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Palena Valley Circuit - Argentina Chile Mountain Biking

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 16 people
Destination(s): Chile   Argentina  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: December - April
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1795 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1795 US Dollar (USD)

Experience the real Patagonia on this mountain biking vacation. We will ride from the town of Futaleufu in Argentina and circle back into Chile. We will visit the remote towns of Corcovado and Palena spending nights in local hosterias and inns.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and introductions

Arrive in Santiago and connect to Puerto Montt. In Puerto Montt you board your 40-minute flight to Chaitén, a flight back in time. We will meet you at the airport where we start our drive across the Andes: volcanoes, fjord-like lakes, hanging glaciers and the turquoise rapids of the Futaleufu river. We arrive in Futaleufu and are taken directly to our cabin near the working ranch. You will be met with wine and cheese to eat around the fireplace before dinner.

Day 2: Ride to Devil’s Throat (10 miles rt)

You will orient yourselves to our front suspension Specialized bikes. Afterwards we ride up the Rio Espolon we cross small bridges, view turquoise water, sand beaches, fishing and swimming holes. You will cross the Rio Espolon on a wood swinging bridge. Here the climb gets steeper, but shortly you arrive at a tremendous Class 6 waterfall exploding in a white froth out of the upper lake into the valley blow. This is a sight to behold as we eat lunch over looking what is called the Devils throat. Crossing another bridge we get an over look of the Espolon lake. The return ride has one steep pitch downhill and a slight downhill to the lodge.

Day 3: Ride to the National Reserve of Huemul (12 miles rt)

Cross the mighty Futaleufú and ride up the river near the Argentinean border into the Patagonia Steppe and explore the pristine Río Chico Valley, a national reserve of the Huemul. This ride takes us upstream to a charming valley that contains the endangered Huemul a small deer like animal that resembles the fictitious jack elope off the American intermountain west. Only this is real. This is a National Reserve for the Animal yet it is completely undeveloped except the sign announcing your entry into the protected area.

Day 4: Back in time to the "Las Escalas" Valley (13 miles rt)

This world class ride takes us along the Inferno gorge, a black rock canyon of the Futaleufu River. Five hundred feet below we view the agitated turquoise water. You will naturally not want to ride to close to the edge. The trail enters the open Las Escalas valley for a trip back in time. We cross the Futaleufu River on a swinging bridge and ride up through an old growth forest of Coyhue trees out of the valley and around a small lake back to the village of Futaleufu.

Day 5: Corcovado, Argentina (40 miles)

Ride along the Patagonia Steppe to the remote Argentinean mountain town of Corcovado. This town is so remote it is off the national grid and has their own small diesel generator. Here the Rio Corocovado Flows through town.

Day 6: Palena, Argentina (18 miles rt)

We cross at a remote border crossing into Palena Chile. This small cowboy town is the real deal. High snow capped peaks surround the area. Small ranches, horses, and ox carts add to the flavor. No international tourists here. This is off the beaten track. We stay at a small bed and breakfast.

Day 7: Palena to Futaleufu, Argentina (52 miles)

We ride deep into the heart of the Andes fortunately downhill. When we reach the Futaleufu River we turn back towards the town of Futaleufu. Our final night fiesta awaits us.

Day 8: Departure

After an early breakfast, we drive you back to Chaitén where you catch your flight back to Puerto Montt and connect to your flights back home.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Round trip airfare between Puerto Montt and Chaiten
- All transport to and from Futaleufu from Chaiten
- All meals
- Lodging
- Guides
- Mountain bikes, gear and equipment.

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