Cycling the Lake District of Chile and Argentina

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17 Dec 2016
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11 Feb 2017
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04 Mar 2017
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Small group vacation

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.

Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travelers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Cycling the Lake District of Chile and Argentina

Accommodation & meals:
Throughout this trip we stay at a number of hotels all of which employ local staff; so our guests are providing an income to areas that do not usually benefit from tourism. Posada Del Angel is an example of a local family run hotel we stay at on the periphery of San Carlos De Bariloche. When staying in Conguillio National Park, we stopover at La Baita Conguillio, an Eco lodge. The lodge is built from native wood and is efficiently heated and insulated. Energy is produced by a turbine generator meaning appliances which consume a lot of energy cannot be used and hot water is limited.
Dinners are not included on this trip allowing clients to visit different local restaurants each night enabling their money to spread further within the local economy. Most lunches are included in the tour and we stop at different local restaurants en route each day.

Community:
We employ local Argentinean drivers and tour guides to lead this cycling trip providing employment opportunities and financial benefits for people in the communities from this region. Throughout the tour we support small local businesses by making stops at local shops/stalls to replenish snack supplies to carry in the support vehicle.

Environment:
During this trip we visit five national parks; Pérez Rosales National Park (Chi), Nahuel Huapi National Park(Arg), Lanín National Park (Arg), Villarrica National Park (Chi), Conguillio National Park (Chi). The park entrance fees are included in the tour price. These national parks are important as they are preserving the natural landscapes in these areas, in particular conserving endemic trees as well as fending off projects to build hydroelectric plants.

Group size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to its limited size.

Activity:
Few vacations have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a cycling trip. It is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. Leaders ensure that clients stick to agreed routes in order to minimise our impact. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints (or tyre tracks!).

UK office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

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