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Cycling the Lake District of Chile & Argentina tour
Bariloche Lake District Cycling the Lake District of Chile & Argentina Trip
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Cycling the Lake District of Chile & Argentina

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
16 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Two South American countries
  • Cycle across the Andes
  • Iconic Andean Lakes
  • See Monkey Puzzle Forests
  • Ride the 'Seven Lakes Road'
  • Cycle alongside Lago Llanquihue
  • Active volcanoes & lush forests
  • Free time to visit Bariloche & Pucon
  • Ride in Conguillio National Park

Short Description

Discover a beautiful and fertile land at the northern gateway to Patagonia - a magical landscape filled with active volcanoes, turquoise rivers, gigantic lakes and ancient native forests. See Andean condors swooping down from the foothills of the cordillera as we cycle on some of the most scenic paved routes that South America has to offer. We'll gain a cultural insight into both Chile and Argentina, including the European influences and indigenous customs that have shaped the region. Cross the Andes twice in spectacular fashion on two wheels as part of an incredible 'once in a lifetime' journey!Discover the beauty of the Andean Lake District on two wheels.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Puerto Varas
End City Temuco

Destinations

Argentina Chile

Cities & Attractions

Bariloche Lake District Puerto Varas

Activities

Culture Cycling Nature

Age Requirement

16

No Single Supplement
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Trip Includes

  • All breakfasts, 9 lunches and 1 dinner included
  • 13 nights hotels all en suite (12 for Land Only bookings)
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Airport transfers (if booking incl. flights)
  • Local bike hire

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Itinerary

Flight Inclusive

Day 1 Fly to Santiago.

Depart London.

Day 2 Arrive Puerto Montt and transfer to Puerto Varas.

Travellers on our group flights will arrive to Puerto Montt airport today after connecting in Santiago de Chile. There will be a group transfer from the airport to our start hotel in the nearby town of Puerto Varas. For those people who have booked Land Only and made their own travel arrangements, you are welcome to meet the group transfer should you wish (and have informed us in advance) otherwise the meeting point is at the start hotel in Puerto Varas anytime in the afternoon/evening. *Standard Hotel*

Day 3 Cycle around the edge of Lago Llanquihue to Frutillar.

Our Lake District cycling adventure starts off today in scenic fashion as we navigate clockwise around the shore of Lago Llanquihue (the third biggest lake in South America) and stretch our legs for the more challenging days ahead. From the lakeside road we will enjoy spectacular views of the volcanoes and the Andean mountain range that lie just to the east. Volcanoes Osorno (2652m), Puntiagudo (2190m), Tronador (3451m), Puyehue (2240m) and Calbuco (2015m) are all visible on a clear day. We’ll cycle to the picturesque lakeside village of Frutillar, a German influenced settlement which is home to the modern 'Teatro del Lago' theatre. The ride ends here and after lunch we’ll transfer back to Puerto Varas.  *Standard Hotel*

Day 4 Ride from Puerto Varas to Petrohue; boat ride on the emerald waters of Todos los Santos Lake.

We follow the shoreline of Lago Llanquihue once more today but in an easterly direction past Puerto Chico and Ensenada, straight towards the imposing Calbuco and Osorno volcanoes. Gateway to the Andean Lakes, our journey from here across the mountain range takes us in to more remote and spectacular environments. We cycle onwards, following the banks of the emerald coloured Rio Petrohue towards the 'Saltos de Petrohue' waterfalls. Upon reaching 'Lago Todos los Santos' we are greeted by a beautiful setting and we'll swap our mode of transport in order to board a catamaran ferry. Cruising across the lake is a wonderful and peaceful experience as we keep our eyes peeled for Andean condors flying overhead (journey time approx. 1.5/2 hours).  *Standard Hotel*

Day 5 Begin the Andes crossing to Argentina; lake crossing and some tough cycling sections to arrive at Puerto Blest.

