Che – South America


From Patagonia’s purest pleasures to Isla Negra’s haunting Nerudaian poetry, our Che tour will envelop you in a unique and spiritual mystery, found only in the unspoilt, enchanted hinterlands of South America. Join us for this epic adventure as we soar into the dizzy heights of ‘Los Andes’ and their untamed beauty and explore Che Guevara’s dusty trails set some sixty years before our tentative and excited scouting.

This volcanic wonderland shaped and fuelled the revolutionary thoughts of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, born in 1928. ‘The Man’ himself cuts a fascinating figure—equally revered and reviled around the world. Starting in Santiago, Chile, we follow in his footsteps along the exceptional Pacific Coast and wine regions of Chile—the Casablanca, Maipu, and Colchagua valleys, traversing over the Andes into the breath-taking lake districts and volcanoes of Patagonia, before finishing in Bariloche, Argentina. As always, exceptional cuisine and unique accommodation is a treat you can’t imagine. Think five-star treehouse or glass lodge with the view of a smoking volcano out of your window!

Come and join Max, your tour leader and creator of this epic adventure on the 2024 departures!



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Tour Leader - Max Hofman

Max is Australian born but has spent much of the last 15 years in Chile. He speaks fluent Spanish and has covered most of South America by bike. He is a highly experienced bike guide and is the heart and soul of any tour he leads. His amazing attention to guests makes him much loved and valued by every rider who joins us on tour.

Stage 1 - Santiago to Pucon

  • Experience the famous Maule region's mouth-watering oceanic food culture
  • Roll through spectacular wine regions of Chile - The Casablanca, Maipu and Colchagua Valleys, tasting for yourself why their wines have such worldwide acclaim
  • Roll along the stunningly rugged Pacific coast with its beautiful architectural hotels which we regularly take advantage of!
  • Rest in Punto des Lobos, which beyond its famous left-hand break has spectacular beaches, rugged coastlines and tempting trendy surf culture.
  • From the Pacific Coast, climb the Andes to our hotel at the base of the smoking Volcano - Lonquimay
  • Visit and swim, if you dare, in the chilling waterfall of Salto Del Indio!
  • As well as epic cycling, take a walk up a Volcano, a leisurely stroll on a beach to visit the incredible Piedra de la Iglesia (the church rock) and hike to Lapostelle ridge for a 360 degree view of Chile's premier grape growing valley.
  • Gaze up at Volcan Villarrica, one of Chile's most awesome sights
  • Finish in Pucon, centre of adventure and volcanoes in South America!
Stage 2 - Pucon to Bariloche

  • Traversing the world’s second highest mountain range - The Andes!
  • The Lakes district of Chile, finishing in one of kind Huilo Huilo with its tree house Hotel Nothofagus
  • The 7 Lakes Road in Argentina - without doubt, one of the best cycling roads in the world
  • Indulge in Argentina's world famous beef, deliciously prepared on their Parilla del Asado (bbq grill)
  • Looking over the breath-taking snowy behemoths of La Cordillera
  • Cycle up Volcan Osorno, Chile's Alpe d'huez - you will not go away without surmounting a volcano or 2!
  • Ferrying and mountain biking (just for a day!) across the spectacular lake district of Nahuel Huapi National Park, Argentina. An unforgettable way to finish an epic journey
  • Rejuvenating at the end of the tour in spectacular Bariloche at the Llao Llao Resort, voted one of South America's best hotels.
  • Volcanoes, lakes and class hotels - that is what this stage is about!
Tour Dates and Prices 2024
Tour Dates and Prices 2026
The Age of Adventure by Craig Tansley

A great write-up in Luxury Travel Australia placing Che as one of the great adventures of 2023 and beyond.

South America is a truly amazing place to ride a bike!

Read the full article here


Tour Accommodation

On Che - Bariloche to Santiago, the beautiful lodges in the National Parks, designer hotels on the Pacific coast and hip wineries make for some exceptional stays. Here are some places you will stay at on the tour:

Vale Coralco Hotel and Spa
Vale Coralco Hotel and Spa, Patagonia. Bike Tour
A fantastic uber luxurious setting for our day off in the middle of the tour! Set under the Lonquimay volcano in the Araucaria forest, you will find it hard to leave.
Hotel Nothofagus, Huilo Huilo
A treehouse in a biological reserve! A truly 5* South American experience in one of our favourite hotels anywhere. This is an amazing location.
Hotel Llao Llao, Argentina
Hotel Llao Llao bike tour
An astounding 5* hotel (voted South America's best) in an equally astounding setting. A fitting place to finish this Odyssey!
Do you fancy a massage?
Massage Che Bike Tour
After a long day's ride have your weary legs massaged back to health. When our tours reach 18 people, a soigneur travels with us for guest massages 2-3 times a week.
Food and Wine

