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scottlnelson:
Hello!  I am looking for a self-guided bike trip to Chile and the Lakes/Volcanoes region.  There are a host of fully-guided tour operators but I can't find anyone who does self-guided tours (plus I am solo).  Any assistance would be great.  Thanks!

HobbesOnTour:
Sorry, it's not clear to me what it is that you need.
Routes? Logistical support? Getting there?

RideWithGPS is a good place to look for routes.

Are you familiar with CGOAB?
https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/locales/?locale_id=44&doctype=journal

Or Bikepacking.com?
https://bikepacking.com/locations/chile/

Lots of people have done solo trips down there and in nonCovid times it's normally common to meet other cyclists.

Good luck!

scottlnelson:
Thank you for the reply and the great links! 

What I am looking for is a self-guided tour (as opposed to a self-supported one - although certainly doable with the info you provided).  I don't speak Spanish and have never been to Chile before and so was looking to take the hassle out of planning my own accommodations, bike rental. etc., but still with the non-guided freedom to go at my own pace and be solo.

I am in Florida and have done many self-supported trips here in the States (and a couple in Canada), but it is much simpler when you speak the language and just know some basic facts about the area/state you are going.

Just from reading the itineraries of the guided tours in Chile, I pretty much have the routes and distances I would like to do, but the bike rental, lodging and even luggage transport are the tasks that I am hoping a tour operator/local could handle for me.

Thanks again for the reply and info and I may end up out there just being truly on my own!

Scott


 

ray b:

--- Quote from: scottlnelson on June 11, 2021, 07:40:05 pm ---..., the bike rental, lodging and even luggage transport are the tasks that I am hoping a tour operator/local could handle for me.

Thanks again for the reply and info and I may end up out there just being truly on my own!

Scott

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By luggage transport, do you mean hotel-to-hotel? If so, does that mean you are looking for a local, who can provide a bike, logistics and daily transport of your kit? Or, are you going self-sustained, carrying everything on your bike and only require a contact to set you up with a bike with capability to carry luggage?

A little aurprised that with your experience, you aren't thinking about travelling with your own bike and kit.

Of course, any way you do it will prove to be a blast. Have fun planning.

HobbesOnTour:
A quick Google throws up
https://pure-adventures.com/chile-bike-tours/
and
https://www.amity-tours.com/tours/bike-tours

Both claiming to offer self guided options.
(There are more).

To be honest, I wouldn't be keen on tackling that part of the world on someone elses bike. But that's me.

I'd imagine it wouldn't be that difficult to organise luggage transport on a daily basis, especially if you know in advance when and where you will be staying. Simply ask the hotel to organise it. All kinds of things get transported by public transport in that part of the world.
 
I'd imagine that you have a fair bit of time to organise this and being stuck in the Spanish speaking world I'd strongly urge you to have a go at learning Spanish - it really enhances interactions. I recommend Duolingo as a good, fun base.  You may surprise yourself what an hour a day can do! Spanishdict.com is excellent for grammar and the like.

Mucha suerte!


 

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