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    Chile is here !!

    Hey there , am from Santiago, Chile , and just joined this comunity today , so anything you need to know ...

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    Sup Chile! Im from Panama. Welcome to the forum
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    Welcome to the forum man, I have a couple friends in chile and a brother in law that lived there for a few years, spent some time in your neighbors county so aguante boca juniors loco!

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    Thanks a lot guys 4 the welcome party ;-) , nice to see that this sport is a cross race / nationality one !! Hope to post some AM pics of my ridings around the surrounding hills of Santiago.

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    sweet pic, your just heading into your riding season so that sould be nice to see some pics in the chilean mtns when the snow if flying here.

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    Oh yes , I'll keep ya informed ....

    this is 5 min from home ...no matter we live in the 5 million people Santiago , I happen to be on the edge of the city , close to the mountains ...


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    I lived in Santiago for two years. Close to Santiago, El Huinganal and Santuario de la Naturaleza were awesome.

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    Looksmlike some sweet singletrack there! Nice pucs

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    Sure , there are some (still) wild places to go around the the city. As mentioned El Huinganal, Las Varas , and now a bike park (cool !) ... here are some shots ...






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    Today I went to visit my cousin .. to see his Pivot Carbon .... nice ride !!! My Yeti weighs like 10 pound more !! ahahahaha


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    Last ones of my kids ...




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    Is that El Manquehue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyCab View Post
    Is that El Manquehue?
    Yes man , your absolutely right !!

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    Are there any companies that rent bikes or do day rides?

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    There must be some there (not here in Santiago) but in the far north desert in Chile (San Pedro de Atacama) there are more than 1 bike per soul .... also to the southern lake district too !!

    Check here :

    Mountain Bike Tours in Chile, Chile Bike Tours Atacama | Ecotours Chile - Bike Tours, Hiking Tours, Santiago Tours, Wine Tours

    Atacama Tours in Chile, Biking, Hiking, Trekking Chile Tours | Ecotours Chile - Bike Tours, Hiking Tours, Santiago Tours, Wine Tours


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    Wink

    A friend of mine rented a mountain bike in the heart of Santiago:

    w w w.labicicletaverde.com/mountain_bike.php

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    ok, thanks for the info. I was hoping to find a crew that rides hard and has access to good rental bikes so that we can hit the trails in the pictures.

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    The other day in this same trail I came to meet 2 americans living here in Santiago, Chile, they were riding Rocky Mountian MTBs , one of them was flying back to Colorado to pick another bike back home.

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    Where is the jump park?

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    From the new El Durazno Bike park ... 10 min away from home...



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    Hi i`am from Puerto Rico, Nice trail you have there. Did you have any videos of those trails ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scale950 View Post
    Hi i`am from Puerto Rico, Nice trail you have there. Did you have any videos of those trails ?
    sure man.... check here


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    Quote Originally Posted by jpvm View Post
    sure man.... check here

    Thanks nice video..

    We have a couple of trail here in the island but myself mostly ride in this ~Los Pinchos Trail~ This video was made by this Lady and folks from Humacao MTB. You can go really fast in this trail but also U can go slower just like in the video and BTW Tubelees system is required ..

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    These trails are awesome. Count me in, I'll be there when I have a time

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    Sure man, we'll be waiting 4 ya !!!

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    I haven't ridden in Santiago, but those look like some cool trails. I did ride in Torres Del Paine in January and it was awesome. We rented bikes from our guide. He's exploring some other trails in the park and surrounding areas, so who knows, may have to go back down there in a few years.
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    Here some pics of the kids having fun here closeby in Santiago , Chile ....












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    some moa ....




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    Quote Originally Posted by jpvm View Post
    Torres del Paine Natl Park is awsome , to ride to hike to camp , thanks a lot for the pictures !!!!

    PS : Sad to see the results of a massive wildfire of 2 years ago , it was started by a jewish tourist backpacker ....
    We were there when the fire was still going on, but on the other side of the park. It messed up our plans to do the W, so we only did the V and missed Glaciar Grey. I have kept in touch with our guide and he is exploring other trails with more singletrack in and around TDP. Here are my favorite pics he's sent:
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    massive pics man, thanks , going to TDP is like going to Alaska without bears and wildlife ... the last frontier .... riding there must be overwhelming

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpvm View Post
    massive pics man, thanks , going to TDP is like going to Alaska without bears and wildlife ... the last frontier .... riding there must be overwhelming


    Here some more shots of Chile , mainly southern Chile (northern Patagonia) !!!!!
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    That bike park in Santiago... sooo sick that one
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    Quote Originally Posted by Helmetless View Post
    That bike park in Santiago... sooo sick that one
    Yeah , this is another one , a summer only bike park in La Parva , 9000 fasl high ...



