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Cycling the Lake District of Chile & Argentina

from $4,349.00

Discover the beauty of the Andean Lake District on two wheels.

  • Reviews 17 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate / Challenging
  • Group Size Small Group
    4 - 16
All about the Cycling the Lake District of Chile & Argentina.

Discover a beautiful and fertile land at the northern gateway to Patagonia – a magical landscape filled with active volcanoes, turquoise rivers, gigantic lakes and ancient native forests. See Andean condors swooping down from the foothills of the cordillera as we cycle on some of the most scenic paved routes that South America has to offer. We’ll gain a cultural insight into both Chile and Argentina, including the European influences and indigenous customs that have shaped the region. Cross the Andes twice in spectacular fashion on two wheels as part of an incredible ‘once in a lifetime’ journey!

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts, 9 lunches and 1 dinner included
* 12 nights hotels all en suite
* Tour leader throughout
* Local bike rental hire

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Airport transfers are not included on this tour

Highlights

  • Two South American countries
  • Cycle across the Andes
  • Iconic Andean Lakes
  • See Monkey Puzzle Forests
  • Ride the ‘Seven Lakes Road’
  • Cycle alongside Lago Llanquihue
  • Active volcanoes & lush forests
  • Free time to visit Bariloche & Pucon
  • Ride in Conguillio National Park
  • 12 nights hotels all en suite
  • 9 days cycling with full vehicle support
  • 75% tarmac, 25% unpaved tracks
  • Routes mainly follow quiet roads
  • Group normally 5 to 16 plus local staff. Min age 16 yrs
  1. Day 1 Start Puerto Varas.

    Arrive to Puerto Montt airport today after connecting in Santiago de Chile. Then taxi to our start hotel in the nearby town of Puerto Varas. For those people who have booked Land Only and made their own travel arrangements, you are welcome to meet the airport transfer (at designated time) should you wish (and have informed us in advance) otherwise the meeting point is at the start hotel in Puerto Varas anytime in the afternoon/evening.*Standard Hotel*

  2. Day 2 Cycle around the edge of Lago Llanquihue to Frutillar.

    Our Lake District cycling adventure starts off today in scenic fashion as we navigate clockwise around the shore of Lago Llanquihue (the third biggest lake in South America) and stretch our legs for the more challenging days ahead. From the lakeside road we will enjoy spectacular views of the volcanoes and the Andean mountain range that lie just to the east. Volcanoes Osorno (2652m), Puntiagudo (2190m), Tronador (3451m), Puyehue (2240m) and Calbuco (2015m) are all visible on a clear day. We’ll cycle to the picturesque lakeside village of Frutillar, a German influenced settlement which is home to the modern ’Teatro del Lago’ theatre. The ride ends here and after lunch we’ll transfer back to Puerto Varas. *Standard Hotel*

  3. Day 3 Ride from Puerto Varas to Petrohue; boat ride on the emerald waters of Todos los Santos Lake.

    We follow the shoreline of Lago Llanquihue once more today but in an easterly direction past Puerto Chico and Ensenada, straight towards the imposing Calbuco and Osorno volcanoes. Gateway to the Andean Lakes, our journey from here across the mountain range takes us in to more remote and spectacular environments. We cycle onwards, following the banks of the emerald coloured Rio Petrohue towards the ’Saltos de Petrohue’ waterfalls. Upon reaching ’Lago Todos los Santos’ we are greeted by a beautiful setting and we’ll swap our mode of transport in order to board a catamaran ferry. Cruising across the lake is a wonderful and peaceful experience as we keep our eyes peeled for Andean condors flying overhead (journey time approx. 1.5/2 hours). *Standard Hotel*

  4. Day 4 Begin the Andes crossing to Argentina; lake crossing and some tough cycling sections to arrive at Puerto Blest.

    After breakfast we start cycling towards the Argentinian border which involves riding 20km with a steady incline before taking on a challenging climb (approx. 700m over 7.5km) to reach the frontier. There is then a short descent into Puerto Frias. Depending upon how the weather has been in the proceeding days, the unpaved mountain roads can either be well compacted or sometimes loose and dusty. The final leg of today’s iconic journey across the Andes is a short ferry crossing on Lago Frias followed by a 3km ride to your hotel in Puerto Blest.*Standard Hotel*

