Everything about this tour was wonderful! The biking was great and varied — from coastal bike paths to wine country to small villages in the interior valleys. I am sure we were one of the first tourists, especially on bike, that some of these villages have ever seen and the locals were very warm and welcoming. There were other activities besides biking — from a walking tour of Valparaiso to a wine course to going out with local fisherman to find some crabs! We really impressed with the lodging — all were very special and the meals were great. And most of all the tour guides (Sandro and Rafael) and other VBT support people were just amazing and really made the trip a memorable vacation.
Chile’s Coastal Vistas & Vineyards Reviews
VBT Chile Tour
Chile was my and my wife’s third VBT trip having been to Italy in 2014 and France in 2013. Generally speaking, I’m difficult to please; that said, both Italy and France were over the top in every imaginable way. Chile was not.
Overall we had a wonderful experience albeit with many shortcomings.
As always, VBT handled the transfers flawlessly. The problem with the Chile trip was there were just way too many transfers – and extended ones at that. I want to peddle – not ride a bus (for hours!) every single day.
I knew the amount of biking was going to be less than our prior trips but come on – rides of just six miles? And one day with no biking? And while some of Chile is beautiful, it’s not France, nor is it Italy.
The hotels were not up to the standards VBT showed me on prior trips. The Singular Santiago is an excellent hotel perfectly located. Too bad hot water (lack thereof) was an issue and an abundant supply of moths in your room wasn’t much fun either. The manager did her best by first moving us to a room with hot water but with moths and finally to a room with hot water and no moths. She threw in a great dinner to appease us.
The next three hotels each had issues, most notably the lack of air conditioning in every one. I don’t care how hot or sweaty or dirty I get during the day but I insist on a hot shower and an air conditioned room. (Is that asking too much – or am I just spoiled?)
Our post trip to the Atacama Desert (we were the only ones from our group that took the extension) was easily the highlight of our vacation, even with one serious problem. Our hotel – keep in mind it’s in the middle of a desert – had no air conditioning. Come on VBT, what were you thinking? The side exclusions, arranged by VBT and handled by TourisTours were just great! The town, San Pedro de Atacama, is a joy. You’ve never seen a night sky like this before!
Everywhere the people of Chile were a pleasure. The food, dominated by great seafood, was delicious! The national cocktail of Chile is a ‘Pisco Sour’ and we pledged our loyalty several times a day. Chilean wine is equally delicious. Great bottles for under 8,000 Chilean Pesos (about ten bucks) everywhere. A grape and resulting wine exclusive to Chile is ‘carmenere’. Be sure to try it.
In conclusion, this trip, while enjoyable, needs lots of tweaking in order to be up to VBT standards.
Response from: Customer Service
Thanks for your review. Our President and customer service manager appreciated corresponding with you in regards to your feedback. While this tour does contain more shuttling than some of our Italy and France vacations, it is due to the large area we cover in order to see the region’s highlights—similar to our itineraries in New Zealand, Vietnam and South Africa.
We’re sorry to hear it was unseasonably warm in the region for some of our hotels. Being located either by the sea coast or in the high desert when it is generally cool at night, AC usually is not required.
Please note that this is a brand new tour and we are using a 5-week planned break in our operation in Chile to review and augment our rides to ensure that we are maximizing the ride options and minimizing the shuttle times for subsequent departures.
tuna2, NC, United States
Great trip but VBT but consider some adjustments
We were in a mid-February group and were overall pleased with the tour. The hotels were chosen well — the Singular is the best hotel I’ve ever stayed in, bar none, and is conveniently located. The other hotels did not offer air conditioning or screens; the room temperature was fine for me but I don’t understand the aversion to screens in Chile. The included dinners were well done but not lavish, although they did not include the quality of dessert selections that we were offered on a prior tour in Europe. Lots of great wine on this tour!
