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Chile & Argentina: Patagonia & the Lake District

Chile & Argentina Patagonia & the Lake District

Chile & Argentina: Patagonia & the Lake District

Chile & Argentina Patagonia & the Lake District

Chile & Argentina: Patagonia & the Lake District

Chile & Argentina: Patagonia & the Lake District

Chile & Argentina: Patagonia & the Lake District

Chile & Argentina: Conguillio National Park

Chile & Argentina: Patagonia & the Lake District

Chile & Argentina: Patagonia & the Lake District

Itinerary:
Chile & Argentina Cycling Holiday

Patagonia & the Lake District

Day 1: Puerto Montt - Puerto Varas 

On arrival at El Tepual - Puerto Montt airport, you will be transferred (20/25 minute drive) to our joining hotel in Puerto Varas. Situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Llanquihue, is a captivating town that seamlessly blends natural beauty with cultural charm. Framed by the imposing silhouette of the Osorno Volcano, Puerto Varas offers breathtaking panoramic views that change with the light of the day. The town's architectural character, influenced by German settlers, adds to its unique allure, with charming houses and churches reflecting a rich cultural heritage. The waterfront, adorned with colourful flowers and a backdrop of snow-capped peaks, invites leisurely strolls along the lake promenade.

Puerto Varas is not just a gateway to the natural wonders of the region but also a destination in itself, boasting a lively atmosphere, delightful culinary offerings, and a welcoming community that makes visitors feel right at home amidst the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Chilean Lake District.

This afternoon we have a bike fitting and introductory meeting with the tour group and guides.

Accommodation: Hotel (D)


Day 2: Puerto Varas - Puerto Varas

Our tour begins as we pedal from the enchanting town of Puerto Varas to the cultural gem of Frutillar. The journey unfolds along the mesmerising shores of Lake Llanquihue, with the iconic Osorno Volcano providing a majestic backdrop. Our cycling adventure takes a delightful pause for lunch in Llanquihue. As we arrive in the charming lakeside town of Frutillar, participants will have ample time to explore its cultural richness, from the historic German architecture to the vibrant arts scene. To wrap up this unforgettable day, a convenient 30-minute transfer back to Puerto Varas ensures a relaxing return, allowing our cyclists to unwind and anticipate the exciting days of exploration that lie ahead on this remarkable cross-border cycling odyssey.

Cycling distance: 68 km / 42 mi (53 paved road + 15 gravel road)
Cycling Climb: 820m (2,690ft) 
 
Accommodation: Hotel  (B,L)


Day 3: Puerto Varas - Osorno Volcano

Today we head eastward, tracing the scenic contours of Lake Llanquihue. Our journey unfolds with the picturesque town of Ensenada as our midday destination, where we pause for a delightful lunch amidst the tranquil surroundings. We then set our sights uphill, conquering the ascent toward the majestic Osorno Volcano. As the landscape transforms, revealing the rugged beauty of the Andean peaks, our day's adventure reaches its climax at the foot of the volcano.

Tonight's accommodation adds a touch of uniqueness to our experience, as we settle into a mountain lodge nestled in the heart of this breathtaking terrain. Surrounded by the pristine beauty of nature, our stay promises not only comfort but also an immersive connection with the dramatic landscapes that define Chile's Lake District.

Cycling distance:  58 km / 36 mi (100% paved road)  
Cycling Climb: 1,540m (5,052ft)
Accommodation: Lodge (B,L)


Day 4: Osorno Volcano - Puella

Today kick off with a thrilling 1,000-meter descent over 11 kilometers, tracing our way back to the scenic shores of Lake Llanquihue. As our wheels hug the winding paths, the breathtaking views unfold around us. Continuing our cycling adventure, we pedal past the enchanting Saltos del Rio Petrohue Park, where nature's symphony plays out in the rushing waters. The journey then brings us to the mesmerising Petrohué Waterfalls, a captivating spectacle that adds another layer of natural wonder to our exploration. Upon reaching Petrohué, our next adventure unfolds as we board a private catamaran for a leisurely 2-hour boat trip across the emerald waters of Todos los Santos Lake, sailing towards the idyllic destination of Peulla. Tonight's stay in Puella promises tranquility and an opportunity to immerse ourselves in the serenity of this pristine region after a day filled with cycling, waterfalls, and a scenic boat journey.

