Testimonials - Chile & Argentina
Patagonia & the Lake District
Here are what some of our customers have had to say about our Chile & Argentina cycling holidays...
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Nikolas Green, Market Drayton, England
Although there was some disruption due to events outwith the original plan the guides managed the situation very well. The guides clearly are very experienced and have fine tuned the whole experience to ensure we had the best possible time, for which I and my Son Matthew were extremely grateful.
This has been a truly memorable experience, made all the more possible by the care and professionalism of the staff. Although not mentioned above Karina (Bariloche tour guide help) was also extremely helpful and should also receive a mention. Thank you Redspokes for such a wonderful experience.
Caroline & Hamish Aitken, Sevenoaks, London, UK
This was an incredible trip. Our guides, Yal, Diego and Matias worked so hard to make everything run smoothly. When we were faced with an unprecedented border closure they ensured we arrived in Argentina safely and it cannot have been easy for them.
Their patience and good humour made the trip for me and I would highly recommend anyone thinking of doing this and with a sense of adventure to give it a go.
Vicky Chamberlain, Exeter, England, UK
In November we truly had all weathers - including snow up at the ski lodge! But we all braved it and smiled - as did the guides! I feel we saw a lot and crossing between the 2 countries was interesting. As the weather improved - so did the views.
I thought the final day, riding up beyond Baita Lodge and having a dip in a cold lake was really fabulous, a great way to end the tour. We ate well and were very well looked after - and with much humour.
Julie Hunter, Bagshot, England, UK
What a great trip, Tai and Yal and Diago were fantastic, the trip felt relaxed but well organised. the weather was perfect. each day in Chile and Argentina was different and the locations were varied and stunning.
Best trip I’ve done!
Keith Aungiers, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK
This was an outstanding trip made extra special by the quality service and personal attention provided by the guides: Yal, Tai and Diego.
The beautiful scenery of Chile and Argentina, good quality accommodation and food, well-chosen routes, and a group that soon became new friends meant that I had a brilliant time.
Jeff Smith, Colorado, USA
This was my first bike trip, and it far exceeded my expectations. It was a superbly organized tour of the spectacular Patagonia/Lake District in Chile and Argentina. The guides, Tai, Yal and Diego, were excellent. As a relative newcomer to long-distance bike rides, I appreciated the helpful advice Tai gave me on how to better negotiate some of the challenging gravel trails. The accommodations were nicer than I expected, and the lunches substantial – perhaps too substantial!
The region is really fantastic, with highlights including the lakes, volcanos, interesting towns, and a Mapuche lunch with monkey puzzle tree nuts. Just an incredible variety of beautiful scenery, from the foot of the volcanic Mount Osorno to the lakeshore city of Bariloche, to the lava fields in Conguillio National Park.
Angela Jackson, Bradford, England, UK
This was a well organised tour by excellent guides. Tolkeyen and Gustavo deserving of special mention. karina was also a welcome addition part way through the trip. Accommodation was generally very good and some excellent. Lunches were substantial, I don't think I have ever eaten as much!
The scenery is far reaching and amazing and we were fortunate enough to have very good weather in November. There are many highlights on this trip, but I enjoyed the gravel track from Puella to Puerto Frias, stunning views, and then onto Puerto Blest. Make sure you walk around the lake , and up the steps to the mountain lake before catching the ferry from Puerto Blest to Bariloche.The last ride through the lava fields in Conguillio national park is also surreal. All in all a fantastic trip, highly recommended.
Joseph Lee, Toronto, Canada
A fantastic trip through the best part of the Patagonia Lake District. I was very impressed with the route, and the support crew. They even arranged perfect weather for us, and some tailwinds!
Huge Thanks to redspokes! A great trip was enjoyed by all. Very special for me to do this with eight friends, and we are already talking about the next one! The only difficulty is deciding on where!
Sandy Schreyer, Minnesota, USA
The Chile/Argentina trip was a five star experience. We enjoyed every day of the journey. The guides Diego and Gustavo (with behind the scenes effort by Karina) were absolutely perfect. They met us at the beginning of the trip and explained how each day would go. They had to set up border crossings and a number of transfers by bus and all of these went smoothly.
