The diversity of the Chilean landscape makes it attractive for cycling expeditions. The coastline is long and secluded, while the deserts are arid and sandy. Cyclists can go on a long cross-country rides with a large party, or accompany a smaller group on a bicycle safari in the national parks.
The hills and mountain ranges around the Llanquihue Lake provides an exciting ascent from the foothills to midway of the peak. There are many dormant volcanoes in the country, and the roads to these mountains can make the journey adventurous and memorable. Additionally, there are velodromes and cycling circuits in Santiago that can be used by professional cyclists for a more controlled terrain.
Discover the lake and volcano district cycling Chile’s southern backroads. Explore this fascinating part of Chile dominated by clear-water lakes and amazing live volcanoes.
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The endless "pampas," the capriciously carved mountain ranges always covered with ice, the wind, the intense blue of the sky dotted with pearl-white clouds, are all part of an indescribable beautiful landscape where we dwarf in front of the magnificence of nature.
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Currency: Peso - CLP
Size: 756,096 sq. km (291,930 sq. mi); slightly smaller than twice the size of Montana
Border countries: Argentina, Peru, Bolivia.
National tourist office: www.chile.travel/en.html
At a glance
Chile is a long strip of South American adventure. There are large strips of grasslands, and expansive deserts that stretch for thousands of kilometers. The Andes Mountains are on the west side of the nation, while the fury of the Atacama Desert can be felt in the northern region. Easter Island is a great tourist destination in Chile. The Sala y Gómez, Juan Fernández Islands, and Robinson Crusoe Island are lesser known islands, making them a great getaway for holidays. Chile is a nation whose primary religion is Catholic Christianity. The culture is a rich mix of Spanish, South American and North American traditions, and the people are just as diverse as the heritages that make up the country. There are a large number of must-see places to go to while visiting Chile. Some of the best ones are: Isla Mocha, Nahuelbuta National Park, Chiloé Archipelago and Patagonia, Easter Island, Llanquihue Lake, San Pedro de Atacama and the beach towns of Arica, Iquique, Antofagasta, La Serena and Coquimbo.