Mountain biking and hiking trip in Torres del Paine tour operator review

Paola and Rosario recently returned from their trip to Torres del Paine where they spent 4 days hiking and cycling around the park on some wonderful trails. Here they tell us about their Bike and Hike Adventure as well as their feedback on the operator and Swoop!

Here we are: back from our fantastic trip to Patagonia, which included a few days in Chile with Dittmar Adventures. In three days, we did four different amazing single tracks within the National Park of Torres del Paine. The cycling group was made up of: the guide, my husband and me: we are used to mountain biking with no guide, but here it was key to have one (and we had a special one!) to ride in the most spectacular trails, for which you need an authorization and above all a deep knowledge.

Dittmar provided us with bikes and we had a support vehicle for transporting luggage and ourselves when the trails were not interesting. Overnight stays were in tents and dinners in Refugios (a choice which was a lot of fun!) The lunch box came wonderful fresh every morning! The places we visited are very wild and man’s impact is still low…we hope they will preserve this, but I think they are on the right track … The places we saw are amazing and I think the pictures we took are nice but reality is much much better: a mix of snow-capped peaks and lakes, unexpected colors, wide open spaces. We met lots of funny guanacos and saw a lot of condors!

We also had a trekking day, walking to the famous and wonderful Torres del Paine, not accessible by MTB (and I am used to going almost everywhere by bike!). A total of 4 days, made great by the wonderful support we had by Dittmar Adventures, high level of professionalism and sympathy always before and during our trip. Logistics, locations, meals have thought and realized based on our needs and requirements, which had been clarified in the months before the trip took place (I sent Laura many questions and requests, but her replies were always kind and great) . In a single word to me Dittmar is PASSION: for mountains, for nature, for being guides, for people. Only one regret: I wish we had more time to dedicate to these places.

Thanks to Luke from Swoop Patagonia for giving me such timely and quick responses to my questions. He was very good at focusing on my needs and put me in touch with Laura and David at the appropriate moment.  Thanks to Swoop and Dittmar Adventures, I would definitely recommend you both in the future!

Luke Errington

Founder and MD

Luke fell in love with Patagonia when he first trekked through the Andes some 15 years ago. In 2009 he founded Swoop Patagonia and since then has trekked, ridden and paddled thousands of miles throughout the region.

Back at home in Bristol he's a dad of three, and a keen trail runner and adventure racer.

On his last visit Luke climbed to within 500m of the summit of Aconcagua and ran a 3 day ultra-marathon around the volcanoes of northern Patagonia.