Food in Argentina and Chile will excite your taste buds in ways you haven't experienced before. Some of the places we eat on the Che tour are amazing! Here are a few of our favourites:

Cocina Mapuche, Curarrehue
Cocina Mapuche in Curarrehue Bike Tour
This community restaurant serves traditional indigenous Mapuche recipes. This village eatery has a worldwide following due to its support for local culture in southern Chile - especially the desserts!
Food and Wine Studio, Santa Cruz
Pilar Rodriguez - Food and Wine Studio Bike Tour
In the heart of the Colchagua Valley in Santa Cruz, this by-appointment-only location is highly sought-after. Renowned for exceptional wine and food pairing, this will be another fantastic night out.
Wine Tasting, Clos Apalta Winery
The Clos Apalta Winery is one of Chile's finest locations and wine producers, which makes for the perfect rest day tasting!
The Coffee Van! The best espresso in SA!
The Bike Odyssey Coffee Van... On South American tours only!
Some guests call this our extra team member! We love South America but unfortunately, Chile is not yet a cafe culture so our van is fitted out to produce the perfect espresso. 

Read more about the Food and Wine of the regions we ride through


Argentina's cuisine is highly influenced by Europe, including many Mediterranean cooking traits. Along with a large emphasis on locally fresh products, it makes for some scrumptious meals. The country is famous for its grass fed cattle, and the gauchos who work the open range raising these animals. All parts of the cow are eaten, so nothing goes to waste. The most traditional way to eat meat in Argentina is the asado, or barbecue. And a bbq is not a bbq in Argentina without its spicy sausage chorizo to begin it with, a great starter to any meal.

Chilean cuisine varies depending where you are, because of its ecological and climatic diversity. Right down its long coast, the ocean provides seafood as the main ingredient of its many dishes. Local crops are the staple of each regional cuisine, which have been prepared for thousands of years by native Indians before the Spanish arrived. Among the most important agricultural crops are maize, also known as choclo, quinoa and potatoes which have been cultivated since pre-Inca times providing nourishment in the high altitudes of the Andes.

Empanadas: Fabulous at any time of the day and found across Argentina and Chile are these small pies filled with all types of filling, although ham, cheese and meat are the most popular. During the week before Easter, special empanadas are filled with tuna or cod. A great snack to keep up energy for pedalling!

Pebre: This is probably the most ubiquitous condiment in Chile. The spicy mixture of chili peppers, onions, garlic, and cilantro comes in many variations in different regions of the country. The red colour of most pebres comes from red chili pepper paste, not tomatoes, so it does not taste like most North American salsas. You will find it served with virtually anything - a sandwich, as a dip for bread, or served over grilled meats. You cannot, and will not, want to escape this addictive Chilean dish.


Chile has a long viticultural history for a New World wine region dating to the 16th century when the Spanish conquistadors brought Vitis vinifera vines with them as they colonised the region.
Chile has 2,700 miles of coastline along the frigid Pacific Ocean and a climate that is described as midway between that of California and France. These factors allow perfect growing conditions for a number of wines that have recently been getting international acclaim.

Chile produces wines that are both fruity and herbaceous, similar to French wine, making it no wonder that French wine producers from Bordeaux have invested heavily in the region, making it their home away from home. The increase of wineries in Chile over the last 30 years relates partly to the large amount of French families immigrating to Chile during the late 20th century. Not only the French, but Germans, Spanish and Swiss also have invested in Chilean vineyards to share their fine tastes, experience and knowledge of the wine world.

We will be tasting internationally acclaimed New World wines throughout our tour, leaving you in no doubt why Chile is winning awards and competitions throughout, even over Old World wines. Chilean winemakers have been developing a distinct style for their Cabernet Sauvignon, producing an easy drinking wine with soft tannins and flavours of mint, blackcurrant, olives and smoke.

Two of the most refined wineries we will take you to during the Che Tour are in The Casablanca and San Antonio Valleys of the Aconcagua Wine Region. In Casablanca Valley, vines were first planted in the mid-1980s during the revitalisation of the Chilean wine industry. The area quickly became known for its white wines, most notably Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay as well as Pinot Noir, which thrive in its cooler climate.

Just below, the San Antonio Valley is known for producing Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Like the Casablanca Valley, San Antonio is highly influenced by the cooling effect of the Pacific Ocean, but whose soils are granitic, poor and well drained with a topsoil of clay, providing a good substrate for vines. It is seen as the best up and coming wine area of Chile.

