Cycling the Lake District of Chile & Argentina

Cycling the Lake District of Chile & Argentina

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Cycling the Lake District of Chile & Argentina

13 Days Starting in Puerto Varas and ending in Melipeuco

Visiting: Puerto Varas, Lake Llanquihue, Frutillar, Ensenada, Osorno, Petrohue, Puerto Blest, Nahuel Huapi Lake, Puerto Pañuelo, San Carlos de Bariloche, Cerro Campanario, Villa La Angostura, Camino de Los Siete Lagos, San Martín de los Andes, Huilo Huilo Reserva Biológica, Puerto Fuy, Panguipulli, Pucón, Villarrica, Cunco, Conguillío National Park, Llaima, Temuco

Tour operator:

Exodus

Tour code:

MAP

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 16

Physical rating:

Moderate / Challenging

Age range:

16 to 99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Cycling, Walking

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Tour Overview

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!

Highlights

  • Cycle across the Andes

  • Two South American countries

  • Iconic Andean Lakes

  • See Monkey Puzzle Forests

  • Active volcanoes & lush forests

  • Cycle alongside Lago Llanquihue

  • Ride in Conguillio National Park

  • Free time to visit Bariloche & Pucon

  • Ride the 'Seven Lakes Road'

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Start Puerto Varas.
Location: Puerto Varas
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Casa Kalfu Hotel (or similar)
Meals Included: No Meals

Travellers on our group flights will arrive to Puerto Montt airport today
after connecting in Santiago de Chile. There will be a group transfer from
the airport 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 group transfer 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.

Day 2 : Cycle Around The Edge Of Lago Llanquihue To Frutillar.
Location: Lake Llanquihue, Frutillar
Accommodation: Hotel, Casa Kalfu Hotel (or similar)
Meals Included: No Meals

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. 

/Today's ride will be mostly paved. (30 km paved and 4 km unpaved)/

Day 3 : Ride From Puerto Varas To Petrohue; Boat Ride On The Emerald Waters Of Todos Los Santos Lake.
Location: Ensenada, Osorno, Petrohue
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Peulla or Natura (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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 an exclusive private 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). 

/Today’s ride will all be paved. It will consist of approx. 45 km on flat
terrain and a climb for the last 15 km./


Day 4 : Begin The Andes Crossing To Argentina; Lake Crossing And Some Tough Cycling Sections To Arrive At Puerto Blest.
Location: Puerto Blest, Puerto Blest
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Puerto Blest (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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 on 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.

/Today is the most challenging day. 31 km unpaved. The border crossing
involves a long steep climb on gravel followed by a fast downhill section./


Day 5 : Ferry Across Lago Nahuel Huapi To Puerto Panuelo; Cycle To Bariloche.
Location: Nahuel Huapi Lake, Puerto Pañuelo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Cacique Inacayal Lake & Spa Hotel (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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.

/Today’s ride will be 15 km paved and 9 km unpaved. /


Day 6 : Free Day; Time To Explore The City Of Bariloche And Ascend The Nearby Viewpoint Of Cerro Campanario.
Location: San Carlos de Bariloche, Cerro Campanario
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name:  Cacique Inacayal Lake & Spa Hotel (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

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 Mount Campanario to enjoy beautiful views from the summit. 



Day 7 : Transfer To Villa La Angostura; Cycle The 'Camino De Los Siete Lagos' To San Martin De Los Andes.
Location: Villa La Angostura, Camino de Los Siete Lagos, San Martín de los Andes
Accommodation: Hostel
Accommodation Name:  Hosteria Monte Verde (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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 the picturesque small town of San Martin involves
a wonderful approach along the shore of Lago Lacar. 

/Today will be all paved. The last 17 km is a fast downhill section. /


Day 8 : Ride Through Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve; Boat Ride To Port Fuy; Ride To Choshuenco Village.
Location: Huilo Huilo Reserva Biológica, Puerto Fuy
Accommodation: Hostel
Accommodation Name: Hosteria Rucapillan (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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.

/Today’s ride will be 21 km paved and 13 km unpaved gravel. It will mostly
be downhill. /

Day 9 : Cycle To Panguipulli Village; Transfer To Pucon.
Location: Panguipulli, Pucón
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Alpes Apart Hotel (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we start the day by cycling to Panguipulli Village. Here we will 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). 

/Today will all be paved. During high season there may be more traffic than
usual in this area./

*Accommodation: Alpes Apart Hotel (or similar)*

Day 10 : Free Day In Pucon; Optional Hot Springs Or Trek Up Villarica Volcano (Weather Dependent).
Location: Pucón, Villarrica
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Alpes Apart Hotel (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

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 you can take your bike out and the tour
leader will recommend some routes.


Day 11 : Transfer To Cunco; Cycle Into The Lunar Landscape Of Conguillio National Park; Stay At Base Of Llaima Volcano.
Location: Cunco, Conguillío National Park, Llaima
Accommodation: La Baita Conguillio Ecolodge (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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.

/Today’s ride will be 45 km paved and 6 km unpaved gravel. /


Day 12 : Ride Through Conguillio N.P.
Location: Conguillío National Park
Accommodation: La Baita Conguillio Ecolodge (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

/Today will be a loop ride which will all be unpaved gravel. The way out will
be mostly going uphill and the return will be mostly downhill./


Day 13 : End Conguillio National Park
Location: Temuco
Meals Included: Breakfast

Our adventure ends this morning after breakfast. In the afternoon those on
the group flight will be transferred to Temuco airport for their evening
flight. Land only bookings can join this transfer if flight timings are
similar to the group flight timings (please see the Transfer Details section
below).  Please note that the accommodation inside Conguillo National Park
is in a very remote location and not close to the city of Temuco. 

