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

  • iconSee Monkey Puzzle Forests
  • iconActive volcanoes & lush forests
  • iconTwo South American countries
  • iconIconic Andean Lakes
  • iconCycle across the Andes
  • iconRide the 'Seven Lakes Road'
  • iconFree time to visit Bariloche & Pucon
  • iconCycle alongside Lago Llanquihue
  • iconRide in Conguillio National Park

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Start Puerto Varas.

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. *Accommodation: Casa Kalfu Hotel (or similar)*

icon 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.  /Today's ride will be mostly paved. (30 km paved and 4 km unpaved)/ *Accommodation: Casa Kalfu Hotel (or similar)*

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

Meals: 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./ *Accommodation: Hotel Peulla or Natura (or similar)*

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

Meals: 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./ *Accommodation: Hotel Puerto Blest (or similar)*

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

Meals: 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. / *Accommodation:  Cacique Inacayal Lake & Spa Hotel (or similar)*

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

Meals: 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.  *Accommodation:  Cacique Inacayal Lake & Spa Hotel (or similar)*

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

Meals: 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. / *Accommodation:  Hosteria Monte Verde (or similar)*

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

Meals: 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. / *Accommodation: Hosteria Rucapillan (or similar)*

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

Meals: 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)*

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

Meals: 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. *Accommodation: Alpes Apart Hotel (or similar)*

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

Meals: 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. / *Accommodation: La Baita Conguillio Ecolodge (or similar)*

icon Day 12 : Ride through Conguillio N.P.

Meals: 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./ *Accommodation: La Baita Conguillio Ecolodge (or similar)*

icon Day 13 : End Conguillio National Park

Meals: 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

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    All breakfasts, 9 lunches and 1 dinner included

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    Tour leader throughout

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

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    Local bike hire

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    Airport transfers (if booking incl. flights)

What's Not Included

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    Airport transfers for Land Only bookings

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    Travel insurance

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    Single accommodation 

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. Please ensure that you advise us of any dietary requirements before you travel so that we can make the necessary arrangements on your behalf.

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Reviews

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A Memorable and Hugely Enjoyable Experience
If you enjoy your scenery,and a good variation in your cycling ( mix of road and off-road ) then this trip is for you. It is quite challenging in parts,but ....more If you enjoy your scenery,and a good variation in your cycling ( mix of road and off-road ) then this trip is for you.

It is quite challenging in parts,but is well within the abilities of a reasonably fit and competent cyclist ( I am 67 years old but reasonably fit,and I managed without much difficulty,although generally at back end of a very fit group of good cyclists ! ).

We were exceptionally fortunate with the weather-dry,sunny,warm-unusual in an area noted for rainfall.

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A Volcanic Undertaking
Once again Exodus delivered. Our guides were fantastic, the bikes were well maintained, and the accommodation was for the most part great. The food was also better than some previous ....more Once again Exodus delivered.

Our guides were fantastic, the bikes were well maintained, and the accommodation was for the most part great.

The food was also better than some previous trips and only somewhat challenging for a gluten free/vegetarian.

Power bars go a long way! Finally, the scenery was picturesque and breathtaking.

Lots of lakes and Volanoes.

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Best trip so far
This was our second Exodus trip as a family of four, all adults of course. The trip had a bumpy start as we were delayed and missed connections so ended ....more This was our second Exodus trip as a family of four, all adults of course.

The trip had a bumpy start as we were delayed and missed connections so ended joining the trip 24 hrs later, have to say Exodus were incredibly helpful and easy to contact outside of hours.

We loved the scenery, saw loads of condors and some truly amazing views.

The weather was perfect and the transfers mostly short.

We also enjoyed some spectacular scenic lake crossings.

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Cycling the Lakes of Chile and Argentina
Amazing scenery, excellent organisation and logistics. Superb guidance and information. A really interesting part of the world to visit and made me hungry for more. Amazing scenery, excellent organisation and logistics.

Superb guidance and information.

A really interesting part of the world to visit and made me hungry for more.

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It would be hard to top this trip.
This was my first Exodus bicycle trip and if the other are as good as this one it will not be my last. The scenery was spectacular. Each day was ....more This was my first Exodus bicycle trip and if the other are as good as this one it will not be my last.

The scenery was spectacular.

Each day was a different and new experience.

This trip has it all; some moderately challenging gravel, relaxing riding on tarmac winding between rugged peaks, boat trips across beautiful lakes, good company, great food and drinks, excellent well-maintained equipment, and helpful staff.

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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 ....more 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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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, ....more 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!; ....less
John
A fantastic cycling trip to the Lake District of Chile and Argentina. An expertly organized adventure, with fantastic bike rides and breathtaking scenery. A 'must do' trip - between my ....more A fantastic cycling trip to the Lake District of Chile and Argentina.

An expertly organized adventure, with fantastic bike rides and breathtaking scenery.

A 'must do' trip - between my wife and I, we have done over 12 Exodus cycling holidays and this one rates as the best.

A well thought out route, professionally managed and a never to be forgotten experience.

A special thanks go to the local operator of BikeWay and Marcello, with guides Taiel and Jero, who all made this tip so memorable; ....less
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 ....more 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.

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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. The snow-clad volcanoes and emerald lakes of the Andes mountains.

Gravel tracks, black lava fields and ancient forests of monkey puzzle trees.

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