Cycling Colchagua Wine Valley 4D Tour

In 2006, the prestigious North American magazine Wine Enthusiast named the Colchagua Valley the Best Wine Region in the World for the quality of its wines and the development associated with it”. Colchagua Valley is one of the most up raising wine valleys worldwide and the most developed valley focused towards tourism industry in Chile. Ecotours Chile Bike tour will take you to ride the Apalta area, the area towards Peralillo and Lolol. On some days, we’ll cycle towards different wineries, touring on them, doing wine tasting, enjoying pairings and being able to learn about Chilean culture and history. Our tour is limited and exclusive, so we invite you to contact us and cycle the Colchagua Wine Valley – info@ecotours.cl

Highlights:

  • Visit top wineries in Colchagua Valley like Viu Manent, Casa Lapostolle, MontGras, Neyen, Montes and La Playa.
  • Amazing cuisine paired with Chilean wines
  • Cycle on quite and small roads, next to vineyards; as well rides inside wineries
  • End tour with lunch and wine tasting at the most prestigious winery in Colchagua Area
  • Great Hotel next to vineyards
  • Support vehicle on rides and English speaking guides

Day 01

DAY 1: SANTIAGO – COLCHAGUA VALLEY – LOLOL AND BUCALEMU

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 Terraviña Hotel, with the Andes Mountains as background and next to an old family winery.

Once we do check in, we’ll start a ride outside of Santa Cruz town and 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. Next to town, we’ll go to a local small winery, where we’ll enjoy local lunch, rest and share with a local family. After lunch, we’ll ride 40 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 one hour. At night, you’ll enjoy welcome dinner at a great restaurant, walking distance from the Hotel.

Lodging at Hotel Terraviña or similar
Cycling distance: 60-80 KMS
/ Lunch / Dinner /

Day 02

DAY 02: QUITE ROADS OF YAQUIL AREA AND PALMILLA AREA RIDE

After breakfast, we’ll start cycling from our hotel, along a narrow and swinging road, passing the main square of Isla de Yaquil and arriving to MontGras winery, 14 kms away. We will do a tour at the winery and be able to add some extra mileage inside the winery if wanted, riding next to the vines, while people work on their daily activities. On this winery, you’ll experience to make your own wine; bottle, cork it and take it away with you. Then continue biking to the town of Palmilla 11 kms away, arriving to Viña La Playa, next to Tinguiririca River. A Traditional legacy of an old family was left there, that with its history, legends and customs will put us into the right mood for a great lunch with its best wines. Once the lunch ends, you can relax by the swimming pool, ask for a massage, take a nap or just relax.

You’ll have the option to return on same road back to Hotel or jump in the van.
Once back at the Hotel, we’ll enjoy dinner at a great local restaurant.
Cycling distance: 35/60 KMS
/ Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner /

Day 03

DAY 03: APALTA VALLEY BIKE RIDE

After breakfast, we’ll cycle towards the renowned Apalta Valley, of Colchagua Valley, home of some of the most premium grapes in Chile. We’ll bike from hotel on a small road for 6 kms, then turn right and continue towards 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, Neyen winery, producing high quality fruit since their first harvest in the early 1890’s. We’ll tour and do a wine tasting here, then continue to our next winery, Montes winery, which processed their grapes in the state-of-the-art gravitational and feng shui concept. We will tour their facilities and enjoy one wine, then bike back the same path until arriving to our next stop, Viu Manent winery, 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
/ Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner /

Day 04

DAY 04: 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, visiting Santa Cruz Museum for an hour. Then, we’ll depart at noon to a spectacular well known winery called Clos Apalta at Lapostolle Residence, 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 drop you off at airport or at your hotel.
End of services
/ Breakfast / Lunch /

• Professional english speaking guide
• 3 nights lodging at Hotel Terraviña
• Transfer Santiago / Colchagua Valley / Santiago
• Professional driver and 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 dinners, 2 glasses aprox per person

• Bike rental on request, hybrid bikes
• Accidents insurance
• Other cycle parts and components (derailleur, crankset, fork, etc)
• Laundry
• Tips for driver and guide

Road cycling, wine tours and tastings, pairings, Chilean culture and history.

Tour dates 2016-17 – You can set your own date with a minimum of 2 persons
08/11 SEPT 2016
22/25 SEPT 2016
06/09 OCT 2016
13/16 OCT 2016
03/06 NOV 2016
24/27 NOV 2016
01/04 DEC 2016
08/11 DEC 2016
15/18 DEC 2016

ACTIVITIES INCLUDED

Road cycling, wine tours and tastings, pairings, Chilean culture and history

DIFFICULTY

Easy – 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.

PACKING TIPS

We advise you to bring clothing for warm and cold weather; also including helmet and cap, brightly colored cycling jerseys, arm and leg warmers, base layers, windbreaker, booties, gloves, two pairs of sneakers, a waterproof jacket and any other waterproof item, sunglasses, bathing suit and sandals. Don’t forget your camera!

HOTELS

As indicated in the program or similar

VEHICLES

Modern vans Mercedes Benz Sprinter and 4X4 support vehicle. Air-conditioned

INSURANCE

Any policy you purchase should, at the very least, cover trip cancellation, loss of baggage, accident/life coverage, travel delays, and non-refundable airline tickets. Carriers for travel insurance include Travel Guard and Travelex. You may also consider insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation. Search the web to find the best deal that suits your needs – read the fine print.

SAFETY

Chile is by far one of the safest countries in South America in terms of public health and crime. We are proud to affirm that our police is one of the least corrupt in the world; they are always friendly and helpful.

ROAD SAFETY

Besides your own on-road safety gear (helmet, rearview mirrors, bright colored jerseys and gloves) we provide a support vehicle that drives at the rear of the group with a road-sign that alert other drivers the presence of bike riders on the road. Drivers in Chile are used to bicycles on the road, so they shouldn’t bother you while riding.

Bike Rental
Lapierre Audacio 400 CP, Audacio Alloy 7005, Carbon Fork, Shimano Tiagra, Compact Crankset (50/34) and 10 speed cassette (12-28)
You can check all the details on the original website lapierrebikes.com

Bike Rental
Kona Dew 6061 Aluminum Butted, Shimano Altus, Triple Crankset (48/38/28) and 8 speed cassette (11-34).
You can check all the details on the original website konaworld.com