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MOUNTAIN BIKE IN THE LAKES & VOLCANOES DISTRICT, 8 DAYS TOUR

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The Lake District 8D Mountain Bike tour in Chile will take you to explore off road paths on National Parks and protected areas, surrounded by Lakes, Volcanoes, Forests, Rivers and Hot springs. You’ll be guided by Chilean National Champion of MTB XO, who knows this area like the palm of his hand due that he was born and raise on Temuco and had cycle this paths since a kid. All tours are fully supported and combines great food, best inns and visit to hot springs, the perfect way to end a demanding cycling day. If you want to shorten the tour, just let us know and we’ll adapt it to your requirements. Contact us for private departures - info@ecotours.cl   Trip Summary Meet / Depart: Temuco airport / Puerto Montt airport Available from: October to March Accommodation: Hotels and cabins Flights: We can help you buying local flights at the best prices Distance: 270 Kms aprox Activities included: Mountain Biking, natural hot springs, hiking or rafting Extras: We can help you planning a pre or post tour in Chile including hotels, transfers, car rental, all inclusive packages, day tours and more in Patagonia, Easter Island, Wine country, Atacama and Santiago. Extension tour: Tours in Patagonia or Hikes in Puerto Varas area   Highlights: - Guide is Chilean national Champion and Bronze Medal at 2011 World Cup - Off road trails used by locals and on National Parks - Hot Springs for recovering - Free Day explorations as rafting or hiking - Huilo Huilo Natural Reserve - Full board and support vehicle - Amazing landscapes and flora   DAY 1: TEMUCO- MALACAHUELLO Upon your arrival, our friendly staff will be waiting for you at Temuco’s Airport, followed by a 2½-hour drive to the quaint little mountain village of Malalcahuello. Here we check and assemble the mountain bikes (MB) and commence our first day of an epic MB tour. Today we’ll ride only 30 kms / 19 miles to warm up for the days to come; passing through pristine forests of araucaria trees (monkey puzzle tree) at Nalcas-Malalcahuello National Reserve until coming up on the Navidad Crater of Lonquimay Volcano, (last eruption - Christmas of 1988). At dusk we’ll visit the Malalcahuello Thermal SPA, the most modern of the region, to relax and enjoy the soothing baths. The resort has a fully equipped large indoor thermal pool, and two small pools at different temperatures (one very cold and one very hot). The Spa offers massages and beauty therapy services for an additional cost. For those more interested in revelry and merry making, there is a restaurant and bar. Lodging at the hotel of your choice. / B / L / D / MB traveled distance: 30 km / 19 miles Vertical drop: 900 meters / 2.953 feet DAY 2: MALACAHUELLO – MELIPUECO (Riding across Conguillío National Park) This morning, following breakfast, we head off in our private minibus to until we get to the gateway of the National Park Conguillío, 61 kms / 38 miles southwest. The highlights of this wild protected area are the impressive araucaria tree forests, which are considered a living fossil (Araucaria araucana), and the most active volcano in Chile, the Llaima Volcano (3125 mts / 10.253 feet). Here we begin pedaling along a slightly steep path up to the park’s main entrance situated by the beautiful Captrén Lagoon, overlooking a striking view of the Llaima Volcano. Then the road ascends through vast forests of Nothofagus and araucarias, reaching an altitude of 1.650 meters above sea level (5.413 feet). This is followed by an exciting descend towards the spectacular lake Conguillío, where we visit the Park’s Information Center. The landscape of the Park is characterized by the Sierra Nevada Range, the Conguillío, Arcoiris and Verde lakes, and the active volcano Llaima, with its extensive lava flows that formed a huge moon-like valley. We’ll ride across the whole park from north to south, arriving to the accommodation of your choice, which can be cabins at the edge of the park or lodging at the town of Melipeuco. Both places offer basic comfort standards. / B / BL / D / MB traveled distance: 49 km / 30.5 miles Vertical drop: 850 meters / 2.789 feet DAY 3: MELIPEUCO – PUCON Today we travel in the minibus 24 kms / 15 miles from Melipeuco to the hamlet of Carén Alto. We unload the bikes here and set off for the Sendero de Chile (Trail of Chile) and ascend the mountain Nevados de Sollipulli along its eastern slope, which borders Argentina. We will appreciate the beautiful native forest and the wonderful views of the Nevados while the trail challenges our skills and resistance. Bordering the Reigolil River we return to the rock-strewn road towards Curarrehue and continue biking through a narrow valley until reaching the minibuses near Curarrehue. Traveling by minibus, we head to Pucón (50km), the main adventure tourism destination in the Lakes & Volcanoes District. Lodging at the hotel in Pucon and dinner in a restaurant in town. / B / BL / D / MB traveled distance: 40 km / 25 miles Vertical drop: 750 