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Chile: The number 1 adventure destination in 2018

The official birthplace of Skedaddle, Chile, holds a very special place in our heart! So when Lonely Planet announced Chile as the number 1 destination in their Best in Travel 2018 list, we couldn’t have agreed more:

They say:
Chile is a sinewy sliver of a nation, isolated from the rest of South America (and indeed the world) by the soaring Andes to the east, the vast Pacific Ocean to the west, the bone-dry Atacama Desert up north and the impenetrable wilds of Patagonia down south. From its disparate extremes to the ever-trendier capital of Santiago at its heart, the country’s citizens will unite in 2018 to mark 200 years of independence.” Lonely Planet – Top Countries, Best in Travel 2018.

We say:
Adventure oozes from the very heart of Chile, an inspiring destination for cyclists seeking nature on an epic scale. Our long history with this destination means we’ve sourced some of the best cycle routes possible, offering you an unrivalled opportunity to experience this land of fire and ice. Whether you want to explore world-renowned vineyards, dramatic volcanoes and monkey puzzle trees of the Lake District region or head deeper into wild Patagonia..we’ve something for everyone. 

Eager to join us in Chile?
We’ve 4 amazing cycling holidays exploring this South American gem. For our full range click here.

Experience South America’s most dramatic landscapes by bike

Never ending lakes, majestic mountains and some of the cleanest air you’ll ever have the pleasure of experiencing! It’s little wonder Chile inspired us to create Saddle Skedaddle over 20 years ago, but for those who need more convincing, here are a few surprising facts about this epic slice of South America…

1. Wine, wonderful wine!
We’re partial to a tasty tipple post-ride and in Chile you’re spoilt for choice. With over 100 wineries in the country, Chile is now the 5th largest exporter of wine in the world and our Wine Country holiday explores some of the finest vineyards in the region.

2. There are a whopping 1300 volcanoes in the mountains of Chile
Don’t worry though…the majority are either dormant or extinct! These epic features are tall, cone shaped and often dusted with snow… an impressive backdrop to lots of our rides in the region and an exciting post-ride excursion for those eager to get up close.

3. The majestic monkey-puzzle tree is the nation’s favourite
This national tree of Chile, the Araucania, was alive over 200 million years ago, and has even rubbed shoulders with the dinosaurs, so riders get a real window into our pre-historic past. We defy anyone not to feel in awe whilst cycling through these dramatic ancient forests.

Customer Story: A Photo Diary From Chile And Argentina

A picture speaks a thousand words, so the saying goes. Having set his sights on South America, John Hayes joined us in Chile and Argentina and came back with some amazing snaps of his cycling holiday. It turns out John is quite a traveler, spending most of his time either walking or cycling somewhere in the world, or planning his next trip. He is an author of his own blog ‘John Hayes Walks (and Cycles)’ on which he features his fascinating travel tales, including a write up of our cycling adventure too. So, without further ado, check out John’s beautiful photo diary from Chile and Argentina, a journey through the regions impressive Lake District:

‘Getting away to the sun and cycling in January is a brilliant way to escape cold grey Britain and it’s now established as a regular feature in our calendar. After three excellent trips in south-east Asia, we wanted a change from the traffic and the endless Buddha statues and decided to go to Chile and Argentina.’

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‘Apart from the cycling (I’ll cycle anywhere) and the good company, this trip was all about the landscape.’

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‘The scenery is spectacular and surprisingly varied. While huge lakes are a common theme, the landscape is lush, forested and green on the Chilean side of the Andies and like a desert in Argentina. Particularly spectacular were the snow-capped volcanoes and, on a smaller scale, the monkey puzzle forests.’

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‘The accommodation was generally speaking excellent, nice hotels in great locations. As is usual the people attracted to these trips are easy going, good fun and everyone got on very well.’

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‘The trip ended on a high with some great cycling along lovely tarmac roads with a long undulating descent.’

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Make sure to read John’s full story on his blog!