Total tour distance: 260 miles
Daily tour distance: 30 miles
Difficulty: 40 / 100
BACK ROADS CYCLING - FAT TIRES FROM PUCON TO VIALDIVIA
LODGE BASED! FULL SUPPORT! BIKES INCLUDED! ALL MEALS!
SMALL GROUPS ONLY! MULTI-SPORT! EXCELLENT CUISINE!
SUMMIT TO SUDS is Wanderland's premier Chile MTB Mixed-Surface Tour!
A PERFECT SLICE of an amazing country from the Andes to the Coast.
We call it SUMMIT TO SUDS not just because we ride from the mountains to the sea...but also because there is a German Beerfest waiting for us at the end! An excellent slice of Chile and a terrific cultural event...on wheels!
THE RIDING: Cross-country, mixed-surface, vehicle-supported.
Sample Itinerary - Summit to Suds
Day 1 Arrival –PM Meet your Wanderland trip leader in Pucón.
Day 2 Pucón Area Riding and Rafting. Dirt and Paved.
Day 3 Pucón to Coñaripe — Villarrica National Park.
Day 4 Coñaripe to Panguipulli — Seven Lakes Region.
Day 5 Panguipulli to Riñihue — More of the Seven Lakes.
Day 6 Riñihue to Los Lagos — Starting for the Coast. ¡Asado!
Day 7 Los Lagos to Valdivia and the Bierfest!
Day 8 Valdivia to the Coast – Kunstmann Bierfest grand finale tonight.
Day 9 Departure
Please contact us for a more detailed itinerary. www.wanderlandtravel.org
OVERVIEW: Your trek will explore a perfect slice of Chile from mountains to the sea. On fat-tire mountain bikes, we roll lightly-traveled paved and graded backroads.
WHERE: Chile’s Lakes District to the Valdivian Coast
WHEN: January 22 – 29, 2017 (based on festival attendance, other dates also available w/o festival)
LENGTH: 8 Days, 8 Nights (With many custom options for groups.)
DISTANCE: 200 miles; daily distances vary from 20 to 45 miles
DIFFICULTY: Hilly terrain, regularly challenging, occasionally strenuous.
ENVIRONMENT: Temperate rainforests at higher elevations, temperate woodlands at lower elevations. Cool mornings, warm afternoons, be prepared for occasional showers. Lower elevations at the end of the trek are warmer and dryer than the upper elevations at the outset.
INCLUDED: 8 day- 7 night itinerary, guides, mechanic, support vehicle, lodging, meals (except 1 dinner on your own), airport pick-up and return, map packets, tee-shirt, trailside educational modules, educational materials, and assured quality destinations.
LODGE BASED: Great lodging each night; two- and three-star hotels, cabins, and inns are the norm.
LAYOVER Days: Yes
Layover Day Options: Rafting, ziplining, volcano summit ascent, flyfishing, downhill MTB, birding, thermal pools and spas, massages, museums, beaches. (on your own)
CUSTOMIZE? - Yes, we can detail this itin for your group and combine it with other Chile and Argentina programs that we offer.
Your route takes you from the mountainous heights of the Southern Andes above Pucón to the wave-tossed Pacific shoreline and the coastal city of Valdivia, one of Chile's most charming cities.
Our educational staff and step-on speakers will introduce you to the history, geography, and significance of the Lakes District, of Chile, its mountains, lakes, forests, creatures, cultures, and its peoples.
We offer this trek only once per year to correspond with the dates of Valdivia’s famous German festivals. Valdivia is the heart of Chile’s German-influenced southern region.
THE AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE: It is becoming harder and harder to find the ‘authentic experience’, to see places for themselves and not in comparison with the brochure pictures. The lands we choose to take you will be out of the ordinary and your experiences there authentic, important, and novel to the extreme. These will be experiences that are uniquely your own.
OUR WANDERLAND BIKE TRIPS: Wanderland.org, ‘On Wheels’ – We are a company that has sprouted directly from seeds planted by extensive bicycle touring by our founders. These are the bike tours that we know will provide you a very authentic and engaging field experience. LOOK FOR MORE Wanderland bike-based field courses at www.wanderlandtravel.org/programs/bike-treks.php.
CURRICULUM — Each Wanderland program provides you with a profile of subjects that our instructors will explain, interpret, and integrate. Here is the curriculum for this trip:
TECTONIC TO TEUTONIC :: Chile and Southern Cone Geography; basics of Chilean Castillian Spanish; Chilean History – Settlement Patterns; Teutonic Influences on Chilean Settlement Patterns Southern Chile – Contemporary Cultures and Issues; Andean Geology and Lakes District Formation and Glacial History; Valdivian Rainforest Complex and UNESCO World Heritage Designation; Biodiversity of the Valdivian Forest Region; Tourism Industry of the Lakes District; Mapuche and Pehuenche Cultures – Pre-History, History, and Contemporary Issues; Chilean Toponymy – Mapudungun Meets Manuel Montt; And So Much More!!!
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