I (and others, I believe) were concerned about the crowds along the coast. While VBT can’t do anything about this, the fact that four of the nights outside Santiago are on the coast should be reconsidered. Heavy traffic made for rather stressful cycling — although our leaders made some changes to the itinerary to mitigate this (cycle morning only). On Valentines Day the traffic in our destination town was so heavy that we were unable to ride on the streets to our meeting place; the street was a parking lot. Restaurants were packed. The trips otherwise were along quieter roads and I thoroughly enjoyed them. I think VBT needs to assess whether three nights along the coast, and three nights in the valley, would be a better experience. Spring or fall tours would not experience what we did as to crowds, though.
Our leaders were attentive, although relatively new to VBT, and as noted tried to accommodate our concerns. The first year of a tour will no doubt present challenges. The itinerary includes considerable transfer time in the bus, which time can be used to educate the group as to Chile history, geography and customs. The cultural experiences included in this tour are interesting but not as memorable for me as those I experienced on a prior tour.
VashonBob, Washington State
Superb Guides, Beautiful Scenery
First, the guides were absolutely terrific. Montserrat and Gonzolo were very knowledgeable, very attentive, very organized, and always made me smile. Their intimate knowledge of Chile made our entire experience more meaningful and enjoyable. I should also add that Rodrigo and Hector ensured our bikes were always in excellent shape and ensure we arrived at all of our destinations safely and on time. Rodrigo displayed his culinary talents with a wonderful salad at our farewell banquet, which took place in a beautiful and serene setting at the end of our ride on the last day. The Chilean people are incredibly friendly as we experienced in from Santiago to the smallest villages we biked through. The country and culture are very different from the U.S. and learning about Chile was one of the great parts of the experience. The accommodations were very good in every in every location, but the last hotel was absolutely outstanding, as the hotel on the post-trip extension to the Atacama desert, which I also highly recommend. The biking was, as advertised, easy and was supplemented by several cultural and educational options. I also really enjoyed the other travelers on the trip and Montserrat and Gonzolo went to great lengths to ensure an enjoyable time was had by all. VBT is fortunate to have such excellent guides.
An Amazing Adventure
I have taken several VBT bike tours (Spain, Croatia, etc.) and this was the best one by far.
Our first day exploring Santiago I was struck by all of the smiling faces on the street. Everyone seemed so happy. Then when we met our two tour guides, Montserrat and Gonzolo, that is when we knew that it was going to be a great trip! They were both so proud of their country, Chile, and showed us all how truly wonderful it is. The rides were beautiful, the hotels just got better and better, the food and wine were unforgettable and the group was so much fun. And I don’t want to forget our drivers, Rodrigo and Hector who greeted us every morning with a smile and an occasional song and made sure that our bicycles were in top shape. We were really pleased with every aspect of the trip so if you are looking for an unusual bike trip with rolling (easy) hills, great food and wine and really happy people, then this is the trip for you!
LisaC, Jersey City, NJ, United States
Gorgeous coastline, great wine, great guides
We traveled late February, early March. The crowds on the coast were thinning out, but there was still a lot of activity (which we enjoyed). The Chilenos we met were incredibly warm and welcoming. As other reviewers noted, there are still some bumpy bits to work out with this trip. Zapallar, for example, is a gorgeous coastal destination, and Isla de Seca is a hotel with great views, good food and a great location, but I agree with another reviewer that mosquitoes (in the room) are a problem the hotel has not adequately solved. We also had power outages. This trip is a very easy ride, as it is designated, but if traffic makes you nervous, there are a couple of coastal rides you may want to sit out, depending on when you go. On the plus side, Casa Real, the boutique hotel that is the main house for the Santa Rita vineyard and winery, may have been the best accommodation of any of the three VBT trips we’ve been on. The food and service was outstanding. The SIngulair in Santiago is a great hotel, and the rooms in Concon were also impressive; your windows open wide to the crashing surf below. The side trips – Valparaiso and crab fishing – were fun and the winery tour experience at Santa Rita was outstanding. This is a VBT trip that’s already quite good, and I suspect as they tweak routes a bit and work with vendors, it will only get better.