The routes were well thought out and gave us a good sense of the spectacular nature that exists in that region of Argentina and Chile. We seriously can't think of any change that would make this trip better.
Klaud Simpson, Cambridge
The holiday was simply amazing. Chile and Argentina are simply amazing countries. Amazing to cycle and such a wonderful experience. The 3 tour guides did RedSpokes proud. They were professional, kind, supportive, organised and very approachable.
This should reassure any new cyclist that they will be in safe hands. Simply put. Do it. Go for it. It was simply an experience that I recommend fully and I have never been in a country where panoramic views everyday become normal!
Jude Shaw, Shrewsbury, England, UK
This trip was better than expected, the choices of route, accommodation, restaurants were varied and all to high standard which I really can’t fault . The guides were always making sure everyone was safe , happy and having a great time .
I was travelling alone but everyone was so inclusive. I highly recommend this trip and Redspokes.
Audrey Midgley, ILKLEY, England, UK
Everything about our trip was excellent, from the hard working staff to the beautiful scenery.
I shall definitely be recommending Redspokes tours to my friends!
Michael Jackson, Bradford, England, UK
This is a fantastic trip with awesome scenery along the way and some of the best days cycling I have every done. Some of the days are hard and some days are over a lot of gravel but the pain is worth it. The guides were the best and were fully attentive throughout helping with organisation, planning and stuff, always on hand.
Great bikes most seemed brand new Specialized. Generally a high standard of hotels based on our experience of other tour providers. And not least some of the best steaks and red wine you could ever want.
Rachel & Martin Millener, Wraxall, England, UK
Fantastic trip. Would highly recommend to friends. Was a little nervous before the trip about the level of cycling but it was fine and I completed all of it. As long as you are reasonably fit and do some regular cycling you will be fine. The bikes are perfectly geared for the terrain so the hills are quite manageable. As Jeronimo said after every up there is a fantastic down and it’s always accompanied by amazing scenery.
Lots of laughs, good company and great guides. Best description of Patagonian cycling from our guides -‘the roads are either updulating, downdulating or flatdulating!’ and they were. Loved it.
Paul Ashley, Devizes, England
Our first redspokes tour was a great experience. Beautiful landscapes, varied terrain with challenge for all levels of rider, very good organisation and crew and a lovely, multinational riding group.
Highly recommended. To read Paul's excellent blog from the trip click here!
Sheila Ashley, Devizes, England
I thoroughly enjoyed my first redspokes bike tour. I've never been on a bike tour before and was probably the least prepared (not really a cyclist), so found it very challenging. However, being able to get in the van when the mountains were too steep took away any stress and Gustavo is great company. By the end of the trip I was fitter and have become more enthusiastic about cycling and determined to do more at home in preparation for my next tour! Apart from the cycling itself, the scenery was spectacular and the two rest days gave us a chance to explore the lake District more. It's a very well planned trip.
Thank you to the team for all your support. I loved it!
Patricia & Gavin Prise, Aberdeen, Scotland
This was my first redspokes tour. Booking was simple, organisation was efficient, the support crew were excellent and hotel/food very good. However the route, scenery, weather and group members made this Chile/Argentina adventure an outstanding and memorable trip that I think catered for the expectations of all - roll on the next one !
Bettina Bailey, South Carolina, USA
Great guides and fun group.
Randi Friedman, Connecticut, America
I thought the tour guides were excellent. They were organized, had great coffee stops, were at every intersection with a turn, kept us all where we needed to be, offered super suggestions for extra activities. They were warm and friendly - really among the best guides we have ever had.
Andrew Lindsay, Otford, England UK
My sixth redspokes tour and among the best. The scenery was quite fantastic and it was an interesting area to visit. Other aspects excellent - good redspokes team, well planned routes, nice & interesting hotels and food. A very good group also helped.
Paul Brissette, Massachusetts, United States
An extraordinarily well designed trip by any measure. Our Argentinian guides were sensitive to the cycling and personal needs of a group that ranging from age 27 to 73. The Patagonian landscape went beyond my expectations and continued to awestruck me till the last day.
Hats off to the entire redspokes team for their organizational team. I am so glad I took this trip
Keith Russell, Bath, England, UK
I had high expectations for this tour but it exceeded those expectations in pretty well every way. The scenery is spectacular but what pleasantly surprised me was that every day had something a bit different, from volcanoes to lakes to lava plains to gravel roads through forests or 15 km downhill screamers on tarmac. The guides were truly amazing; they put a lot of work in every day including the morning briefing, setting-out the 'magic table' at the always-welcome break stops (chocolate, coffee, bananas, energy bars, water) and loading and unloading the bikes and gear into the support vehicles. They calmly smoothed out any language or culture hiccups.
Diego and Jeronimo are also just two lovely blokes who are smart, work hard and genuinely cared about giving us clients a great experience. The trip has a fair amount of off-tarmac riding which was a big part of why I chose it but if you don't like gravel roads and just want tarmac, this trip isn't for you.
Mark Beaven, Nottingham, England, UK
This was my first organised tour and the guides and helpers could not have been better - organised, friendly and helpful. The Patagonia Lake District route was a great mix of scenic roads and gravel trails. The variety of stunning landscape and overnight stops in both small towns and more remote locations meant I felt I experienced some of the culture as well as the breathtaking countryside.
The amount and type of cycling was about right for me, and the boat trips across the lakes added variety and interest to the tour. The mix of people I met on the tour also made it a great social trip. Overall it was a fantastic and very memorable holiday.
Ursula, Oxford, England, UK
A great trip. Well organised, fantastic guides, good accommodation. Stunning scenery, and we had the added luck of having good weather and a great group that really stuck together. What particularly struck me is how this worked well as a group trip, but that it was still possible for everyone to go at their own speed, and that all abilities were catered for.
A HUUUGE thumbs up for the guides (Diego, Tolkeyen, Bosco). Great fun to be with, and they really were organising whizz-kids - predicting where there were potential difficulties and working their way around these (e.g. organising transfers if poor road conditions were expected), so that we did not even notice - everything just worked.
Thank you also for the very good pre-trip communication and prompt responses whenever I got in touch. That was also very helpful. This was my first redspokes tour. It won't be my last...
Kevin & Julia Thomasson, Poole, England, UK
Julia and I were on our 6th redspokes trip. This trip was as good as all the others. The scenery was stunning, a mixture of mountains, volcanoes, forests and lakes The Guides Tolke and German were professional, supportive and great company. The riding was well planned it was a mixture of road and off-road. Hotels very comfortable and food excellent.
A very well organised redspokes trip. Highly recommend.
Michael Litchfield, Emerald, Australia
My 8th redspokes tour was definitely a 5 star one ! The mix of great accommodation, stunning scenery, amazing food and of course the usual redspokes level of challenging riding made for fantastic memories ! Our group was superbly lead by Tolkeyen and German.
The Patagonian adventure is definitely a must do !
Nigel & Ceri Johnson, Christchurch, New Zealand
Coming from the South Island of New Zealand, we wondered if the Andean Lakes would offer anything different, but the scenery was amazing, on a grander scale - so many volcanoes! Our guides were very well organised, and also friendly and with a great sense of humour, and everything ran smoothly due to their efforts. There was a good mix of sealed and gravel roads, although not everyone liked the gravel - road-bikers might need to practice on rough gravel before taking this trip.
Staying overnight on the slopes of Osorno Volcano, crossing the Andes through pristine forest on the Perez Rosales Path, and cycling through the old lava streams in the Conguillo National Park were particular highlights.
We also had a great group of 15 people who all added greatly to our enjoyment.
Nina Markham, La Molina, Peru
The views were stunning. The biking had a variety of pavement, dirt, gravel, hills which made it very enjoyable since it was always changing. The support was amazing. I went with my husband and 17-year old son. The guides and group were incredibly accommodating of our varying levels of biking.
What a fantastic way to spend a vacation!
Paul Fisher, Walsall, UK
I have been on several overseas cycling trips before and this one exceeded my expectations. Our guide, Tolke, driver Diego and mechanic Bosco were excellent. The planning of each day, attention to detail by Tolke and Diego and transfers were expertly handled with no hitches. The hotels and lodges were very well selected - a super combination of very good lodges and hostels with a little luxury occasionally (well we deserved it).
