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MTB - Patagonia Trail 500 (Guided or Self-guided)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 16 people
Destination(s): Argentina   Chile  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: November - April
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1590 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2090 Euro (EUR)

We want that your Patagonia ride dream becomes true! We now offer a shorter route program: 500 km doing the remote southern Carretera Austral, until Villa O’Higgins in Chile. You will cycle along the Baker River passing by dozens of glaciers and doing several ferry boat connections navigating the fiords. The last one drops you in a remote and pristine area where you cycle facing Fitz Roy peak and crossing the border, entering Argentina by a recently opened border where only hikers or bikers can pass! In the end you still have the change to visit to the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier National Park.

Tour Details:
- Total distance: 538 km / 334 mi | Short options: 277 km / 172 mi
- Total climbing: 9930 m / 32578 ft
- Shortest day: 7 km / 4 mi 
- Longest day (optional): 149 km / 92 mi
- Accommodations: Value (2-3 stars and casual inns).

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Balmaceda – Cerro Castillo - Bahia Murta. Arrival to Balmaceda (Chile). Van transfer from Balmaceda to Bahia Murta. The trip takes 3h (160 km). Lodging: Patagonia Bay Lodge

Day 2: Bahia Murta| Mallin Colorado (Puerto Guadal) (70 km / 43 mi | 2000 m / 6562 ft)

Start your journey on the Carretera Austral, 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: Mallin Colorado Eco Lodge

Day 3: Mallin Colorado| Cochrane (65 km / 40 mi | 1400 m / 4593 ft)
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. 1 h). 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.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- 7 nights accommodations
- 5 lunches or picnic, 6 dinners and daily snacks.
- 2 bilingual guide
- Van support
- Transfers
- GPS tracks
- Company's t-shirt and water bottle
- Maps, documentation
- Personal insurance
- All taxes.

- Price for supported tour does not include guides, only van support and luggage transfer. Minimum 4 persons.

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