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Biking across the Andes of the Lake District

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 4 - 9 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 12 people
Destination(s): Argentina   Chile  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Volcano Tours  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2000 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3000 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Welcome to Bariloche! We pick you up at the airport with our van, introduce ourselves, and show you a bit of our beautiful town. Bariloche, the “South American Switzerland”, is situated on the shore of the great Nahuel Huapi Lake and is surrounded by National Park. Briefing of the trip with the whole group. This night we’will enjoy dinner at a local Parilla with authentic asado (grilled steak) and great Argentinean wine. Night at a small and cozy hotel (3 stars).

Day 2: The Patagonian Steppe. We drive for 20 km out of the town of Bariloche. Prepare our mountain bikes for a nice and smooth dirt road along the turquoise-colored Limay river. We will pass through beautiful Estancias and Gaucho farms. See the Argentine ranch culture of cattle, horses, and sheep. If we are lucky, maybe we’ll spot a guanaco on the way in its wild environment or a giant condor’s nest. We will end our bike ride at the tiny village of Villa Llanquin and drive to the junction of the rivers Limay and Traful. In this remote area, we spend the night in a locally owned Hosteria with an incredible view of the volcanic rock towers of Valle Encantado (The Enchanted Valley). Night at hotel (2 stars). Total mountain bike ride: 15 miles on a dirt road with up and down hills.

Day 3: Paso Cordoba to San Martin - The Steppe and lots of Lakes. Today we witness the visibly dramatic transition of the landscape from the Patagonian Steppe as we enter the Andean range. We start the day by driving to the top of the pass (Paso Cordoba) and the riding begins with a fun downhill through amazing rock tower formations. We pass through the tiny “Far West alike” village of Meliquina and have a tasty lunch outdoors at nature. Then we drive or bike to San Martin de los Andes at the foot of Lago Lacar. Night at hotel in downtown San Martin de los Andes (3 stars). Dinner on your own. Total mountain bike ride: 20 miles, optional to increase the amount of riding according to passengers. Elevation: 600 mts gain by van and the bike descent another 500 mts.

Day 4: Andes crossing – Hua Hum Pass. Today we cross the Andes, leave Argentina, and enter Chile. Chile can be described by these words: rainforests, volcanoes, hot springs, rivers, ocean, and seafood! It is a beautiful country with breathtaking nature all around. We will mountain bike ride right from our hotel in San Martin to the frontier observing the transition of vegetation across Lanin National Park. After customs, we ride another 10 km by van or bikes according to timing with the Ferry that we use to cross Lago Pirehuico. This hour and a half boat ride lets us appreciate the beauty of Volcan Choshuenco and delivers us to Puerto Fuy. Little bike ride to the small town of Huilo-Huilo after the ferry crossing. Night in a one of a kind hotel, that we give endless stars. This “Tree House Hotel” has amazing architecture that fits right into its natural environment and belongs to Huilo Huilo Conservationist Reserve. Probably in terms of hotel is one the Highlight of the trip! Total mountain bike ride: 40 miles on gravel road. Elevation: 400 mts gain - 500 mts descent.

Day 5: The Hot Springs and Waterfalls of Chile. We take an easy morning in this special hotel with its hanging bridges and forest of humongous trees. Optional short hike to the Waterfalls of Huilo-Huilo. We’ll drive to Termas de Coñaripe, the bike enthusiasts can ride part of the way. Relax in the beautifully landscaped hot springs and eat lunch in the Restaurant of Coñaripe. Van ride to the city of Pucon, the outdoor recreation center of Chile, at the base of Volcano Villarica and along the shore of the lake by the same name. Night in hotel (3 stars). Dinner on your own.

Day 6: Ascent and Descent of Volcano Villarica. The plan is to mountain bike ride up Volcan Villarica as high as we can (11 miles). This is an active volcano, its top is covered with snow year-round. You’ll be able to see the smoke coming out of the top! We prepare a lunch for you at the top of the ride at the base snow line. Pictures, relax and enjoy the view of the neighboring Volcan Llaima, and then a fun downhill on gravel road all the way to Pucon again! Optional Hot Springs. Night in hotel (3 stars). Dinner on your own. Total mountain bike ride: 22 miles. Elevation: 1000 meters.

Day 7: Between Two Volcanoes. Today we head back towards the west. Departing from our hotel in Pucon on our bikes, we take a gravel road between the west side of Volcan Villarica and its neighbor, Volcan Quetrupillan. After biking we will have lunch waiting for you close to some waterfalls of the Villarica National Park. Drive to hot springs for a relaxing afternoon and return to Pucon by van. Night in hotel (3 stars). Farewell dinner included. Total mountain bike ride: 20 miles. Elevation: 500 mts (1500 ft).

Day 8: Adios to the Andes. Drive to airport in Temuco or Valdivia according to convenience of the group. We depart early in the morning to get in time to airport. Adios friends and end of services.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Professional mountain bike guides
- Private transportation throughout the whole trip
- Mountain bikes with front suspension and helmets
- All hotel accommodation
- Welcome and farewell dinners, day 2 Dinner
- All breakfasts and lunches.

Price Excludes:
- Clip pedals and shoes
- Meals in restaurants not specified in itinerary
- Air fare
- Hot springs fees.

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