And as for the route - just brilliant! Cycling in the Patagonian Lakes was a bit of a dream come true for me - lakes, volcanoes, waterfalls, forests and fields under massive blue skies with high whispy clouds. Cycling was varied too, sometimes tough, but always enjoyable on gravel, forest tracks or tarmac. Just a great trip!
Ruth & Phil Dunnell, Surrey, UK
Another great trip with redspokes. Stunning scenery, fun group and great crew. Some of the gravel roads were a challenge but not insurmountable - the ferry crossings provided a welcome respite & a chance to take in the majestic landscape.
Special thanks to Tolkeyen & Alejandro for looking after us so well. We've already booked our next redspokes adventure!
Tom Carroll, Bishops Stortford, UK
I had never been on a group cycling holiday before so I was not sure what to expect. I am very pleased to say that this was an absolutely fantastic experience. The scenery in both Chile and Argentina was truly spectacular. Cycling beside the huge lakes with the snow topped volcanos was stunning.
The two guides Jeronimo and Gustavo were so helpful and friendly. My fellow cyclists from all over the world were really great company and very supportive of each other. The accomodation and food varied from location to location but was always great. I really loved it, I'm already planning another trip.
Beth de Sousa, Exeter, UK
Phenomenal trip. We both loved the cycling and the scenery. The trip was made extra special by the personalities there. The other members of the group were great and we loved the combination of the guides. Tolkeyen who was shy and more reserved but helpful, sincere and very kind and Alejandro who was fun, knowledgable and organised and who mother ducked us around the trip.
I would without hesitation go on another redspokes trip and in fact went straight onto the site on returning home to check out the Albania trip for next year. Thank you for an AMAZING holiday and especially to the guides, who made everything run so smoothly
Robert Oddo, Florida, United States
Another excellent redspokes tour. This tour gives you a taste of the lakes region of Chile/Argentina. What is different about this trip it also give you a taste of a wide variety of biking including road biking, hill biking and gravel biking. Highly recommend. Spectacular views.
Susan Pritchard, Manchester, UK
redspokes provided a trip of a lifetime. The guides were very helpful and friendly making sure we all had everything we needed, especially coffee and food at the rest stops! The organisation was first class with clear itineraries each day. The route was beautiful. There were a few tough days but the scenery made the hard work worth it, especially staying in the refugio on Osorno volcano and the views from there. Some of the group even fitted in a few hours skiing on the volcano! The boat rides provided chill out time and awesome scenery as did a visit to a thermal spa. The group we had was great, we were from 7 different countries but we had shared interests of adventure and fun! I highly recommend this trip!
Joanne Johnson, Burley in Wharfedale, UK
This was another excellent trip with redspokes. The tour leaders were enthusiastic, supportive and professional. The route was particularly scenic with some challenging climbs which generally suited everyone.
There was a nice mixture of road and off-road to the point that those nervous of off-road had overcome their fears by the end of the trip. The hotels were all consistently good with some stunning locations. Even better, the group was particularly sociable and a pleasure to be with.
John Gates, Virginia, United States
I had an excellent experience. The tour was well organized and executed. Our group got along wonderfully and we still exchange photos and greetings via WhatsApp. Would recommend redspokes to anyone looking for this type of tour. Kudos to Alejandro , Tolke & Marcelo for their patience, good humor, and attention to detail.
Zara Thatcher, Worthing, UK
The trip was amazing. The guides Diego and Jeronimo was very knowledgable and passionate about both countries. Couldn’t fault the trip at all and would recommend it to anyone
Connie Demmel, Mainz, Germany
Thank you redspokes for another truly wonderful cycling experience. We so much enjoyed our time - the beautiful countryside, a lovely and inspiring group of people and excellent rides every day.
Phil Hurcom, London, England, UK
Another fantastic tour with redspokes. Challenging but manageable cycling in stunning scenery away from the predictable tourist locations. The superb support provided by all the redspokes staff and local agents combined with comfortable and appropriate accommodation helped contribute to an unforgettable experience. To achieve this seamlessly on the first running of the tour is a tribute to redspokes' prowess as a tour company.
Julie Kitlowski, Sheffield, UK
Leaders/guides excellent nothing too much trouble went the extra mile.
