SAT NEWS - SOUTH AMERICA BY BIKE
Dear Travel Partner,
we are starting off our newsletter with great news: Argentina announced the re-opening of their borders for international travelers on November 01! They follow in the footsteps of Uruguay, who have set the same opening date for international travel, and Chile, who will open up for tourism on October 01. Our other countries are already open for travel and you can find a complete list of entry conditions per country here!
How better to celebrate these developments than planning your next South America adventure? This month, we have some amazing ideas for outdoor lovers and active travelers!
Making cycling a part of your vacation has become more popular over the last couple of years. No matter if you are a beginner or experienced, if you are looking for a few days of fun or a real challenge, if you are interested in cycling in the city or the countryside - South America has just the thing for you!
We want to take you along some of our favorite biking routes, exploring the lake region of Argentina, the coastal regions of Brazil and Uruguay, the highlands of Colombia and Ecuador, and the tropical rainforest of Peru.
As always, we have more ideas in store for you and are happy to work on tailor-made itineraries so please contact us for assistance!
Enjoy reading and all the best,
your SAT Team
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BRAZIL: BEACHES, RIVERS AND VINEYARDS
Brazil has amazing sights in store for travelers and if you are looking for a new way to experience them, our bike tours along the breathtaking coast might be just the thing! We present you with an adventure in nature for beginners and a vineyard tour for advanced bikers, both of which will leave you ready to hop on a bike right away!
beginners' tour starts with a flight to Natal Airport, located at the northeastern tip of Brazil. After the transfer to your hotel in
Pipa Beach, you enjoy a relaxed afternoon before the fun starts the next morning. After breakfast, you embark on a
25km (15.5mi) bike tour to the São Francisco Farm. Pedaling along the beach, you reach Sibaúma, a small town where the Catu River meets the ocean. After a
refreshing swim in the natural pools, you follow the river, crossing shrimp farms, until you reach the São Francisco. Leaving your bike at the shore, you embark on a kayak tour on the river before enjoying a delicious lunch back at the farm. In the afternoon, you return to Pipa on a
track through the Atlantic forest. The next morning starts with a drive in buggy or 4x4 to
Formosa Bay (23km/14.2mi), a beach south of Pipa. From there, you cycle along the road to the entrance of the reserve
"Parque da Mata Estrela" and follow a 4km (2.4mi) trail through the forest, passing giant trees and vines. Keep an eye out for Bugio monkeys and other forest animals! Back on the road, you drive through coconut groves to
Barra do Cunhaú (10km/6.2mi), where a typical lunch with Potiguar cuisine is waiting. A vehicle takes you back to your hotel in the afternoon. On day 4, your tour ends at Natal Airport.
Porto Alegre Airport
. You are taken to your hotel and jump into the first 22km (13.6mi) bike tour right away! You cycle to
Casa do Mate
, an artisanal processing plant for mate leaves, and have the chance to taste chimarrão, the traditional Brazilian version of mate tea. Afterwards, you visit the
Cave Geisse Winery
for a guided tour and wine tasting with a local winemaker. The bike tour finishes back at the hotel. The next morning, you are taken to Nossa Senhora das Neves Church, known as the
. From there, you start cycling along the
Route of the Wineries
, passing by Marco Luigi, Milantino, XV da Graciema, Estrada do Vinho, Vale Aurora and Alma Único. After local snacks at the
Famiglia Tasca Winery
, you visit
Miolo's Wine Garden
for a drink in the beautiful garden. At 5pm you arrive at your hotel for the next two nights. After breakfast on day three, you embark on a
29km (18mi) bike tour
through the 40 regions of Leopoldina, São José da Costa Real, Estrada do Sabor and Via Trentina. Lunch at a local restaurant and a
tasting at Casa Valduga Winery
are included. The package ends with the transfer to Porto Alegre airport the next day.
Want to learn more about these and other bike packages? Please contact us
URUGUAY: HISTORY, WINE AND GORGEOUS LANDSCAPES
If you are looking for bike tours that cover more ground and demand a bit more effort, we have two great suggestions that show you a different side of Uruguay.
Our first tour is short but it packs a punch! In just two days of biking, you cover a distance of
up to 100km (62.1mi) in the hills surrounding Punta del Este. A private transfer takes you north towards the sierra of the Maldonado region which includes the highest elevations in the country. Your bike is at the ready so you can start exploring right away. First on the list is the
local olive region where you experience the hilly paths and trails that lead to the tiny village El Eden. During your ride, you are surrounded by natural vegetation, stony slopes, streams and waterfalls. From El Eden, you return to your accommodation to rest for the coming day. Depending on your interests, there are two possible destinations for day 2: the
Arrospide gold mine or the olive oil producer Finca Babieca. To reach the Arrospide gold mine, you bike north to the town of Minas where you can tour the mine and learn about the history of gold in Uruguay. Finca Babieca is located to the south in the Caracoles Hills. You can visit the olive plantation, learn about the production process and taste the local olive oils. After breakfast on day 3, you are returned to Punta del Este.
