many personalities. Discover the contemporary flair of cosmopolitan cities and the quaint charms of timeless villages. Bike past salt dunes on the central coast and take in views of Humboldt penguins nesting atop a rocky isle. Experience the superlatives of Chile for yourself during carefully crafted days designed to nourish mind, body, and spirit.
A VBT Chile bicycling vacation reveals the generous bounty of Chile. As you ride through groves of eucalyptus on the way to wine country, the forest‘s perfume teases your nose. Clean salt air invigorates your every pedal along the scenic Ruta del Mar, or Route of the Sea. A spectrum of seaside treasures, from humble fishing villages to elegant Zapallar, “The Hamptons of Chile,” invites endless exploration.
Along the “thin country’s” central coast, bask in the vibrant colors of old fishing villages turned seaside gems. The beachfront pleasures of Vina del Mar culminate in warm sands, inviting surf, and the Reloj de Flores, a large clock made of flowering plants. And in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Valparaiso, a vivid Victorian ambiance and charming cobbled lanes spread across 45 hills.
VBT brings you face to face with Chile’s close-to-the-earth culture. Join a fisherman aboard his small boat and head out to collect crab traps. Blend your own wine with the guidance of an expert sommelier—and bottle your private vintage to bring home. In your leisure time, you might do as the locals do, following Zapallar’s seaside La Rambla to a horseshoe-shaped cove full of sunbathers and swimmers.
Throughout your Chile bike tour, luxurious accommodations greet you at day’s end: a Tuscan-style villa nestled in a century-old, 120-acre park bursting with bougainvillea … a European-inspired boutique property with stunning ocean views. And fine cuisine reflective of Chile’s abundance greets you at every meal: a picnic at a family-owned winery … a festive traditional barbecue. At every turn, your VBT Trip Leaders point the way to Chilean discovery, immersing you in the culture they know so well.
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Follow the Route of the Sea along the Pacific coast of the “Thin Country” on this journey into the heart of Chilean culture, admiring sweeping vistas, glimpsing penguins and sea lions, and joining local fishermen at their work.
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