Kristina Isberg, San Diego, USA
This was our third redspokes tour and it was great. Our guides were outstanding, providing with the right information at the right time. The scenery of northern Patagonia was stellar.
John Homer, Cullompton, England, UK
Would recommend and will book again . Thanks to the office team and the excellent guides
Ros Lawson, Edinburgh, Scotland
What an amazing trip! Chile, Argentina & the Lake District of Patagonia are so incredibly beautiful and we never tired of the snow-capped mountains and volcanoes and the crystal clear water in the lakes. Our two guides were so friendly and helpful & the trip was run extremely well. We stayed in some gorgeous accommodation and ate in lovely restaurants recommended by the guides. This was my 9th cycle tour (4th with redspokes) and one of my favourite destinations. Learning to speak Spanish is definitely on my agenda!
Lon Dubey, California, United States
I truly enjoyed the Patagonia Chile-Argentina redspokes trip. The mountain and lake scenery was spectacular. The arrangements spot on and the accommodations very comfortable. I liked cycling on a combination of gravel and paved roads with a few days of truly memorable rides. Staff was outstanding --Tolke, Diego and Bosco were terrific in everyway. They were competent well organized and helped make even the challenging days fun.
Richard Munday, Montreal, Canada
A great intro to this part of the world. Well organized, attentive guides, an excellent group of people.
Mark Webb, Adelaide, Australia
This was certainly the best cycling trip I have done, and I have done 5 or 6 others. A very beautiful part of the world. We were blessed with great weather and a great group of like minded cyclists.
Kolja Stille, Bremen, Germany
Wonderful two weeks in the Patagonain lake district. Good riding, not too severe despite a few up-hills and down-hills. The trip was enjoyable for a large variety of cyclists. The two Guides German and Guido did a very good job to show us the different sceneries of the lake district. Recommended!
Robert Latta, Fakenham, England, UK
Both of the guides were excellent and very supportive as we were a good deal slower than others. Some of the gravel hills were too hard for both my wife and I but everyone was very helpful and encouraging. This was the best thing I have done in a long time and look forward to doing more whilst I am still able. Thank you, my wife is now looking to go somewhere else in the future ! How things change.
Casey Thomas, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
This was our first bike tour, and while we were a little hesitant to book it at first, it turned out to be an amazing trip. Everything about the tour was great, especially the guides. Marcelo, Diego, and Jeronimo did an excellent job leading and supporting us. They were great company too. My only reservations about doing another bike tour is that the guides won't be as good as Marcelo's team.
Sara Blyth, Shipley, England, UK
We have just had another amazing holiday with redspokes. Chile & Argentina is a must do cycling holiday for anyone who loves their bike, breathtaking scenery, friendly people & crossing the Andes on a bike - brilliant. This was the first time we had met Dermot & what a fantastic person he is, highly entertaining whilst always ensuring that the groups needs are being met in every way. Thank-you so much for another great adventure. I can't wait to book our next redspokes trip!!!! ...but where in the world do we go???
Violando and Richard Percival, Watlington, England, UK
A really special holiday! Stunning scenery, challenging but rewarding cycle routes, a fantastic team taking care of us, and a great group of fellow travelers from the UK and the USA. Really couldn't find fault with any aspect of this beautifully organized trip. Highly recommended.
Janet Clark, Richmond, Canada
Our ride with redspokes on the Chile & Argentina, Patagonia and Lake District trip was simply wonderful. We shared the trip with a great group of fellow cyclists together with our thoughtful redspokes leader and support driver Jerónimo and Gustavo. We rode mostly on quiet roads with little car traffic though beautiful landscapes - normally with one or more volcanoes on the horizon. The accommodation was always comfortable and ranged from locally flavoured homestyle inns to incredible rustic lodges perched on the side of a volcano. Everything was well organized from the booking, to the airport transfers, bike rentals, and of course the daily logistics. This is a trip I definitely recommend offering interesting cycling routes, good company, and beautiful vistas.