After breakfast we start cycling towards the Argentinian border which involves riding 20km with a steady incline before taking on a challenging climb (approx. 700m over 7.5km) to reach the frontier. There is then a short descent into Puerto Frias. Depending upon how the weather has been in the proceeding days, the unpaved mountain roads can either be well compacted or sometimes loose and dusty. The final leg of today’s iconic journey across the Andes is a short ferry crossing on Lago Frias followed by a 3km ride to your hotel in Puerto Blest. *Standard Hotel*

Day 6 Ferry across Lago Nahuel Huapi to Puerto Panuelo; cycle to Bariloche.

Puerto Blest is situated on the westernmost point of Lago Nahuel Huapi and from here we board a catamaran to take us to Puerto Pañuelo. Instead of cycling directly towards Bariloche, we will take a scenic route on a paved road that loops around via Punto Panoramico to enjoy an awe-inspiring view of the Argentinian Lake District. As we approach Bariloche we will board the bus for a short transfer (approx. 20 minutes), linking up with the lakeside main road. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 7 Free day; time to explore the city of Bariloche and ascend the nearby viewpoint of Cerro Campanario.

After several days of travelling, today is a free day allowing a well-earned chance to relax and take in the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District. You may wish to take a look around the centre of Bariloche, a ski and adventure sports hub with numerous chocolate shops. There are plenty of adventurous activities available should you wish to indulge, such as guided ‘stand up rafting’ on Rio Limay, or the opportunity to independently trek up to Refugio Frey and back again on the slopes of Cerro Catedral. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 8 Transfer to Villa La Angostura; cycle the 'Camino de los Siete Lagos' to San Martin de los Andes.

After breakfast we’ll transfer for approx. 1.5 hours around the northern edge of Lago Nahuel Huapi to bypass the busy Bariloche traffic and reach the starting point for another spectacular cycling route. The 'Camino de los Siete Lagos' (Seven Lakes Road) is an incredibly scenic route that winds its way northwards past lakes and forests connecting the alpine towns of San Carlos de Bariloche and San Martin de los Andes. Depending upon the exact start point, today involves us riding a total distance of around 52km through spectacular and rewarding landscapes. We will break the ride up with a lunchtime picnic stop and should therefore arrive in San Martin de los Andes in the afternoon. Entering in to the picturesque small town of San Martin involves a wonderful approach along the shore of Lago Lacar.  *Standard Hotel*

Day 9 Ride through Huilo Huilo biological reserve; boat ride to Port Fuy; ride to Choshuenco Village.

After breakfast we will say goodbye to Argentina and cross back into Chile via the Huahum Pass. We will have a short transfer to the border before we start cycling up to Pirihueico Port, crossing the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve. We will make a stop for coffee and lunch at the port. From here we will take a barge (boat) that will sail us to Port Fuy, (approx 1.5hours). From here we will cycle to the village of Choshuenco. *Standard Hotel*

Day 10 Cycle to Panguipulli Village; transfer to Pucon.

Today we start the day by cycling to Panguipulli Village. Here we wil have lunch before a transfer Pucón Town (approx. 1 hour). We will stay in a dowtown hotel, located by the feet of Villarrica Volcano (2840 m).  *Standard Hotel*

Day 11 Free day in Pucon; optional hot springs or trek up Villarica Volcano (weather dependent).

Today is at leisure for you to choose from doing organised activities or having some time out. There are numerous nearby hot springs (termas) and spas in this part of Chile meaning Pucon is the perfect place to soothe away any bike-induced aches and pains! Your tour leader will be able to advise which local agencies to use depending upon what you would like to do. There is also a nice beach in Pucon just a short walk from the hotel, and there are lots of restaurants and bars to choose from. Should the local conditions permit then today is the perfect opportunity to climb to the crater of a live volcano! Villarrica Volcano (2840m) is situated just outside of the town and most recently erupted in March 2015. Obviously this activity comes with its risks and so the local tour company will only take groups if the conditions are totally safe. All equipment can be rented, meaning that you only need to bring your own waterproof walking trousers. The early morning ascent takes around 4 hours and involves wearing crampons to cross a glacier before a memorable and unique descent after reaching the crater (this isn’t for the faint hearted!). Depending upon the amount of snow at the summit, the normal way of getting down the volcano is to sledge down a specially crafted series of compacted snow and ice channels. This is a special experience from start to finish, but should only be undertaken if aware of the challenges. If you wish to cycle today then of course you can take your bike out and the tour leader will recommend some routes. *Standard Hotel*

Day 12 Transfer to Cunco; cycle into the lunar landscape of Conguillio National Park; stay at base of Llaima Volcano.