meters / 2.460 feet DAY 4: RESTING DAY IN PUCON + EXPLORATIONS We’ll take the day off, which means that we won’t ride our bikes. However, in Pucón we can continue being active by exploring the wide array of activities to choose from; here are some suggestions to do during the day: Rafting in Trancura River Class 3 / 4; Ascend the active volcano Villarrica (2.847 meters / 9.340 feet); and Hiking in Huerquehue National Park (all these activities have an additional cost). Then in the evening, we’ll go to Huife Hot Springs, a thermal center located by the Liucura River and surrounded by evergreen native forests. We’ll have a buffet dinner at Huife’s restaurant and then head back to Pucón. Lodging at the hotel in Pucon. / B / L / D / DAY 5: PUCON - NELTUME (Huilo – Huilo Nature Reserve) Departing from Pucón, we drive 8 kms / 5 miles by minibus to Palguín Bajo, where we start biking (option to travel 10 kms / 6 miles more). The road leads us by the Palguín valley through the National Park Villarrica, with views of scenic waterfalls formed by basaltic rock, as we will pass several majestic snow-capped volcanoes such as Quetrupillan and Rucapillan. The vegetation changes from raulí (Nothofagus alpina) and hualle (Nothofagus oblicua) forests to araucarias as we ascend to Chinay, the higher point of the day at 1.250 meters / 4.101 feet above sea level. From Chinay we’ll experience an exciting descend through the forest; jumping and dodging natural obstacles like roots and mud puddles. If this incites too much exertion, there is an option to visit the Geometricas Hot Springs on the way down. While riding downhill we have a wonderful view of Calafquén Lake, which is situated on the eastern border of Coñaripe, a town that was totally destroyed by the 1964 eruption of the Villarrica volcano (Rucapillan). The minibus will be waiting for us in Coñaripe to take us alongside the lakes Calafquén and Panguipulli to finally get to the National Reserve Mocho-Choshuenco (94 kms / 58 miles drive). We’ll stay at Huilo – Huilo, a private ecological initiative located next to the reserve. / B / BL / D / MB traveled distance: 46 or 36 km / 29 or 22 miles. Vertical drop: 950 meters / 3.117 feet DAY 6: NELTUME – TERMAS DE PUYEHUE A long day awaits us! Early morning we’ll begin to cross the Park Huilo Huilo from north to south. We follow an old road used in the past to transport timber for exportation, biking through the foothills of Mocho Volcano to Pilmaiquen, where we turn to the valley of the Pillanleufú River. Strong rains undermine the way sometimes transforming the path into a true adventure, crossing streams on foot or rappel. The route continues to descend until we arrive at the Maihue Lake. In Maihue Port we can rest in the minibuses, enjoying the landscape of Futrono and Puyehue lakes, arriving at Puyehue Thermal Spa Center (165 kms / 102 miles drive). Lodging at Hotel in Puyehue / B / BL / D / MB traveled distance: 58 km / 36 miles Vertical drop: 600 meters / 1.968 feet DAY 7: TERMAS DE PUYEHUE - ENSENADA On our last day of mountain biking, we leave Termas de Puyehue and set off the road ascending through the path Aguas Calientes and enter Puyehue National Park. During the ascent we’re going to have fantastic views to the Encantado and Toro lakes, and later of the Antillanca Volcano. We’ll pass through the Ski Center and keep ascending until we reach the Raihuén Crater, at approximately 500 meters /1.640 feet diameter. Arriving at the Mirador Hill we’ll take in a spectacular view of diverse mountains such as Tronador, Puntiagudo and the Osorno Volcano. From the look-out point we’ll begin to descend along the Casablanca and Gaviotas streams until arriving at the Rupanco Lake. In Port Poncho the minibus will be waiting for us and en route it is possible to see the Calzoncillo Falls (280 meters / 918 feet high) at the other shore of Rupanco lake. After traveling 80 kms / 50 miles we’ll enter the village of Ensenada, located at the eastern shore of Llanquihue Lake at the foothill of Osorno Volcano. Lodging at the hotel in Ensenada, accompanied with a farewell dinner. / B / BL / D / MB traveled distance: 48 km / 30 miles Vertical drop: 950 meters / 3.117 feet DAY 8: ENSENADA – PUERTO MONTT AIRPORT Transfer to Puerto Montt Airport to catch the flight to Santiago. / B / PROGRAM INCLUDES - Professional English speaking guide and National Champion, Bronze Medal at World Cup 2010 - Private transportation - 4x4 support vehicle - Life & accident insurance - Full board (diet for sportsmen and women) - Entrance fees - All activities according to the itinerary NOT INCLUDED - International and local flights - Mountain Bikes (we recommend to bring your own bike) - Bicycle parts (some parts available for sale) - Tips, beverages & cocktails - Bike rental available upon request DIFFICULTY Medium/High, designed for people who lead very active lives and are comfortable participating in up to [6] hours of physical activity per day. Programs at this level generally involve some activities of higher intensity and/or a more vigorous pace

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