If you like biking, take the next step and take on this new challenge. Mountain biking requires physical and technical strengths, making it the perfect activity for those looking for a new test. Meet the Chilean mountains in the north, center and south of the country, and enjoy privileged access to wonderful panoramic views.

Popular tours

Here's a list of the best tours with Mountainbike in their activities. To see the full list, visit our Tours in Mountainbike

About Mountain Biking:

Mountain-Biking is an activity that consists of going through craggy, uneven areas with the aid of special bikes, the ATBs (All-Terrain Bicycles). These bikes have wide, deep treaded tyres that allow for a greater grip on irregular and slippery surfaces. This activity requires an excellent physical condition, because it doesn't only entail pedalling through rugged paths, but also carrying your own bike in impassable areas.

History

The origin of Mountain Biking goes back to the early XXth century France. Mountain-Biking World Championships started in 1925, and then the discipline was officially recognised as a sport by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) in 1950.

Today it is a very popular activity, that is practised both as a professional sport and as a hobby

Mountain-biking in Chile

There are many options for mountain biking in Chile. In the northern area the dry, rough, inhospitable landscapes dominate the landscape. These routes and paths pose a big challenge for bikers, who must contend with the hot sun, dehydratation, high temperatures during the day, and extremely low ones during the night.

The central zone, on the other hand, offers a more pleasant, temperate climate, and a number of places to travel between the coastal and the low mountain areas. The best options are the national parks and reserves and the secondary roads that cross the area

In the south, Northern and Southern Patagonia, the temperatures are are much lower, and the climate can present unexpected changes. There exists a great variety of trails and secondary roads that cross each of these regions. Carretera Austral is an excellent route to take during the summer.

Atacama Desert and Altiplano

Central Area

  • La Campana National Park
  • Los Cipreses River National Reserve
  • Radal 7 Tazas National Reserve
  • Altos de Lircay National Reserve

Northern Patagonia

Suthern Patagonia


Recommendations

Basic Requirements

To practice mountain-biking there is no need for lessons or instructors. You simply need to know how to ride a bike, have the adequate gear, and have the will to enjoy this activity.

Ecology

  • Be respectful of nature.
  • Do not litter. If you brought it, take it with you. If you find any litter and are able to dispose of it properly, it would be very much appreciated.

Safety

  • Go accompanied.
  • Avoid going off the trails.
  • Wear a helmet at all times.
  • Prolonged exposure to sunlight can be risky. Wear a hat and use sunscreen lotion.
  • Contact the park staff and your family. Let them know about your itinerary
  • Use good quality equipment and emergency tools.

Equipment

The basic equipment for practicing mountain-biking is:

  • All-terrain bicycle
  • Water bottle
  • Helmet
  • Suitable clothing
  • Tire-pump
  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Patches
  • Tool kit

GoTips

Associations

Federación Ciclista de Chile
Avda. Vicuña Mackenna 40, Santiago
(56-2) 222 8757 - 635 4095

Shops

Bike Center
Avda. Vitacura 6459, Vitacura, Santiago
Phone: (56-2) 219 1441
Marin Bikes
Avda. Vitacura 7217, Vitacura, Santiago
Phone: (56-2) 8947065
Eco Bike
Avda. Consistorial 3485, Local 4, Peñalolén, Santiago
Phone: (56-2) 9571078

Books

The Complete Mountain Biking Manual
Author: Tim Brink
2007
Mastering Mountain Bike Skills, 2nd Edition
Author: Brian Lopes
2010

Websites


Destinations

These are de destinations where you can Mountainbike

  • Araucanía y Los Ríos

    Araucanía y Los Ríos

    The Region of La Araucania and Los Rios are characterized by a strong presence of the mapuche culture and possess in the "Valdivian"…

  • Bahia Inglesa (English Bay)

    Bahia Inglesa (English Bay)

    English Bay is one of the beauties that the Atacama Region. It is characterized by its white sand and turquoise waters, becoming one…

  • Carretera Austral Norte

    Carretera Austral Norte

    Northern southern highway begins in Puerto Montt from the Town Board and goes to Coyhaique, the regional capital. Within this tour…

  • Carretera Austral Sur

    Carretera Austral Sur

    The Carretera Austral South begins in Coyhaique and ends Puerto williams. This is a journey that presents different landscapes, such…

  • Chillán hot springs

    Chillán hot springs

    Considered by many as the best thermal resort in Chile, Termas de Chillán is situated at 5,248 ft (1,600 m) above sea level and combines…

  • Coñaripe Hot Springs

    Coñaripe Hot Springs

    An important feature of these Springs is that the waters are renewed constantly in a natural way. The water is Totally pure and medicinal…

  • Coyhaique

    Coyhaique

    Coyhaique is considered the most important city of the Carretera Austral. From here you can make trips to know the General Carrera…

  • Elqui Valley

    Elqui Valley

    The Elqui Valley is one of the most visited places in Coquimbo. Its vineyards, flora and fauna, the production of pisco and starry…

  • Farellones

    Farellones

    Farellones is a village in the cordillera of the Andes located 30 kilometers from Santiago. You can practice different sports such…

  • Lake Ranco

    Lake Ranco

    The Ranco Lake, has 13 Islands and almost all of them are populated by summer houses, it is the ideal place to enjoy the water, fishing…

  • Moon Valley

    Moon Valley

    The Valley of the Moon is one of the most visited places of San Pedro de Atacama. It is characterized by its enormous dunes, valleys…

  • Ojos del Salado Volcano

    Ojos del Salado Volcano

    The area of the volcano Ojos del Salado is one of the most unexplored in the Chilean altiplano. It is characterized by the existence…

  • Pichilemu

    Pichilemu

    Known internationally by surfers, Pichilemu ('small forest' in Mapudungún) is not only a sportsmen's paradise but it is also an attractive…

  • Pucón

    Pucón

    Pucón is located in the Region of Araucanía on the shores of Lake Villarrica and stands out as the most important Lake Resort of Chile.…

  • Rapel lake

    Rapel lake

    The Rapel Lake is a great place to rest in the central area and during the summer allows for a large number of aquatic activities,…

  • San Pedro de Atacama

    San Pedro de Atacama

    San Pedro de Atacama is located 2.500 mts. above sea level, on the north side of Atacama Salt Flat, an area of great tourist and archaeological…

  • Santiago

    Santiago

    The city of Santiago is the capital of Chile, along with being the most important cultural, administrative and financial centre of…