Louis Rosenthal, Colorado, USA
The redspokes Chile/Argentina tour was fantastic. Everything was well organized and several nice small touches were added in that enhanced our experience. Our two Argentinian guides were wonderful and knew the landscape and area history. Their support was consistently great throughout the two week tour. The couple of things that could have gone better were not the fault of the guides or organizers of the trip. We felt the price of the trip was very fair for all that was included. We had friends who did this tour last year and recommended it highly. We were fortunate to have the same guides they did as they were very pleased and for good reason. Since last year some changes were made to the itinerary to make this trip even better. The mark of a good organization is to try to always improve and we certainly got this impression about redspokes and this tour.
William Laufs, Ratingen, Germany
Well planned and organized every step of the way. An unforgettable trip.
Robert Burford, Luton, England, UK
Overall a fantastic trip in an stunningly beautiful part of this world, all days were well organised with being able to stop and take pictures, ride at your pace and enjoy each day. This is my 4th trip organised by redspokes and it truly does what is says on the tin!
Chile and Argentina are beautiful and cant think of any other way to see such beautiful places and hideaway's in this world. The team helping us on our way were always approachable and served with a smile. Food excellent, drink excellent, cycling a pleasure. The group we cycled with became friends immediately and had a hilarious time on route and at our resorts. A fantastic way to celebrate my 50th birthday, the team, the cycling group and the hotel really made a memorable day and evening. Really looking forward in meeting up with them on another redspokes trip in the future.
Mina Patel, London, England, UK
I had a fantastic time, the landscapes were amazing, the cycling was varied and at times challenging. The places we stayed had character and I liked being away from the usual touristy places. German, Marcello and Diego are lovely guys, they looked after us well without imposing on us at all. I only have to decide where to go next with redspokes!
Patricia Handley, London, England, UK
My first long awaited redspokes tour. Had a wonderful time. Our guides German, Diego and Marcello were a great team who at times looked as if they were on holiday themselves as they got on so well with everyone, and appeared to make it look so easy. A peek outside very early morning or after we'd dump our bikes at end of day and see them taking care of bikes and baggage all sorted for another day told real story. Great cycling and so many beautiful sites from incredible volcanoes and emerald green lakes, thermal springs. Cycled across lava field and ate and drunk aplenty. Best steak ever in Bariloche! It was also a great group of people, singletons and couples and several redspokes tourists; of which I hope to be one. Looking forward to planning next tour. Many thanks.
Nigel Moore, Amersham, England, UK
We had a really enjoyable time and were very well looked after, in some of the world's most stunning scenery. Well done to redspokes for compiling such a fabulous trip; we'd certainly use them again.
Kim Mygatt, Santa Cruz, California, USA
Geronimo and Diego were the best guides ever! (give them a big bonus, please!) The scenery was spectacular, and we had pristine weather to boot. The group was really enjoyable and fun. The steak dinner we had in Bariloche was one of the best ever! The roads were often empty, which was nice. I didn't know Chile and Argentina were so beautiful! I'd like to go back! Thank you for a great experience.
Scott Gillespie, Reading, United Kingdom
This trip was quite easily one of the best things I have ever done! The scenery was even more spectacular than I even imagined it would be, although there were some challenging days of cycling the stunning scenery and the friends I made on the trip took my mind of the hills!
The days were filled with some of the best cycling I have ever done and the evenings were filled with some of the best food, wine, laughs and company that I could wish for! It was an extraordinary two week trip which absolutely flew by but had the most amazing time and have some great memories to look back on!
Marie Sadler, Dunstable, England, UK
This is my fourth tour with redspokes. The whole trip from start to finish was well organised with a terriffic support team, nothing was too much trouble. The cycling was fantastic in a dramatic and spectacular part of the world. Awe inspiring scenery. redspokes never fail to give you a true sense of the country its culture and people. It is also a privilege to travel with a wonderful group of cyclists. The hardest thing to do now is decide which trip to do next!
Natasha Herman, Alberta, Canada
This tour was a great challenge, but I never felt like I was over my head. The guides were encouraging and supportive and I loved the Big Yellow Bus! The route included the best scenic views of Chile and Argentina and took me to beautiful remote rural homesteads. I would definitely do another redspokes tour again!
Wally Dumont, Alberta, Canada
Our guides, Marcelo, Angel, Diego and Yal were great and were always monitoring and tweaking the program to make the best of our trip. Would gladly do another tour with this group.
