Cycling Colchagua Wine Valley 6D 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

Highlights:
• Visit top wineries in Colchagua Valley like Viu Manent, Casa Lapostolle, MontGras, Neyen, Laura Hartwig and La Playa.
• Amazing cuisine paired with Chilean 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
• Great Hotels next to vineyards
• Support vehicle on rides and English speaking guide

Day 01

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 be ready to cycle tomorrow 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.
Lunch / Dinner /

Day 02

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 Viña La Playa.

Cycling distance: 60 KMS
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner /

Day 03

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 MontGras 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, with the Andes Mountains as background and next to an old family winery. 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.
Lodging at Hotel Terraviña or similar

Cycling distance: 35 KMS
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Day 04

DAY 4: TOWARDS LOLOL TOWN AND BUCALEMU BIKE RIDE

After breakfast, 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. Tonight, we’ll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant with fresh sea food from the Pacific Ocean.

Cycling distance: 75 KMS
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Day 05

DAY 05: 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
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Day 06

DAY 06: 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
• 2 nights lodging at Viña La Playa 3 nights 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
27 SEPT / 02 OCT 2016
17/22 OCT 2016
08/13 OCT 2016
06/11 DEC 2016
15/20 MAR 2017
28 MAR / 02 ABR 2017
04/09 APR 2017
11/16 APR 2017
18/23 APR 2017

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. All our staff communicates by radio at all time.

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

AIRLINE INFORMATION
We highly recommend getting the Chile Airpass ticket with Lan Airlines, which includes the international flight from New Zealand to Santiago (Chile) and the domestic flights Santiago(SCL)-Temuco(ZCO) and Puerto Montt (PMC)-Santiago(SCL). This Airpass is definitely less expensive than buying the flights separately and what’s more important it is very flexible if there are some unexpected last minute changes. Lan Airlines Airpass can be purchased at any IATA travel agent.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS
There is nothing to be worrying about altitude sickness. We will never get higher than 6,200 feet (second day ride).

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.

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