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14-day Patagonian mountain bike adventure in Argentina and Chile

Explore the natural majesty of Patagonia that crosses countries with AAGM-certified guide Julian on a 14-day mountain biking adventure.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration14 days
Offer periodAug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Pedal across the historic Patagonian lands home to vibrant volcanic areas.

  • As we mountain bike the stunning Andes keep us constant company.

  • Crossing Argentina and Chile brings us natural and cultural delights.

Description

The pristine majesty of Patagonia is unrivalled across the world, with its unique landscapes, weather, culture and inhabitants. In 14 days we’ll explore the vast and vibrant region as we mountain bike through its incredible nature.

Along our exhilarating trip, the chain of Andean mountains will be our constant companion. For a large chunk of the journey we’ll be discovering the bubbling volcanic regions, home to crusting craters and spurting hot springs.

These volcanic regions are homed in four beautiful national parks. Volcanos that we will meet include Lanín, with its snow-covered cater; Chile’s active Villarrica volcano, whose Mapuche name translates as Devil’s House; and Quetrupillán, which lasted erupted in 1872.

The other volcano is Mocho-Choshuenco, the twined giants whose glacial-covered craters are now dormant.

As well as mountain biking through these wonderful regions, we’ll take advantage of the natural benefits and enjoy bathing in the hot springs that emanate from the volcanic ground. And we’ll also taste the purified Patagonian waters directly from its rivers and creeks.

With the natural delights guaranteed, we’ll also cover the cultural pleasures by tasting the famed Malbec wine and delicious barbecue food.

Get in touch now to reserve your place in the pristine beauty of Patagonia. Home to natural parks and vibrant volcanic regions, explore these energetic lands by mountain bike.

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Required equipment: long-sleeved synthetic t-shirt; short sleeves synthetic t-shirt; cycling jersey; polar long sleeves; windbreak jacket; warm jacket; cycling bib or shorts; cycling tights; bike gloves; winter hat; buff; sunglasses; helmet; swimwear; sunscreen; small backpack; sleeping bag; mat; headlamp; personal hygiene items.

Meeting point

San Carlos de Bariloche

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Itinerary

Day 1: Bariloche

Welcome evening including setting out the criteria for the trip.

Day 2: Bariloche - Villa La Angostura

We go round Nahuel Huapi Lake on paved road until arriving at the famous hotel Llao Llao near Puerto Pañuelo. Embark on a boat on Nahuel Huapi to the Victoria Island and then to the Bosque de Arrayanes. On that place we get on our bikes and pedal to Villa la Angostura on a 12-km trail, with a 150m elevation gain. This path has a short part which is a little bit more technical and in which it is possible to walk. Total: 42 km.

Day 3: Villa La Angostura - Villa Traful

We start peddling to the area of the river and Lake Correntoso. We begin going along 7 Lagos Route until we find an unpaved road that will take us to Villa Traful. This road goes uphill to about 900m until we reach a Portezuelo and from there we are left with a 25km road, in which we will go up and downhill along the shoreline of Traful Lake. The whole day will be spent in the forest in the mountain. Total: 60km.

Day 4: Villa Traful - Paso Córdoba

We start early on a curvy dirt road that will continuously alter between going up and downhill. It will go along the shoreline of Traful Lake. There we will take Paso del Córdoba.  There with an incredible view of the various colours of rock formations. Total: 72km.

Day 5: Filo Hua Hum - San Martín de los Andes

We take the road along Meliquina Lake shoreline. The first half is under sunshine and then we move into the shadowy forest towards the paved road that will take us to San Martin de los Andes. Total: 54km.

Day 6: San Martín de los Andes

Free day to do optional activities, which are not included on the trip. Horseback riding, trekking, mountain bike circuit around Chapelco Ski Center.

Day 7: San Martín de los Andes - Paso Tromen

We pass through the little village of Junín de los Andes, then we turn west towards the mountain that gives its name to the national park, the Lanin Volcano (3,776m). The road will give us on every turn the best views of the volcano to which we will slowly be approaching. To end the day we go through a forest of araucarias that we will lead us to the base of the volcano where we set up our campsite. Total: 70km.

Day 8: Paso Tromen - Pucón

Only a few miles away we stop for inmigration and customs, then once on Chilenean ground, we begin a long descent through the woods. The landscape changes, it turns more humid and leafy, with incredible rivers and green meadows. Getting closer to Pucón we will discover a new cone, the Villarrica Volcano with its steaming crater. Total: 88km.

Day 9: Pucón

Day off to do optional activities, such as rafting, walking around the city, relax by the lake shore, visit hot springs, hiking the Villarrica Volcano and take a look at its steaming crater.

Day 10: Pucón - Ruta Transvolcánica - Termas de Coñaripe

We begin going uphill entering Villarica National Park between Villarica and Quetrupillán volcanoes. We continue going uphill into the dense Andino-Patagónico forest. This is one of the most special parts of the trip, and even though it will be more demanding, the land, the volcanoes and araucaria forests become a great award. Once we finish the transvolcanic route, we will get to the town of Coñaripe. Total: 55km.

Day 11: Termas de Coñaripe - Neltume

We journey towards the shores of Neltume Lake with great views. Our lunch will be by the shore of this lake from where we can see two new volcanoes, Mocho and Choshuenco. To end the day, we bike about 10km uphill till the town where we spend the night, Neltume. Total 36km.

Day 12: Neltume - Nonthué

Before leaving we can trek around to find better and closer views of the volcanoes, and also the beautiful waterfalls of the Fuy River. Then we continue on the shores of Pirihueico Lake where we take a boat transfer. The boat ride takes about 2 hours, with great views of the rainforest that covers all the surrounding mountains. Back on land we cross the border and we continue to Nonthue. We can visit two small lakes of the area and an amazing waterfall: Chachin. Total 45km.

Day 13: Nonthue - San Martín de los Andes

We start the last day of our journey. The trail goes parallel to Lacar Lake on its north coast. Amazing views will be waiting for us, around noon we stop on Yuco Beach, the perfect place to recover our energies. In the afternoon we continue our way to San Martín de los Andes, we pass through Mapuche lands and we ride narrow forest trails to a new beach called La Islita. Then begins the last 10km of our journey to San Martín de los Andes! Total 42km.

Day 14: Departure day

After we enjoy breakfast we depart.


About the guide

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Lives in San Martín de los Andes (North Patagonia) for 12 years now, but has worked as a mountain guide in the Glacier National Park leading expeditions to the Patagonian Southern Ice Field (22 times) and also to high mountains in Mendoza.

For several winters led groups in the mountains of the Cordillera Real in Bolivia and in the Cordillera Blanca and the Cordillera Huayhuash in Perú.

Now he works during summer guiding ascents to different volcanoes and also guides mountain bike tours. During winters works exclusively on avalanche training.


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