10 out of 10
Andrew Hearn, Scunthorpe, England, UK
Another memorable redspokes tour that captures the beauty of Patagonia and offers an insight into the more developed side of South America but still allows plenty of 'off the beaten track' adventure to experience the other side of local Latin life.
Mary and Donald, Edinburgh, Scotland
Another fantastic trip with redspokes. The tour guides Dermot and Rodrigo were very professional and thorough and the support provided by Gustavo with meals, back up van and mechanical support for bikes was exceptional. Nothing was too much trouble for all three. The opportunity to cycle from Chile to Argentina and back was a real thrill and friends are pretty impressed when you say you cycled from Chile to Argentina over the Andes! The scenery was spectacular and as always with Dermot's tours the opportunity to go off the beaten track gives you an experience and holiday not to be missed. Where next?........ Laos Thanks again
Dermot Bailie, Edinburgh, Scotland
Chile & Argentina was an amazing trip. The daily cycling environments are so diverse it makes each day really exciting and adds the sense of a real adventure. From crossing the Andes at the snowline from the Wild West like scenery when leaving Bariloche the trip has something around every corner to keep your eyes occupied.
Dawn Manning, Calgary, Canada
The Chile/ Argentina experience was wonderful. The local tour leader, Rodrigo, was exceptionally knowledgeable and informative, as well as being a world-class cyclist, and we had a great mix of 'off the beaten path' locales, as well as some classic cycling routes. The weather was spectacular, as was the scenery. The people that we met were warm and welcoming, and the food and wine were excellent! I wholeheartedly recommend this trip; cycling is the best possible way to get to know this part of the world.
Richard Matheson, Leeds, England, UK
The trip to Chile-Argentina was interesting and challenging. The highlights were climbing the Andes into the snowline (which was a satisfying achievement) and crossing the border between the two countries among the stunning peaks; as well as the challenge of gale-force winds and gravel roads which tested our cycling skills. The hospitality shown to us by the family at our homestay in the Mapucho region in Chile was humbling. Lying in the hot pools after a rewarding climb and eating fresh trout from the stream were both wonderful. We experienced all four seasons of weather in two weeks as well as lakes and volcanoes and rivers of immense beauty. The tour guides Dermot, Rodrigo and Gustavo were brilliant. In total the whole tour: bueno!
Peter Bowman, Surrey, England
Great countries; great scenery; great people; great group; great leader and guides; great tour. So where next? Lebanon & Syria, Cambodia or even one of the 'Stans' perhaps!
John and Pat Flower, Surrey, UK
We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and felt it was a good route with an excellent tour leader and driver. Rodrigo was the best tour leader we have had and we have done at least 8 trips with different companies.
Peter Whitford, Santa Cruz, California
"What an incredible journey of spectacular scenery, warm people and delicious cuisine through the green, blue and white of the lakes district of Patagonia! The good amount of riding off road meant that we often had the roads to ourselves to soak in the beauty. Riding 3 segments and taking 3 ferries to cross the Andes from Chile to Argentina was a definite highlight!"
Karina Lehrner, Carmal, California
redspokes you did it again! This was my second tour with you and once again, your tour organization from start to finish exceeded any expectations that I could have. I particularly appreciate having local guides on your tours. German, Diego and Marcelo were extraordinary...like family. They guided us in an environment that created a sense of family and community. Their contribution provided much laughter, joy and good fun. Their fantastic leadership was combined with ongoing scenes of snowcapped volcanoes and excellent food and wine, all while getting to ride a mountain bike that is better than mine...who could ask for more?! Thank you again for making another year one that I can reflect on with great happiness...that is due to the thoughtful planning by redspokes. Oh and loved the overnight at Dona Alicia's with her goat-like-dog protecting the front door. Thank you and see you soon, redspokes!
David Harrington, California, USA
Tour guide Taiel was remarkable and amazing! While he wasn't one for too many words, he always made sure everyone was happy and comfortable with accommodations, cycling, food, etc. He was a great problem solver on many occasions! Very mature and professional and kind and open! We were all amazed to learn that he is only 19 years old. Definitely mature and wise beyond his years! Many thanks and bravo to Taiel! Thanks to Taiel, Gustavo, Rodrigo, and Marcelo for a wonderful journey!
