- Total distance: 538km / 334mi | Short options: 277km / 172mi
- Total climbing: 9930m / 32578ft
- Shortest day: 7 km / 4 mi
- Longest day (optional): 149 km / 92mi
- Accommodations: Value (2-3 stars and casual inns).
Day 1: Comodoro - Chile Chico
Arrival at Comodoro Ribadavia. Van transfer from Comodoro (Argentina) to Chile Chico (Chile). The trip takes 5 h (486 km/ 302 mi).
Lodging: Hostería de La Patagonia
Day 2: Chile Chico | Puerto Guadal (115 km / 72 mi | 2100 m / 6890 ft - short option 65 km / 40 mi)
Start your journey towards the Carretera Austral, on a dirt road with very little traffic and spectacular landscapes, along Lake General Carrera - the largest lake in Chile and the second largest in South America. The lake extends into Argentina, where it's called Lake Buenos Aires.
Lodging: El Mirador de Guadal
Day 3: Puerto Guadal | Cochrane (75 km / 47 mi | 1600 m / 5249 ft - short option 68 km / 42 mi)
Leave behind Puerto Guadal and ride towards the South, to Cochrane, the capital of the province of Capitán Prat, a village of 3000 inhabitants that presents itself as the main centre of services in the region of Aysén (Banking, ATM, Hotels, and Restaurants).
Lodging: Hostal or hut in Cochrane
Day 4: Cochrane | caleta Tortel (130 km / 80 mi | 1900 m / 6234 ft - short option 50 km / 31 mi)
Going deep in Patagonia. You detour from Carretera Austral and go west to Caleta Tortel, 103 km/ 64 mi from Cochrane, by a road built only in 2003.
Lodging: Hostal or hut in Caleta Tortel
Day 5: caleta Tortel | Puerto Yungay | Vila O'Higgins (155 km / 96 mi | 1900 m / 6234 ft - short option 65 km / 40 mi)
From Tortel you have to backtrack 20 km/ 12 mi to resume Carretera Austral, direction south. Then arrive to Puerto Yungay (optional van ride till this point) where you will cross a fjord on a barge (45 min), which leads you to the last section of the Carretera, opened in 2000. From the South bank (Rio Bravo) you still have 100 km/ 62 mi of wildlife until you reach O'Higgins.
Lodging: Hostel El Mosco
Day 6: Vila O'Higgins | Candelario Mancilla | El Chalten (70 km / 43 mi | 630 m / 2067 ft - short option 29 km / 18 mi)
Get up early and cycle a 8 km/ 5 mi (100 m/ 328 ft) path along the river Mosco and cross and then follow the river Mayer until we reach Bahamondez Bay. You will cross Mayer river by the bridge Augusto Grosse (123 m/ 403 ft) and a 500 m/ 1640 ft pass way. From here you can see where rivers Mosco and Mayer meet and the summits that surround O'Higgins. You will then navigate in a fiord for a couple of hours to arrive to Candelario Mancilla remote farm (20 km/ 12 mi Ferry-boat transfer not included). Spectacular trail (21 km/ 13 mi) crossing the border from Chile to Argentina in a pristine area where only pedestrians or bikers can be found (and horse riders!). Another navigation (12 km/ 7 mi by boat - not included), in Laguna del Desierto, will lead you to the south shore from where we can cycle viewing Fitz Roy peak in a distance until arrive to El Chalten. Transfer to El Chalten (approx. 1h).
Lodging: Hotel La Aldea
Day 7: El Chalten - El Calafate (Optional visit to Glaciar Perito Moreno)
Pack the bikes and transfer from El Chalten to El Calafate (280 km/ 174 mi). Visit the spectacular Glaciar Perito Moreno - entrance not included (160 km/ 99 mi - van trip included).
Lodging: Hosteria Roble Sur
Day 8: Departure
Transfer to the airport in El Calafate.
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South America Argentina Chile Outdoor: Land Rambler Bicycle Touring
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