  5. Day 5 Ferry across Lago Nahuel Huapi to Puerto Panuelo; cycle to Bariloche.

    Puerto Blest is situated on the westernmost point of Lago Nahuel Huapi and from here we board a catamaran to take us to Puerto Pañuelo. Instead of cycling directly towards Bariloche, we will take a scenic route on a paved road that loops around via Punto Panoramico to enjoy an awe-inspiring view of the Argentinian Lake District. As we approach Bariloche we will board the bus for a short transfer (approx. 20 minutes), linking up with the lakeside main road.*Comfortable Hotel*

  6. Day 6 Free day; time to explore the city of Bariloche and ascend the nearby viewpoint of Cerro Campanario.

    After several days of travelling, today is a free day allowing a well-earned chance to relax and take in the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District. You may wish to take a look around the centre of Bariloche, a ski and adventure sports hub with numerous chocolate shops. There are plenty of adventurous activities available should you wish to indulge, such as guided ‘stand up rafting’ on Rio Limay, or the opportunity to independently trek up to Refugio Frey and back again on the slopes of Cerro Catedral.*Comfortable Hotel*

  7. Day 7 Transfer to Villa La Angostura; cycle the 'Camino de los Siete Lagos' to San Martin de los Andes.

    After breakfast we’ll transfer for approx. 1.5 hours around the northern edge of Lago Nahuel Huapi to bypass the busy Bariloche traffic and reach the starting point for another spectacular cycling route. The ’Camino de los Siete Lagos’ (Seven Lakes Road) is an incredibly scenic route that winds its way northwards past lakes and forests connecting the alpine towns of San Carlos de Bariloche and San Martin de los Andes. Depending upon the exact start point, today involves us riding a total distance of around 52km through spectacular and rewarding landscapes. We will break the ride up with a lunchtime picnic stop and should therefore arrive in San Martin de los Andes in the afternoon. Entering in to the picturesque small town of San Martin involves a wonderful approach along the shore of Lago Lacar. *Standard Hotel*

  8. Day 8 Ride through Huilo Huilo biological reserve; boat ride to Port Fuy; ride to Choshuenco Village.

    After breakfast we will say goodbye to Argentina and cross back into Chile via the Huahum Pass. We will have a short transfer to the border before we start cycling up to Pirihueico Port, crossing the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve. We will make a stop for coffee and lunch at the port. From here we will take a barge (boat) that will sail us to Port Fuy, (approx 1.5hours). From here we will cycle to the village of Choshuenco.*Standard Hotel*

  9. Day 9 Cycle to Panguipulli Village; transfer to Pucon.

    Today we start the day by cycling to Panguipulli Village. Here we wil have lunch before a transfer Pucón Town (approx. 1 hour). We will stay in a dowtown hotel, located by the feet of Villarrica Volcano (2840 m). *Standard Hotel*

  10. Day 10 Free day in Pucon; optional hot springs or trek up Villarica Volcano (weather dependent).

    Today is at leisure for you to choose from doing organised activities or having some time out. There are numerous nearby hot springs (termas) and spas in this part of Chile meaning Pucon is the perfect place to soothe away any bike-induced aches and pains! Your tour leader will be able to advise which local agencies to use depending upon what you would like to do. There is also a nice beach in Pucon just a short walk from the hotel, and there are lots of restaurants and bars to choose from.Should the local conditions permit then today is the perfect opportunity to climb to the crater of a live volcano! Villarrica Volcano (2840m) is situated just outside of the town and most recently erupted in March 2015. Obviously this activity comes with its risks and so the local tour company will only take groups if the conditions are totally safe. All equipment can be rented, meaning that you only need to bring your own waterproof walking trousers. The early morning ascent takes around 4 hours and involves wearing crampons to cross a glacier before a memorable and unique descent after reaching the crater (this isn’t for the faint hearted!). Depending upon the amount of snow at the summit, the normal way of getting down the volcano is to sledge down a specially crafted series of compacted snow and ice channels. This is a special experience from start to finish, but should only be undertaken if aware of the challenges.If you wish to cycle today then of course you can take your bike out and the tour leader will recommend some routes.*Standard Hotel*