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    Wife and I are thinking about taking a trip to Chile in the fall (you spring?). This is definitely going in the pro category, would love to ride in any of these places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roma258 View Post
    Wife and I are thinking about taking a trip to Chile in the fall (you spring?). This is definitely going in the pro category, would love to ride in any of these places.
    Nice, our spring starts in September, still some skiing in central and even more in southern Chile. Nicest weather is October thru March , we'll be waitin´4 ya ... ahahaha

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    Sweet. I lived in Chile for a few years but down south and cant wait to go back and ride all over the place down there. Theres some beautiful landscapes and even more beautiful people. Hopefully I can make it before sometime in the near future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cman8 View Post
    Sweet. I lived in Chile for a few years but down south and cant wait to go back and ride all over the place down there. Theres some beautiful landscapes and even more beautiful people. Hopefully I can make it before sometime in the near future.
    Right on !! It's interesting how many riders and outdoors loving people have been here in Chile , many as you even have lived here ... thanks 4 your thoughts !

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    Oye JPVM, nunca piensas venir a EEUU? Te invito a Utah a rodar por aca.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cman8 View Post
    Oye JPVM, nunca piensas venir a EEUU? Te invito a Utah a rodar por aca.
    Hey brah , thanks a lot , se te agradece mucho la invitacion. Tengo "relatives" viviendo en Miami , pero siempre me ha gustado el Oeste , sobre todo cerca de los Rockies, Moab (por el 4x4) , etc. asi es que tal vez me haya ganado un amigo en la zona. muchas gracias por tu amable invitacion la que de seguro algun dia te voy a cobrar !!

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    ....this only what I have ...
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    Some more fun, here close to my home in Santiago , rock on !!!!


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    Wow. Santiago has a lot of nice places to hit up it looks like. Have you ever been to other places riding in Chile?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cman8 View Post
    Wow. Santiago has a lot of nice places to hit up it looks like. Have you ever been to other places riding in Chile?
    Well there are some , have to know where to go , otherwise it feels its just a 5 million people city ....

    All those pics that look "greener" are from southern Chile , say 600 miles south of Santiago ... there , there are thousands of places to ride !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpvm View Post
    Well there are some , have to know where to go , otherwise it feels its just a 5 million people city ....

    All those pics that look "greener" are from southern Chile , say 600 miles south of Santiago ... there , there are thousands of places to ride !!


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    Hey so I was planning on trying to make a trip down to Peru/Bolivia/Ecuador this winter December/January, and was wondering how much mtb trips would be if I were to go there and ask for a guide rather than buying one online in the states. I'm very comfortable speaking Spanish, but don't have the biggest vocabulary. Online they all run for about $2000 USD for 7-9 days. Anyone know if guiding is cheaper to do down there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by idaho biker 90 View Post
    Hey so I was planning on trying to make a trip down to Peru/Bolivia/Ecuador this winter December/January, and was wondering how much mtb trips would be if I were to go there and ask for a guide rather than buying one online in the states. I'm very comfortable speaking Spanish, but don't have the biggest vocabulary. Online they all run for about $2000 USD for 7-9 days. Anyone know if guiding is cheaper to do down there?
    Dunno man, This is CHILE , not Ecuador, Boliva or Peru. Chile is worlds different in geography, demographics, and most of all , a secure place to spend vacations, outdoors or bussiness. Here the institutions work and all seems to be friendly and fluid, cops are straight and everything works.

    Here's a respectable operator for biking tours :

    Cycling Tours - Patagonia Tours, Chile & Argentina Travel » Cascada Expediciones

    Mountain Bike in Atacama Desert 7 day tour, Chile bike tours | Ecotours Chile - Bike Tours, Hiking Tours, Santiago Tours, Wine Tours

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    Quote Originally Posted by idaho biker 90 View Post
    Hey so I was planning on trying to make a trip down to Peru/Bolivia/Ecuador this winter December/January, and was wondering how much mtb trips would be if I were to go there and ask for a guide rather than buying one online in the states. I'm very comfortable speaking Spanish, but don't have the biggest vocabulary. Online they all run for about $2000 USD for 7-9 days. Anyone know if guiding is cheaper to do down there?
    If you plan to make it all the way to Patagonia, look up Fortaleza expediciones. Cristian is a mountaineering, kayaking, mtb guide, speaks English well and has access to some places that other tour groups don't. I went last year and he was still getting his mtb guide business dialed in but will have it by the end of 2013. Also I ran into some amature bikers that were honeymooning and did the road of death in Bolivia. They liked it, but I don't know if that's really mountain biking. Cheers and have fun.

