Patagonia Argentina-Chile / Overview
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12days
biking in patagonia
Patagonia Argentina-Chile
from $ 1.700,00
  • Group Size 8 to 18

  • 10 days biking

  • 470 kilometres

  • 60% off-road

  • 80% vehicle supported

  • Max altitude - 1300 metres

  • Join in Bariloche

  • 10 nights Hotel

  • 1 nights Lodge

  • 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 7 dinners

HighLights

  • Cross the Andes twice from Argentina into Chile and back again

  • Take on the challenge of cycling to 1150 metres on Volcan Villarrica

  • Two contrasting days of trail riding above San Martin de los Andes in Argentina

  • Cycle Argentinas stunning Seven Lakes Route and the Circuito Chico at Bariloche

Our journey through northern Patagonia takes in both Argentina and Chile following the ‘path less trodden’ through some of the most remote parts of the Andean lake district. Using our local agency wealth of knowledge, we have set up a cycling journey that goes beyond the guidebooks to explore this region’s many incredible treasures. The result is an authentic experience in a part of Patagonia that as yet sees relatively few tourists; a frontier region with a rustic charm and set within a stunning Andean landscape.

Flying in to the lakeside town of Bariloche, we have an introductory ride on the excellent ‘Circuito Chico’, before crossing the high and wild Paso Cordoba (1300m) to reach Argentina’s ‘adventure capital’ of San Martin de los Andes. Here, we have a trail-riding day on Cerro Chapelco and then cross the Tromen Pass (1105m) on our bikes with the araucaria (monkey-puzzle) trees framing the nearby Volcan Lanin. Dropping down into Chile, we’ll cycle on jeep tracks and quiet backroads amongst snow-capped volcanoes and dazzling lakes. We’ll pass through the homeland of the Mapuche Indian people, spend time in the beautiful town of Pucon, cycle on the slopes of Volcan Villarrica and explore the unique Huilo-Huilo Biosphere Reserve, before taking the ferry from Puerto Fuy on Lake Pirihueico and crossing the Hua Hum Pass back into Argentina. We then cycle a super loop ride from San Martin via Laguna Rosales, before heading south again, this time on the spectacular Seven Lakes Route, through unspoiled forest and via picturesque farms and tumbling rivers, to Villa la Angostura on the shores of Lago Nahuel Huapi. With 10 days of varied cycling, this is one of the best (and best value) ways to experience one of the world’s most iconic locations.

Patagonia Argentina-Chile / Dates & Prices
20/11/2022 - 01/12/2022
code: ADV-PAT-20-11-22
$1600 (land only)
16 departures available
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13/03/2022 - 24/03/2022
code: ADV-PAT-13-03-22
$1600 (land only)
12 departures available
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21/11/2021 - 02/12/2021
code: ADV-PAT-21-11-21
$1600 (land only)
16 departures available
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Patagonia Argentina-Chile / Map & Itinerary
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Day 1:
Meet at the group hotel in Bariloche. A group transfer from Bariloche Airport is provided.

Meet at the group hotel in Bariloche. A single mid-afternoon transfer is provided from Bariloche Airport, timed to meet the arrival of the LATAM flight from Buenos Aires. Adventure Logistics Land Only package services begin with dinner and overnight at the group hotel. The tour guide will provide a pre-trip briefing and there should also be plenty of time to fit the group out with their hire bikes.

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Day 2:
Introductory loop ride from Bariloche on the very scenic 'Circuito Chico'.

The most spectacular lake and mountain scenery in the vicinity of Bariloche lies just to the west along the coast of Lake Nahuel Huapi. We may take a short transfer before setting off on our bikes on a quiet road known as the Circuito Chico. We pass the small Lake Moreno on our left side whilst to the right is the San Pedro Peninsula. There are a number of great viewpoints and we cycle past the impressive Llao Llao Resort, a contender for the title of Argentina's most beautiful hotel, with its backdrop of craggy mountains. We can visit the Patagonia Beer Factory and afterwards have lunch at a trout farm and restaurant at Colonia Suiza before extending our ride up to the Cerro Catedral Ski Resort, Here, we can enjoy fantastic views across Bariloche to Lake Nahuel Huapi and the peaks beyond. From here, it's a fun descent back to the lakeshore and a second night at our Bariloche hotel. This evening we will leave the choice of restaurant to you; there are many options along the town's traffic-free main street.

ACOMMODATION
Hotel
MEALS
B L
CYCLING TIME
5 - 6 hrs
DISTANCE
60 kms
ASCENT
900 meters
DESCENT
900 meters
Day 3:
Short transfer beside the Rio Limay, then cycle via Paso Cordoba to Lake Meliquina. Overnight in San Martin.