  11. Day 11 Transfer to Cunco; cycle into the lunar landscape of Conguillio National Park; stay at base of Llaima Volcano.

    Departing Pucon, we transfer northwards after breakfast to the town of Cunco. From here the cycling starts with a 33km stretch of paved road towards Conguillio National Park, stopping for lunch in Melipeuco. Shortly afterwards is the turn off to enter the national park where the road eventually becomes unpaved and dusty in places. From the entrance we will take a short walk to the Truful Truful waterfall. Afterwards we will carry on cycling for 7km until we reach our accommodation for the night.The scenes that we encounter today are vastly different from the rest of the tour. Clouds rise up from surrounding valleys and quickly change form whilst passing over the volcanic lava. Llaima Volcano (3125m) dominates the skyline and we spend the night in a remote and charming eco-lodge. The property restricts energy use as part of its self-sufficiency, meaning that electricity and hot water are not available during the night.*Standard Hotel*

  12. Day 12 Ride through Conguillio N.P.

    It is our last day of cycling today as we continue riding further within Conguillio N.P. and see several beautiful lagoons (Laguna Arco Iris, Laguna Verde) and Conguillo Lake. We will also visit the parks interpretation centre in order to find out about how the park was formed. (Please note that this may not be possible as sometimes the centre is closed during our visit). We will then walk for an hour through the native forest to see ancient monkey-puzzle trees. Tonight will be the last evening all together with group and staff, so it is the perfect opportunity for a last meal and drinks to look back on what will have surely been a fantastic journey.*Standard Hotel*

  13. Day 13 Morning at leisure; transfer to Temuco airport for those on the group flights.

    Please note that today is a free day before departing on evening flights. For breakfast you can enjoy a leisurely walk and enjoy the breath-taking views of the Llaima Volcano. There are also many optional excursions you can book. Please ask your tour leader, and they will help you arrange these. In the afternoon those booked on the airport transfer will be transferred to Temuco airport for evening flights; any post tour arrangements should be made for the afternoon of this last day.  Please note that the accommodation inside Conguillo National Park is in a very remote location and not close to the city of Temuco.

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Where you stay

Hotels

We spend 12 nights in a range of hotels along the route. All rooms are en suite and breakfasts are included each day. Accommodation has been chosen to suit our group size and requirements. They are all cyclist friendly and strategically located for the best cycling route possible around the Lake District.

We can arrange single rooms throughout the trip for a supplement (subject to availability). Please ask your sales consultant for details.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 9 lunches and 1 dinner included.

Hotel breakfasts are normally buffet-style, and lunches will either be at convenient restaurant stops during our rides or packed lunches. There is a variety of good quality food on offer in the hotels and local restaurants for the evening meals that are not included in the price of the trip. Chile and Argentina traditionally have a lot of meat dishes in their cuisine, however vegetarians can be catered for throughout the trip. Please ensure that you advise us of any dietary requirements before you travel so that we can make the necessary arrangements on your behalf.

This trip is classified Road. 
Activity Level: 4 (Moderate/Challenging).
Please see the introductory pages of the cycling holidays brochure for more important information on classification and grading.
Average daily distance: 44km (27 miles)
Number of days cycling: 9
Vehicle Support: 100%
Note: Between Peulla and Puerto Blest there is a section of the ride where our vehicle cannot take the same route, however in the event of an emergency it is possible to have vehicle access. This is the toughest section of the itinerary.