Our second program is a
3-day tour from Colonia del Sacramento to Carmelo
. You start early in the morning in Colonia and embark on a
60km (37.2mi) ride to Radial Conchillas
, a route that will lead you through lush countryside and rolling hills. On the way, you explore the historic center of Colonia and visit Cerros de San Juan, the oldest and one of the most prestigious wineries in the area. After an overnight in town, you start the
47km (29.2mi) ride to Carmelo
, visiting the Jesuit ruins of the Calera de las Huerfanas. If the weather permits, you can swim in the natural ponds close to the ruin site! Next is a visit of the Zubizarreta Winery where a wine tasting or lunch can be arranged before continuing to Carmelo. The next day is dedicated to discovering the sights in and around Carmelo during a
55km (34.1mi) sightseeing tour.
This includes local yacht ports, the Narbona chapel and various wineries, including Campotinto, Cordano and Irurtia.
to request details about these and additional biking programs in Uruguay.
ARGENTINA: CYCLING THE ROAD OF THE SEVEN LAKES
Our 6-day bike tour
along the picturesque Road of the Seven Lakes will lead you through the most stunning landscapes that the Argentinean Lake Region
has to offer!
Your adventure starts in
. You leave the city on a state-of-the-art mountain bike to ride along the beautiful Lake Nahuel Huapi and down the famous "Ruta 40" to the small town
(55km/34.1mi). Huemul is located on the opposite side of Lake Nahuel Huapi and offers a great view of Isla Victoria, the biggest island in the lake. The next day, you make your way to
Villa La Angostura
while still enjoying views of Lake Nahuel Huapi (30km/18.6mi). The town is located in the northern part of the Nahuel Huapi National Park and you are sure to have fantastic vistas during your ride! Day 3 offers you a chance to relax and explore the town as well as its surroundings. The landscape is characterized by small lakes, rivers, mountains and forests, giving you the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in nature. After breakfast the next day, you continue your bike tour to
(25km/15.5mi). Along the way, you pass by Lake Espejo Grande (Big Mirror) and the name says it all: if the water is calm, the mirrored view of the sky and surrounding mountains in the water is spectacular! You encounter one of the hardest parts of the tour on day 5. During your
50km (31mi) ride
, you conquer various differences in altitude. But you are rewarded with amazing views of three lakes that mark your route - Lake Villarino, Lake Falkner and
, where today's section ends. On your final day, you make your way to
San Martín de los Andes
(35km/21.7mi) and again, there are some altitude differences to overcome. The town is located at the shore of Lake Lacar and if you want to stay for a few nights to relax after your bike tour, you will be delighted by the local cuisine and exciting destinations in the area, including Lanín National Park. You can also visit nearby beaches by boat or hit the stores in town to buy delicious chocolate by the traditional brand Mamuschka!
Please contact us
to learn more about this tour or other bike adventures in Argentina.
ECUADOR: CLOUD FOREST AND VOLCANOES
The highlands of Ecuador offer an enticing mix of beautiful landscapes, interesting culture and adventure, all of which comes together in our moderate 5-day bike tour, starting and ending in Quito
The first day starts with a transfer from Quito to the slopes of the
volcano (3200m/10498ft). From there, you ride your mountain bike for
65km (40mi) to Mindo
. A big portion of the route leads downhill, passing by the villages Nono (2900m/9514ft) and Tandapaya (1800m/5905ft). By now, you are surrounded by exuberant cloud forest full of bromeliads, palm trees and orchids! You continue towards the Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve for a picnic lunch and finish in Mindo, where a vehicle waits to take you back to Quito. The following day, you leave the city behind for a
biking excursion in the Antisana Reserve (30km/19mi)
. After arriving at Lake La Mica (4000m/13123ft), you warm up with a 1h hike to enjoy the beautiful views. Afterwards, you bike to Pintaq, crossing the highest point of the mountain pass which is followed by an awesome yet gentle downhill ride through different landscapes to the finish point. A vehicle takes you to
to spend the night. On day 3, you embark on a
31km (19mi) bike tour in the Cotopaxi National Park
. A vehicle will drop you off at the highest point of the tour (4500m/14763ft). The view is stunning and on a clear day you are able to see eight volcanoes! Here, your bike adventure on the world’s highest active volcano begins. Dirt roads lead you through volcanic ash and rocks as well as tundra landscape. You also pass by Manantiales, famous for its water springs, and the Inca ruin Pucara del Salitre. You have a short break while being transferred to Lake Limpiopungo for the last portion of the bike tour, on dirt and
paved roads and through a pine forest. You spend the night at a hotel in the
. The last bike tour in this package takes you to Papallacta. You pedal across the paramo, the Ecuadorian equivalent of the arctic tundra, and down through stunning cloud forest, traversing steep Andean slopes as you descend down into the Amazon basin. You start your ascend back to 3300m (10826ft), to the Papallacta hot springs
. After a relaxed night in Papallacta, you return to Quito.