Departing Pucon, we transfer northwards after breakfast to the town of Cunco. From here the cycling starts with a 33km stretch of paved road towards Conguillio National Park, stopping for lunch in Melipeuco. Shortly afterwards is the turn off to enter the national park where the road eventually becomes unpaved and dusty in places. From the entrance we will take a short walk to the Truful Truful waterfall. Afterwards we will carry on cycling for 7km until we reach our accommodation for the night. The scenes that we encounter today are vastly different from the rest of the tour. Clouds rise up from surrounding valleys and quickly change form whilst passing over the volcanic lava. Llaima Volcano (3125m) dominates the skyline and we spend the night in a remote and charming eco-lodge. The property restricts energy use as part of its self-sufficiency, meaning that electricity and hot water are not available during the night. *Standard Hotel*

Day 13 Ride through Conguillio N.P.

It is our last day of cycling today as we continue riding further within Conguillio N.P. and see several beautiful lagoons (Laguna Arco Iris, Laguna Verde) and Conguillo Lake. We will also visit the parks interpretation centre in order to find out about how the park was formed. (Please note that this may not be possible as sometimes the centre is closed during our visit). We will then walk for an hour through the native forest to see ancient monkey-puzzle trees. Tonight will be the last evening all together with group and staff, so it is the perfect opportunity for a last meal and drinks to look back on what will have surely been a fantastic journey. *Standard Hotel*

Day 14 Morning at leisure; transfer to Temuco airport for those on the group flights.

Please note that today is a free day before your evening flight. After breakfast you can enjoy a leisurely walk and enjoy the breath-taking views of the Llaima Volcano. There are also many optional excursions you can book. Please ask your tour leader, and they will help you arrange these. In the afternoon those on the group flight will be transferred to Temuco airport for your evening flight; any post tour arrangements should be made for the afternoon of this last day.  Flight Inclusive bookings will fly to Santiago and spend tonight in a hotel near the airport before departing on international flights tomorrow. Land only bookings can join this transfer if flight timings are similar to the group flight timings (please see the Transfer Details section below).  Please note that the accommodation inside Conguillo National Park is in a very remote location and not close to the city of Temuco. 

Day 15 Depart Santiago.

Fly back to London.

Day 16 Arrive London.

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Land Only

Day 1 Start Puerto Varas.

Travellers on our group flights will arrive to Puerto Montt airport today after connecting in Santiago de Chile. There will be a group transfer from the airport to our start hotel in the nearby town of Puerto Varas. For those people who have booked Land Only and made their own travel arrangements, you are welcome to meet the group transfer should you wish (and have informed us in advance) otherwise the meeting point is at the start hotel in Puerto Varas anytime in the afternoon/evening. *Standard Hotel*

Day 2 Cycle around the edge of Lago Llanquihue to Frutillar.

Our Lake District cycling adventure starts off today in scenic fashion as we navigate clockwise around the shore of Lago Llanquihue (the third biggest lake in South America) and stretch our legs for the more challenging days ahead. From the lakeside road we will enjoy spectacular views of the volcanoes and the Andean mountain range that lie just to the east. Volcanoes Osorno (2652m), Puntiagudo (2190m), Tronador (3451m), Puyehue (2240m) and Calbuco (2015m) are all visible on a clear day. We’ll cycle to the picturesque lakeside village of Frutillar, a German influenced settlement which is home to the modern 'Teatro del Lago' theatre. The ride ends here and after lunch we’ll transfer back to Puerto Varas.  *Standard Hotel*

Day 3 Ride from Puerto Varas to Petrohue; boat ride on the emerald waters of Todos los Santos Lake.

