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Road Cycling Chile Lake District 12 day tour

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Discover the Lake &amp;amp; Volcano District cycling Chile’s southern backroads. Explore this fascinating part of the country dominated by clear-water lakes and amazing live volcanoes. Together with friendly locals, you will pedal alongside green rolling meadows and relax in soothing natural hot springs.This tour is for nature lovers. For 12 days you will be visiting protected wild areas and observe endemic birds, learn about some of the most active Chilean volcanoes.The thermal waters of this area are some of the best in the world; due to the volcanic activity, you can find hot springs and thermal spas almost everywhere you go. Likewise, the cuisine is another highlight of the tour, with the ingredients that have made Chile known worldwide: wine, delicious produce and seafood from the South Pacific Ocean.

Trip Summary
Duration: 12 days / 11 nights
Tour Dates 2015-16 - You can set up your own dates with a minimun of 2 persons
08/19 NOV 2015 - OPEN DATE

- Channeling Andes Mountain range rides with amazing views
- 2 night lodging at Baobab Hotel and SPA in Huilo-Huilo Natural Reserve
- Lakes Villarrica, Caburga, Calafquén, Panguipulli and Llanquihue
- Volcanoes Llaima, Lonquimay, Tolhuaca, Villarrica, Lanin, Mocho – Choshuenco, Puntiagudo, and Osorno.
- Hot springs and national parks with pristine green backroads for nature lovers
- Petrohue Waterfalls and Osorno Volcano climb, one of the toughest climbs in South America
- Amazing cuisine and the best wine
- Great bike rental available

DAY 01, Santiago (SCL) – Temuco (ZCO) - Malalcahuello (First ride: warm up ride)
Our staff will meet you at Temuco airport and transfer you to Malalcahuello, where a soothing thermal bath awaits us at our hotel. Your guides will assist you to assemble/fit your bike and then enjoy a warm up ride. In the evening, we’ll have an orientation and briefing session before our welcome dinner together. Lodging at Corralco Lodge and SPA
Bike traveled distance: 25 km
Time cycling: 1 hour
/ Dinner /

Day 02, Sierra Nevada – Liucura – Pino Hachado (Second ride)
Today and followed by a filling breakfast, the minibuses will take us to the Sierra Nevada Range (18 km right through the tunnel Las Raíces, the longest tunnel in Chile (4,5 km ). Here we’ll set off on our first ride, traveling alongside the Lonquimay River by an almost flat valley; this 54-km section features one of the smoothest roads. We’ll bike through the lands of different Pewenches communities, ascending the international path Pino Achado until reaching the Customs. The road is quite rolling with flat sections and a few small climbs and good down hills. If you want to pedal up some serious grades, it is possible to extend the route on 22 km more, until the peak altitude of 1.884 meters (6.181 feet above sea level); on the top you can enjoy breathtaking scenery of the Andes. In the small village of Liucura, we’ll arrive at the meeting point with the minibuses that will take us back to Hotel.
Lodging at Corralco Lodge and SPA 4
Bike traveled distance: 58 km + optional 22 km optional
Time cycling: 4 hours approx, with an optional additional hour
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 03, Malalcahuello - Lautaro (Third ride)
After breakfast, we’ll start our morning with an amazing downhill from our Lodge towards the valley from the village of Malalcahuello - We’ll ride alongside the Cautín River as the valley opens after each meter we descent the foothills of the mountain range until arriving at the plain of Curacautín. As we leave this town we start climbing a good hill with a beautiful view to the volcanoes Llaima, Lonquimay and Tolhuaca. Then there is a fun descent until you get to an extensive green valley. This section of the route passes through the middle of seeded fields on smooth hills until we arrive to the city of Lautaro where we end the ride. In Lautaro we get in the vans and start traveling to Pucón (2 hour drive), the main adventure tourism destination in the Lake and Volcano District.
Lodging at Green Park 3 or similar
Bike traveled distance: 70 kms
Time cycling: 5 hours approx.
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 04 Pucón – Lake Caburgua – Huife Hot Springs (Fourth ride)
We’ll cycle from our hotel to the village of Caburgua where we’ll enjoy a beautiful view of the beach of Lake Caburgua and top of Llaima Volcano. The road today is a constant false-flat with a few short climbs – just enough to get your legs going. Before you start cycling, the staff will provide a snack for you to bring with you and some more on the support van. Throughout today’s ride our guide will help us identify several species of birds and trees as we cycle next to beautiful farms and enjoy views of the Villarrica volcano. With a little good luck, we will see smoke coming out of the active Villarrica volcano. After cycling the rolling road to Huife, we will visit the Hot Spring Resort and enjoy a soothing soak in a hot mineral bath, having lunch at the hot springs. Later we’ll take a short ride in the vans back to our hotel in Pucón, or you can ride in your bike if you want. At 20:00 hrs we’ll pick you up at the Hotel and take you to a local organic restaurant in Pucon.
Lodging at Green Park 3 or similar
Bike traveled distance = 50 km + 35 km if you want to ride back to Pucón
Time cycling: 4 hours approx
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 05, Hiking day or free day in Pucón
;Pucón is known in Chile as the main adventure destination in the Lakes &amp;amp; Volcanoes District, and today we’ll head southeast in the direction of Huerquehue National Park, located at the foothills of the Andes, 35 km (22 miles) from Pucón.The hike starts easy but after a short distance the trail becomes rougher and sometimes steeper, but is still considered a relatively easy hiking level. &lt;!--mep-nl--&gt;After walking 40 minutes at an easy pace, we’ll get to the Nido de Águilas (nest of eagles) waterfalls and then we’ll keep hiking on a steeper terrain, surrounded by gigantic coigües (Nothofagus dombeyi) and mañíos (Podocarpus nubigena). We have arrived at the first lookout point where the views of Villarrica Volcano (2.847 m / 9.349 feet) and Tinquilco Lake are absolutely stunning; here you’ll find great photo opportunities as well as chance to reenergize with a snack. As we continue hiking, our guide will point out some wild flora of the area (i.e. mutisias, orchids and alstroemerias), and if luck is on our side, we can spot some birds that live in the forests of Nothofagus, such as chucao tapaculo (Selorchilis rubecula), black-throated huet-huet (Pteroptochos tarnii) and the magellan woodpecker (Campephilus magellanicus) among others. After hiking another 30 minutes, we’ll arrive at the Trufulco Falls where we stop for a short time. At this point the trail gets more demanding, but not so much that everyone won’t be able to reach the second lookout point, where the view gets even better. We catch our breath again and resume the hike along the trail; now that we are over 1000 m / 3.280 feet above sea level we begin to see the first araucarias (Araucaria araucana). Soon we will walk through a mixed forest with many of these trees, considered to be a national monument for their exceptional characteristics. We have hiked around 2½ hours when we arrive at the first lake called Chico (small), with its clear waters reflecting the image of hundred of araucarias and snow-capped peaks. The trail gets more even and in only 15 minutes we arrive at Lago Toro (Bull Lake). Here we eat our well deserved box lunch and spend some more time taking pictures or simply resting. We can watch the breathtaking landscape and spot some of the birdlife that inhabits the shores of this lake, such as the Andean ducks (Oxyura ferruginea), aiding our observation with binoculars. Following the break, we keep going through an easy terrain and visit the third lake called Verde (green) which is the last attraction of our hike. Now we can commence a two-hour decent by the same trail to the parking area. Return to hotel in Pucón and free dinner to enjoy in town
Lodging at Green Park 3 or similar
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch /

Day 06, Pucón – Puesco - Pucón (Fifth ride)
We’ll cycle from Pucón to Curarrehue (a small village at the Argentina border) where we can visit a museum and learn about the Mapuche, the area’s indigenous people. The road today is generally flat with a few rolling hills – just enough to get your legs going. But after we arrive to Curarrehue we can climb a 15 km section on new asphalt (international road to Argentina) and then get back to this town enjoying the same 15 km riding downhill. Along today’s ride our guide will help us identify several species of birds and trees as we cycle next to beautiful Lake Villarrica and enjoy views of two volcanoes, Villarrica and Lanín. With a little good luck, we will see smoke coming out of Villarrica, which is an active volcano. Return to hotel in Pucón and dinner at a local restaurant. Lodging at Green Park Hotel or similar
Bike traveled distance = 75 kms
Time cycling: 5 hours approx

Day 07, Licanray – Panguipulli – Choshuenco (Sixth ride)
Each day brings new beauty on this tour, and today is no exception. We will ride the shores of two beautiful lakes, Calafquén and Panguipulli, and will cycle three-quarters of the way around Villarrica, a majestic, snow-capped active volcano. We’ll ride through the lake-side town of Licanray on roads bordered by green prairies and native forests. The first 21-mile section passes through green meadows with native forests and the Calafquén Lake on your left, by a road without many long ascends. This road is smooth and quiet as almost no vehicles drive here. At one point we should be able to see five volcanoes. After a fun descent toward the town and Lake of Panguipulli - meaning “land of lions” – we have the picnic lunch by the beach at Lake Panguipulli. From here we can contiue riding another 15 miles alongside Lake Panguipulli until the end of the paved road near Choshuenco.From this point will drive 30 minutes to the Natural Reserve Huilo, where we’ll eat dinner and stay overnight at the incredible Nothofagus Hotel.
Time cycling: 6 hours approx.
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