rhp2, Georgia, United States
best guides, dream trip
We just finished our trip with Monserrat and Rafa and I want to write this review while we are still glowing. This is my first VBT trip, and I understand this is the only bike tour group that uses local guides. I cannot imagine more wonderful guides, and I also don’t know how you could see a country like Chile without local guides to help with the customs, the new culture and finding the best restaurants and activities. Monse and Rafa were beyond warm and welcoming; they made us feel like family and no request was too small or too big. (My 15 year old daughter decided that they would be Joy in the movie Inside Out). As for the trip, I cannot imagine another trip where you see penguins and the magnificent Pacific coast with beach bum towns and fancy fish restaurants, a UNESCO world heritaage site (Valpariso) then gorgeous wineries with mountains. The hotels were lovely and very different. The Singular is posh in the ritzy part of Santiago, then the Isla Seca is a small charming boutique, the Radisson is astonishing for the fact that your window opens right out to the Pacific ocean ( no roads or beaches, just surf and rocks and sea birds), and the last Hotel Casa Real is a chateau in wine country where you are treated like royalty.
We came in early April and had great weather, cool mornings and warm afternoons. I can certainly see if you come earlier that it could be very hot, and no hotels have AC so I can understand if that was difficult. Certainly check the weather if you are going Jan/Feb and be aware of that. Also if you go in peak beach (Jan/Feb) season the coastal portion would be crowded. again, not an issue when we were there. We had long days (42 miles with some hills, though you could go less) and shorter days (12 miles), but you know your itinerary, so if you want full biking days every day, this might not be your trip. On the other hand to come this far and not see Valparaiso or have time for wine tasting would be a shame. So, you have to make choices. Food was wonderful, must return home now and diet. No more empanadas or aflajores for me!
JDWfamily, Atlanta, GA, United States
Fantastically Diverse Adventure
From Pretrip to Santiago through the Postrip to the Atacama, and of course the biking and touring in between, VBT’s relatively new Chile ride (our 19th bike tour with VBT, plus two VBT walking tours) offered unique geography, geology, and exposure from the Pacific Coastal region and interior wine valleys, to spectacular excursions into the Andes, where flamingos and geysers at elevations up to nearly 15,000 feet dazzled our senses. Food was excellent throughout, accommodations superb, especially the Santa Rita vineyard’s Casa Real…perhaps better named “Casa Unreal”. And, the Cumbres in San Pedro rivaled any resort we’ve ever enjoyed. Guides Monse and Gonzalo were exceptional, even by VBT standards, which is saying a LOT! Drivers Hector and Rodrigo added immeasurably to superb logistics. The diversity of activities and cultural immersion made for an imagination-challenging adventure on every level. We took nearly 800 photos and had a truly difficult time paring them down to a more manageable number. Finally, once again we traveled with fun, interesting fellow riders, characteristic of VBT trips regardless of destination.
Joe and Cam, Lisle, IL, United States
Cheers to VBT's Chile!
My cup runneth over. Literally. If you like wine, this is the trip for you! Riding through vineyards, wine tastings, the Hotel Casa Real, located in a vineyard, and making your own blend (at one of the most fun activities we’ve done), VBT’s Chile is a wine lover’s dream. Pack lightly-you’ll need room for all the bottles you’ll want to take home.
This was our 8th VBT tour, and as always we were blown away by the value. From pick up at the airport to drop off for departure, VBT took care of everything. All we had to do was enjoy ourselves.
The Chileans were warm and hospitable. The hotels (manor houses, boutique, contemporary), were something you have to experience to believe. (Yes, one of your hotel rooms extends over the Pacific Ocean!) The bike routes were varied and interesting (roads lined with cacti and avocado farms, rocky shorelines, sandy beaches, vineyards, eucalyptus trees, and magnificent views of the Andes.) To experience such different terrain required some bus travel. The guides made sure that time was entertaining and educational.