Terrain and route: Approx. 75% tarmac, 25% unpaved roads. Some large elevation gains; mixed cycling terrain; variable weather conditions and some remote locations.

Some cycling experience and good level of fitness is recommended. Total distance covered: approx. 400km

Most of the roads are in good condition, although there can occasionally be potholes and poorer conditions in some short sections. You should be prepared for some cycling on unpaved gravel/dirt roads. The Andes crossing day from Chile to Argentina is the toughest day of cycling on the tour as the stretches of unpaved road between the lakes involves a long climb up to the border crossing which is potentially on rough terrain depending on how the weather has been.

The roads are generally free of heavy traffic until we reach towns where we are more likely to encounter other vehicles.

We will visit the following national parks:
Pérez Rosales National Park (Chi), Nahuel Huapi National Park (Arg), Lanín National Park (Arg), Villarrica National Park (Chi), Conguillio National Park (Chi) and also Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve (Chi).

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Cycling the Lake District of Chile & Argentina

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The day cycling over the Andes. It was a tough climb but very rewarding!!! Cycling in Conguillio National Park was also fantastic and a contrasting landscape to all other days - stunning!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    The leader and his assistants were a great team, and worked well together.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack clothing for cool and wet weather. The first week was cold and wet, and I wish I had packed more clothes suitable for cooler weather both on and off the bike (think of what you're wear when cycling in November in London). The second week was warm and sunny, so save your shorts and t-shirts for that week. Make full use of the local launderettes in Bariloche and Pucon...costs only a few pounds for a bag of dirty clothes washed and dried in under 24 hours. Also, a number of people on the group flights missed their connecting flights and had their baggage go missing which was understandably very stressful. The main cause was due to short connections between flights (e.g. 2 hours in Madrid). Ensure you have lots of time for flight connections; we booked our own flights and allowed 3.5 hours in Madrid which worked ok. Packing some cycling gear in your hand luggage is also a good idea as the cycle clothing options are limited in Puerto Varas and surrounding areas.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Enjoy the steaks and Malbec!

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Cycling in Chile and Argentina

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I particularly enjoyed the Asado (Argentinian barbecue) at San Martin, prepared by Jeronimo the Asador. It gave us a excellent opportunity to mix with the other travellers and guides over some lovely food and wine.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leaders, Taiel and Jeronimo, both did their utmost to ensure that the holiday ran smoothly and that we all had a really good and memorable experience. They always listened carefully to any comments and/or recommendations and responded to them to ensure maximum satisfaction.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It is worth learning a few words of Spanish as, unlike in Europe, relatively few of the locals speak English. That said, usually Taiel of Jeronimo were close at hand and able to assist.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A minor improvement to the schedule would be not to spend a complete day in The working city of Temuco. We could possibly have had a extra day in Pucon with the wide variety of activities on offer there or perhaps we could have spent the night at Melipeuco before driving to the airport at Temuco the following afternoon in plenty of time for the flight to Santiago.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Cycle the Lake District of Chile and Argentina

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling over the Andes mountain pass between Chile and Argentina, with the later visit to the Conguillio National Park and the Eco-lodge
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    They were all great - thank you to the local team Marcello, Taiel & Jero
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Most days had good weather, but you should also pack proper rain proof gear, as the weather can be erratic
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    All cycle days of this itinerary can be fully enjoyed by everybody who has a basic level of biking skill and a reasonable average level of fitness - If you like cycling holidays, great adventure and visiting fascinating places, you must do this well organized trip

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

John

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling over the Andes, with the views of the snow capped volcanoes and lakes
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Knowable and professional, who always went beyond what was expected or required
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for the sometimes sudden changeable weather - check on the weather conditions for the time of your trip and insure you take all the clothing options with you, to enjoy every day of the cycling
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A highly recommended trip - a definite add to the 'bucket list' of a must do cycling holiday

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Absolutely wonderfull!!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Every day was a new and beautiful suprise. The possibility of climbing an active volcano with some members of our group was unique, very special!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Thank you to all the guides and organisation.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just enjoy!!

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