We follow the shoreline of Lago Llanquihue once more today but in an easterly direction past Puerto Chico and Ensenada, straight towards the imposing Calbuco and Osorno volcanoes. Gateway to the Andean Lakes, our journey from here across the mountain range takes us in to more remote and spectacular environments. We cycle onwards, following the banks of the emerald coloured Rio Petrohue towards the 'Saltos de Petrohue' waterfalls. Upon reaching 'Lago Todos los Santos' we are greeted by a beautiful setting and we'll swap our mode of transport in order to board a catamaran ferry. Cruising across the lake is a wonderful and peaceful experience as we keep our eyes peeled for Andean condors flying overhead (journey time approx. 1.5/2 hours).  *Standard Hotel*

Day 4 Begin the Andes crossing to Argentina; lake crossing and some tough cycling sections to arrive at Puerto Blest.

After breakfast we start cycling towards the Argentinian border which involves riding 20km with a steady incline before taking on a challenging climb (approx. 700m over 7.5km) to reach the frontier. There is then a short descent into Puerto Frias. Depending upon how the weather has been in the proceeding days, the unpaved mountain roads can either be well compacted or sometimes loose and dusty. The final leg of today’s iconic journey across the Andes is a short ferry crossing on Lago Frias followed by a 3km ride to your hotel in Puerto Blest. *Standard Hotel*

Day 5 Ferry across Lago Nahuel Huapi to Puerto Panuelo; cycle to Bariloche.

Puerto Blest is situated on the westernmost point of Lago Nahuel Huapi and from here we board a catamaran to take us to Puerto Pañuelo. Instead of cycling directly towards Bariloche, we will take a scenic route on a paved road that loops around via Punto Panoramico to enjoy an awe-inspiring view of the Argentinian Lake District. As we approach Bariloche we will board the bus for a short transfer (approx. 20 minutes), linking up with the lakeside main road. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 6 Free day; time to explore the city of Bariloche and ascend the nearby viewpoint of Cerro Campanario.

After several days of travelling, today is a free day allowing a well-earned chance to relax and take in the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District. You may wish to take a look around the centre of Bariloche, a ski and adventure sports hub with numerous chocolate shops. There are plenty of adventurous activities available should you wish to indulge, such as guided ‘stand up rafting’ on Rio Limay, or the opportunity to independently trek up to Refugio Frey and back again on the slopes of Cerro Catedral. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 7 Transfer to Villa La Angostura; cycle the 'Camino de los Siete Lagos' to San Martin de los Andes.

After breakfast we’ll transfer for approx. 1.5 hours around the northern edge of Lago Nahuel Huapi to bypass the busy Bariloche traffic and reach the starting point for another spectacular cycling route. The 'Camino de los Siete Lagos' (Seven Lakes Road) is an incredibly scenic route that winds its way northwards past lakes and forests connecting the alpine towns of San Carlos de Bariloche and San Martin de los Andes. Depending upon the exact start point, today involves us riding a total distance of around 52km through spectacular and rewarding landscapes. We will break the ride up with a lunchtime picnic stop and should therefore arrive in San Martin de los Andes in the afternoon. Entering in to the picturesque small town of San Martin involves a wonderful approach along the shore of Lago Lacar.  *Standard Hotel*

Day 8 Ride through Huilo Huilo biological reserve; boat ride to Port Fuy; ride to Choshuenco Village.

After breakfast we will say goodbye to Argentina and cross back into Chile via the Huahum Pass. We will have a short transfer to the border before we start cycling up to Pirihueico Port, crossing the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve. We will make a stop for coffee and lunch at the port. From here we will take a barge (boat) that will sail us to Port Fuy, (approx 1.5hours). From here we will cycle to the village of Choshuenco. *Standard Hotel*

Day 9 Cycle to Panguipulli Village; transfer to Pucon.

Today we start the day by cycling to Panguipulli Village. Here we wil have lunch before a transfer Pucón Town (approx. 1 hour). We will stay in a dowtown hotel, located by the feet of Villarrica Volcano (2840 m).  *Standard Hotel*

Day 10 Free day in Pucon; optional hot springs or trek up Villarica Volcano (weather dependent).

Today is at leisure for you to choose from doing organised activities or having some time out. There are numerous nearby hot springs (termas) and spas in this part of Chile meaning Pucon is the perfect place to soothe away any bike-induced aches and pains! Your tour leader will be able to advise which local agencies to use depending upon what you would like to do. There is also a nice beach in Pucon just a short walk from the hotel, and there are lots of restaurants and bars to choose from. Should the local conditions permit then today is the perfect opportunity to climb to the crater of a live volcano! Villarrica Volcano (2840m) is situated just outside of the town and most recently erupted in March 2015. Obviously this activity comes with its risks and so the local tour company will only take groups if the conditions are totally safe. All equipment can be rented, meaning that you only need to bring your own waterproof walking trousers. The early morning ascent takes around 4 hours and involves wearing crampons to cross a glacier before a memorable and unique descent after reaching the crater (this isn’t for the faint hearted!). Depending upon the amount of snow at the summit, the normal way of getting down the volcano is to sledge down a specially crafted series of compacted snow and ice channels. This is a special experience from start to finish, but should only be undertaken if aware of the challenges. If you wish to cycle today then of course you can take your bike out and the tour leader will recommend some routes. *Standard Hotel*

Day 11 Transfer to Cunco; cycle into the lunar landscape of Conguillio National Park; stay at base of Llaima Volcano.

Departing Pucon, we transfer northwards after breakfast to the town of Cunco. From here the cycling starts with a 33km stretch of paved road towards Conguillio National Park, stopping for lunch in Melipeuco. Shortly afterwards is the turn off to enter the national park where the road eventually becomes unpaved and dusty in places. From the entrance we will take a short walk to the Truful Truful waterfall. Afterwards we will carry on cycling for 7km until we reach our accommodation for the night. The scenes that we encounter today are vastly different from the rest of the tour. Clouds rise up from surrounding valleys and quickly change form whilst passing over the volcanic lava. Llaima Volcano (3125m) dominates the skyline and we spend the night in a remote and charming eco-lodge. The property restricts energy use as part of its self-sufficiency, meaning that electricity and hot water are not available during the night. *Standard Hotel*

Day 12 Ride through Conguillio N.P.

It is our last day of cycling today as we continue riding further within Conguillio N.P. and see several beautiful lagoons (Laguna Arco Iris, Laguna Verde) and Conguillo Lake. We will also visit the parks interpretation centre in order to find out about how the park was formed. (Please note that this may not be possible as sometimes the centre is closed during our visit). We will then walk for an hour through the native forest to see ancient monkey-puzzle trees. Tonight will be the last evening all together with group and staff, so it is the perfect opportunity for a last meal and drinks to look back on what will have surely been a fantastic journey. *Standard Hotel*

Day 13 Morning at leisure; transfer to Temuco airport for those on the group flights.

Please note that today is a free day before your evening flight. After breakfast you can enjoy a leisurely walk and enjoy the breath-taking views of the Llaima Volcano. There are also many optional excursions you can book. Please ask your tour leader, and they will help you arrange these. In the afternoon those on the group flight will be transferred to Temuco airport for your evening flight; any post tour arrangements should be made for the afternoon of this last day.  Flight Inclusive bookings will fly to Santiago and spend tonight in a hotel near the airport before departing on international flights tomorrow. Land only bookings can join this transfer if flight timings are similar to the group flight timings (please see the Transfer Details section below).  Please note that the accommodation inside Conguillo National Park is in a very remote location and not close to the city of Temuco. 

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As good as it gets

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This trip surpassed my previous Exodus bike trips by a country mile. The
scenery was truly outstanding, the cycling manageable while challenging and
it was organised and supported in the most exceptional way by the local team.
I could not recommend it too highly.
You never grew tired of the outstanding views of volcanoes, dotted amongst
the most extraordinary lakes and dramatic scenery. Some of the off-road
ascents were tough, especially with gravel interleaved with stones and in the
heat, but the challenge was inspiring and the pace was comfortably pitched
accommodate a diverse group. We did the trip in January 2018; the weather
was exceptional (many days about 20-25 degrees, although it did get hot (over
35 degrees) on a few days. I don't believe a single person on our trip (15
of us in all) found it anything other than exceptional.


Our day to day leaders had a maturity and confidence that worked wonderfully
for our group. They were continually thinking about the support for the
group, and when issues arose, as they inevitably do, they addressed them
quickly and efficiently. The back-up team with van, coffee stops, hotel
support etc was also first class.


Rest days can be that if you want but there are so many opportunities to try
other activities. We tried kayaking one day and climbed an active volcano on
the other. Both excellently delivered by local guides who provided all the
kit, advice and support you need.


A few of our days included long stretches on tarmac road with a bit of
traffic, more so than I expected, but this was not a big problem. The few
transit legs in the van gave us the opportunity to experience the best parts
of the route. And some of the hotels were truly outstanding, including Porto
Blest and the eco-lodge north of Pucon.


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A Memorable and Hugely Enjoyable Experience

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If you enjoy your scenery,and a good variation in your cycling ( mix of road
and off-road ) then this trip is for you. It is quite challenging in
parts,but is well within the abilities of a reasonably fit and competent
cyclist ( I am 67 years old but reasonably fit,and I managed without much
difficulty,although generally at back end of a very fit group of good
cyclists ! ). We were exceptionally fortunate with the
weather-dry,sunny,warm-unusual in an area noted for rainfall.
Difficult to pick only one-but the first of anything generally sticks in your
mind,so I will go for the first day in Puerto Varas where the views of
Volcano Osorno and distant Tronador are quite stunning.


Yal was a really nice and likeable guy,and seemed quite efficient. His
communication skills though were somewhat lacking,and most of the briefings
were delivered by his very able assistant German,also a very likeable and
helpful guy.The disappointment though was that there no commentary or
information provided on the history,culture,economy etc of the areas visited.


I took insect repellant but didn't need it ( mosquitoes non-existent here at
this time of year ( November ) so this would be worth checking before you
leave.
Be prepared for rapidly changing weather-fortunately for us it was sunshine
all the way,but we were always prepared for the possibility of rain.
The final day ( Friday ) was spent at the eco lodge in Conguillo National
Park-if you are not on group flight bear in mind this is a long way from
Temuco ( a taxi costs in the region US $ 110 ).
Tap water is apparently safe to drink throughout the trip-I drank it with no
ill effects as did many others in the group.


Our group size was 16,with a good international mix-everyone got on really
well right from the start with plenty of humour throughout,so we were
fortunate with that as well as the weather.
It was a hugely enjoyable and memorable holiday,with scenery to take your
breath away ( from snow-clad mountains and volcanoes to emerald reflecting
lakes to majestic rivers ) .
If you are thinking about it-I'd say go for it.


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It would be hard to top this trip.

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This was my first Exodus bicycle trip and if the other are as good as this
one it will not be my last. The scenery was spectacular. Each day was a
different and new experience. This trip has it all; some moderately
challenging gravel, relaxing riding on tarmac winding between rugged peaks,
boat trips across beautiful lakes, good company, great food and drinks,
excellent well-maintained equipment, and helpful staff.
There were so many inspirational moment on this trip is impossible to single
out one specifically. Cycling over the pass trough the Andes in the between
Peulla and Puerto Frias was an achievement for me with my limited mountain
biking experience. (I only fell off once!) Climbing the active Villarica
volcano was a once in a life time experience, particularly as there was a
small eruption while we looking into the crater.


This trip covered a lot of territory through some fairly tough country. The
logistic for this trip were complex involving the coordination of boat and
bus transfer in two very separate countries. Yet the whole show ran like
clockwork. I was impressed. This was a very professionally run trip.


IF you do not enjoy a salmon or fillet steak then this trip may change your
point of view. The Argentinian steal is sublime as is the Chilean salmon. I
recommend Tony's Casa de Carne in Bariloche. I had the best steak I ever
tasted in my life at Tony's steak house. (And I am an Australian!) Also, I
recommend the frappe at the Chocolate Museum in Bariloche as well. I suspect
my waste line would have expanded dramatically if I had stayed in Bariloche
longer than a couple of days!


You are exposed to the wild weather of the roaring forties from the Southern
Ocean in this region of the world. Be prepared for one or two days of solid
weather. (Wind and Rain).


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Absolutely wonderfull!!

