Categories: Argentina, Chile

What to expect: cycling in South America

by Jessie Beyer - Wednesday, May 22, 2019

ExperiencePlus! offers fully-supported, guided bicycling tours in South America with the help of long-standing local partners who we’ve been collaborating with since 2006.  Tour Leaders are ExperiencePlus!-trained and you can’t get more “local” than this team! You can expect a high quality experience, and an opportunity to gain cultural and historic insights as you pedal through extraordinarily beautiful landscapes. If you are looking for something original, and perhaps a little more adventurous then join us to bicycle South America.

Consider the following as you ponder if South America is the destination for you.

  • Accommodations are wonderful and a few border on luxurious. However there may be an instance when hot water or water pressure is lacking. In remote locations hotels can be simple  offering basic amenities.
  • Because of import restrictions bikes and bike equipment are hard to come by. For example, instead of replacing a punctured tube you patch it. Maintenance is key to extending a bike’s life so the fleet is well-taken care of and treated like the precious commodity it is.
  • Due to traffic and road conditions, expect some shuttling by van. However even with shuttles encountering sections with traffic is inevitable and in general drivers are less familiar with cyclists.
  • Snacks and energy bars are often homemade and Mate tea is the energy drink of choice. ​If you don’t want to go without electrolyte drinks or protein bars, we suggest you bring some from home.
  • Due to the remote nature of the rides, picnic lunches – think empanadas, salads, local cheeses – are often included.
  • Daily informational handouts will contain general highlights and information.
  • We will not provide a hotel itinerary as last minute changes may be necessary.
  • As a standard, we will use our chalk dust arrows for navigation. You can always rely on on our arrows as well as your team of tour leaders.

Jessie Beyer - Originally from the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Jessie headed west for college and never looked back. She earned a Journalism and Technical Communications degree from Colorado State University, and has since worked in a variety of industries including radio, sustainability, and wine tourism. Jessie combines her passion for travel, cycling, and storytelling to help people understand the unique power of exploring the world from the seat of a bike. A self-proclaimed travel junkie, Jessie has found herself on many extended adventures. She spent 2015 exploring many corners of the world including tramping through New Zealand's mountains, cycling through Europe, and hitching a boat ride down the Mekong river from Laos into Thailand. At home in Colorado you'll likely find her singing her way up mountain trails, talking to strangers, and seeking restaurants with patios and Spanish wines.

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