After breakfast at the hotel, there's a 50-minute transfer alongside the Rio Negro Limay to a junction with the Traful River which comes down from the north. Here, we unload our bikes and set off on a gravel road towards the Paso Cordoba (1300m). We soon start to follow an even smaller stream amongst some of the most beautiful landscape in Argentina; open moorland, pine forest and weird rock formations. It's a steady climb of 600 metres in a little over 20 kilometres with even a couple of hairpin bends to negotiate en route to the viewpoint at the pass. The next 10 or 12 kilometres is downhill and you should take care not to build up too much speed on the gravel surface. Then, there's a pleasant and very gradual ascent to pretty Meliquina Lake where we stop for a picnic lunch. There's also the opportunity to get a beer here, before boarding the support vehicle for the short and scenic transfer northwards to San Martin de los Andes. Located on the shores of Lake Lacar, within the Lanín National Park, San Martin is a paradise of peace and quietness within an environment of rivers, waterfalls, mountains and magical forests. Arriving at our hosteria accommodation in the late afternoon, we will have time to freshen-up before heading out for dinner at a nearby restaurant.

ACOMMODATION
Hotel
MEALS
B L D
CYCLING TIME
5 hours
DISTANCE
45 kms
ASCENT
1100 meters
DESCENT
850 meters
Day 4:
A day of trail riding on the slopes of Cerro Chapelco above San Martin.

This morning, we'll head out on our bikes beside Lago Lacar and on a short section of Argentina's famous north to south highway, the 'Ruta 40', to the base of the Chapelco MTB Park and Ski Resort. These scenic, forested slopes are home to ski runs in the winter and some great mountain bike trails during the summer months. We will take a packed lunch with us and our guide will take us on some of his favourite runs. Nothing too technical - just a lot of fun. If the gondolas are running we may be able to get some assistance on the uplift for just a few pesos. When we have had enough, we will return to town via a 14-kilometre descent on a quiet road that leads through an area home to aboriginal Mapuche people. Free time at our accommodation and then it's time to go out into town to find another traditional restaurant where you will have the option of typical Patagonian food - such as bife de chorizo.

ACOMMODATION
Hotel
MEALS
B L D
CYCLING TIME
4 hours
DISTANCE
35 kms
ASCENT
1000 meters
DESCENT
1000 meters
Day 5
Transfer to the Chilean border at Tromen. Cycle to Curarrehue, then drive to overnight at Pucon.

Today, we drive northwards (initially on Ruta 40) to reach the Chilean border at Tromen (1200m). The drive takes around two hours and passes close to the striking, snow-clad Volcan Lanin (3747m). Beyond the customs post, we unload our bikes, saddle up and set off on the long descent, mostly on tarmac, to Curarrehue Village (400m), with a couple of stop-offs en route to see impressive waterfalls. After lunch in Curarrehue at a local restaurant where they serve Chilean salmon, we board the support vehicle and drive (45 mins) to our accommodation at Pucon, the adventure capital of the Chilean Lake District. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is free for the group to explore the town which has lots of restaurants, bars and equipment shops, as well as the Mapuchean handicraft market. Dinner at a restaurant of your choice.

ACOMMODATION
HOTEL
MEALS
B L
CYCLING TIME
4 hours
DISTANCE
55 kms
ASCENT
200 meters
DESCENT
900 meters
Day 6
Cycle challenge on Volcan Villarrica and a second night in Pucon.

Rising up abruptly to a height of 2487 metres, Volcan Villarrica provides us with the opportunity for a great mountain bike challenge. After breakfast, those who are up for the challenge can ride the 11 kilometre jeep road that climbs the volcano as far as the Villarrica Caves at an elevation of approximately 1150 metres. The first 10 kilometres is at an average inclination of about 7% and it gets a bit steeper after that. There are a lot of Strava segments on this track - the first 8 kilometres has been ridden in 26 minutes, for example. We can expect to take 2 to 3 hours for the climb which winds it way up through recent lava flows. It is a challenge but the support vehicle is always available to help out if needed. We can spend some time admiring the views out across Lago Villarrica (and exploring amongst the debris erupted as recently as 2015). Then it's about turn for a fast descent back to the outskirts of Pucon, with some great singletrack options on the way down. More free time in the afternoon and there is the option to visit local hot springs.

ACOMMODATION
Hotel
MEALS
B D
CYCLING TIME
4 hrs
DISTANCE
38 kms
ASCENT
950 meters
DESCENT
950 meters
Day 7
Transfer to Lake Calafaquen and from there cycle southwards via through the Lake District to Choshuenco.

We start the day with a transfer along the shores of Lake Villarrica to the town of the same name and from there head southward to the western end of Lake Calafaquen. Here, we unload our bikes and set off, initially on a hard-pack dirt road which takes us past the small sleepy settlement of Calafaquen and across to the stunning Lake Panguipulli. For the next 25 kilometres or so, we follow the eastern edge of the lake on a tarmac road with little traffic. The road runs between mixed forest close to the lake shore and there are super views of the lake and of the snow-capped Volcan Choshuenco (2422m) at the head of the lake. There are a few isolated farms and not a lot of other settlement until we come to the small lakeside village of Choshuenco where we spend the night. Our accommodation is close to the beach and we can cool off with a swim.

