A superb mountain bike / cycling holiday through the Lake District of Chile and Argentina – a landscape of snowcapped volcanoes, deep valleys, lakes and monkey puzzle tree forests set against the awesome Andes.
Well paced, our route is on a combination of quiet gravel tracks and earth roads that skirt immense lakes and pass through sleepy villages, allowing us to absorb ourselves fully in the Lake District, its people and their way of life. Accommodation along the way is a combination of small hotels, lodges, cabañas and family run hospedajes (South American guesthouses), chosen for their location, hospitality and friendly welcome.
Our initial cycling takes us past the Parque National Alcerce Andino, before heading along the shores of Estero Relconcavi to arrive at Ensenada at the edge of Lago Llanquihue. Ensenada boasts superb views of the impressive Volcano Osorno and is close to the series of crashing rapids and waterfalls of Saltos de Petrohue.
The next day we head into Argentina, and Villa La Angostura, from where we move on to Bariloche, a place famed for its chocolates and Swiss style architecture. From here we head along the lovely Ruta de Las Siete Lagos‚ to San Martin de los Andes. Situated on the edge of Lago Lacar, San Martin is the perfect place to relax.
More incredible volcanoes and towering arucaria trees line our route back to Chile. Volcan Villarica beckons us to the picturesque town of Pucon. From here it’s a couple more days biking as we wind our way through stunning scenery to Temuco, where the tour ends.
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WHAT THE PRICE INCLUDES
Accommodation (shared twin rooms)
All meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Full tour service including guides, back up vehicles, etc.
Unless stated at least one Western leader qualified in First Aid procedures.
Entrance fees to National Parks or sites which are an integral part of the itinerary.
WHAT THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
Cost of visas (if necessary).
Medical check up and inoculations.
Tips for guides, etc.
Bar bills, hotel refreshments, laundry, telephone calls, souvenirs, etc.
Entrance fees to historical sites and museums.
Airport taxes (if applicable).
Personal clothing and equipment.
Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable).