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5 Reviews

  • Reviewed October 2019
    Katy Smith

    Cycling in Chile & Argentina

    This was the one of the best cycling trips we’ve done and couldn’t recommend it more highly. There was so much contrast and diversity in the landscapes and terrain each day! No 2 days were the same! From high plateaus, salt flats, rainforest, rocky landscapes, river valleys, great tarmac roads and gravel tracks .... it was just breathtaking! Much of the trip was at significant altitude but the itinerary allows for appropriate acclimatisation. The whole team were great and the organisation from behind scenes was superb- especially the coffee stops and picnics!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Every day had its own inspirational moment - the Moon Valley in the high desert, the Tatio Geysers at sunrise followed by a dip in the thermal pool, cycling on the salt flats, the 2 incredible 35km descents, the breathtaking geological features and amazing colourful rock formations.... I could keep going on!! One really special moment was being entertained by local musicians in the incredible amphitheatre - a fallen cavern created by an ancient waterfall.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ale was first class! He was a great leader and went over and above the call of duty every day. He also had great knowledge of the political and local history - fascinating sensitive and charming. Also the support team were fantastic.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for altitude- much of the trip is at significant altitude but the trip allows for acclimatisation. Also bring clothing for all temperatures- above 4000m it is quite chilly and it’s well below freezing visiting the Geysers at dawn! Others on our trip have recommended a good saddle or padding for the rutted gravel and a good camera is a must!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I just couldn’t recommend this trip and the leader and more highly - both were exceptional (legend) Book it - you won’t be disappointed!!
  • Reviewed October 2019
    Alice Dain

    Fantastic scenery

    Great riding, fantastic scenery and superb support staff.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Salt plains, geysers and hill of 7 colours. Two awesome downhill rides.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ale was excellent- not only in role of trip leader, but also in imparting knowledge of local history and politics. Very organised and helpful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Walking boots or shoes recommended for sand dune and geyser walk. Trip rating of 4 feels right. None of us had significant altitude symptoms. The only climbing at altitude was on the last day of the trip, when we had acclimatised. The 30% non tarmac was on sandy/gravelly/corrugated roads which needed some care for the uninitiated. The birdwatching/ barbeque option for the day off in Salta was hugely enjoyed by the 10 of us who chose this.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The scenery was stunning - pack your best camera
  • Reviewed October 2019
    James Roscoe

    Brilliant variety of rides. Best trip ever!

    Such a variety of cycling through such a variety of landscapes. Some of the best days riding we’ve ever done.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The ride through the rain forest; riding on the pampas.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Brilliant - your tour leaders are always good, but Ale was exceptional and inspirational. The support staff were brilliant too!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don’t be fooled by seemingly short distances - most of the rides are at high altitude, so pace yourself.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We were astounded by the variety, the silence on the high planes. The best trip ever.
  • Reviewed October 2019
    L Fraser

    Smiling in Atacama

    This trip was absolutely fantastic, I really didn't want it to end. The scenery was jaw dropping with different views and a different cycling experience every day. It's hard to single out anything in particular that stands out because it was all stunning. I can't recommend it highly enough.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting on the bike every day and discovering that once again the scenery was superb and different.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Leader and crew were a brilliant team.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be sure to have your own comfortable saddle or a gel seat cover because the corrugated gravel roads can be hard on your tail end! You might also want to take a buff or something you can use to cover your mouth as some of the days can be quite dusty. The cycling looks like short distances, especially at the start but the roads/terrain and altitude mean it is still quite challenging.
  • Reviewed August 2019
    Monica Princic

    A fantastic trip with incredible varied sceneries

    The trip is incredible. The scenery varies every day and you'll ride on all possible terrains: sand, rock, gravel, tarmac and every day offers a lot of fun. The landscape of the Moon Valley in Chile is surreal and the Tatio geyser excursion is a stunning experience. Chile and Argentina are lovely countries; the areas visited still haven't been reached by mass tourism and you barely see any other tourists while travelling.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Riding through the hill of seven colours in Purmamarca.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The guide we had on our trip has been working with Exodus for many many years and is very knowledgable of the area as well been born in Argentina. He went above and beyond to make sure everyone had the best time and gave us tips to ride on different terrain, as sand for instance and I felt I've learnt a lot by the end of the week.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just book and go!