ACOMMODATION
Hotel
MEALS
BD
CYCLING TIME
4 hours
DISTANCE
55 kms
ASCENT
700 meters
DESCENT
700 meters
Day 8
Cycle the forest trails of the Huilo-Huilo Reserve, then ferry and bike to the Argentinian border. Overnight in San Martin.

After breakfast, we will bike out to the unique Biological Reserve of Huilo Huilo. Much of this 600 square kilometre tract of native forest was bought in 1998 by Chilean business man Victor Petermann, who has created a haven for both wildlife and tourism. One of the highlights is the unique and utterly quirky Magic Mountain Hotel, surrounded by rain forest and by picture postcard waterfalls and rivers. There is even a brewery nestling in the woods that serves wonderful craft beer. We will cycle beside the picturesque Fuy River and have inspiring glimpses of the glistening Volcan Mocho-Choshuenco before finishing our ride at Puerto Fuy (after 22 kilometres) at the northern end of Lake Pirihueico. This is where we meet the ferry to Puerto Pirihueico at the other end of the lake. This is a great experience; a super-scenic hour and a half cruise with great views of the richly forested lakeshore and of Volcan Choshuenco. It's rather like a Caledonian MacBrayne trip through a Scottish sea-loch en route to the Western Isles. Having disembarked, we will have a picnic lunch and then cycle to the Hua Hum Pass (659m) and the border with Argentina. Beyond the pass (and the Argentina customs) we will end the day's ride at the Hua Hum Hosteria at the end of Lago Lacar. From here, we'll transfer to our accommodation in San Martin de los Andes.

ACOMMODATION
Hotel
MEALS
B L D
CYCLING TIME
4-5 hours
DISTANCE
45 kms
ASCENT
700 meters
DESCENT
200 meters
Day 9
A morning of trail and gravel road riding via Laguna Rosales and Lake Logog. Afternoon free and overnight in San Martin.

San Martin de los Andes is a focal point for outdoor activities and competitive sport in this part of the Andes. There is a wealth of great mountain bike trails for us to explore, including a section of the Huella Andina which is northern Patagonia's newest long-distance walking and biking trail. Our local guides will, once again, show us some of his favourite trails on a morning ride that take us through native forest and by way of the stunning Laguna Rosales with great views down to San Martin. The riding is off-road, mostly on singletrack and doubletrack, but nothing too technical. Then, on a gravel road, we'll cycle to stunning Lake Logog, with great views of Andean mountains. We'll have lunch at a lodge owned by our local agent and then it's downhill back to San Martin. The afternoon is free for independent exploration, discovering the town's Swiss-style wooden architecture and boutique chocolate shops.

ACOMMODATION
Lodge
MEALS
B L
CYCLING TIME
4 hours
DISTANCE
35 kms
ASCENT
900 meters
DESCENT
900 meters
Day 10
Cycle to Villa la Angostura via the beautiful Seven Lakes Route.

After a short transfer from San Martin we set off on our bikes through some of the most amazing scnenery in northern Patagonia, following the route known as the Camino de los Siete Lagos (Seven Lakes Route). Internationally renowned for its beautiful lakes, crystal clear rivers, pristine forest and views of Andean peaks, this spectacular ride will take us through the Lanin and the Nahuel Huapi national parks. There are more than a dozen strategic viewpoints on the way and we will choose one of these to stop for our picnic lunch. We will reach our accommodation in Villa la Angostura after a truly memorable day of cycling.

ACOMMODATION
Hotel
MEALS
B L D
CYCLING TIME
5 hours
DISTANCE
70 kms
ASCENT
1100 meters
DESCENT
1100 meters
Day 11
Morning ride to the Cerro Bayo Ski Resort and down to the lake port of Puerto Angostura and the beaches.

Villa la Angostura is situated close to the northern end of the 40 kilometre long Lake Nahuel Huapi. After breakfast, we'll do some exploring along the lake shore on trails used by local fishermen. We'll visit the Rio Correntoso, at just 250 metres long it's a contender for the shortest river in the world, and links together the lakes of Nahuel Huapi and Correntoso. Then, we'll cycle up to the Cerro Bayo Ski Resort where there is a famous waterfall and great views across Lago Nahuel Huapi. This is a 10 kilometre ascent with about 350 metres of height gain. We'll then descend to the small lake port and beaches area, at Puerto Angostura where we can see the typical native Arrayan trees that are a type of myrtle with cinnamon-coloured bark which can be more than 600 years old. Lunch is at an Argentinian 'asado' restaurant. Free time in the afternoon and evening and a chance to look around this attactive little town. This evening we will leave the choice of restaurant to you; there are many options as Patagonian lamb, wild pork,trout,etc.

ACOMMODATION
Hotel
MEALS
B L
CYCLING TIME
4-5 hours
DISTANCE
45 kms
ASCENT
500 meters
DESCENT
500 meters
Day 12
Departure day. A single transfer to Bariloche Airport is provided.

Adventure Logistics Land Only package services end after breakfast with a single group transfer (70 minutes) to Bariloche Airport. For anyone choosing to extend their holiday in Argentina, Bariloche is a great place to spend a few extra days.

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