Cycling Distance: 29.4 km/ 18mi (6km/3.7mi gravel) + (23.4km/14.5mi paved road) 
Cycling Climb: 186m (610ft)       
Accommodation: Hotel (B,L)


Day 5: Puella - Puerto Blest 

Kicking off the morning, our cycling adventure spans 29 kilometers along a scenic gravel road, tracing the historic Perez Rosales Path toward Puerto Frias. As we pedal, the captivating landscapes of the region unfold, showcasing the natural beauty that characterises this part of the world. Along the route, a well-deserved break awaits us for a delightful picnic lunch, providing a moment to rest and appreciate the surroundings. Upon reaching Puerto Frias, our journey takes a nautical turn with a 20-minute catamaran trip across the pristine waters of Frias Lake, leading us to Puerto Alegre.

After disembarking, we continue for an additional 3 kilometers on a gravel path, arriving at the picturesque destination of Puerto Blest. Each pedal stroke on this route is not just a journey across borders but also a passage through the stunning landscapes that define the allure of Patagonia.

Cycling Distance: 30.7 km/ 19 mi (100% gravel road)
Cycling Climb: 984m (3,228ft) 
Accommodation: Hotel (B,L)


Day 6: Puerto Blest – Bariloche

After breakfast, we hop on a 50-minute catamaran to Puerto Pañuelo along Nahuel Huapi Lake, where we'll stop for lunch. Following that, we'll cycle along the Circuito Chico Route, taking in Bahía López, Moreno Lake, and the famous Panoramic View Point. Our cycling journey wraps up at Casa de Piedra Bridge, where we'll pause for coffee. Finally, we'll have a roughly 30-minute transfer to our  hotel in Bariloche.

Cycling Distance: 23.5 km/ 15mi (6.3km/ 4mi gravel ) + (17.2km/ 10.5mi paved road)
Cycling Climb: 477m (1,564ft)
Accommodation: Hotel (B,L)


Day 7: Bariloche Rest Day

A free day to explore this beautiful town. Start your morning by strolling around the Civic Center and the main square to soak in the local atmosphere. Treat yourself to some delicious local chocolates on Mitre Street. For stunning views, head to Cerro Campanario, reachable by hiking or chairlift, and enjoy breathtaking panoramas of Nahuel Huapi Lake and the Andes. Check out the local crafts market for unique souvenirs. Wrap up your day by witnessing the sunset at Bahía Serena, a peaceful bay that captures the serene charm of Bariloche.

Accommodation: Hotel (B)


Day 8: Bariloche- Villa Traful

After an early breakfast we transfer by vehicle (35 minutes) to "Amphitheatre" viewpoint.  There we start cycling along the road bordering Limay river, with its magical mountainous shapes towards "Valle Encantado" (Enchanted Valley).  From there we continue cycling by Traful river with its strange rock formations enjoying the transitional landscape between the the Patagonian steppe and the Andean Patagonic woods, up to a fanastic panoramic viewpoint called "Mirador del Viento" (Wind's Viewpoint).  Finally, we cycle the last 6 km and arrive in Traful village, by the shores of Traful lake.

Cycling Distance: 65 km/ 60.5mi (32 km / 19mi gravel) + (33 km / 20mi paved road)
Cycling Climb: 846m (2,775ft)
Accommodation: Hotel (B,L)


Day 9: Villa Traful - San Martin de los Andes

Fueling up with an early breakfast, our day of cycling kicks off with a delightful 14-kilometer ride alongside the peaceful Traful Lake. The scenic journey unfolds as we pedal along the renowned "Camino de los Siete Lagos" (Seven Lakes Road), covering a total of 74 kilometers within this awe-inspiring region. Riding through this stunning landscape, we're treated to captivating views that showcase the natural wonders of Patagonia.

