Patagonian Crossing, 14-day Mountain biking tour in the Lake District of Argentina and Chile, from Bariloche
Self-guided Mountain bike tour in El Chaltén: Lago del Desierto
Booking through Explore-Share was really easy - I would use this platform again. The bike ride itself was also really fun. You meet at a hotel and they drive you to the starting point. You can take your time and stop to do small hikes or grab a snack. We opted to do the Glaciar Huemeles hike and get some empanadas after being dropped off at Lago del Desierto before starting the bike ride back to El Chalten. This was a really beautiful side trip that I would recommend - took about 1.5 / 2 hours. The bike ride was then about 4 hours, taking our time and making some short stops for water /snacks and to take in the views. It wasn't a technical mountain bike ride by any means, but the gravel road is pretty rough and got tiresome over the 37 km, which is why I gave 4 stars. The bikes themselves were in good shape though and had good suspension. If you don't want to bike the whole way back, they will pick you up at Bonanza around 5pm, but at that point we felt were already pretty close to town and didn't want to wait a few hours until 5pm, so we just kept going. We biked on a rainy day, but even then the views were still beautiful, and it was a really nice way to see the scenery along the range.
The winding mountain trails curving, crawling up and speeding down the Andes offer excitement and thrills. Mountain biking is a breathtaking way to discover the raw, open nature of Argentina. And with the trails offering some exciting challenges but little difficulty, there is never a dull moment while peddling past the high summits of South America.
Best time to visit
Visit all-year round for mountain biking in varying climates across Argentina
What's the weather like?
High in the Argentinian Andes the temperatures are much cooler than the other regions of the country, but can still be quite windy and dry
Resting in the southern half of South America, Argentina borders Chile to the west, Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, and Brazil and Uruguay to the northeast. Its eastern shores look out onto the Atlantic Ocean, while to the west the Andes forms a natural border that is shared with Chile. As the eighth-largest country in the world, it contains a wide diversity of climate and geography. Experience the wild rugged mountains, pastured valleys and glacial lakes on your Argentinian adventures
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