What makes all VBT trips so memorable, fun, and easy on us, as travelers, is the leaders. Monse and Rafa were the epitome of Chilean warmth, knowledge, and hard work. Lots of unexpected things required reworking the itinerary. When torrential rains flooded the roads and made it unsafe to ride (though we could have ridden if we had wanted to), we rode the route in the bus, and stopped at all the sights we would have seen on our bikes. A huge luncheon in a local family restaurant was arranged to replace a canceled picnic. (The locals had never seen that many Americans at one time.) A closed subway allowed us a wild and fast ride on the local bus, an adventure none of us will soon forget. Monse and Rafa were always there to get us to our destinations safely. An added bonus, on this trip, was our own bus, with driver Hector, and van driver Rodrigo- who made every van stop a party. Together with Monse and Rafa, this fabulous foursome made this trip extra special.
We were delighted when VBT offered a biking trip in South America. This trip exceeded our expectations. Salud to VBT and Chile!
Darby M, Jax Beach, Fl
Trip of a lifetime!
This is my sixth VBT trip, each one has been exceptional but none more so than our time in Chile. The hotels are exceptional, you spend one night in the city of Santiago, the next four right on the Pacific Ocean with breathtaking views and the last two nights are at a winery that is nothing less than five stars. Our leaders were informative, fun and attended to every detail of our stay. The biking ranged from 11 to 39 miles a day, a couple of the rides were moderately challenging but the other 4 days were flat and easy. Leaders also provided biking options to accommodate all riders. This was my first trip to South America and it was everything I hoped it would be and more!
Lisa D, Georgia, VT, United States
Spectacular Introduction to Chilé
This was our 4th VBT trip and it didn’t disappoint! We were fortunate to be part of an incredibly positive group of 15 from many parts of the US, to share this experience. Our excellent guides Gonzalo, Rafael & trainee Javier, couldn’t have been more supportive. They shared their knowledge and culture so freely and with humor, and did everything to make our experience enjoyable. The diversity of the scenery – cities of Santiago, Valparaiso; the spectacular seaside; the healthy vineyards were beautiful backdrops for riding and taking in the rich history and culture of this country. Some of the cycling was more challenging, but as always, there were options to ride the van if needed. The walking tours and local guides did a nice job of orienting us to specific areas on the trip. One of our favorite experiences was going out in the crabbing boats as a change of pace. Getting to see such a wide range of areas did involve bus rides, but they were often a welcome respite from riding and included plenty of entertainment and education from our guides. All of the accommodations were phenomenal – each one more memorable than the last. We were treated royally at each of the special dinners together. Eating fresh fish, drinking wonderful wine at the vineyards, seeing penguins, sea lions and the Pacific Ocean up close – a trip we will never forget!
Judy and Dave, New Jersey, United States
Exceptional though different than advertised
The trip was rated easy, but was actually intermediate with the lovely hills along the Chilean coast and inner valley. The guides were FABULOUS! The scenery – mountains, valleys, ocean, coastal towns, vineyards – was unbeatable. The accommodations were first class all the way (with one too-hard bed)! The Chileans were warm and welcoming (I do speak some Spanish which helped). Ony drawback was cycling in traffic on mountain roads with sometimes little or no shoulder or bike path. But everyone was safe the whole time.
Over the Top in Chile
This was our 25th VBT tour and it was as beautiful and exciting as our first. The scenery and history of a country with European origins but NOT European made for exciting discoveries every day.
The scenery was breathtaking. Our food and accommodation were awesome and our guides could not do enough for us.
This is a trip not to be missed!!