Do you want to learn more about this trip? Request the details here
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COLOMBIA: BETWEEN LUSH MOUNTAINS AND RUGGED DESERTS
With beautiful coasts and spectacular mountain regions, Colombia offers a wide variety of amazing biking routes for every taste. Our 7-day tour from Silvia to Villa Nueva
will take you through the southern highlands and explore the treasures waiting there.
In order to arrive to Silvia, home of the Guambiano community, you take a flight to Calí followed by a private transfer. On the first morning in Silvia, you explore the small village as well as the local market and will be able to spot members of the Guambiano community in their traditional garbs. Afterwards, you embark on your first
mountain bike tour to Tierradentro (45km/27.9mi)
. The road leads through lush mountain ridges and deep valleys, passing by small streams. You start the next morning with a
mountain bike tour to Santa Rosa (25km/15.5mi)
, a small town located on the slopes of the Colombian Massif, the mountain group that stretches through south central Colombia. Along the way, you can enjoy spectacular views of the valleys and rolling forests of the region. In the afternoon, you visit the archaeological park of Tierradentro, famous for its unique rock graves. Day 3 is a rest day. You are transferred across the cordillera to
where you visit a historical ruin site with more than 300 huge stone sculptures from the San Agustín culture. Avid hikers can extend their stay in San Agustín for a hiking tour with overnight to the National Park de los Guacharos to visit caves with fascinating rock formations that are home to Guácharos, rare nocturnal oilbirds. On day 4, you go on a
full-day mountain bike tour
to explore the green hills around San Agustín, cycling partially along the canyon of the Magdalena River and passing coffee and sugar cane plantations before returning to San Agustín. The next morning, you head to the scenic Tatacoa desert with its bizarre rock formations and huge cacti. If the skies are clear, you can observe the stars from the local observatory before resting for the upcoming day. Day 6 has a great adventure in store: a
5-6h bike tour in the Tatacoa desert
, one of the most spectacular places in Colombia for mountain biking! You pedal on the so-called Tatacoa ring through washed-out canyons and the wide open space of the tropical dry forest with sporadic green cacti, spotting occasional birds and goats. On the last day of your tour, you
ride your bike to the small town Villa Nueva (2h)
, where a transfer awaits to take you back to Bogotá.
If you would like to learn more about bike vacations in Colombia, please contact us
PERU: JUNGLE ADVENTURE FROM THE HIGHLANDS
Our epic 4-day jungle adventure bike tour starting and ending in Cusco will take you from the Andean highlands to the lush rainforest of the Manu National Park.
The tour starts with an early-morning departure from Cusco to drive to the
Chullpas de Ninamarca
(2h). These 17 burial towers from the pre-Inca period contain burial chambers with mummified human remains, for example those of tribal chiefs. The conical roofs prevent rapid erosion, which is why the Chullpas de Ninamarca are among the best preserved of their kind. Here, you start your
bike ride towards the town of Paucartambo
which is considered the folkloric capital of the region and is famous for its festival of Andean customs and celebrations. A vehicle takes you to the natural viewpoint “Tres Cruces” at 3700m (12139ft) for amazing views of the jungle below. After spending the night at a camp here, you can enjoy an impressive sunrise the following morning. After breakfast, you get ready to
ride your bike through the cloud forest to San Pedro
where you spend the night in a lodge at 1600m (5249ft). On day 3, you continue your
bike tour to Pilcopata
where you have lunch. Pilcopata is the entrance to the Manu National Park, a World Heritage Site providing a habitat for 221 species of mammals, hundreds of bird species and a variety of ecosystems ranging from lowland tropical forest to cold high grasslands more than 4000 meters above sea level (13123ft). Manu National Park is also home to indigenous populations who have retained their traditions and live in complete isolation. After lunch, you continue to Atalaya to take a walk along the Madre de Dios River before returning to Pilcopata to sleep in a lodge
at 527m (1729ft). You start your last day with a walk through the jungle and then get ready for the
transfer back to Cusco
Curious for more bike travel ideas in Peru? Please request details here
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