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COLCHAGUA VALLEY 6D BIKE TOUR

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Colchagua Valley Bike tour Colchagua Valley is one of the most up raising wine valleys worldwide and the most develop valley focused towards tourism industry in Chile. Ecotours Chile Bike tour will take you to ride the Apalta Area, the area towards Peralillo, Lolol, Pichilemu and Bucalemu towns on the Pacific coast. On some days, we’ll cycle towards different wineries, touring on them, doing wine tastings and being able to ride inside wineries. Our tour is limited and exclusive, so we invite you to contact us for private departures and cycle the Colchagua Wine Valley – info@ecotours.cl

DATES Tour dates 2014-15 – You can set your own date with a minimum of 2 persons

28 SEPT / 03 OCT 2014 - OPEN DATE12/17 OCT 2014 - OPEN DATE

25/30 OCT 2014 – CONFIRMED DEPARTURE (2 persons)

23/28 NOV 2014 – OPEN DATE 06/11 DEC 2014 – OPEN DATE

22/27 DEC 2014 - 2 CYCLISTS HAVE BOOKED, LOOKING FOR A 4-6 GROUP

15/20 MAR 2015 – OPEN DATE
28 MAR / 02 ABR 2015 – OPEN DATE
04/09 APR 2015 – OPEN DATE
11/16 APR 2015 – OPEN DATE
18/23 APR 2015 – OPEN DATE

Highlights:
- Visit top wineries in Colchagua Valley like Viu Manent, Lapostolle, MontGras, Neyen, Montes, Laura Hartwig and La Playa.
- Amazing cuisine paired with Colchagua Valley wines
- Cycle on quite and small roads, next to vineyards; as well rides inside wineries
- Cycling from wine country to Pacific Ocean
- End tour with lunch and wine tasting at the most prestigious winery in Colchagua Area, Lapostolle
- Great Hotels next to vineyards - Support vehicle on rides and English speaking guides

ITINERARY

DAY 1: SANTIAGO – COLCHAGUA VALLEY BIKE FIT – HOTEL VIÑA LA PLAYA We’ll leave from your hotel in Santiago by van towards the south region of Chile. After a 180 Km drive, we’ll arrive to the heart of Colchagua Valley and do check in at your hotel for the next 2 nights, the magnificent Hotel Viña La Playa. Our welcome to Colchagua Valley will be with a delicious lunch at our hotel,  accompanied by great local wines.  Then, you’ll have time to walk next to the vineyards, relax by the pool or rest at your room. At the afternoon, you’ll be able to check your bike and experience cycling next to the vineyards owned by Hotel Viña La Playa. Dinner will be served at Hotel and we’ll discuss tomorrow’s first ride towards Pichilemu town, famous known as the surfer’s paradise. Cycling distance: During bike fit, as long as you want, inside Hotel Viña La Playa.
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DAY 2: PERALILLO - MARCIHUE – PUCHILEMU BIKE RIDE
After breakfast, we’ll drive to the town of Peralillo and start cycling towards Marcihue, continuing on a beautiful rollercoaster road that will take us to Pichilemu town, famous known as a paradise for surfers. It means little forest on Mapudungun language and back on the days it was a place where aborigines lived by fishing and recollecting. Here we’ll enjoy an amazing lunch with fresh sea food from the Pacific Ocean, accompanied by fruity white wines. After lunch, you’ll have time to cycle around town and relax by the beach and at early afternoon we’ll depart by van back to the hotel, where you’ll have time to relax in the pool, drink some more wine and enjoy dinner at hotel.
Cycling distance: 60 KMS
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DAY 3: PERALILLO TO SANTA CRUZ BIKE RIDE