It is also easier on your body because you don’t travel through as many time zones from the US.
olbiddy, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
What a trip!....Steve from Vermont
In the words of NIKE “Just do it” …don’t wait, book this trip! Beautiful country and people with a great blend of activities from biking; to touring; to interacting with locals; it’s the best. The best part was our guides/trip leaders. They didn’t “hover” but were there when needed; possibly the most engaging guides I have experienced with VBT, as they exceeded expectations I didn’t know I had!…..
Densh, Georgia, VT, United States
I’m so grateful to’ve visited Chile and experienced it through VBT planning and guides. Great group!
sharon carter, Richmond, VA, United States
Atacama - icing on the cake
I echo what my fellow travelers said about our recent Chilean bike trip. It was fabulous.I also highly recommend the Atacama post-trip. We were fairly spent after the bike trip and ready to return home. But, fortunately had signed up for the extension. It was fabulous. My reaction to Atacama and the high desert reminded me of my feelings upon first seeing the Grand Canyon and the U.S. southwest. It was magnificent and not to be missed.
Diann F, Alexandria, Virginia
Another Great VBT Adventure!
This trip turned out to be our honeymoon. The memories are amazing. From biking the vineyards to making our own wine to crabbing in the ocean to meeting the most wonderful fellow travelers who will inspire us by their sense of adventure for years to come, this was very special. The hotels kept getting better and more unique with each new location. The trip leaders were encouraging and accommodating and exceptional human beings. The food – well, I never thought I’d get sick of eating King Crab, but seafood was abundant. Also, my new favorite wine is Carmenere. I think one of my favorite activities was blending our own wine for a competition and then we each got to bottle and cork our own concoction. Great trip and highly recommended for anyone with a sense of adventure. No Spanish required.
Biker Cheryl, Dallas, TX, United States
Wonderful opportunity to see the countryside of Chile
corin2016, Houston, TX, United States
This is our 6th VBT trip and I would say that Chile was one of our favorites if not our very favorite, without question! Beautiful county and variety: big city, vineyards, farming villages, coastal beach towns. Guides were super and the Chilean people so friendly
nancy s, baltimore, md
Great trip knowledgeable guides?
Very fast paced trip well organized fun! Like meeting new and diverse people!
Sue s, Erie, PA, United States
Stunning Scenery & Fine Wines!
My desire to experience a South American country happened with Chile Coastal Vistas & Vineyards.
Chile is a most unique country with a dramatic history, lovely people, complex geography and with a tour like VBT’s, a traveler can have a wonderful experience of this country!
Do be careful in going during the Chilean summer months, as temps are hot!
TVBIKE LADY, New York, NY, United States
Summer for 10 days!
Great getaway from the Midwest. The hotels were wonderful. Wasn’t my favorite biking as most was on busy roads, although the scenery was quite nice. We had a great group of travelers and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them!
the Turners, Omaha, NE, United States
A different side of life in S. America
Beautiful trip. Mostly flat riding for those that prefer that kind of ride. Lots of Chilean wine to experience. Fun things to enjoy and learn about Chile. The reserves to save penguins, Sea lions and flamingos.
Sunsets like I have never seen.
Burnetts, Jackson, MI
First time with VBT
This was my first bicycle vacation, first trip to South America, and first time with VBT. Chile is a beautiful country with nice people, great weather and delicious food and wine. Be sure to visit the Atacama desert, too!
miisdjb, Monterey, CA, United States
Another fantastic VBT trip! The itinerary was packed with interesting activities. The guides were so hospitable and helpful. The food was fantastic. Accommodations were perfect. Oh yeah . . .and the biking . . .The routes were good, filled with some spectacular views and picnic spots.
DebH, Severna Park, MD, United States
Just got off the trip and had a wonderful time! They guides (as always) are so great and really add a lot of fun and spark to the trips. Beautiful hotels, lots of time on the ocean, and the most incredible food at the final hotel. Highly recommend the trip!