The History

Che Guevara has become a legendary political figure. Often equated heroically with rebellion, revolution, and socialism, many also remember that he was ruthless; he ordered executions without trial in Cuba. However, Guevara’s image remains a prevalent icon of leftist radicalism and anti-imperialism.

Che Guevara was born Ernesto de la Serna on 14 June 1928 in Rosario, Argentina. As a student he travelled widely and his worldview was changed by a nine-month journey he began in December 1951, with his friend Alberto Granado. That trip took them from Argentina through Chile, Peru, Colombia, and on to Venezuela, from which Guevara travelled alone on to Miami, returning to Argentina by plane (we only ride the Argentina - Chile Section!). During the trip, Guevara kept a journal that was posthumously published under his family’s guidance as The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey (2003) and adapted to film as The Motorcycle Diaries (2004).

During these travels he observed the great poverty of the masses and the state of the Latin American countries. His eventual conclusion was that the only solution lay in violent revolution. In 1954 he went to Mexico and in the following year he met Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. Guevara joined Castro's '26th July Movement' and played a key role in the eventual success of its guerrilla war against Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.

Castro overthrew Batista in 1959 and took power in Cuba. From 1959-1961, Guevara was president of the National Bank of Cuba, and then Minister of Industry. In this position, he travelled the world as an ambassador for Cuba. At home, he carried out plans for land redistribution and the nationalisation of industry.

A strong opponent of the United States, he guided the Castro regime towards alignment with the Soviet Union. The Cuban economy faltered as a result of American trade sanctions and unsuccessful reforms. During this difficult time, Guevara began to fall out with the other Cuban leaders. He later expressed his desire to spread revolution in other parts of the developing world, and in 1965 Castro announced that Guevara had left Cuba.

Guevara then spent several months in Africa, particularly the Congo, attempting to train rebel forces in guerrilla warfare. His efforts failed and in 1966 he secretly returned to Cuba. From Cuba he travelled to Bolivia to lead forces rebelling against the government of René Barrientos Ortuño. With US assistance, the Bolivian army captured Guevara and his remaining fighters. He was executed on 9 October 1967 in the Bolivian village of La Higuera and his body was buried in a secret location. In 1997 his remains were discovered, exhumed and returned to Cuba, where he was reburied.

Why Che?

'Che' is a form of colloquial slang commonly used in Argentina and Uruguay in a vocative sense as "friend" and thus loosely corresponds to expressions like "mate," "pal," "man," "bro," or "dude."

Ernesto "Che" Guevara earned his nickname from his frequent use of the expression, which to his Cuban comrades in the Cuban Revolution was a curious feature of his idiolect. As a result, Guevara is popularly known simply as el Che (the Che) in many Latin American countries.

Patagonia mountains at sunset - Bike Odyssey Che Cycle Tour

Bike Odyssey is the coolest cycle tour company in the cosmos!  I can’t wait to get to the next tour! Thanks to Sam and the team.

Michael Brennan, Che 2019

Che is my second tour with Sam and his team.  It was great… again! I would highly recommend them and now wondering when I can line up my third tour.


James Sulzberger, Che 2019

As inexperienced cyclists we were very capably supported throughout the wonderful Che tour, an exotic, challenging and exciting experience. Wonderful arrangements, great guides and support staff, and the ability to adapt to the different needs of the riders and local situations. They were also great at helping the group gel and work well together.

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John Davison-Mowle, Che 2018

There’s no better way to see these countries, especially the Andes. Cycling routes were challenging and time off the bike was spectacular. Accommodation was a destination in itself. Guides were excellent! It was tough but the rewards made every pedal stroke worthwhile. The 80km lakeside route culminating in the climb of Volcan Osorno was awesome and, as always, rewarded with a pisco sour. Great people, great challenges and countries that took me to places I’d never imagined! I’ll be lining up for another tour next year.

Sarah Rawlinson, Che 2018
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Some Light Reading
Che Guevara The motorcycle diaries
Che Guevara's own account of his travels around Latin America which formed his revolutionary view on the world.
Jon Lee Anderson Che Guevara
Recognised as probably the best biography of Che Guevara. A very good detailed, yet easy to read account of his life.
The Movie
The Motorcycle Diaries
The movie based on Che's own book of the same name. A great movie on many levels from its portrayal of friendship, travel and self discovery.
Trained to Kill
A different viewpoint on this period of history. Antonio Veciana's account of the CIA in this period is pretty chilling!
Daniel James Che Guevara
James's biography is fascinating and remarkable because of its point of view. He is out to debunk Guevara's Myth.