A well-deserved break comes at lunchtime, where we pause at a local restaurant to not only replenish our energy but also to savor the local cuisine amidst the picturesque surroundings. As our cycling adventure continues, we ultimately arrive in the beautiful village of San Martin de los Andes, situated along the shores of Lacar Lake. The village's scenic charm and the tranquil ambiance make it an ideal spot to unwind and reflect after a day of immersive exploration.

Cycling Distance: 102 km/ 63 miles (23 km/14 mi gravel road) + (79 km/ 49 mi paved)
Cycling Climb: 1,648m (5,406ft)
Accommodation: Hotel (B,L)


Day 10: San Martin de los Andes - Pucon

Today begins with a scenic 90-minute transfer to the border at the Mamuil Malal Pass, marking the crossing between Argentina and Chile. As we mount our bikes, the adventure unfolds, leading us on a captivating route towards Pucon.

Along the way, we'll be treated to breathtaking vistas, including stops at the Mirador Del Lago Quillelhue and the Mirador Parque Villarrica, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. Passing through landmarks like Vuelta de Los Cocos, the cycling route becomes a tapestry of diverse terrains and natural wonders. Our accommodation for the night is nestled at the base of the majestic Villarrica Volcano, standing proudly at 2,840 meters.

This unique setting promises not only a rewarding day of cycling but also an opportunity to rest and rejuvenate in the shadow of one of Chile's iconic peaks.

Cycling Distance: 77 km/ 48 miles (2 km / 1.2 mi gravel road) + (75 km / 47 mi paved)
Cycling Climb: 396m/ 1,299ft 
Accommodation: Hotel (B,L)


Day 11:  Pucon Rest Day

We have a break on the tour today with time to explore the beautiful town of Pucon. Those looking to relax can visit one of the many thermal spas which surround the town or settle down on the volcanic sands of the lakeside beach. The energetic can cycle up to Claro River's waterfall or opt for white water rafting or horse riding. Adventure seekers might want to hike up to the crater of the beautiful Volcano Villarrica (weather permitting). It is a challenging but not a technical ascent to the summit for magnificent views across the surrounding area and the bubbling lava within the volcano. All equipment can be hired locally.

Accommodation: Hotel (B)


Day 12: Pucon to Cunco

This morning we will have a 30 minute vehicle transfer out of Pucon to Villarrica where our cycling begins. Setting off on the bikes we cycle along the quiet Interlagos route (passing Huilipilun and Colico) to the small village of Cunco, through Villarrica National Park. The area is densely populated by araucaria forests (also known as monkey puzzle trees).   You can relax this evening with a soak in a hot tub.

Cycling Distance: 55 km/ 34mi (16 km/ 10 mi gravel) +  39 km/24 mi paved road)   
Cycling Climb:704m (2,310ft) 
Accommodation: Hotel (B,L)


Day 13: Cunco - Conguillio National Park 

After breakfast, our tour itinerary takes us cycling eastwards, passing through the village of Melipeuco, to reach Conguillio National Park, Chile’s first geo park.  In Mapudungún ‘Conguillio’ means 'water with pine kernels'. The park is also known as 'Los Paraguas' (the Umbrellas), due to the shape of its ancient araucaria forest. We cycle along volcanic lava trails that originate from the active Llaima Volcano (3.125 mts), the most active volcano in South America and one of only five in the world known to have an active lava lake within its crater. We will visit the Verde Lagoon and Arco Iris Lagoon before cycling back to our accommodation in the park, at the foot of the volcano.   

Cycling Distance: 71km/ 44mi (20 km/ 12mi gravel path) + (51 km / 31mi paved road)
Cycling Climb: 841m (2,759ft)
Accommodation: Hotel (B,L,D)


Day 14: Conguillio National Park- Home

The tour ends today. We organise 1 group transfer at 12 noon to Temuco airport which should allow time to take a morning stroll around the park before your journey home. If you chose to stay on for extra days there are also options for kayaking, helicopter tours or trekking.  (B)

If you need assistance or wish to discuss the tour, please feel free to call us on +44 (0) 1463 417707.

Alternatively, you can email us on office@redspokes.co.uk for more information on this adventure holiday.