Dwight, Moab, UT, United States
Penguins, Sea Lions Spectacular Vistas & the Andes
The rugged Pacific Coastal vistas were each more spectacular than the last vista. Biking the coast and the Andes Foothills made this adventure one that I will never forget. Biking was not challenging, just beautirul. Penguins, Sea Lions, and Wine made the trip glorious. Great Tour Guides and wonderful companions too.
Ricki, Chicago, IL, United States
Chile bike tour!!!
Great way to see the country!!! Non biking activities were great!!! Hotels were gorgeous!!!!
Lorettams, Sunny California
There’s nothing like experiencing a country from a bike. Our guides were fantastic. Chile is full of breathtaking landscapes, beautiful people, and delicious food.
Bikingdude, Austin, Texas
Overall fun trip
Gorgeous coastal towns. Accomdations were fabulous
Fitz, CA, USA
Chile's coastal vistas and vineyards
It was a great trip. Would love to see another trip to see Chile’s Lake District and Patagonia.
DebEl, Providence, RI, USA
Great trip leaders and their back-up drivers!
This trip could be improved by riding more of the country rural roads inland and get away from the very busy coastal area. There is so much local flavor to be had inland and better cycling.
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Love the country of Chile
VBT offers a great way to see and enjoy the country of Chile with a perfect mix of
activity and sight seeing. Great hotels in fabulous locations and the guides make
it a really fun trip. Also, highly recommend the post trip to Atacama desert.
dmbrum, California, USA
Fun trip-Bike riding mediocre
Great group of people. Guides, drivers were excellent. Accommodations were wonderful-Casa Real was spectacular. Chile is just too prosperous-very similar to the USA in too many ways. Bike riding was mediocre-too often along busy roads with narrow shoulders and less than fascinating scenery (dank weather may have negatively colored this opinion). Valparaiso and the Atacama desert were fantastic.
JBMIII, San Diego, CA, USA
Chilling in Chile
The best thing about the trip were the hotels! They were spectacular and first class. The tour guides were friendly and helpful and I felt they genuinely enjoyed being with us. The rides were pretty good but the “easy” classification didn’t seem to apply on the first couple of days. They weren’t impossible by any means but they were challenging for most of our group. The traffic was a little tough on a few venues. Chile is a beautiful country and the people friendly and helpful. Having a knowledge of Spanish is very helpful when you on your own. We had a great time and I would recommend this trip to everyone. This was my second trip with VBT and I think the company is first class all the way taking care of the smallest detail.
JJwrangler, St Augustine, FL, United States
Woulda been 5 except for the subway pickpocket
Lovely country, great support from the VBT hotel (The Singular) to cancel credit cards. I’m not a public street rider (Yay the Silver Comet Trail, ATL), but found the Chilenos to be used to and safely accommodating of bikers. Small group, good vibe. Leaders excellent.
Russ, Suburban Atlanta, GA
Great trip, food and scenery
We were a small group of 4 (2 couples) in a group of 11. This was our second VBT trip. This trip was not as strenuous cycling as the Croatia trip, though there were some small hills and inclines. Luis and Gonzalo were excellent – friendly, helpful, fun and knowledgeable. The Chilean people were consistently very friendly and the countryside, for the most part, very pretty to even beautiful. The food throughout the trip was pretty good, although one lunch could have been improved considerably and one of the hotel breakfasts. The hotels were pretty great for different reasons – the Singular in Santiago beautiful (dark rooms though) in a great neighborhood, the Hotel Isla Seca Zapallar – a wonderful patio overlooking the pool and the ocean, the Radisson Blu’s view from your room over the ocean and the Casa Real Hotel in the Santa Rita vineyard was one of those places you’ll never forget. The biking could have offered some longer options and some less busy routes if i had to make some suggestions – a few of the route segments were done on roads that were too busy and lone day we stopped too many times for sites within the first 45 minutes of biking. There are wild and family dogs everywhere but surprisingly they were not aggressive with us at all. All in all, we had a great time and cultural experience. If you have the time to do the Chilean cooking class in Valparaiso, DO NOT MISS IT. All 11 of us did it in one class and had an absolute blast and learned a lot (and ate/drank well). All the other staff who did segment or city walking tours were also excellent. Although it is not a challenging biking trip, we would heartily recommend the bike trip.
