Bikes, Wine & Patagonia
Thanks to Chile’s long, slim figure and staggering biodiversity, any visit to this land is sure to deliver more than its fair share of fascinating juxtapositions and variety. While the opportunities for adventure from north to south are endless, the central valley and Patagonia are absolute must-sees for any enthusiast of wine, bikes and action. Bring yourself back to life with this invigorating journey through wild landscapes and openhearted villages. In Patagonia, the challenge is the reward.
Kick off the trip with a tasting at award-winning Emiliana, a frontrunner in biodynamic and organic practices in Chile. Next up, a sampling of Loma Larga’s celebrated cold-climate reds before checking into the casona at Matetic for the night.
Set out on a loop around the breathtaking San Antonio Valley – some of the best cycling terrain in Chile’s Central Valley. Pedal through a time-weathered village, climb the foothills of the coastal mountains and ride down unpaved roads to discover an antique winery, all before lunch.
Return to Santiago and fly further south to Puerto Montt. Rush down Class III-IV rapids to the backdrop of the Lake District’s snow-capped volcanoes, monkey puzzle forests and the sapphire bodies of water that give this region its name.
Continue on to Frutillar and pedal along the shores of Lake Llanquihue. Take in the stunning landscapes and the German-inspired architecture of colonial towns such as Puerto Octay.
Take a break from the bike and enjoy a short hike made easier by a view of the majestic Volcano Osorno. After another short cycling stint, relax over a picnic lunch.
Just when you think it can’t get any prettier, the Carretera Austral (Southern Highway) unfolds before your wheels with lush cold-climate rainforest, jagged peaks and old-world villages lining the road. End the day with a traditional Patagonia-style lamb roast.
Change gears and directions today, circling back up through the extraordinary Reloncaví Estuary on the return leg to Puerto Montt. Say good-bye for now to your bike, your guide and Patagonia.