There's still time for a summer vacation, if you head south -- way south -- and like to cycle. BikeToursDirect offers a guided bicycling tour of central Chile that winds through the country's lake and volcano district.
The eight-day tour along back roads starts in Temuco and travels south to Puerto Varas. During the trip, participants tour the Andes Mountain area at the border with Argentina and then visit a national park in the Alto Bio-Bio area. Trip highlights include visits to adventure tourism town Pucon, the Huilo Biologicall Reserve as well as Lake Llanquihue, Vicente Perez Rosales National Park and Petrohue Waterfalls. There are stops at hot springs and mountain villages along the way, and a steep climb to Osorno Volcano too.
The route is rated moderate, follows paved roads and covers about 50 miles a day (mileage can be added).
Dates: Trips leave Nov. 3, Dec. 1 and March 9.
Price: $3,125 per person, double occupancy plus $240 for bicycle rental; $700 more for solo travelers. It includes ground transportation, guide, lodgings, most meals and snacks, spare bike parts, entrance fees to national parks and other attractions. International airfare to and from Chile is extra.
Contact: BikeToursDirect, (877) 462-2423