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Saddle Skedaddle’s 15-day Chile and Argentina Lake District cycling holiday starts off on the shores of one of the largest lakes in South America – Lake Llanquihue – and then visits the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park before crossing into Argentina at Paso Cardenal Samore.
The Telegraph (June 2016)
What a great crew!
From start to finish, good clear information and communication. Very good accommodation, with a mixture of hotels and cabanas. Always at great locations, and always with friendly and helpful staff. The two eco-lodges at Mitico and Parque Conguillio were wonderful experience, and the hotels in San Martin de los Andes and Pucon were of a great standard and central for a great experience on rest days. Jason was a fantastic tour guide, his ability on the bike, his local knowledge and expertise in the ecology and geography was terrific. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with him (and the crew) and I know that is shared by the others. They worked very hard every day, they enhanced our experienced on the ride, at meals and in the towns and villages. Very supportive, motivating and most of all joined in at all times. Great people who left a lasting impression. Best days: (1) The fabulous descent into St Martin and (2) My birthday, with cake in the national park, and another great ride towards Pucon.
Fantastic holiday - best holiday ever!
Thanks to the guys supporting us – they were amazing. All the guides (Ismael, Alvaro and Victor) worked extremely hard to ensure we were comfortable, happy and having a great time. Really friendly guys. Ismael particularly for his optimism and sense of humour but also his sensitivity. Loved Jason – he was an excellent guide and very informative. He also appreciated everyone’s needs and was very supportive making sure everyone was having a great holiday. I would definitely recommend a Skedaddle holiday!
Ruth, North Yorkshire
One of the most memorable holidays I ever went on
The Chilean/Argentinian Lake District has one of the most beautiful, diverse and unspoilt scenery, which is ‘mind blowing‘. Great guides and superb accommodation in most places. Tour Leader Jason went out of his way to accommodate everyone. He was very polite, always good humoured and very encouraging. His knowledge of flora and fauna was impressive. Albero, the driver and cook was also extremely helpful and good humoured. Unfortunately, our limited knowledge of Spanish and his of English didn’t allow us to get to know him better. The cycling was not easy but at the same time very satisfying for having achieved it all. I cycle quite frequently in the UK, but am not a fanatic, always try to avoid a hill! Not possible on this trip. I found it tough the first two days but then got into a ‘rhythm‘! It wasn’t easy but I loved it and am very proud of myself for having achieved it! I loved the whole trip so much that I am seriously considering doing the same tour again!!
The holiday of a lifetime
The helpfulness and patience of all the team was really good, I was the slowest and least confident, but due to the support and backup I ended up completing more rides and really enjoying them despite the difficulties. Jason was very professional and was extremely helpful in encouraging me to improve my cycling skills and in reassuring me when I worried about holding the others up. I feel proud of what I achieved on this holiday, it was the best holiday I have had mainly because I came home feeling I had achieved something. Thank you.
There are no words to describe HOW fabulous this holiday was!!!
This has been the best holiday I have EVER had!! The guides were phenomenal! Every problem I encountered they fixed. Jason’s knowledge of the wildlife and history of Patagonia is so extensive that we never missed an opportunity to have our trip enriched further by information we were offered. Alvado and Victor were the most cheerful drivers I’ve ever met – don’t think they could be as accommodating to a bunch of pestering tourists – and their food was fab!! So much so that I lost NO weight during this holiday…
Kirsty, Greater Manchester
Amazing! For anyone thinking about booking this trip, stop thinking and just book it.
A fantastic trip. It’s one of the best group trips I’ve ever done (and I’ve done a lot). At the end I wanted to do it all again, maybe with a rest day!
The accommodation was of a much higher standard than I expected. Some hotels were just gorgeous, the Lodge at Mitico was one of my favourites, for its seclusion, the lack of tv’s, the roaring open fire and it’s general gorgeousness and snugness. The Corrontoso stands out too, – the heated outdoor pool there was fantastic after a day of snow and rain. It was as warm as a jacuzzi. Gorgeous spa area also. Stunning views of the lake and mountains from my room.
Jason was an excellent guide. Professional, friendly, knowledgeable, he clearly loves where he lives, the region and his job and that shows. I was a bit worried about holding the rest of the group up, so we dealt with that on Day 1, Jason struck a good balance between letting the faster riders stretch their legs and ensuring that those of us with shorter legs to stretch could go at our own pace and enjoy the ride. I appreciated the gentle encouragement when needed and the space to get on with the miles. Jason and Alvaro make a fantastic team. Nothing was too much trouble, bags were brought in from the van, loaded up, bikes set up and loaded up quickly, I really didn’t need to think about anything, just had to get myself up and on the bike. They are one of the best guiding teams that I have had the pleasure to ravel with (probably the best). I really cannot praise their organisation, commitment, professionalism and kindness enough.
Perfectly wonderful trip - in all aspects!
Guides were just amazing – best in all the various tours I did whilst in South America. Can’t sing their praises enough! The training they get from Saddle Skedaddle really pays off.
Seriously great hotels, brilliant restaurants we were taken to, really fabulous lunches, stunning scenery, superb itinerary with heaps of variety, lovely fun group Best organised trip I’ve ever done overseas. They were great fun but very organised and professional when the van broke down, and more than helpful when I requested help re obtaining a bus ticket not even part of their tour. Simply WONDERFUL!!