What's Included

  • Local bike hire

  • All breakfasts, 9 lunches and 1 dinner included

  • 13 nights hotels all en suite (12 for Land Only bookings)

  • Tour leader throughout

  • Airport transfers (if booking incl. flights)

  • Meals

    11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 1 dinners.

What's Not Included

  • Single accommodation 

  • Airport transfers for Land Only bookings

  • Travel insurance

Food

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.  Vegetarians and vegans can be well catered for on this holiday - please do inform us before departure of any special dietary requests so that our local team can be well prepared.

Accommodation

We spend 12 nights in a range of hotels, all with and included breakfasts. 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.

Worth Knowing

Day 8 - Jan/Feb 2024 departures will be accommodated at Le Village Hotel, in San Martin de los Andes.
We will provide twin rooms (2 beds) for non-couples and whilst we cannot always guarantee, double rooms (1 shared bed, as available) for couples. Please request preferred room type at the time of booking.
We can arrange single rooms throughout the trip for a supplement (subject to availability). Please ask your sales representative for details.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Airport transfers (if booking incl. flights)

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    16+ age people can go on this tour.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

great holiday with fantastic scenery

I did this trip October 2022. It was great fun, with amazing views and interesting cycling. There were 2 long tarmac downhills which were exhilerating. I took the bus rather than do the long steep dirt road section over the border crosing - the other 7 in our group all managed that uphill, but the bus followed the same route. Our guides were great; father and two sons team, as well as the yellow school bus. I was very glad I took walking boots for the two free days, (volcano climb and ski resort climb near Bariloche) although more sure footed people could have done it in trainers. Food was very good; hotels a mix of quirky and luxurious. Do not miss the chocolate factory in Bariloche. We had a very sociable group, lubricated with local wines and beers. Bring your best camera and cycling shorts.

Beautiful trip, great leaders

There is some stunning scenery on this trip, and a good mix of tarmac and gravel riding. Some of the gravel is harder going than others but the team really looked after us - no pressure on pace, and lots of options to hop on the bus or walk a little. Coffee stops and lunch were well paced. I highly recommend this trip which also included a nice amount of chill time in the evenings, and a couple of free days.

Awesome Landscapes

This was our fourth Exodus Cycling Trip over the last few years and my favourite so far. The landscapes that we cycled through were simply stunning with snow capped volcanos, lush green valleys, blue and emerald lakes, monkey puzzle woodland and black volcanic ash and lava. The cycling routes were occasionally challenging but never too long. The accommodation was generally good (with two exceptions) and we were expertly led by Tia, his brother Yell and Matteus. It helped that the weather was pretty much perfect throughout our trip with cool mornings making way for clear hot afternoons. We also benefitted from a great group of cyclists, most of whom were of a similar (oldish) age and fitness level!

Cycling in Chile and Argentina

The trip was very well organised, the bikes were all brand new and the guides, Taiel and Jeronimo, always did their utmost to ensure that the holiday ran smoothly. The scenery was spectacular with some very impressive views of snow capped volcanos and lakes. We had a bit of rain at the beginning of the holiday but from day 3 onwards the weather was great. The gravelly tracks provided me with an interesting challenge from time to time and there was plenty of opportunity to enjoy the scenery along long stretches of Tarmac. A fantastic and memorable holiday.

One bike - two countries.

The snow-clad volcanoes and emerald lakes of the Andes mountains. Gravel tracks, black lava fields and ancient forests of monkey puzzle trees.

Absolutely wonderfull!!

As Belgians it was our first experience with Exodus Travel but it was an wonderfull experience. We absolutely loved the full trip, the magnificent nature every day again, the nice atmosphere within the group, the local guides who took good responsability. The combination of both countries, lakes, volcanoes, mountains, vieuws all over....the beauty just didn't stop! Very good bikes (as new!) with front suspension.

Cycle Lake District of Chile & Argentina : Great trip through stunning scenery

Another terrific Exodus cycle trip comprising a mix of on & off road riding, flat & hilly sections in scenery that is simply beautiful. Enthusiastically led by Tai, ably assisted by his younger brother Yal, & side-kick Mattieu (the quiet one), our group of 16 bonded on the first evening, were buddies by lunch on the second day and firm friends thereafter. Excellent sea food and of course, steaks to be had and at bargain prices in Argentina due to the devaluation of their peso. Chile was more UK priced. Turquoise lakes & snow capped volcanoes were the centrepiece, topped off with the two day stay at the Eco lodge in the Conguillo National Park. We simply did not want to leave.

Cycling the Lake District of Chile & Argentina

A great tour around the lakes of Chile and Argentina. The itinerary over the Andes and over the lakes via boats is fantastic. Great food and scenery.

Stunning

A simply beautiful trip. We were lucky with incredible weather throughout, giving us deep blue skies reflected in the lakes. The cycling was superb, giving a good mix of roads and gravelly off-road tracks. Some mountain biking experience would be useful for these sections, particularly the long climb across the border into Argentina. The scenery was stunning - volcanoes, lakes, forests, and the food throughout was incredible. I’ve never eaten so much top quality steak in so few days. Despite the cycling, you might not expect to lose weight on this trip. Special thanks to our guides, Alex, Tai (hope I spelled that right) and Leah who regularly had her bike cannibalised when one of us broke down.

As good as it gets

This trip surpassed my previous Exodus bike trips by a country mile. The scenery was truly outstanding, the cycling manageable while challenging and it was organised and supported in the most exceptional way by the local team. I could not recommend it too highly.

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