This was our first VBT adventure and hopefully not our last. I can’t think of anything I would have wanted differently- from the cycling, where they did a great job of tailoring the rides to very disparate skill levels, to the off-road adventures. The cooking class and the wine blending opportunity were both memorable. Our tour leaders and drivers were just fantastic. and the accomodations, especially at the Radisson and the Santa Rita vineyards, were beyond beautiful. Thanks VBT, for the the trip of a lifetime.
Kathy and Dan, Maryland
Chile: A Feast for the Senses
This was one of the two best VBT trips we have gone on. We loved the mix of the vibrancy of Santiago, cultural immersion, and diversity of wonderful biking along the stunning coast and bucolic inland valleys in the shadow of the Andes. All of the hotels were superb in beautiful locations, the guides were excellent (fun and informative), and the extras like the cooking class in Valparaiso and the wine blending were also highlights. We also added a touch of Italy discovering God (the Gelato of the Day). Valparaiso is a jewel of a coastal city built into the hills with spectacular views and street art, and more time should be allotted to visit. It was also fun to see wildlife along the coast including penguins and sea lions. The food was delicious and the wine exceeded expectations. We also highly recommend the Museum of Memories and Human Rights in Santiago, a very moving experience about the atrocities committed under the repressive dictatorship of Pinochet. All in all, this was a perfect trip, packing so much in during the week while keeping a relaxed pace with chill time at the pool, beaches, and vineyards. We could not recommend this trip more highly.
Robtimistic, Katonah, New York
Great leaders and a beautiful country
Great people and leaders and beautiful scenery! Biking along the coasts is tricky, it’s busy! Wine country amazing. I like that there is biking but other activitiies too!
Donna Jo, Lawrence, KS
Chile's Coastal Vistas and Vineyards
The roads were a bit tricky for biking, other than that it was a fabulous trip. Guides need to judge the biking experience and age of the members and be flexible and cut out certain dangerous routes if necessary. We had one serious fall during our tour luckily nothing major. But overall a great tour and great value for money. One could not have asked for better drivers and guides. Luis and Javier were great!! The guide in Vallapraiso could have done a better job explaining the history and culture.
KD Singh, Portland, OR
Challenging, Beautiful, A true Adventure
I highly recommend this trip with one qualification: the biking is quite challenging with traffic most days and often heavy and the hills are no joke. I am a beginning cyclist so it was a bit more than I anticipated. Happily, the Chilean drivers are extremely courteous and I learned a lot from our guides and our traveling companions about smart biking. The vistas are incredible- the Andes took my breath away- the accomodations are first class, and the wine devine esp. at Santa Rita Casa Real. If the cooking class in Valpo is offered, don’t miss it–so much fun. This was my first VBT and I look forward to the next.
Gma1, Richmond, VA
Wonderful experience seeing parts of Chlle
This was a very enjoyable trip – beautiful countryside, great accommodations and food and excellent guides. If you are an avid bicyclist or looking for challenging bicycling, this is not the trip for you. I was concerned about that when looking at the trip and the amount of time being shuttled in a bus. However, I am a moderate bicyclist and I found enough bicycling for my interests. The nice thing is that there are other things to do and lots of activities – nice learning about the culture in Chile. There is some free time too which was nice. One drawback is that much of the bicycling is on roads with traffic – some of which have very small or no shoulders. That said, the drivers are generally quite considerate and give a wide berth. The coast is magnificent and the hotel on the water was a real treat. The winery was fun too. Luis and Javier were terrific and knowledgeable guides. The weather during the last week in February was perfect – warm with a cool breeze. Overall, a wonderful experience.