Olwyn, New Zealand
The best group trip I've EVER had!!
Hard to pick a favourite day – all were different and fantastic scenery. Think the day going through the “Wild West ” was my favourite. Such great variety of scenery each day – such a well thought-out itinerary. Good van support and transfers. Really lovely accommodation – real variety but superb.
Both Ernesto and Vicentes were great. They enjoyed each other’s company so much their heart warming laughs were infectious. Great instructions without going overboard on details, but always willing to give answers about geography etc… when asked. Very helpful to me about extra bookings for ongoing travel – just wonderful guys! The training Skedaddle gives them really pays off plus their own fun personalities. Compared with any guides I’ve been with since, they are right at the very top.
Dorothy, New Zealand
Our second trip with you and I loved it. Challenging but quite manageable. More off road than we care for but we’d done a one day course in preparation and that proved very useful.
We were pretty much the least experienced cyclists in the group but we coped well and the others were all lovely, encouraging us on the rides when we did come in last. The others in the group were really nice, interesting travelling companions and the atmosphere was terrific. It was an extremely slick and seamless experience – possible only because of the amount of constant behind-the-scenes planning, phone calls etc.
The (seeming) ease with which everything happened just added to the pleasure.
This is one of the best trips we have had with Skedaddle. The scenery and the single track section on the final day were both fantastic! Ernesto and the guides were so patient looking after me.
Luciano's lunches were always a highlight...
There was a distinct quickening of the pace with the prospect of lunch in view! However, arriving early made no difference as there was, without exception, more than enough to go round. Luciano was at all times delightful, helpful and accommodating. Saddle are indeed fortunate to have such a strong duo with him and Ernesto. They made the holiday.
High Praise for the Skedaddle Chile Team
The February ‘14 Saddle Skedaddle cycling Tour to Chile and Argentina was fabulous. We were a mixed bunch with different levels of fitness and expertise but due to the skilful management and expert leadership of our guide Ernesto Del Curto, there was not at any moment even a hint of dissension or disagreement within our party. (Apart possibly from when the “tuck box” was made available when I’ll admit to a bit of jostling.)
The general standard of the hotels was above our expectation and the food – particularly Luciano’s great spreads at lunch – was at all times excellent – I never did work out how and when he got fresh bread, meats and salad stuffs when we were in the middle of a National Park with no shops within miles.
The cycling was sometimes demanding but at each stop and always at the end of the day, everybody was to be found grinning and laughing. We were blest with masses of sunshine and had only one leg of 15 kms or so in light rain – and that helped to soften the terrain and keep the dust down so every cloud …
Would we go again? Yes, most definitely we would and we’d choose the same bunch of guys to go with – we all gelled so well – but that was not coincidence, it was down to the morale and esprit de corps engendered by great leadership and quiet, assured management. Ernesto you are the best. ”
John Napier, Bath, UK
The last day was fantastic (not because it was the last day) with great scenery and fabulous cycling including a single track section that nearly converted us to mountain biking!
I would struggle to think of any way in which Ernesto could have done more to make the trip more enjoyable (well, maybe he could have paved over the gravel roads). He worked so hard to ensure that everyone was having a good time and was caring, thoughtful, perceptive, up-beat and good fun at all times. He is a real credit to Skedaddle!
Fabulous trip with Skedaddle!
A lovely mixture of landscapes, road surfaces, distances, slopes…
We stayed in a mixture of places and the cabanas were wonderful. Overall, it was interesting to stay in such a range if places including the more unusual :-)
I love that the hotels all serve cake for breakfast! Our lunches were truly incredible. The expectation of Luciano’s salads got us through the morning rides, and his guacamole deserves a prize. Really appreciated that we were taken to restaurants for dinner that had been researched, tried and tested. My favourites were the simple grills in the most rustic settings! The tour leader was patient, knowledgable and happy to help with whatever issue. A great guy!
A great, relaxing holiday...
Having never really spent much time on a mountain bike it was quite challenging. The scenery was amazing so I did stop more to take photos and appreciate the view.
An amazing cycling experience...
The scenery is stunning and the cycling quite challenging. The Circuito Chico near Bariloche was a beautiful ride with superb scenery.
Ernesto (tour leader) was wonderful. He was always cheerful and had to cope with dreadful weather on a few days – he did so with charm and consideration. He tried to consider everyone’s needs and was unfailingly patient and charming.
Enjoyed the trip – a good bunch of people. Excellent accommodation and meals and the routes were lovely with fantastic scenery. Ernesto did us all proud (cool and collected) as guide and Luciano equally so in his role as driver and lunch provider.
Seamus & Mary, Sheffield
Initially it seemed an expensive holiday but the accomodation was great and the cycling was very well supported. I have been impressed by the Skedaddle service and have heard good things about other trips from fellow travellers!
Ernesto is the most enthusiatic, efficient guide I have come across and I have done quite a few of these holidays with Skedaddle now!
Alastair, South Africa
Everyday of cycling offered something different :-)
I truly appreciated Ernesto’s (tour leader) leadership skills. He has a sense of humour that you can’t help but appreciate. He was intelligent, patient and talented in multiple aspects.
Place to place
11 nights hotel / guesthouses, 2 nights Cabanas
Breakfast and lunch provided
10 days biking
2 rest day (1 day optional volcano hike)
Guided & vehicle support
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Last Updated: 11/07/2016
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