Matthew Conduit, Ontario, Canada
Dermot, you did it again! A perfect holiday! That is two for two! I think I hear China calling....I know I won't be disappointed if I go with redspokes!
Janet Zusi, Asheville, NC, USA"wonderful trip with spectacular views and challenging biking"
Matt Taylor, London, England, UKHad a fantastic holiday, made some excellent friends, and got to see more in 2 weeks than I could have imagined. The guides were friendly, fun, and supportive, and the landscapes were incredible.
Helen Francis, Lively, Canada
This was the first organized trip that both my partner and I have made that involved biking in a part of the world we had never been to. Going into the vacation we were excited and also nervous - would we be able to keep up, were we ready, would we enjoy the group and the locations we visited? I am happy to say that we loved every moment of it. The preparation materials and the quick response to our questions and concerns ahead of the trip were tremendously helpful and reassuring. The hotel transfer was perfectly on time and again built our confidence that the trip we were about to embark upon would be well organised and it certainly was. We received able but not intrusive assistance from our 3 fine guides, German, Diego and Marcello. They were able to identify what we required and helped us with what ever our need was. Even when the support bus broke down their plan B plan was executed quickly and well. And of course the scenery and culture we experienced in Chile and Argentina was superb...
AJ Smith, London, England
Really great trip, every single day had incredible views. Crystal clear lakes and snow capped mountains and met some great people along the way. We couldn't climb the volcano unfortunately for the weather that day (though we had great views most days of volcanoes), but white water rafting was a great alternative. The guides were good fun, and they did a great job at altering the itinerary when needed. One of the best days was having fun locally on some dirt tracks in the hills when we had to spend an extra night in one town. The food and wine, everywhere, was so good. Argentina especially. A steak will never taste the same again!
John Roche, Leeds, England, UKA great experience we would definitely recommend this trip to others
Catherine Wyse, Vancouver, Canada
Stuart and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The scenery was stunning and apparently we experienced the best weather of the season - if not a tad too hot at times! Rodrigo, John and Gustavo were excellent and made everyone feel part of the team regardless of level
Katje Stille, Hackney, London
Great trip again. The landscape in Patagonia is as I imagined it to be “ barren, wide, open, empty “ beautiful! Thank you for a fantastic experience. Everyone got along and it was a great group of people.
Ian and Lynne Hewitt, Asheville, NC, USA
For the two of us, although there were several things we were initially uncomfortable with, the tour turned into an unforgettable experience and an adventure of a lifetime. We saw and experienced things we would not have, had we tried to do it solo.
Peter Wilkinson, Leicester, England
Another superb trip and wonderful as an introduction to a continent I had not visited before.
John Blyth, Shipley, England, UK
This inaugural trip provided an insight into the fantastic scenery of this magnificent area and affording us close contact with local people and their way of life. The guides and support were outstanding leading us to some remote areas and arranging an unmissable opportunity to climb the active volcano on our 'rest day' in Pucon. As the team continues to strive for improvements, the friendships made and lessons learnt on this first trip will no doubt make future trips even more enjoyable, if that's possible!!
Vik Lomax, Edinburgh, Scotland
I'm glad we bought a new camera for this trip as the scenery was stunning right from day one, with volcanoes, mountains and turquoise lakes aplenty. Dermot also brought that redspokes flavour to the tour, getting off the beaten track, meeting and staying with local families and listening to their stories (and sitting in their hot springs!). A great tour!
John Lingford, London, England, UK
Not quite the end of the world, but a long way south, redspokes Chile/ Argentina tour takes you through quite European looking farmland, round perfectly cone-shaped, snow covered volcanoes (extinct, mostly), and through groves of monkey puzzle trees as you cycle back into Chile from Argentina. Plenty of time to take it all in, even to climb a volcano if you wish! As varied as one comes to expect from a redspokes tour, something for everyone.
Richard Garlick, Bushey,England, UK
On this tour you see a lot of different scenery such as volcanoes, lakes, the pacific coastline and a huge variety of trees and plants. The treats in the cycling are timed well, the accommodation at the end of the day is sometimes charming, sometimes in a stunning location, but always comfortable. Do climb Villarica as it is an unforgettable adventure. The food and wine are so good you could find yourself putting on weight which is unusual for a cycling holiday.
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