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As Belgians it was our first experience with Exodus Travel but it was an
wonderfull experience. We absolutely loved the full trip, the magnificent
nature every day again, the nice atmosphere within the group, the local
guides who took good responsability.
The combination of both countries, lakes, volcanoes, mountains, vieuws all
over....the beauty just didn't stop!
Very good bikes (as new!) with front suspension.
Every day was a new and beautiful suprise.
The possibility of climbing an active volcano with some members of our group
was unique, very special!


Thank you to all the guides and organisation.


Just enjoy!!


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Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
A great tour around the lakes of Chile and Argentina. The itinerary over the Andes and over the lakes via boats is fantastic. Great food and scenery.
The day cycling over the Andes. It was a tough climb but very rewarding!!! Cycling in Conguillio National Park was also fantastic and a contrasting landscape to all other days - stunning!

The leader and his assistants were a great team, and worked well together.

Pack clothing for cool and wet weather. The first week was cold and wet, and I wish I had packed more clothes suitable for cooler weather both on and off the bike (think of what you're wear when cycling in November in London). The second week was warm and sunny, so save your shorts and t-shirts for that week. Make full use of the local launderettes in Bariloche and Pucon...costs only a few pounds for a bag of dirty clothes washed and dried in under 24 hours. Also, a number of people on the group flights missed their connecting flights and had their baggage go missing which was understandably very stressful. The main cause was due to short connections between flights (e.g. 2 hours in Madrid). Ensure you have lots of time for flight connections; we booked our own flights and allowed 3.5 hours in Madrid which worked ok. Packing some cycling gear in your hand luggage is also a good idea as the cycle clothing options are limited in Puerto Varas and surrounding areas.

Enjoy the steaks and Malbec!

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Cycling in Chile and Argentina

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Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
The trip was very well organised, the bikes were all brand new and the guides, Taiel and Jeronimo, always did their utmost to ensure that the holiday ran smoothly. The scenery was spectacular with some very impressive views of snow capped volcanos and lakes. We had a bit of rain at the beginning of the holiday but from day 3 onwards the weather was great. The gravelly tracks provided me with an interesting challenge from time to time and there was plenty of opportunity to enjoy the scenery along long stretches of Tarmac. A fantastic and memorable holiday.
I particularly enjoyed the Asado (Argentinian barbecue) at San Martin, prepared by Jeronimo the Asador. It gave us a excellent opportunity to mix with the other travellers and guides over some lovely food and wine.

The group leaders, Taiel and Jeronimo, both did their utmost to ensure that the holiday ran smoothly and that we all had a really good and memorable experience. They always listened carefully to any comments and/or recommendations and responded to them to ensure maximum satisfaction.

It is worth learning a few words of Spanish as, unlike in Europe, relatively few of the locals speak English. That said, usually Taiel of Jeronimo were close at hand and able to assist.

A minor improvement to the schedule would be not to spend a complete day in The working city of Temuco. We could possibly have had a extra day in Pucon with the wide variety of activities on offer there or perhaps we could have spent the night at Melipeuco before driving to the airport at Temuco the following afternoon in plenty of time for the flight to Santiago.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Accomodations

9 days cycling with 95% vehicle support
75% tarmac, 25% unpaved roads
Routes mainly follow quiet roads
Group normally 5 to 16 plus local staff. Min age 16 yrs
12 nights hotels all en suite
All breakfasts and 9 lunches included

Age Notes

Min. Age: 16

Additional Information:

  • 12 nights hotels all en suite
  • 9 days cycling with full vehicle support 
  • 75% tarmac, 25% unpaved tracks
  • Routes mainly follow quiet roads
  • Group normally 5 to 16 plus local staff. Min age 16 yrs

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (from GBP450)
  • Airport transfers for Land Only bookings

Meals Included:

Dinner: All breakfasts, 9 lunches and 1 dinner included. Hotel breakfasts are normally buffet-style, and lunches will either be at convenient restaurant stops during our rides or packed lunches. There is a variety of good quality food on offer in the hotels and local restaurants for the evening meals that are not included in the price of the trip. Chile and Argentina traditionally have a lot of meat dishes in their cuisine, however vegetarians can be catered for throughout the trip. Please ensure that you advise us of any dietary requirements before you travel so that we can make the necessary arrangements on your behalf.

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