Today we’ll depart from our Hotel towards Santa Cruz town, passing by many beautiful vineyards, until arriving to MontGrass winery, where you’ll be able to add some extra cycling next to the vines,  while people work on their daily activities. You’ll be able to learn about history and its wines, do a wine tasting and enjoy lunch at winery. After ending our lunch, we’ll continue cycling along a narrow and swinging road, passing by Yaquil square for an extra 14 km ride, until arriving to Hotel Terraviña, our base for the next 3 nights. Hotel Terraviña is located next to an old family winery, surrounded by their own vineyards and with the Andes Mountains as a lovely background. We’ll do check in and you’ll be able to take a refreshing shower and then walk from the hotel, towards a great Italian restaurant. Afternoon will be free to relax by the pool, followed by dinner.
Cycling distance: 30 KMS
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DAY 4: TOWARDS LOLOL TOWN AND BUCALEMU BIKE RIDE Today well depart from our hotel towards the main square of San Cruz and continuing towards Lolol town. After 5 km riding, will start with a 2 Km climb, admiring one of the best views of Colchagua Valley. Our ride will continue until arriving to Lolol village, a declared typical Chilean zone and National Heritage protected area, where you’ll be able to connect with old traditions of our history and visit the National Handicraft Museum. Next to town, we’ll go to a local winery, where we’ll enjoy local lunch, rest and share with a local family.  After lunch, we’ll ride 25 Km until arriving to Bucalemu, a fisherman town, where you’ll be able to relax by the beach and admire the Pacific Ocean. Once we rest from today’s ride, we’ll drive back to our Hotel in Santa Cruz for 1 hr. Tonight, you’ll have free dinner and our guides will recommend some great options in town.
Cycling distance: 75 KMS
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DAY 05: APALTA VALLEY BIKE RIDE After breakfast, we’ll cycle one of the best red wines valleys of Chile, The Apalta Valley. Its microclimate and terroir makes it to be one of the best wines of the world. We’ll bike from hotel on a small road for 6 kms, then turn right and continue toward the Tinguiririca River. On km 14th, we make a left turn toward the Apalta valley and bike along beautiful scenery for a total of 27 Km, until arriving to our first winery, where the oldest vines of Colchagua Valley are located, Neyen winery. We’ll tour and do a wine tasting here, then continue next door to our next winery, where the modern way of making wine mixes with the passion of the winemaker, Montes winery. We will tour their facilities, then bike back the same path until arriving to our next winery, Viu Manent, where we’ll revive the past and learn about many old traditions. Here our biking will end and we’ll enjoy a tour with wine tasting and enjoy an a la carte lunch paired with their wines. After touring in Viu Manent, we’ll get back to your hotel where you can rest and be prepared for farewell dinner.
Cycling distance: 45 KMS
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DAY 6: DE LUXE WINE TOUR AND LUNCH AT CASA LA APOSTOLLE – BACK TO SANTIAGO
After breakfast you’ll have time to relax by the pool or walk in town on your final day at Colchagua Valley. Then, we’ll depart at noon to a spectacular well known winery called Casa Lapostolle, where you’ll enjoy a tour and wine tasting of their best wines, followed by an amazing elite lunch. Once we end lunch, we’ll head back to Santiago and leave you at airport or at your hotel. If you want to continue the cycling adventure in Chile’s wine country, let us know and we can add some rides while you are in Santiago. End of services / Breakfast / Lunch /

PROGRAM INCLUDES
- Professional guide - 5 nights lodging at Hotels - Transfer Santiago / Colchagua Valley / Santiago - Professional driver - Private transportation - Meals as indicated on the program - Basic cycle parts (cable housing, tubes, tires and spokes), - All activities according to the itinerary - Tips at restaurants - Wine at dinner, 2 glasses aprox per person - Entrance fees

NOT INCLUDED

- International flights - Bike rental new hibrids bikes - Accidents insurance - Other cycle parts and components (derailleur, crankset, fork, etc) - Laundry

ACTIVITIES INCLUDED

Biking, wine tours and wine tastings

DIFFICULTY Medium, designed for people who lead active lives and are comfortable participating in up to [4] hours of physical activity per day. Programs at this level generally involve some activities of higher intensity and/or a more vigorous pace.

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