Day 08, Natural Reserve Huilo-Huilo, Day @ leisure
A day of rest from your bicycles doesn’t mean you have nothing to do. We can organize any day excursion with a minimum of 4 people. Please ask our guides the night before about the availability and additional costs of these activities.Within the park there are four hiking trails: the Magnetic Stones trail (3-hour hike, medium), the Truful Route (3½-hour hike, medium), the Truful River (6-hour hike, difficult) and Quinchamalí Lookout (3-hour hike, easy). Some of the highlights include a botanical forest, scenic clear-water lagoons, mighty waterfalls and amazing views of snow-capped volcanoes. For those who want to learn about the reserve’s plants and wildlife, there are scientific walks that focus on botany, bird watching, and geology, as well as flora and fauna interpretation.  A terrific way to experience the beauty of the area is with a canopy tour (additional cost of USD40); a group of platforms between 15 and 25 m high (50 to 80 feet) that are linked to each other by hanging bridges and suspended steel wires. You’ll literally feel like you are flying over the rainforest, rivers and canyons as you glide across the cables.
Lodging at Nothofagus Hotel and SPA
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch / Dinner /

DAY 09, Osorno - Frutillar – Llanquihue / North side of Llanquihue Lake (Seventh ride)
After breakfast, we’ll ride 3 hours to Osorno city. We will ride through rolling hills and beautiful beaches along Lake Llanquihue, always on the lookout for wildlife and views of 4 volcanoes (Osorno, Puntiagudo, Casablanca and Puyehue). With the lake on one side, green pastures and fields on the other, and the snow-capped Andes in the distance, this will be another picturesque day on our bicycles. The cycling today consists of small hills and long, flat stretches most of the day. Upon arrival to Llanquihue, we’ll drive 20 minutes to Puerto Varas and stay overnight at hotel in Puerto Varas. Lodging at Hotel and Spa Patagonico or similar
Bike traveled distance: 85 kms
Time cycling: 6 hours approx
/ Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner /

Day 10, Puerto Varas – Ensenada – Petrohue Falls (Eighth ride)
In the morning, the vans will take us to the shores of beautiful Lake Llanquihue where we will approach the Osorno Volcano with its perfect cone. As we cycle along the lake, the snow-capped volcano appears to rise directly out of the lake, and we will have wonderful views of it during much of the day. We’ll pass through the village of Ensenada, then on to the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park and hike a short distance to the dramatic Petrohue Falls. After a 40 minutes ride in the vans, we’ll arrive back to your hotel and have free time to enjoy dinner at the Hotel or walking distance from town. Lodging at Hotel and Spa Patagonico or similar
Bike traveled distance: 60 km
Time cycling: 4 hours approx
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch /

DAY 11, Llanquihue Lake Route, Northeast section: Puerto Octay - Las Cascadas – Petrohue Falls (Ninth ride)
This trip of a lifetime is about to end. In the morning, we drive out of Puerto Varas and start riding from the Puerto Octay, alongside Lake Llanquihue, where a unique landscape is waiting for us - the Osorno Volcano with its perfect cone. The side of the Volcano reaches the shore of the lake and we’ll pass through the middle of this astounding landscape as we travel to the villages of Las Cascadas and Ensenada. This 67 km northeast section of the Llanquihue Lake Route is one of the most beautiful routes of the tour, as you get closer to Osorno Volcano.
Option extra 12 km /3750ft: Challenge yourself and climb Volcan Osorno and one of the steepest climbs in South America if not Europe, with ramps of 22%-24%. Upon completing the ride we’ll head back with the vans to the charming german-style city of Puerto Varas, our last destination, and let ourselves to relax and enjoy a farewell dinner (seafood restaurant). Lodging at Hotel and Spa Patagonico  or similar
Bike traveled distance: 67 km + 12 Km climb
Time cycling: 4-6 hours approx.
/ Breakfast / Picnic Lunch / Farewell dinner /

Day 12, Puerto Varas – Airport in Puerto Montt (PMC)
Sadly, it’s time to say good-bye to the beautiful Lake andVolcano District of Chile. After breakfast, we’ll ride in vans to Puerto Montt Airport to catch your flight back to Santiago. It’s been a trip you will always remember. End of services

What is included?
- Professional guide&lt;br /&gt;&lt;!--mep-nl--&gt;
- Lodging at 3 and 4 stars hotels and luxury lodges
- Private vans (1 van from 4 to 11 pax and 2 for 12+ pax)
- Support vehicle (pick-up truck) with bicycle trailer from 10 riders up
- Basic cycle parts (cable housing, tubes, tires and spokes)
- Mechanical support on route
- Gratuities at hotels and restaurants
- Full board - (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on-route snacks include: mineral water, energy drinks, trail-mix, fresh fruit and gourmet sandwiches)
- Entrance fee at Huife Hot Springs, and all activities according to the itinerary.

What’s not included?
- International and local flights
- Accident Insurance (you MUST have your own insurance)
- Other cycle parts and components (derailleur, crankset, fork, etc)
- Beverages &amp;amp; cocktails not included on menus
- Bike rental (available upon request)

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