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    Would that time frame of January be to hot in most of peru, argentina, and bolivia? Knowing that most of you are in Chili, its a stretch to ask seeing as how google only can do so much.
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    I'll be in Chile for about 2 weeks from February 6th 2014. I'll spend a few days around Santiago and probably head up to San Pedro de Atacama. I would love to go riding in both locations if anyone will be around.

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    Send me a PM or reply to this thread if you make it out to the coast at Viña del Mar/Valparaiso, an hour and a half from Santiago. It is less hot and the air is cleaner than Santiago, and you can drink your post ride beer on the beach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SFChristo View Post
    Send me a PM or reply to this thread if you make it out to the coast at Viña del Mar/Valparaiso, an hour and a half from Santiago. It is less hot and the air is cleaner than Santiago, and you can drink your post ride beer on the beach.
    CHILE is nowadays on top of the world's Enduro and urban DH ....



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    This is the Enduro world champion riding last week our hometown trails close to Santiago, Chile .....


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    More, the week before .... all is happening here

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    Epic Chile action from Andes Pacifico race ....


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    Wich country will host the 1st event of the year of the EWS (Enduro World Series) ??? ... CHILE

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    Chile is in the eye of the Enduro World Series (EWS) , for one reason this worldwide series stops here , because Chile has it all for MTB, Jared Graves, Jermoe Clementz, Richi Rude, etc. :

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    There is no better place to shred than Chile !!!!!!!!!!


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    I'm traveling to Santiago in october and would like to know how is the riding there, will there be snow on La Parva? it seems the bike park opens only on december.
    Also, are there good rental bikes in Santiago?
    I Live in Sao Paulo, Brasil, and ride a SC nomad.
    Have not found many info on the net, but would like to try a trip to Chillan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b1rdie View Post
    I'm traveling to Santiago in october and would like to know how is the riding there, will there be snow on La Parva? it seems the bike park opens only on december.
    Also, are there good rental bikes in Santiago?
    I Live in Sao Paulo, Brasil, and ride a SC nomad.
    Have not found many info on the net, but would like to try a trip to Chillan.
    The snow in La Parva , Colarorado, Farellones (central Chile) lasts at most to September 15 , after that its spring and melts , and the lifts close after Sept. 15. Bike parks opens late Dcember thru end of March.

    Chillan bike park is at NEVADOS DE CHILLAN

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpvm View Post
    The snow in La Parva , Colarorado, Farellones (central Chile) lasts at most to September 15 , after that its spring and melts , and the lifts close after Sept. 15. Bike parks opens late Dcember thru end of March.

    Chillan bike park is at NEVADOS DE CHILLAN
    Thank you, jpvm!
    Tickets are already bought, will arrive in Santiago on october 1st, plans are to drive south to Chillan on the first week with the wife (non rider), than spend the second week next to Santiago with the kids (18 year boy and 23 y girl) , then, only with my wyfe again, the third week to travel north to Vina del Mar and the likes, we return home on the 25.
    Hope we have a chance to ride some of the trails you pictured here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by b1rdie View Post
    Thank you, jpvm!
    Tickets are already bought, will arrive in Santiago on october 1st, plans are to drive south to Chillan on the first week with the wife (non rider), than spend the second week next to Santiago with the kids (18 year boy and 23 y girl) , then, only with my wyfe again, the third week to travel north to Vina del Mar and the likes, we return home on the 25.
    Hope we have a chance to ride some of the trails you pictured here!
    Great news !! Chile is waiting ;-)

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    great thread jpvm
    i've always wanted to visit chile.
    now even more.
    lots of good information here.
    some areas look like western canada , some look like arizona.
    a friend met a girl from chile while on vacation in cuba. he's been down a couple of times to visit and loved it (was lucky enough to watch the urban downhill)
    now the girl is moving up here to canada to live with him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpvm View Post
    PS : Sad to see the results of a massive wildfire of 2 years ago , it was started by a jewish tourist backpacker ....
    Stating nationality or ethnicity is NOT ok when talking about a crime unless it's pertinent to the discussion. This is especially sensitive now because antisemitism is on the rise. Please remove the ethnicity reference.

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    Hey,

    I will be visiting Santiago this december and will likely go on to Torres del Paine.

    Any tips?

    @jpvm : you have decorated this thread with soms great pics man!

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    Hi Barto1
    I am planning a trip to Chile as well. i have very little info as to where to ride but hopefully looking to meet some locals and make friends.
    I am Canadian and will bring my own bike.
    i'm looking for riding partners as well. When will you be there?

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    I will be there from half December.

    My current plan is to not bring my bike but rather rent or get a second hand one. Although I must say I did not yet find out where I could rent a bike...

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